Opiate withdrawal is often treated with clonidine, a medication that relieves the muscle aches, runny nose, cramping and agitation associated with withdrawal, as noted by MedlinePlus. Buprenorphine has also been successful in treating withdrawal symptoms and shortening the withdrawal period in some individuals.
Detoxification programs are also effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms. During detox, a person is placed under general anesthesia and injected with drugs specifically designed to block the opiates in the body. However, this detox method can be dangerous, and several deaths have been reported when using this process.
Opiate withdrawal is painful and extremely unpleasant. None of these techniques and medications should be used without medical supervision.