Hello all! I am also a recovering loperamide addict. Yes it is addictive and works just like other opiates. It works in the body in therapeutic doses by slowing the muscle contractions down in the large intestine to allow for more moisture to be removed from your stool. Loperamide is an opiate 100%! It is brought into the body and sent to the brain just like an opiate however in small therapeutic doses it gets pumped back out. Now if you mega does the loperamide it floods the pumps and overpowers them. The withdrawal from loperamide is long and nasty. It took over a solid month for the worst to be over and mo the after to feel semi normal. It is defiantly doable so don't give up! If I can do it you can do it!!!