About a year ago my dad used to take very heavy pain killers for a bad back injury. He had moved closer to me and his grandchildren and didn't get a new doctor locally in enough time and ended up running out of pain pills. To say the least I ended up having to take him to the hospital for withdrawal symptoms. He thought he was dying. He and I both didn't realize how bad his body was addicted to the pills. Long story short the doctor at the ER did nothing for him. He told me that my father was not dying and that he just had to go home and wait for the side effects of withdrawal to wear off.I felt like this wasn't the proper thing to do. I felt like the doctor should have given him some sort of plan or options to ride the withdrawal more easily. I still felt like my dad was dying even with the Dr's reassurance that he wasn't. My dad has been handling his back pain now for about a year without any medication other than ibuprofen but I still go back in my mind and relive that scary night in the ER with my dad. He was convulsing, shaking, vomiting, etc etc. What is a standard treatment for narcotic withdrawal? Was this Dr just being horrible because he thought my Dad was a pill freak? His addiction was not intentional. He was taking what was prescribed to him and didn't realize what it was doing to him.