Someone who knew William Burroughs (I only knew him slightly) told me the other day that supposedly on his deathbed he said:
"The antidote is love."
That gibes with my experience.
[Simon Pettet e mailed me this clarification of my third hand info above:
"Love? What Is it?
Most natural painkiller what there is
Last Words: The Final Journals of William S Burroughs - edited with an Introduction by James Grauerholz.
Grove Press, 2000 page 253]