From my understanding, it is not addictive like an opiate might be, but it has a small dose of antidepressant in
it. So basically, you're withdrawing from an antidepressant. I've taken tramadol in
the past for long periods of time and kicked it, no problem. BUT my boyfriend -needs- them to function. Without them, he becomes very, very depressed and angry. He has no energy. And the withdrawal lasts 10-12 days for him and his pain increases in tenfold during this period.