Subjective Opioid Withdrawal Scale (SOWS)

Provides patients with an opportunity to be involved in the assessment of the severity of their opioid withdrawal symptoms

I feel anxious.

I feel like yawning.

I'm perspiring

My eyes are tearing.

My nose is running.

I have goose flesh.

I am shaking.

I have hot flashes.

I have cold flashes.

My bones and muscles ache.

I feel restless.

I feel nauseous.

I feel like vomiting.

My muscles twitch.

I have cramps in my stomach.

I feel like shooting up now.


Source: Handelsman L, Cochrane KJ, Aronson MJ, Ness R, Rubinstein KJ, Kanof PD. Two new rating scales for opiate withdrawal. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 1987;13(3):293-308.