Congratulations to you for checking out the Kratom Playbook For Opiate Recovery! You’ve already taken the first step to getting off opioids by looking for a recovery plan, and that’s exactly what this book is – an actionable recovery plan for you to take back your life.
No matter how long you’ve been struggling with addiction, this book is designed for you to achieve your goal of getting off opioids from home in the most painless way possible.
I’ve been working towards creating a book like this for a long time. I was addicted to opioids myself for years. I had a huge wake-up call when I overdosed and almost left my little girl without a father. That was the turning point for me.
I knew I had to completely change my life and that I never wanted to be in this position again. Probably like you, I didn’t know exactly where to start or what to do for recovery at the time. I completely threw myself into recovery research spanning all kinds of topics from psychology to overall health and wellness to philosophy and much more.
I not only succeeded at getting myself off opioids but dedicated my life to helping other people recover from addiction. I went back to school and became a Drug & Alcohol Counselor and, although I found this position very rewarding, I felt like I wanted to do more for people struggling with opioid addiction. I started blogging and personal coaching and, through years of experience helping people recover and lead successful lives, I learned what worked best and put it into an actionable plan you can do from home.
You are totally capable of turning your life around. You have greatness within you, and with the strategies and tactics revealed in this book you’ll be able to recover from addiction in the most painless way possible and start creating the life of your dreams.
I truly honor you for the courage it takes to embark on this formidable and intimidating journey. I’ve had to battle my own demons and conquer severe opiate addiction, and have coached people through some of the hardest times of their lives with addiction. There is no reason why you can’t take back your life and get off opioids for good.
Furthermore, I can guarantee you one thing. If you put 100% into following this Kratom-Transition-And-Taper Method™ (K-TAT Method™), there is no way you can fail. Read the entire book, complete the exercises, follow the protocols, and you can quit any opioid drug using this unique method of detox and recovery.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
The statements and products referred to throughout this book have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a health condition or concern, consult a physician or your alternative health care provider. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing new exercises. It’s recommended you educate yourself on the scientific/nutritional facts.
Copyright © 2017 by Matt Finch
You are welcome and encouraged to share this free online book with anyone you wish. The more people this book reaches the better. Thus, I hereby allow anyone to share this book, but please email me at email@example.com for permission to re-publish it on your website.
Table of Contents
- 0.1 Foreward by Chris Scott
- 0.2 Please Help Keep Kratom Legal
- 0.3 CALL THE FDA:
- 0.4 Fighting for Kratom
- 1 Chapter 1: My Story of Opiate Addiction & Recovery
- 2 Chapter 2: The K-TAT Method™
- 3 Chapter 3: Kratom Overview and Legality
- 4 Chapter 4: What is Kratom and How Does it Work?
- 5 Chapter 5: Opiate Addiction 101
- 6 Chapter 6: How To Use The Kratom-Transition-And-Taper Method™ For Opiate Recovery
- 6.1 Make a Decision!!!
- 6.2 Transition to Kratom
- 6.3 Create Your Kratom Taper Plan
- 7 Chapter 7: Learn How Opioids Affect Your Brain
- 8 Chapter 8: Follow the K-TAT Method™ Nutrition Plan
- 9 Chapter 9: Follow the K-TAT METHOD™ Supplement Protocol
- 10 Chapter 10: Develop a Habit of Regular Exercise
- 11 Chapter 11: Other Kratom-Taper Strategies
- 11.1 Sleep
- 11.2 Activate PSNS
- 11.3 Ecotherapy
- 11.4 Deep Tissue Massage
- 11.5 Acupuncture
- 11.6 Journaling
- 11.7 Counseling/Coaching
- 11.8 Self-Help Groups
- 11.9 Personal Growth
- 11.10 Contribution
- 11.11 Healthy Relationships
- 11.12 Recreational Activities
- 12 Chapter 12: Planning Your Transition Off Kratom
- 13 Chapter 13: Complete Your Transition
- 14 Chapter 14: PAWS, Pain Relief, and Relapse Prevention
Foreward by Chris Scott
Years ago, as I practically crawled out of a 12-step rehab center for alcohol addiction, I had an inkling that something in our addiction recovery system wasn’t quite right. I had just been surrounded by fellow alcoholics and opiate addicts for 12 weeks, and we had been assured that our newfound Higher Power would miraculously lift our desires to drink and use. Yet every week, we had been gathered into a large meeting room and informed that several of our recently discharged friends had relapsed – or even died.
I was all for the Higher Power concept, but I knew that there had to be something else that could be done. Why were these people dropping like flies as soon as they went back into the real world? Why hadn’t doctors discovered a “third way” between benign talk therapy and harsh medications? Would it really be that difficult for doctors to invent something – anything – that would allow alcoholics and opiate addicts to feel real relief without disconnecting them from reality?
Fast forward to 2016, and I realized that this “third way” had already been invented – not by humans, but by Mother Nature. I was experimenting on myself with the plant called kratom, having learned that millions of opiate addicts and thousands of alcoholics had found relief by transitioning to this plant before finally declaring victory over their addictions. I was baffled by the many raving accounts I had read. I was especially taken by the ease with which most people simply tapered off of it after they no longer needed it.
It was during this phase that I was fortunate enough to find an ally, mentor, and friend in Matt Finch, the author of this SUPER-informative book. About a year before I wrote my own popular article about the use of kratom for alcohol withdrawal, I randomly came across Matt’s website and subscribed to his email list. I was immediately blown away by Matt’s genuine enthusiasm and the wealth of in-depth information he shares on his website, OpiateAddictionSupport.com. To say that he has been a role model for my own efforts to project an optimistic, inspiring, and science-based vision for alcohol recovery is a major understatement!
Matt Finch is a true maverick and a pioneer in the addiction recovery field. I am sure that this book will save many lives. I fervently hope that it will also convert some of the misinformed deniers of kratom’s true medicinal value. May it help guide you in your own efforts toward a quicker recovery, optimal health, and the life of your dreams.
Author, Drinking Sucks!
Please Help Keep Kratom Legal
I’ve published this book for free online in hopes that you will make a donation to the American Kratom Association.
It’s a nonprofit organization that is trying to keep kratom legal, even though the FDA and the DEA have both made it clear they don’t want American’s consuming kratom.
Here is a direct quote from the donation page of the AmericanKratomAssociation.org website:
“The more supporters, the larger our movement and the louder our voices! Show you stand with Kratom through a donation, even if you wish to remain anonymous.
Donations cover operating costs, management of state-specific programs, public relations, education, outreach and advocacy work, volunteer training and organizing, travel to states facing potential legislative action and much more. As we grow, we even plan to raise money toward research initiative and studies.”
If you find value from my book, I ask that you please make donation of $5 or more to the American Kratom Association. I feel like pretty much everyone can afford to spend $5 on a book to support a great cause.
And an even better way to help keep kratom legal is to take action in the following ways.
Below I’ve copied and pasted info from the American Kratom Association’s page on FDA CAll-To-Action:
Due to todays most recent concerns from our team in Washington DC, we are now being advised to start calling your FEDERAL legislators…. Congress and Senate….
Start calling, writing and emailing your federal legislators.
Contact Your Congressperson (see letter template)
Find yours here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Contact Your Senator (see letter template)
Find yours here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Use the letter template below. However, when writing
Some of the things to be doing as we are working on this ATTACK
Scott Gottlieb M.D.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
CALL THE FDA:
“I am a responsible adult who consumes Kratom to improve my health and well-being and I urge you to reconsider your stance and look at the science in support of kratom as well as all the testimonies of people that have and continue to use kratom for their benefits.”
FDA Contact PAGE
EMAIL your story to the FDA:
*It’s important not to copy and paste, please use your own word
We need YOUR help to fight the FDA and their negative info being released to the public.
My name is ________, I’m a __-year old _________ from _________
I would like to voice my support of Kratom and my disagreement with the FDA and their recent smear campaign. This puts kratom, a plant helping millions of people suffering chronic and acute mental and physical conditions that is also safely easing the nation’s opiate epidemic problem naturally, on the same level as illegal drugs like heroin. It would also prevent further research which, to date, has shown kratom to be an effective painkiller that does not cause respiratory depression; the main cause of death from opiate overdose.
-How you came to use kratom….. (did you learn about it in a chronic pain support group, etc?)
-What ailments you suffer, what treatments haven’t worked (prescriptions, surgery, etc.), how long you’ve been dealing with your condition, how long you’ve been using kratom and how many/what medications you’ve been able to quit.
-What kratom means to you (has it given you your life back, have you gone back to work, can you play with your, exercise or travel, etc., something anecdotal about why kratom is important and should be available).
-Conclusion: Kratom is a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drugs with important benefits for many issues and has changed my life. I fear this action by the FDA will only lead to more tragic deaths of victims of the opiate epidemic, maybe even my own (if you think this may lead to illicit drug use). I know that my own quality of life as a productive member of society will not be the same without kratom.
If you have questions about kratom, please visit https://www.americankratom.org/
Thank you for your time and service to the state.
— Include your name, address and phone number.
Please be professional and polite, keeping it as short as possible.
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Send these documents/link to journalist, legislators, law enforcement, friends and family so hopefully we can educate everybody including those higher up to better understand where Kratom stands as a beneficial herb.
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Fighting for Kratom
Right now there are an estimated 2,000,000 people using kratom for medicinal use as a natural alternative to prescription drugs, and even illicit drugs such as heroin.
I’ve never been an activist in my 38 years of life thus far, but keeping kratom legal is a cause that I feel very strongly about, and one that I also believe I can make a difference in affecting the outcome.
I was going spend more time on this book, but due to the recent FDA public announcement stating that kratom is dangerous, and stating they were seizing incoming shipments of kratom, I had to act fast and make sure the book was good enough to publish so that I could get it to the masses. So please, if you find spelling or grammatical errors, don’t hold it against me, but instead, notify me so I can make corrections.
My hope is that this free online book will go viral. I’ve published it in a blog post with social share buttons to make it very easy to share on social media platforms.
If it goes viral, and enough people donate money to a non-profit that is trying ferociously to help keep kratom legal, it would be an extraordinary accomplishment. However, even if all this book does is help a few people conquer their opioid addictions, it will have been worth creating it.
Chapter 1: My Story of Opiate Addiction & Recovery
If you’re not familiar with me or my work yet, here is a brief background of how I came to create this powerful opiate recovery program. The purpose of this program is to help you get off opiates as easily as possible. I was an addict for years and tried lots of ways of getting clean. Though it was a long journey for me to get here, you can avoid making the same mistakes I did.
Becoming an Addict
Before I got on opiates I was able to keep a job, enjoyed surfing and other hobbies, had plenty of money, a relatively stable girlfriend and good relationships with my friends. I abused alcohol and marijuana and, although I could still function in my life, I was using these substances to feel better. It all changed when my girlfriend and I broke up for good when she was two months pregnant. To deal with my grief and the anxiety of a new baby to parent as a single dad, with my family being 3,000 miles away, I started snorting OxyContin.
OxyContin made all the pain and anxiety go away. I felt happy and good every day. I took it every day for months until I couldn’t find any more to buy. I tried to go to work and had a massive panic attack. My boss was worried about me and let me go home for the day. I drank all day to try to feel a little normal but couldn’t sleep and felt awful. It was the first time I experienced opiate withdrawal. I managed to buy some Valium which helped but ended up getting more OxyContin a few days later. I was addicted.
Once I was really addicted to opiates everything I did was just to get more drugs. I was lying and trying to hide my addiction from everyone I knew. I sold anything I could to have more money for opiates. It became all I cared about. I had hopes of getting clean and turning my life around, but I ended up smoking heroin.
My life revolved around getting money for more heroin, meeting up with my dealer to buy more heroin, and finding places to smoke heroin every couple of hours. My dad found out and made me go to the doctor for help, but they just prescribed Methadone and Valium. I ended up overdosing in my parents’ house on this combination of medication and was within minutes from total brain damage by the time I was able to be resuscitated.
I was an opiate addict for a few years before I overdosed in my parents’ house. I had taken a lethal dosage of Methadone combined with Valium. My mom found me unconscious in my room with a grey face, blue lips with vomit dripping out and barely breathing. If she hadn’t checked on me when she did I’d be dead. My parents would have found a corpse instead of their son and my daughter would have lost her father to drug addiction. Luckily, she found me when she did and the EMTs arrived quickly, gave me a Naloxone shot which put me into immediate opioid withdrawal and saved my life.
Having a near-death experience completely changed the way I had been thinking about my life, my family, and my future. My doctor said that if the EMTs had arrived just minutes later I would have been braindead. That seriously freaked me out, and coupled with the all-consuming guilt I felt regarding my family, I felt the consequences of my addiction and knew I had to turn everything around.
After leaving the hospital, I knew I had to do things differently this time around. I had almost left my precious daughter without a dad for the rest of her life, and acknowledging that fact was a true wakeup call. Having a glimpse of death radically transformed my outlook on life, and with this new outlook came a strong new mindset that motivated me to become the type of person that would never get addicted to drugs.
To become this new person, I knew there were certain things I had to do. I didn’t figure it all out at once, but within six weeks after being clean from opiates, I was walking down the “Path of Meaning and Fulfillment,” and no-thing could stop me from manifesting my Dream Life.
New Recovery Habits
To outgrow my addiction, I had to become strong and balanced in Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit. Since I didn’t know exactly how to do this, so I began reading books on the subjects I was interested in. I enjoyed learning so much that I became a voracious reader.
A month after quitting opiates, I was reading 1-2 books a week on the following subjects:
- Personal Development
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Addiction and Recovery
- Health & Wellness
- Orthomolecular Medicine (Supplementation)
- Chinese Medicine
- Ayurvedic Medicine
Supplements for Opiate Recovery
Along with reading books, I also began taking supplements for opiate recovery. These supplements contained amino acids, herbs, and other nutrients that helped my brain to start producing neurotransmitters such as endorphins, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin. These are very important for feelings of relaxation, happiness, motivation, and a positive outlook on life.
Long-term opioid use, whether taking them as prescribed by a doctor or taking them without a prescription, leads to a depletion of these neurotransmitters (especially dopamine and endorphins). I cover the importance of these neurotransmitters in detail in Chapter (INSERT CHAPTER HERE).
Positive Addiction to Exercise
I was feeding my mind with books, and I was taking supplements that helped me rebalance my brain chemistry, so the next step was to begin exercising. Everyone knows that exercising is one of the best things you can do to enhance your physical and psychological health. For individuals just getting off opioids, exercising at least 3-4 times a week is absolutely crucial if you want to feel as good as possible (which I did).
Within 90 days of quitting opiates, I was engaging in the following types of exercise 3-5 days a week:
As a result of this new exercise habit, I not only felt very high levels of mental and emotional, but I also got into pretty good shape, which enhanced my confidence and self-esteem. Here is a picture of me after surfing some nice waves my family and I scored while camping right next to the ocean in Southern California.
Opiate Recovery Nutrition Plan
The final component of my Holistic Opiate Recovery Plan was nutrition. For my entire life up to that point (age 32), my diet was pretty bad. I consumed a lot of processed foods, sugar, foods with chemicals and meat with antibiotics and hormones, and much more unhealthy dietary choices. My diet was severely lacking in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, antioxidants, healthy protein choices, and much more. Within about 60 days after quitting opiates, I completely changed my eating habits.
With my new and improved nutrition plan, I was consuming mostly:
- Organic Whole Foods
- Plenty of Fresh Fruits and Veggies
- Healthy Fats (Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Nuts, Seeds, etc.)
- Free-Range Meats
- Wild-Caught Seafood
- Clean Carbs (Legumes, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Quinoa, etc.)
- Protein Powder (Whey and Plant-Based)
- 8-10 Glasses of Ionized, Reverse-Osmosis Alkaline Water
Between the nutrition, supplements, exercise, and reading, I started to feel really good. And in just a couple of months, I felt better than I had in my entire life. I was finally strong and balanced in Body, Mind, Emotions, and Spirit. After quitting opiates, first I had to learn how to crawl. After that, I started walking. Next, I picked up the pace to a light jog, then I started running…then flying…and within about six months…I was SOARING like an eagle.
Getting healthy in all areas after quitting opioids is a process. It’s not something that happens overnight. What I learned through my process was that you need to have a clear vision of what you want your life to look like in the future and that Vivid Vision needs to really excite you. It needs to motivate you and ignite your inner FIRE and PASSION, which will be the fuel you use to manifest your Vivid Vision.
Once you have a clear picture of how you want your life of recovery to look, you need to write it down on paper in detail. Then you must write down a list of short-term and long-term goals, and write an action plan to achieve these goals. I’ll go deeper into this process in Chapter 9.
Choosing a Life of Helping Others
To create a life of Meaning, I decided to make it my Life’s Purpose and Mission to help others recover from opiate addiction. To start living the Purpose-Drivin Life, I became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and began working full-time at an Opiate Treatment Program (OTP). I absolutely loved being a counselor for the first six months. However, we got a new Clinical Director (CD), and she looked and acted very much like the Wicked Witch of the West from the beginning of The Wizard of Oz.
She made everyone’s life a living Hell, and I started to look for other places to work.
It became a very stressful environment, and people started quitting left and right. First a counselor, then a nurse, then a Clinical Supervisor (CS), and on and on. Fortunately, within a few months, we got a new Clinical Director, and she was totally awesome. I respected her very much, and she was a joy to work for.
However, after 18 months working in the field of counseling, I felt an inner-calling to move on and do something else with my life.
I gave my two weeks notice, then, on the last day of work, I said goodbye to all of the wonderful people that worked there, cleaned out my office, and drove off into the horizon, passionately moving towards the next chapter of my life.
Over the next year, I was working for my parents from home. They are both famous herbalists that own and operate the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing, in San Diego, California. I helped them out by putting my dad’s natural pain-relief balm and beauty cream into jars, then labeling them, and I also helped them with internet marketing and social media marketing.
It was a great gig, but before long, I found myself longing to help people overcome opiate addiction. I didn’t want to be a counselor again. It was a very stressful job, and it only paid $10 to $18 an hour depending on where you worked. After taxes and insurance were taken out of my checks, it was a very small amount of money, and it just wasn’t worth it anymore.
I still wanted to help people recover from opiate addiction, but I wanted to do it my way. I didn’t want to be confined to the limited abilities and reach of a counselor, and I didn’t want to be trapped in the box of traditional drug treatment modalities.
One day I thought of a great idea.
I decided I was going to write a book on opiate addiction recovery!
This got me EXCITED. I immediately signed up for a live online Writer’s Workshop where one of my mentors, Dr. Wayne Dyer (now passed away), was the keynote speaker! In this workshop, I learned the step-by-step process an individual needs to go through to publish and sell books. But more importantly, the President of Hay House Publishing (Reid Tracy), said something that radically altered the course of my life, which created a butterfly effect, and has since positively impacted the lives of countless opioid-dependent individuals.
Reid Tracy stated that in order to actually sell your book(s), you needed a following. Then, he informed the audience that the best way to get a following was to start a blog.
Becoming an Opiate Recovery Blogger
This statement changed my life. After the weekend writer’s workshop ended, I purchased two books. One was on internet marketing, and the other was on blogging. I read both of these books in less than three days, and after learning the material, I was PUMPED on the idea of building a blog where I could write about opiate withdrawal and recovery strategies.
The best part was that my book on blogging had a link to a free online course I could take, where the author had video tutorials of him building a blog from scratch. These videos were instrumental in my success creating a blog.
Today, as I write these words, it’s been over three years since I created my blog, called OpiateAddictionSupport.com. There are close to 100,000 monthly visitors on my blog, and there are over 200 free articles to read. Between all of these articles, there are over 6,000 comments combined! I’ve created two free online courses and one course that costs money, which is called Ultimate Opiate Detox 2.0.
The funny part is that even though I started my blog to get a following, so I would eventually have people that would buy my book…it’s been close to three and a half years…and I’m just now getting around to writing my first book!!! I actually started writing my first book two years ago, but a few weeks into the project, I decided to make an online course instead, as I thought that would be more helpful.
The online course, Ultimate Opiate Detox 2.0, has Video, Audio, Text, PDF Downloads, a Private Forum, and much more. Close to a thousand people have taken the course, and countless individuals have gotten off opioids with ease as a result of using the strategies and tactics they learned in the program.
My Present Life
It has now been six years since I was an opiate addict. My life is unrecognizable from how it used to look. I’m living in a 2,200 square foot Dream Home on the Hawaiin island of Oahu, and my house is right next to Kaneohe Bay, which is the most beautiful bay I’ve ever seen. I live here with my seven-year-old daughter Willow, and our green cheek conquer parrot named Papaya.
I’m a stay-at-home dad that gets to run my business from anywhere I want. Sometimes I write blog posts in my bedroom overlooking the canal that connects to the bay. Other times I coach clients on the phone while I’m laying in my hammock.
One of my favorite things to do is read blog comments and emails from people that have successfully quit opioids using the information they learned from my blog. It’s quite a joy to me. For me, there is nothing better than dedicating my life to help end suffering in the world.
It’ what drives me.
Knowing that there are millions of people currently addicted to opioids is what propels me to continue creating articles, products, and services that can help these individuals overcome addiction and create a life of meaning and fulfillment.
This is my great obsession.
I’m constantly asking myself the following questions:
- How can I expand my reach and have even more people on opioids find my blog?
- How can I increase my impact?
- What articles do I need to write that will help people on opioids make significant positive changes in their lives?
- What new online courses, books, and videos should I create to serve my followers in the way that they need and desire?
- Other than coaching and consulting, what are some other services I can provide that will be the most impactful at helping as many people as possible get off opioids with ease?
After six years of studying and perfecting the “Art of Opiate Recovery,” I’ve learned some amazing things. There are over 200 articles on my blog, and I’ve personally written over 175 of them. As you can probably imagine, it took a lot of research, passion, curiosity, dedication, energy, and time to publish that many articles on the subject of opiate addiction recovery.
At this point in my life, I have some great strategies and tactics for getting of opioid in the most painless way possible. What I’ve learned over the years is that there are well-over 100 things a person can use to minimize their opioid withdrawal symptoms. Some of these remedies are so powerful they can eliminate 90% or more of the magnitude of severity of a person’s physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
Since I’ve learned so much, and have already assisted countless individuals to recover by method of publishing articles and videos, creating online courses, and coaching, I now STRONGLY BELIEVE that it’s my moral, ethical, and spiritual obligation to continue honing my craft, and continue investing a great deal of time to expanding my reach and impact, which will help end so much suffering in the world.
That’s what excites me.
What excited you? What are you passionate about? Are you ready to learn my K-TAT Method™ so you can get off opioids for good and transform your life into a beautiful masterpiece? I hope you’re ready! Now, let’s move on so I can teach you about how I came up with the K-TAT Method™, what it is, and how you can use it to get off ANY opioid drug with ease.
Chapter 2: The K-TAT Method™
Before I provide you with an overview of the K-TAT Method™, let’s go back in time to the beginning of my short-lived career as a counselor at an Opiate Treatment Program. One day, a client of mine, whom we’ll call Ashley (not her real name), was very disturbed during her 60-minute counseling session with me.
She stated that the methadone had made her gain about 70 pounds in six months. Furthermore, since she was only 5’3”, this extra 50 pounds was extremely visible. In fact, she was almost unrecognizable from the day of her intake, in which she weighed no more than 120 pounds soaking wet.
Her big dilemma was this:
On one hand, the methadone was really helping to reduce her cravings for pills, as she had a big oxy habit prior to entering treatment at the program. Yet, on the other hand, methadone was causing her significant weight gain, constipation, unhealthy and red facial skin, among many other side effects, though the weight gain was the only one side effect that causing her significant psychological anguish.
It was devastating for her.
One day she was a petite blonde in good shape, with at least moderate levels of self-confidence. Then only months later, the weight gain made her extremely depressed and very self-conscious, which of course led to her constantly searching for ways to lose weight.
She couldn’t afford to switch over to Suboxone or Subutex, which she stated she used before with all of the benefits that methadone provided, but without the weight gain. After a few more months of feeling horrible about her image due to the weight gain, she told me that she was going to use an herbal supplement called “kratom” to get off methadone.
An Underground Plant for Opiate Addiction
I had never heard of it, so I asked her why it worked. She didn’t know the specifics, but she did say it prevented a person from going through severe opioid withdrawal. My interested was piqued, and later that day when I got home, I Googled “kratom.”
I began researching this herbal opiate withdrawal solution, and what I found out blew my mind. Kratom helps opiate addicts’ withdrawal symptoms because it contains active alkaloids that bind to the same opioid receptors in the brain that drugs like methadone, heroin, hydrocodone, and oxycodone bind to, thus preventing withdrawal (more on this in the next Chapter).
I learned that kratom was sold at some herb shops, smoke shops, and also online and that it was very effective for withdrawal. Several months after Ashley quit the treatment program to use kratom to get off methadone, I was walking down Newport Ave in Ocean Beach (pictured below), a beach town Southern California where I was living at the time.
As I was walking towards the beach, I saw a familiar face walking towards me. Within a few seconds of spotting this familiar face, I figured out who it was.
She recognized me as well, and as we intersected in our walking paths, we both smiled. It was my old client Ashley, and she had lost about 40 pounds. I wasn’t permitted to say high to current or ex-clients in public, per the confidentiality agreement, however, if a client chooses to say high to me first and strike up a conversation, that is permitted and I can then engage.
This is exactly what Ashley did. She came in for a big hug, and it was great to see her happy. We caught up for a few minutes, and she stated that she had been using kratom powder to prevent methadone withdrawal symptoms, as she left the treatment program on 90 mg.
Ashley stated that the kratom prevented at least 90% of her withdrawal symptoms and cravings. She was also delighted to inform me that while taking kratom in place of methadone, the weight she had gained was melting right off. It made me so happy to see her doing so well mentally and physically. After briefly catching up and partying our separate ways, Ashley said they had really pure kratom powder for sale at the herb shop two blocks away in the direction I was going.
I thanked her for letting me know about the very helpful resource and wished her the best.
From that point on, whenever I had a client tell me that methadone was causing the weight gain or other side effects that were so bad they considered getting off methadone, I let them know about how well kratom worked for one of my past clients. As far as I know, none of my clients after Ashely used kratom.
Probably somewhere around six months after learning about kratom, I put in my two weeks notice and left the field of counseling. I didn’t even think about kratom for over a year, and when I finally did think about it again, it was because I had started my blog, OpiateAddictionSupport.com, and I was brainstorming ideas for new articles that could help people quit opioids naturally.
A Different Type of Blogging
That’s when I remembered the kratom plant, how well it had helped my client Ashley, and how easily accessible it was since I lived only six blocks away from the herb shop that sold it. I spent many hours online researching the mechanisms of action, benefits, and possible risks associated with using kratom. After a week, I decided that I wanted to try the plant out for myself. I didn’t want to be the standard blogger-type that simply does objective research and writes a boring article that is pretty much exactly the same as all the other articles online.
From early on I wanted my blog to be different. I wanted to stand out from the rest of the blogs on opiate recovery. I was so passionate about helping people, and I was also thinking about creative ways to make my blog the most helpful resource online for people wanting to get off opioids at home with relative ease. Thus, I decided I would become an “investigative blogger,” and my definition of that term was a person that goes above and beyond simply copying what Wikipedia and other articles have to say about a subject.
I had never heard of the term investigative blogger before, though I had heard of an investigative journalist. Some of these journalists went to foreign countries during times of war, and put their lives at risk. When you totally immerse yourself in the subject you’re planning on writing about, I believe this makes your work more credible and a lot more fun and exciting to read.
Thus, I decided I was going to be an investigative blogger who actually tried the opiate withdrawal remedies I was going to write articles on. Luckily for me, during my years of drug addiction, I had tried many of the prescription and over-the-counter medications for opiate withdrawal. So that was a huge plus.
When it came to kratom, I had never tried it, so that’s what I did. I went to the local herb shop that carried kratom.
I bought some kratom, went home and mixed it with juice in a blender, then drank it on an empty stomach. 60 minutes later, I was almost in disbelief. I felt a mild and pleasant effect of kratom-induced natural well-being that lasted a few hours. It wasn’t exactly like taking hydrocodone or any other opioid I had ever tried (and I had tried almost all of them), but it was an herbal and mild opioid-type effect mixed with effects of drinking a cup of coffee or tea.
Over the next two weeks, I experimented with different kratom strains, dosages, and potentiators (substances that make the effects greater and the duration longer). Eventually, I felt like I had enough scientific knowledge and subjective experiences to create an epic article on using kratom for opiate addiction.
Thus, on January 7th, 2015, I wrote my article, which I titled How To Use Kratom For Opiate Withdrawal. It has now been three years since I published that article. It has over 500 comments at the end of it, and it’s by far the most-viewed page on my entire blog. Furthermore, out of those 500 comments, there is a superabundance of success stories and positive testimonials of people using kratom to get off opioids for good! I’ve also received a myriad of emails from grateful people that found my website and kratom article and used the detox-plan I created in that article to get off opioids at home in a relatively painless manner.
Over the years, numerous individuals have asked me the same few key questions regarding the use of kratom for opioid detox. Furthermore, I’ve received a plethora of comments and emails from people that have hybridized and customized my kratom detox plan to fit their own individual needs. Basically, for three years my kratom article and the comment section beneath it have served as an anecdotal “laboratory.”
Many people spend hours reading through all of the comments, and then become very excited and motivated to use my kratom protocol to the tee, or to use a variation on it based on the success stories they read in the comments section, other tips they learn on my website, and more.
The common theme that keeps showing up in these successful protocols is a 3-phase approach to using kratom to get off opioids.
Here are the 3 phases:
Phase 1 – Transition from current opioid(s) to kratom.
Phase 2 – Take a therapeutic daily dose of kratom for 2-6 weeks. A therapeutic dose is defined as taking enough kratom to prevent most or all of a person’s opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings, but not enough to get a high from it.
Phase 3 – Begin a kratom-taper protocol in which one lowers their kratom dosage at regular, scheduled intervals (e.g. every 7 or 10 days), with the intent of gradually reducing blood-opioid concentrations to significantly reduce shock to the brain and body. During Phase 3, one also uses specific supplements that may help a person feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally while tapering their kratom dosage. Finally, things such as exercise and nutrition, among other alternative modalities, are employed.
Benefits of Transitioning to Kratom
Common naysayers and opponents of kratom have very weak cases (in my opinion) as to why they don’t think kratom should be used to help someone get off opioids. In this section, I will simply provide the opposing view, and then talk about my beliefs.
I’m certainly not saying I’m right and others are wrong. But what I am saying is that I have my beliefs, and others have theirs. So, here are two sides of the story, and people have strong opinions about both.
Top Naysayer Complaint:
“Opiate addicts shouldn’t use kratom because they’ll just get addicted to it.”
This is by far the most common reason the naysayers don’t like kratom. Now I’m not mad at them for saying this, but I do have a different opinion which I need to express whenever someone brings this belief up.
Here’s what I believe:
Since I have a blog that sees a million visitors a year, I get lots of blog comments and emails from people that used kratom for opiate addiction. From my experience, it appears that, at least with the people that write to me on my website, a very small percentage of people use kratom to get off opioids, and then end up getting addicted to kratom and not being able to get off it in the timespan they wanted to.
However, here’s what I really want to hammer home on this subject. Even if 100% of the individuals using kratom to get off other opioids did, in fact, get addicted to kratom and stuck on that natural herb, isn’t it a step in the right direction?
In my opinion, being stuck on kratom is so much healthier for your body and mind than being stuck on any other opioid drug known to man. Synthetic drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and buprenorphine are much stronger than kratom, and they are much worse for your body, especially your liver, which is the organ responsible for dealing with all these drugs.
Manmade prescription drugs are hard on your liver. Kratom is nowhere near as powerful as these drugs, and furthermore, it’s a natural plant.
Kratom has immuno-modualting effects, it contains high levels of antioxidants, and oh ya, did I mention that it’s a natural plant that grows in the wild that is in the coffee family?
I just don’t see how being stuck on kratom is a bad thing, compared to being stuck on methadone, buprenorphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone, tramadol, codeine, morphine, heroin, fentanyl, or even opium.
Do the naysayers really lack that type of common sense? I don’t think so. I think they are just uninformed. They likely don’t have a clue what kratom is, what’s in it that’s healthy, etc. And they probably don’t realize how harmful prescription drugs are on the liver.
I’m positive they’re all coming from a place of wanting to help, and thus I really respect and appreciate them, and I do also value their opinions and beliefs. I just have a different viewpoint, and I feel the need to share it with as many people as possible, as do they.
Most kratom opponents come from a different background than I do. They are most often coming from a “total abstinence” background. People that identify with this school of thought don’t believe drug addicts should use drugs like Suboxone, methadone, or even natural herbs like kratom to try and quit drugs. They think it’s wrong and not effective. I do see their reasoning with this, and many people feel so strongly about their belief that they will become very enraged and outspoken towards people like me, who come from a different school of thought, and one that is entirely opposite to their beliefs.
I believe in something called “harm reduction.” Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.
Suboxone and methadone are the main types of harm reduction used for individuals with opiate addiction. While there are countless individuals that are opposed to opiate addicts being able to use these opiate replacement medications, the statistics prove that these medications are indeed significantly reducing harm.
Here are just a few of the statistics:
- Fewer people dying from opioid overdoses
- Less incarceration due to opioid use
- Less sexually transmitted diseases being spread
- Less crime
Harm reduction proponents such as myself believe that traditional drug rehab and 12-step philosophy is simply passing too much judgment on the individual and that as human beings we all have imperfections that must be accepted as a matter of course. The harm reduction viewpoint states that we need to work within our limitations in the safest, healthiest ways possible to keep those suffering from addiction alive and well.
In the case of kratom, the plant will always be under judgment from the masses of people that believe in the traditional drug treatment approach. That drug addicts need to quit all drugs and even potentially habit-forming herbal remedies, admit powerlessness over their addictions and choose to live a completely drug-free life.
I guess it’s my innate and even learned stubbornness, but when someone tells me what to do or especially how I should live my life, my gut-response is to the do the complete opposite! I always admire and respect these people for choosing to live in a way that is congruent with their beliefs, but I’m of the opinion that one should not try to force or coerce others to have these same beliefs and lifestyles.
It sort of reminds me of the ancient times long ago when certain groups of religious people would force others to adopt their religion, or they would be killed or enslaved. Of course it’s nowhere close to as serious as this, but still, it does remind me of it.
To sum up my point, I believe in the following:
1. My K-TAT Method™ is a very effective way to get off any opioid drug(s).
2. Even if a person tried the K-TAT Method™ and became addicted to kratom instead of tapering off the drug, this is a much better position to be in than being addicted to methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, heroin, or any other opioid drug.
3. People on opioids should do what they feel is right based on their own beliefs, not on the beliefs of others. Don’t just take my word for it because I sound like I know what I’m talking about. Go deep inside of yourself, do some inner-reflection, and think long and hard about this subject. Listen to both sides of viewpoints. Then, you can decide how you want to live your life, either in a way that you don’t use any drugs at all, natural or manmade, or even herbal solutions such as kratom, to get off opioids, or, you decide on using prescription drugs to get off opioids.
Okay, now that I’ve spent some time talking about the benefits of the K-TAT Method™ as well as what the opponents have to say about it, let’s move on to the next section, where I’ll be providing you with detailed information on kratom, where I’ll be discussing everything from the current legality of the plant, what it’s commonly used for, it’s mechanisms of action, and much more.
Chapter 3: Kratom Overview and Legality
A few weeks ago, CNN.com released a story titled Can the kratom plant help fix the opioid crisis? For kratom advocates such as myself and online-kratom-vendor Jim Sourek (owner of TopExtracts.com), this CNN article was a HUGE step in the right direction for keeping kratom legal in America.
Unfortunately, shortly after the FDA released a public announcement warning about the alleged dangers of kratom. In light of the FDA’s stance on kratom, it appears as though the DEA will soon make kratom illegal.
In this chapter, I’m going to provide you with detailed information on kratom, and I’ll also share my most effective methods to-date for using kratom for opiate addiction recovery.
So fasten your seatbelt…and get ready to learn how this miracle plant can help you improve overcome opiate addiction once and for all.
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant that is a member of the coffee family. For many years, countless individuals with opioid dependence, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and PTSD have been using this plant as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
Kratom is an herbal product under FDA and DEA policies and, as such, is considered to be a legal substance in most of the U.S. (but this is probably changing soon).
DEA Attempts to Ban Kratom
In August of 2016, kratom’s legality was in serious jeopardy. The DEA announced its intent to temporarily place mitragynine (kratom’s main active alkaloid) into Schedule I on August 31, 2016.
The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) empowers the U.S. Attorney General to place a previously unscheduled substance temporarily into Schedule I if the DEA (in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services) determines it is necessary “to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.
Placing a drug on Schedule I means that in the DEA’s view, the drug has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Public Outcry in Defense of Kratom
According to an article written by Gerald Gianutsos, PhD, JD, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, “The DEA’s action did not go unnoticed. A public backlash to the proposed ban quickly developed. This included organized efforts by advocacy groups such as the American Kratom Association and the Botanical Educational Alliance, a demonstration near the White House, phone calls to Congress, and a petition sent to the White House with over 100,000 signatures.
In general, the reaction stressed the view that kratom does not possess the harm that the DEA claimed and that it is useful in managing pain and other conditions, as well as in reducing opiate addiction; therefore, it should remain available to the public without restrictions.
Advocates maintained that kratom is safer than prescription opioids and that the relatively low number of deaths attributed to kratom when compared with opiates is due to other drugs being used simultaneously. Many testimonials from users touting kratom’s beneficial effects quickly appeared on numerous websites.”
Due to all of these efforts, the ban on kratom was postponed, and things were looking good for it to stay legal up until recent unfortunate developments.
Here is an infographic on the ordeal:
Chapter 4: What is Kratom and How Does it Work?
Mitragyna speciosa (kratom) is an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia and is a member of the coffee family. Kratom has become a very popular natural remedy for opiate withdrawal due to its action on the body’s opioid receptors.
Though kratom is not an opiate (defined as any drug derived from the opium poppy plant), it is, however, a partial opioid agonist. Opioid agonists are natural or synthetic (man-made) substances that do not come from the opium poppy plant, yet still, bind to the same opioid receptors that opiates bind to.
Kratom is not a full opioid agonist, but rather only a partial opioid agonist. It only activates the opioid receptors partially. This means that it’s not as strong as most opiates and opioids. Furthermore, it doesn’t cause respiratory depression like opiates do, making kratom a very safe herbal remedy.
The following diagram provides a visual representation of this phenomenon:
Thus, kratom can be described as “a natural plant that binds to the opioid receptors in a gentle and soothing way, which enables it to be used medicinally for a variety of both physical and mental health issues.
Kratom’s painkilling and opioid withdrawal relief effects are due to its active alkaloids. Mitragynine, the major alkaloid in kratom, is a partial opioid agonist producing similar effects to morphine. An interesting minor alkaloid of kratom, 7-hyrdoxymitragynine, has been reported to be more potent than morphine.
Both kratom alkaloids activate supraspinal mu- and delta- opioid receptors, which is the main reason the plant alleviates withdrawal symptoms so well.
Medicinal Effects of Kratom
Kratom has a wide range of medicinal benefits that most people don’t know about. The medicinal effects of kratom are highly flexible and diverse due to its unique alkaloid profile, which is unlike any other plant known to exist.
These effects are:
- Pain Relief
- Opiate Withdrawal Relief
- Opiate Maintenance/Transitional Substance
- Energy Promotion
- Anxiolytic (Anti-Anxiety)
- Depression Relief
- Insomnia Relief
- Immune System Stimulation
- Nootropic (Cognition Enhancing)
- Lowers Blood Sugar
In addition to this large range of medicinal applications, kratom also has other positive secondary properties such as high-antioxidant and vitamin content, which has made it worthwhile for general health purposes as well. The following info was found in The Kratom Bible: A Complete Guide to Kratom.
Here is a list of the 28 identified active alkaloids present in kratom:
- 7-hydroxymitragynine – Analgesic/painkiller (opiod receptor agonist), antidiarrheal, antitussive – 1.5 – 2.5%
- Mitragynine – Analgesic/painkiller (opiod receptor agonist), antidiarrheal, antitussive, adrenergic receptor agonist (mild stimulant), antimalarial – 40 – 75% [Lowest recorded content: 12%]
- Speciogynine – Smooth Muscle Relaxer – 6.5 – 7.2%
- Mitraphylline – Muscle relaxer, vasodilator, anti-hypertensive, anti-amnesic, immune system stimulant, anti-leukemic – less than 1%
- Epicatechin (EGC) – Antioxidant, antiviral, anti-mutagenic, anti-leukemic, anti inflammatory, anti-diabetic. Commonly found in green tea. – 1%
- 9-Hydroxycorynantheidine – Painkiller/analgesic – 1%
- Corynantheidine – Mu opiod Antagonist – less than 1%
- Isomitraphylline – Immune System Stimulant – less than 1%
- Isomitrafoline – Immune System Stimulant – less than 1%
- Isorhynchophylline – Immune System Stimulant – less than 1%
- Isopteropodine – Immune System Stimulant – less than 1%
- Ciliaphylline – Analgesic, antitussive – less than 1%
- Corynoxine A – Dopamine Mediator – less than 1%
- Corynoxine B – Dopamine Mediator – less than 1%
- Ajmalicine – Sedative (Anti-Adrenergic), increase blood flow to brain, smooth muscle relaxer – less than 1%
- Rhynchophylline – Anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, anti-hypertensive – less than 1%
- Speciociliatine – Mild opiod receptor agonist – less than 1%
- Speciophylline – Anti-leukemic – less than 1%
- Tetrahydroalstonine – Anti-adrenergic, lowers blood sugar – less than 1%
- Akuammigine – inactive – less than 1%
- Mitrafoline – inactive – less than 1%
- Mitraversine – inactive – less than 1%
- Speciofoline – inactive – less than 1%
- Stipulatine – inactive – less than 1%
Are there Risks with Kratom?
Due to kratom’s ability to bind to opioid receptors and cause opioid effects (euphoria, pain relief, mood-lift, etc.), this means it does have the potential to be habit-forming.
Most individuals are able to use kratom medicinally, although a very small percentage of kratom users take the plant for recreational purposes, and some develop a habit.
After long-term daily use, it’s possible to develop a physiological dependence on kratom. When this occurs, you can avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms by tapering off kratom over the span of a few weeks or longer. Otherwise, kratom withdrawal can lead to irritability, in a similar way to caffeine withdrawal.
Kratom is safe in almost every regard, as there have been no known deaths from this plant, except in combination with other dangerous substances.
Best Kratom Strains For Opiate Addiction Recovery
Due to kratom’s action on the opioid receptors, it is extremely effective at assisting an individual to quit opiates and mitigate withdrawal symptoms for both prescription opiates and illicit opiates.
You can find many cases of people using kratom for opiate withdrawal and addiction to both help transition to sobriety, and to combat cravings and post-acute withdrawal symptoms as a maintenance substance.
My favorite kratom strains for opiate withdrawal:
- Classic Red Bali
- Borneo (Red and White)
- Red Maeng Da
- Kali Super Green
- Yellow Indo
The kratom effects vary depending on the strain color and dosage used.
Kratom Strains and Dosage Effects
For instance, lower dosages in the 2-6 gram range could produce stimulating effects, while higher dosages from 7-10 grams or more can lead to more pain relief and sedation.
Furthermore, the red kratom strains tend to be the most sedating, while the white strains are typically more stimulating. The green strains are typically not as stimulating as white strains, and not as sedating as red ones, and fall somewhere in the middle of the two.
Dosage has been a key factor for those looking for specific effects. By dosing too low, the medicinal capabilities are nulled, while dosing too high can often lead to relatively harmless, but potentially unpleasant side-effects, such as the “wobbles” and minor nausea. To learn about kratom dosages, refer below.
Average dosage by grams:
- Mild – 1 to 2 grams (.5 to .9 tsp)
- Moderate – 2-4.5 grams (1 to 2 tsp)
- High – 4.5 – 8 grams (2 to 3.5 tsp)
Where to Buy Kratom Online
These days there are plenty of online kratom vendors to choose from. However, all kratom vendors are not created equal. I’ve tried many kratom vendors that had low quality kratom where the kratom either had weak effects, or it made me sick, or both.
After trying several online kratom vendors, I finally found one that I could do permanent business with. My favorite online kratom vendor is TopExtracts.com. I highly recommend and endorse this company as it has premium kratom that is pure, high-quality, and priced to sell.
You can read my full Top Extracts Review to learn more and also get a coupon code to save 15% off your first purchase.
Chapter 5: Opiate Addiction 101
Now that you have detailed knowledge on the medicinal benefits of kratom, it’s time to provide you with an overview on opiate addiction, and how you can use kratom to comfortably transition off any opioid drug.
Let’s begin by talking about how opiates work in the body…
Opiates are drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. Opioids are synthetic or natural drugs that do not originate from the opium poppy plant, however, they still bind to the same opioid receptors in the brain and body that opiates bind to, resulting in the same types of effects.
Despite all of the associated negative aspects (addiction, overdose, crime, etc.), prescription opiates still have a positive intent. They are commonly prescribed in the treatment of moderate to severe pain.
These drugs, along with heroin, attach to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are located on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, GI tract, and other organs.
Once these drugs attach to the opioid receptors, their effects come on, which include, but are not limited to:
- Pain Relief
As human beings, we already have an endogenous painkilling system that is capable of producing pain relief, sedation, and euphoria.
For example, imagine a man who has just run five miles along the beach.
As a result of this intense physical exertion, his body naturally produces its own opioid chemicals, known as endorphins and enkephalins, thus reducing pain, and promoting euphoria naturally (“runners high”).
Tolerance and Dependence
We already produce natural opioid chemicals (endorphins/enkephalins) in the precise amounts our bodies were designed to handle. The problem arises when an individual has been using an opioid drug for a period of time.
After prolonged use of opioid drugs, the production of endogenous opioids is inhibited, which accounts in part for the withdrawal syndrome that results from the immediate cessation of the drug.
The continuous use of opioids overrides our natural ability to produce endorphins and enkephalins.
The brain comes to rely on the drugs to create these neurotransmitters.
When a person stops using the opioid drug, the brain doesn’t start creating these endogenous opioids right away. It short-circuits, leading to withdrawal symptoms, and deteriorating psychological function.
Whether an individual is abusing opioids or even taking them as prescribed by a physician, the continued use quickly leads to tolerance. Tolerance is a state of adaptation in which exposure to a drug induces changes that result in a decrease of the drug’s effects over time.
If an individual continues using opioids after a tolerance has been established, they will eventually develop a physiological dependence.
Dependence develops when the neurons adapt to the repeated drug exposure and only function normally in the presence of the drug.
Opiate Withdrawal Syndrome
When a dependent individual abruptly stops taking opioids (leading opioid-blood concentration to fall below the required level), the now opioid-tolerant central nervous system (CNS) goes haywire. With no inhibitive stimulation to satisfy receptors, the pathways of the CNS fire signals strenuously, performing at a level much higher than pre-dependence levels.
Now the locus coeruleus responds by triggering the autonomic fight or flight response. What results is known as the opioid withdrawal syndrome, and it’s one of the most horrific experiences an individual could even go through.
Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Now that you have a good overview of how the whole process starts, we can now review the physical, mental, and emotional opiate withdrawal symptoms that result from the abrupt cessation of opioid drugs.
Please note that these opiate withdrawal symptoms can also result from lowering your dosage too quickly on an opiate taper. Tapering is lowering your dosage systemically over a predetermined time frame, which significantly reduces the shock to your body that a cold-turkey detox creates.
Physical opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
Mental/Emotional opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
- Anhedonia (Inability to Feel Pleasure)
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Inability to Relax
- Lack of Motivation
As you can see, there are plenty of unpleasant opiate withdrawal symptoms that can afflict you while lowering your dosage too fast, or coming off opioids cold-turkey. The really awful aspect of opiate withdrawal is that you get hit with a ton of different physical and psychological opiate withdrawal symptoms.
If it were just one or the other, it wouldn’t be near as horrific of an experience.
But alas this isn’t the case.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological, and most of the time these symptoms are very severe.
Now let’s move on to the next section, where you’ll learn about the opiate withdrawal timeline.
Opioid Withdrawal Timeline: Short-Acting Opioids
How long do opiate withdrawal symptoms last? That depends on a number of factors. The main element which determines when your opiate withdrawal symptoms will start, when they will peak, and when they will finally subside, is the type of opioid drug you’ve been taking.
For instance, if you’ve been using short-acting opiates like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, heroin, or other short-acting opiates, the opiate withdrawal symptoms typically begin around the 12-hour mark.
So 12 hours after your last dose of a short-acting opiate, the mild opiate withdrawal symptoms will begin to arise.
Here is a brief overview of the opiate withdrawal symptoms timeline after stopping the use of short-acting opiates:
- Day 1 – Unpleasant opiate withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to get through the day.
- Day 2 – A significant increase in the severity of opiate withdrawal symptoms.
- Days 3-4 – Opiate withdrawal symptoms peak and are the most severe during these final two days.
- Day 5 – The acute withdrawal phase is technically over, and the opiate withdrawal symptoms become much less severe, though you still feel them a lot.
Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline: Long-Acting Opioids
If you’ve been taking long-acting opiates such as Morphine Extended-Release, or long-acting opioids such as methadone, Suboxone, Subutex, Probuphine, or Zubsolv, the acute withdrawal starts much later than the 12-hour mark.
Due to the long-acting and long half-life effect of these drugs, you’ll typically start to experience acute opiate withdrawal symptoms around 30 hours after your last dose. If you haven’t tapered off these drugs, but are going through a cold-turkey detox, the acute withdrawal phase might last a lot longer than 4 days.
The acute opiate withdrawal symptoms might last up to 7 days or even longer.
I’ve had several clients at the methadone clinic I used to work at tell me they went to jail and had to come off methadone cold-turkey with no medicine to help.
Many of them stated they went through acute opioid withdrawal for a month or longer.
Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
Many opiate users have successfully managed to get past the acute opiate withdrawal symptoms phase, only to realize that the struggle was far from being over. Though the symptoms, duration, and severity vary, an estimated 90% of all opiate abusers experience Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) to some degree after the acute withdrawal is over.
To accurately and simply define PAWS, let’s break down the meaning of each individual word:
- Post – “After”
- Acute – “Very serious or dangerous; requiring serious attention or action”
- Withdrawal – “The discontinuance of administration or use of a drug”
- Syndrome – “A group of symptoms”
Simply put, PAWS is a group of symptoms that occur after an individual has gone through the serious withdrawal phase induced by the discontinuation of drugs.
In his popular book, Staying Sober: A Guide For Relapse Prevention, Terence Gorski states the following:
Post-acute withdrawal is a group of symptoms of addictive disease that occur as a result of abstinence from addictive chemicals. In the alcoholic/addict these symptoms appear seven to fourteen days into abstinence, after stabilization from the acute withdrawal. Post-acute withdrawal is a bio/psycho/social syndrome. It results from a combination of damage to the nervous system caused by alcohol or drugs and the psychosocial stress of coping with life without drugs or alcohol.”
PAWS can last anywhere from a few weeks to several years. In fact, there is even a possibility that opiate PAWS can continue for the rest of an individual’s life after quitting opiates. Unfortunately, there is really no way to determine how long it will last.
Luckily, things like supplementation, nutrition, and exercise can help you reduce the severity and timeline of PAWS symptoms. My K-TAT Method™ is going to provide you with a holistic bio/psycho/social treatment plan that can help you have a relatively easy time with PAWS.
There is a wide range of symptoms an individual might experience from PAWS. Post-acute opiate withdrawal symptoms will vary from person to person. Post-acute opiate withdrawal symptoms will also vary in severity from person to person.
Some common post-acute opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Inability to think clearly
- Memory problems
- Emotional overreactions or numbness
- Physical coordination problems
- Stress sensitivity
- Increased susceptibility to emotional and physical pain
- Gastrointestinal (GI) issues
- Intense cravings to use opiates
- Drug dreams
- Inability to experience pleasure (“pleasure deafness”)
I strongly believe that the last two symptom (“pleasure deafness” and fatigue) is the #1 reason why most individuals going through PAWS relapse within the first 90 days of getting sober.
Going weeks to months without feeling any pleasure in life, and on top of that having no energy or motivation, is in my opinion more detrimental to recovery than any of the other post-acute opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Chapter 6: How To Use The Kratom-Transition-And-Taper Method™ For Opiate Recovery
Now we’ve reached the “nuts and bolts” section of the book. Here you’ll learn exactly what to do in a simple step-by-step action plan, which will guide you through the process of using kratom to conquer opioid addiction once and for all.
It’s been close to three years since I wrote my first article on kratom, which I titled How To Use Kratom For Opiate Withdrawal. There are over 500 comments at the end of that article, and many of them are success stories of people using the plan in the article to quit opioids from home!!!
Now that it’s been three years since I wrote that article, I’ve learned a ton of new strategies and tactics for using kratom to get off opioids, and I’ve incorporated the best ones in this book. You’re going to be stoked!
This system can work for anyone.
It doesn’t matter if you’re taking oxycodone, hydrocodone, Suboxone, methadone, Subutex, morphine, codeine, tramadol, heroin, poppy seed tea (PST), or even kratom…this plan will help any person taking any type of opioid(s).
Make a Decision!!!
Learning how to get off opioids with kratom is not difficult. Anyone can read this plan I’ve created and understand the principles I teach. That’s the easy part.
But I can tell you right now with absolute certainty…most of the people on opioids do not recover from addiction long-term.
Why??? Because most individuals on opioids never make it A MUST. Rather, they tell themselves things like I SHOULD get off opioids. They hope they will be successful, and when they are not, they take it as a failure.
But I’ll tell you right now, every time you fail you learn something. You learn what doesn’t work. Then the next time you try it you have less anxiety. That’s progress in every sense of the word.
Do you think I was able to get off opioids the first time I ever tried? No way!!! I fell FLAT ON MY FACE.
Life will always knock you down; that’s inevitable. But it’s not whether or not you get knocked down…it’s how many times you are able to get back up, brush yourself off, learn from your mistakes, and try even harder (+ smarter) the next time.
In the end, I was successful at getting off opioids because somewhere along the line I made a decision that I didn’t want to be on medication.
One of my top values in life is health, so I couldn’t stand the thought of being on a medication that altered my brain chemistry…especially one that made me go through a horrific opiate withdrawal syndrome if I stopped taking it!
Make Getting Off Opiates A MUST
If you’re serious about learning how to use kratom to get off opioids and doing whatever it takes to achieve your goal, this plan is for you. If you want to be successful, you’ll need to decide right here and now that using the K-TAT Method™ to get off opioids is a MUST, not a SHOULD.
Get out a pen and piece of paper and write down all of the reasons why you MUST use kratom to get off opioids. Commit to your goal. Know that you might fail several times, but as long as you keep going for it and learning from your mistakes, you’re sure to succeed in the long run.
Transition to Kratom
Regardless of what opioid drug(s) you’re currently using, I’m here to tell you that it’s possible and simple to make a comfortable transition onto kratom. Are you taking 100 mg of methadone a day? 40 mg of oxycodone? 150 mg of hydrocodone? 16 mg of Suboxone? A gram of heroin?
No matter what unique situation you’re in, trust me when I say that kratom has the healing power to help you transition off what you’re currently taking.
I’ve seen people on well-over 100 mg of methadone or even several grams of heroin transition to kratom with ease. And not only do these people not report feeling bad after transitioning over to kratom, in fact, many report that they actually feel much better after switching to the natural plant that Mother Nature has created for medicinal use. Check out how beautiful Mother Nature is in the image below.
How to Switch Over to Kratom with Ease
Transitioning from your current opioid(s) to kratom is simple. You simply purchase some kratom from a reputable online vendor (I recommend TopExtracts.com), then you plan which day you’re going to make the switch.
On the morning of Day 1 off your current opioid(s), you simply take between 1-3 teaspoons of kratom mixed with water or juice, or in a cup of tea, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, depending on your current level of opioid dependence severity.
Then you repeat this process 3-6 times a day. Start off with 1 tsp, wait 60 minutes, and if you still have opiate withdrawal symptoms, take another teaspoon. And if that still doesn’t do the trick, you may need up to 3-4 tsp of kratom.
Typically 3 tsp is plenty, as that is around 9 grams, though not exactly because different kratom strains weight different amounts as some are heavier than others. You can also use a digital scale to weigh the kratom out to exact dosages if you like, but it’s not necessary.
The first day of your kratom transition you’re simply trying to figure out the perfect size kratom dose to eliminate opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Once you experiment on yourself, by Day 2 you should have your routine down solid.
Duration of Kratom Stabilization
Your main goal is to take a daily amount of kratom that is enough to stabilize you. Stabilization is when you feel decent on kratom, allowing you to complete your daily responsibilities such as work, school, childcare, or whatever things you have to tend to.
The duration of your kratom stabilization period will vary depending on what opioid(s) you were taking before making the transition to kratom. If you were taking short-acting opioids, you could remain stabilized on kratom for 1-2 weeks before starting your holistic kratom taper (explained in next step).
If you were taking long-acting opioids before making the transition to kratom, you should remain stabilized on kratom for at least 3 weeks before starting your kratom taper plan.
The reason for a longer kratom stabilization period after using long-acting opioids is because it typically takes around three weeks for these drugs to completely leave your system.
Once you’ve been stabilized on kratom for at least 1-3 weeks or longer, you’re ready to begin my Holistic Kratom Taper Method, which I’ve optimized to a level of complete…utter…AWESOMENESS.
Create Your Kratom Taper Plan
Tapering kratom is systemically reducing the amount of daily kratom usage at regular, preassigned intervals and dosage decreases. Tapering off kratom is preferable to coming off opioids cold-turkey because it’s much less of a system-shock to your brain chemistry, thus significantly reducing withdrawal symptoms.
Now, let’s go over a few Tapering 101 basics:
- Slow tapers are easier on your body than fast tapers (the slower you go, the fewer withdrawal symptoms you experience).
- Everyone is biochemically unique (what works for one person won’t necessarily work for everyone).
- Take only as much kratom as is necessary to prevent you from going into withdrawal (you’re not trying to get high or feel good, only to keep from getting sick).
- It takes serious discipline to adhere to a kratom tapering protocol (giving your kratom to someone you can trust and having them only give you the dosage on your taper schedule is highly recommended).
- “The lower you go, the slower you go” (it might be easy to taper quickly from 30 grams of kratom per day to 20 grams of kratom per day, however, it’s better to slow it down towards the end of the taper because it will be less of a shock to your body).
Since everyone reading this book is going to have varying levels of addiction severity and their own unique biochemical makeup, there is no way I can outline a “one size fits all” kratom taper schedule. However, I will provide you with some detailed examples so you can get a good understanding of how to implement a kratom taper plan into your own life.
Example #1: Garrett the Surfer
Garrett is a surfer that started taking Percocet after he injured his back performing a technical maneuver on a fast wave. His doctor prescribed him to take 5 mg oxycodone pills, 4 times per day. Mike found that the oxy gave him more than just pain relief. The medication also gave him energy, confidence, happiness, and the feeling that he could do anything he wanted in the world.
He quickly started taking more oxy than was prescribed, and within three months Garrett was purchasing illegal oxy off the street, and taking an average dosage of 100 mg per day.
Garret transition from oxy to kratom with ease and his daily stabilization dosage was 6 grams of Classic Red Bali kratom, about 4-5 times a day. Garret remained stabilized on kratom for 2 weeks before starting his Holistic Kratom Taper.
If I had to come up with a kratom taper plan for Garrett, it might look like this:
- Week 1: 5 grams of kratom 4x daily
- Week 2: 4 grams of kratom 4x daily
- Week 3: 3 grams of kratom 4x daily
- Week 4: 2 grams of kratom 3x daily
- Week 5: 2 grams of kratom 3x daily
- Week 6: 1 gram of kratom 3x daily
- Week 7: Transition off kratom
Example #2: Luke the Firefighter
Luke started working as a firefighter a few years after he graduated from high school, following in the footsteps of his father and two older brothers. After 10 years on the job, he began to have issues with his right knee. He finally had knee surgery, and his doctor placed him on 30 mg of hydrocodone per day. Two weeks after the surgery, Luke was in a car crash and severely injured his neck and back. His doctor upped the hydrocodone dosage to 60 mg per day.
After taking 60 mg of hydrocodone every day for six months, the doctor told Luke he was taking him off the medication because his injuries were healed. The first day Luke went without pills he didn’t know why he felt so bad. He had a runny nose, teary eyes, and he had anxiety, fatigue, and stomach discomfort all day long. Luke called a friend, and they told him he was going through hydrocodone withdrawal.
Luke’s friend came over and brought him some Classic Red Bali kratom and White Borneo kratom. He told Luke to use a mixture of 50/50 of each of the strains of kratom. Luke became stabilized on kratom quickly. He was very impressed and surprised that he only needed to take 5 grams of the 50/50 red strain/white strain kratom blend to feel better. He took this kratom dosage 4x per day, for a total of 20 grams of daily kratom to remain stabilized.
After three weeks being stabilized on 20 grams of kratom per day, Luke was ready to start his Holistic Kratom Taper Plan.
If I had to come up with a kratom taper plan for Luke, it might look like this:
- Days 1-10: Take 4 grams of kratom 4x per day
- Days 11-20: Take 3 grams of kratom 4x per day
- Days 21-30: Take 3.5 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 31-40: Take 2.5 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 41-50: Take 2 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 51-60: Take 1.5 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 61-80: Take 1 gram of kratom 3x per day
- Day 81: Transition off kratom
Example #3: Heidi the Construction Worker
Heidi started working construction straight out of high school, following in the footsteps of her father and two older brothers. After twenty years on the job, she was married with children. However, she found out that her husband was having an affair with her best friend, so she divorced him, and then he married her best friend.
This whole situation led to Heidi going through a deep and long depression. One day at work, Heidi complained that her lower back was hurting. A male co-worker and friend of hers at the construction site offered her a 10/325 Norco. She had never taken an opiate before but decided to because her friend assured her it would take care of the pain.
And he was right, only it took care of more than just the physical pain. After nine months of depression and anxiety, Heidi finally got the complete relief she had been wishing for. She felt great. No more emotional pain from her loved ones stabbing her in the back, and no more feeling sorry for herself.
The Norco made her feel like she could conquer the world. Heidi asked her friend if he had any more, and he kicked her down a few extra. Fast-forward 90 days and Heidi is in a relationship with her friend that gave her the Norco. Both Heidi and her boyfriend were addicted to Norco, and Heidi had a habit that was costing her all of her savings in the bank. Six months after being addicted to Norco, she was taking an average of 140 mg a day.
Heidi could no longer afford to purchase Norco illegally at the high price their dealer sold it for, so she transitioned from Norco to kratom. It took a dose of 8 grams of kratom, 4-5 times a day to stabilize Heidi. She ended up being stabilized on kratom for 37 days before she started her kratom taper.
If I had to come up with a kratom taper plan for Heidi, it might look like this:
- Days 1-10: Take 7 grams of kratom 4x per day
- Days 11-20: Take 5 grams of kratom 4x per day
- Days 21-30: Take 4 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 31-40: Take 3.5 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 41-50: Take 3 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 51-60: Take 2.5 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 61-80: Take 2 grams of kratom 3x per day
- Days 81-100: Take 1.5 grams of kratom morning and night
- Day 101: – Transition off kratom
More Tips on Tapering off Kratom
At this point, I need to stress the fact that it takes more than just a strategic kratom taper schedule to get off opioids with ease. Having a great taper protocol planned out is just one element of the Holistic Kratom Taper Plan.
In the steps that follow this one, you’ll learn how to harness the power of nutrition, supplementation, exercise, and more to improve your chances of getting off AND staying off opioids for good! So use one of the kratom taper schedules I mentioned above in the examples, or create your own taper schedule using what you’ve learned.
Here are some more tips to help you taper off kratom with ease:
- Resist urges to use a little extra when you’re not feeling great – This messes with the taper.
- A decrease of 10% of the original dose per week is a reasonable starting point. Some people who have taken opioids for a long time might find even slower tapers (e.g., 10% per month) easier.
- You can typically taper off faster at the beginning because you’re starting from a higher dose, but as you get lower it can helpful to slow the taper down, and even take 7-10 day breaks if needed.
- Listen to your body and adjust tapering speed as needed.
- And don’t obsess about it like this lady in the picture below!!!
Chapter 7: Learn How Opioids Affect Your Brain
If you really want to know how to use kratom to get off opioids, I believe it’s important for you to have at least a basic understanding of how brain chemistry can become deficient while taking opioids.
The following information can help you to better understand why it’s so difficult to quit opioids and stay clean long-term.
There are essentially two primary disruptions in the body from the continued use of opioids:
- Endorphin deficiency
- Dopamine deficiency
Endorphins and dopamine are neurotransmitters, which are substances that transmit nerve impulses across a synapse. The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breath, and your stomach to digest.
They also play a HUGE role in mood, concentration, sleep and weight, and can cause a number of negative consequences when they become out of balance.
Brain chemistry can become disrupted in the following ways:
- Prolonged use of alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes
- Toxins in the environment
- Physical or emotional stress
- Genetic predispositions
- Nutritional deficiencies
Note: It is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels, and in daily opioid users…I’m sure it’s 100%.
There are two types of neurotransmitters:
- Inhibitory – Calms the brain and acts as a mental relaxant
- Excitatory – Stimulates the brain
Note: As I stated earlier, the continued use of opioids causes two primary deficiencies: endorphin (inhibitory) and dopamine (excitatory and inhibitory).
Endorphins are our natural painkillers (natural morphine). Our bodies release endorphins when we exercise. Perhaps you’ve heard of “runners high,” which describes a euphoric feeling produced by the massive production of endorphins after running long distances.
Endorphins promote joy, euphoria, and contentment; and that leads us to why opioids make you feel so good…
Different drugs mimic different neurotransmitters. Opioids specifically mimic endorphins. That’s why opioids are so beneficial at relieving pain and producing euphoria. When an opioid is taken, the body produces massive amounts of endorphins in quantities our bodies weren’t designed to handle.
If you use opioids consistently over a period of time, the body starts making more opioid receptors, and that’s how tolerance is developed. Now the brain has become dependent on opiates to produce endorphins, and it stops making them naturally.
The problem arises when someone on opiates lowers their dosage considerably or comes off completely. You are now supplying your body with fewer endorphins from the drugs, but your brain doesn’t supply you with the rest.
Your brain short circuits, and therein lies the problem. What results is a massive endorphin deficiency leading to increased sensitivity to physical and emotional pain, among other problems.
Dopamine is our main focus neurotransmitter. Dopamine is also responsible for our drive or desire to get things done…our motivation. Dopamine lifts the dark clouds of depression, is responsible for feelings of pleasure, and plays a role in the “reward system” in the brain. Prolonged use of opiates leads to continuous spikes in dopamine levels.
Over time, the brain eventually adjusts natural production of the neurotransmitter to compensate for the presence of drugs. Due to both the over-activation of dopamine during periods of opiate intoxication and long-term changes in brain chemistry, natural dopamine levels become lowered and depleted. Once your dopamine levels are depleted, it’s virtually impossible to experience pleasure without using the drug.
Things that used to provide you with pleasure no longer do so:
- Job promotion
- Your kid does well in a soccer game
- Listening to your favorite music
You no longer derive enjoyment from these activities. It now takes a huge spike in dopamine (drugs, sex, gambling etc.) to feel pleasure. This is one of the top reasons why individuals often relapse within a few months of getting off opioids…they have anhedonia (pleasure deafness), life basically sucks, and they are also sensitive to physical and emotional pain due to the endorphin deficiency.
Enough is enough…they feel like they can’t go on feeling so bad every day, so they use…thus, the cycle continues. Fortunately, you’ve read this far…and now I’m going to teach you how to break the cycle!
Chapter 8: Follow the K-TAT Method™ Nutrition Plan
Nutrition plays a critical role when you’re using kratom to quit opioids. A big reason why some people turn to addictive substances in the first place is that they are not getting the nutrients they need from their diets.
This can result in a variety of health problems. When this lack of nutrition leads to disruptions in brain chemistry…anxiety, depression, and other mental issues can develop. If you’re serious about learning how to end your addiction with the least amount of discomfort imaginable, the following nutritional guidelines can help you achieve your goal.
Amino Acids & Neurotransmitters
Remember learning about the opioid-induced endorphin/dopamine deficiency you just read about? You might have thought to yourself: “Well that’s just great! But how am I supposed to correct these imbalances?! 🙁
There are several ways, some of the most powerful being:
- Regular exercise
- Supplements that restore healthy neurotransmitter production
- A healthy diet rich in quality proteins
I will cover supplements and exercise in the following steps…but for now, let’s really dive into the basics of the K-TAT Method™ nutritional protocol.
There’s so much information available on different types of diets that it has actually made my brain hurt! Oh, my oh my…which one to choose?! After years of trial and error, I finally found a great way of eating healthy for my unique biochemistry, and I urge you to do the same.
At this moment, however, let’s concentrate on a solid dietary plan to restore healthy brain function, shall we? The foundation of this nutritional protocol involves the regular consumption of high-quality proteins. Protein foods are made up of amino acids.
The body converts these amino acids into neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are responsible for many functions, and many of these chemical messengers significantly affect our behavior and moods.
Below is a list of the most important neurotransmitters for mental health:
- Endorphins/enkephalins – Our natural painkillers; they promote feelings of physical relaxation, joy, and produce a natural high.
- Serotonin – Responsible for feelings of being emotionally relaxed and happy.
- Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) – Mentally relaxing, your brains natural Valium.
- Catecholamines – Dopamine is in this class of neurotransmitters; responsible for concentration and euphoria.
A deficiency in these neurotransmitters can lead to you experiencing the opposite effect. For example, if you aren’t producing enough catecholamines you will tend to be tired and have a hard time concentrating. If you are deficient in GABA this can easily lead to anxiety. A lack of serotonin can cause depression. Become deficient in endorphins and you risk becoming overly sensitive to both physical and emotional pain.
Drugs Mimic Neurotransmitters
If someone were abusing amphetamine or methamphetamine drugs, they would become deficient in the class of neurotransmitters known as catecholamines. Alcoholics and individuals taking Xanax or other benzodiazepine drugs find themselves suffering from a GABA deficiency once they stop using these substances.
To view an epic table showing the relationship between drugs and neurotransmitters, click on the link below:
Eat Quality Proteins
Protein contains amino acids, so it has a powerful effect on enhancing mood by increasing neurotransmitters in the brain; including endorphins, dopamine, GABA, and serotonin.
To overcome addiction, it can be very helpful to consume a high amino acid diet. You certainly don’t have to eat like this for the rest of your life, but it can boost your mood and energy levels a great deal while coming off opiates.
Here are some examples of foods that are high in protein:
- Cottage Cheese
- Greek Yogurt
Here are some examples of kratom-taper meals:
- Breakfast: Three-egg omelet with sauteed veggies, two pieces of turkey bacon, and homemade breakfast potatoes; or a smoothie with apple juice, strawberries, banana, and whey protein powder.
- Lunch: Grilled chicken sandwich on a sprouted whole wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and melted cheese, and a garden salad on the side.
- Dinner: Baked salmon with a sweet potato and steamed asparagus.
For healthy brain chemistry, consume at least 20-30 grams of quality protein 2-3 times per day. If you’re vegetarian, choose foods such as legumes, quinoa, eggs, etc.
Consume Fruits, Veggies, and Healthy Fats
Make sure to consume plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, and healthy fats. This nutritional protocol is all about boosting mood, increasing energy, and overall health/well-being. Therefore, don’t leave out the fruits and veggies!!!
They are packed with nutrients, fiber, and water, they provide the body with alkalinity (which increases your natural energy!)…and they taste delicious. Healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds can help boost brain chemistry functioning, along with many other health benefits.
These nutritional guidelines can help you feel great:
- Focus primarily on organic whole foods.
- Reduce or eliminate processed foods, refined carbohydrates, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
- Drink at least 8-12 glasses of high-quality water per day.
- Choose wild-caught seafood and free-range/organic meats as much as possible.
- Make sure to eat a SUPERABUNDANCE of fresh fruit and raw veggies, along with some cooked veggies as well.
- Eat your food at a slow or moderate pace (not fast!) and chew it well to absorb as many nutrients as possible.
- Don’t drink with meals because it slows digestion. You can drink beverages 15 minutes before or 30 minutes after meals.
- Avoid ice-cold beverages because it puts out your digestive fire; you can drink cool beverages if you like.
- Don’t overeat at meals! Eat to the point where you have a little room left in your stomach…this helps digestion and increases energy levels.
- Practice mindfulness when eating. Focus on the taste of the food and imagine yourself absorbing copious amounts of nutrition from it.
Learning how to eat healthily is a process. Start taking small steps right away, and continue to work on improving your diet. Don’t worry about overnight perfection…in fact, don’t worry about perfection at all! Don’t stress out about it; strive to eat healthy 80-90% of the time, and the rest of the time eat whatever you desire.
Also, you might go through withdrawal while you’re cleaning up your diet…FOOD withdrawal!!! Reducing or eliminating sugar, white flour, cheese, caffeine, and other dietary ingredients can make you feel horrible. Hang in there. Once you’re no longer addicted to these foods you will feel much healthier and energized.
Chapter 9: Follow the K-TAT METHOD™ Supplement Protocol
Opiate Withdrawal Supplement
Opiate Withdrawal Supplement is a popular product that was specifically designed for people getting off opioids. It contains a powerful and synergistic blend of amino acids, herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that have been shown to significantly ameliorate opioid withdrawal symptoms.
This supplement may help you taper off opioids in the following ways:
- Enhances Mood
- Eases Stomach Discomfort
- Increases Natural Energy
- Calms Anxiety
- Restores Dopamine Production Quickly
- Reverses Depression
- Reverses Insomnia
Directions: Take as directed on the bottle.
More and more individuals are starting to enjoy the benefits of using DL-Phenylalanine to taper off kratom. DL-Phenylalanine, also known as DLPA, is a combination amino acid supplement consisting of L-Phenylalanine and D-Phenylalanine.
L-Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid found in protein-rich foods. It has the ability to radically spike dopamine levels in the brain, so it gives your brain chemistry a much-needed boost while tapering off opiates.
D-Phenylalanine is made synthetically in laboratories. It slows the action of the enzymes (particularly carboxypeptidase A and enkephalinase) that destroy endorphins. DPA does this by acting like a “downfield body blocker” in football.
When the endorphins are trying to reach the traumatized area, the endorphin-degrading enzymes are on their way to eat them “Pac-Man” style. DPA comes right up and blocks them from reaching the endorphins, thus enabling the endorphins to successfully reach the traumatized area.
In one study, a man that took a single dose of DLPA experienced a 300% increase in endorphin levels, and they stayed that high for six days. Taking DLPA while tapering off kratom can result in a rapid increase in dopamine and endorphin levels in the brain, thus boosting mood and energy levels.
DLPA Directions: Take between 1,000-2,000 mg of DLPA on an empty stomach (45 minutes before meals) up to 3x daily while tapering off kratom, starting from the second day taking kratom. Continue this dosing protocol (or decrease dosage if needed) for up to 3-6 months after getting off kratom completely. If you already have issues with high blood pressure and/or anxiety, start with a low dose of 500 mg to see how it affects you. If it exacerbates these issues, switch over to D-Phenylalanine (DPA), as this doesn’t worsen anxiety or high blood pressure, but actually reduces them. DLPA is also an “opioid potentiator,” so it increases the effects of opioids, making it a very beneficial supplement to use while tapering off kratom.
Other Beneficial Supplements
Along with Calm Support and DLPA, there are many other supplements that I highly recommend taking on your kratom taper. I know you might not have a lot of money to purchase supplements with, but I urge you to do whatever you can to afford the products I’m about to review.
Krill are small crustaceans that slightly resemble shrimp, which are found in all the world’s oceans. Why are they important for opioid addiction recovery? You’ve probably heard that taking a fish oil supplement is beneficial for your health, but you might not have known just how paramount these supplements are for addiction recovery.
And what most people don’t know is that krill oil supplements provide you with the same essential nutrients and benefits as fish oil, only krill oil is a much more effective more effective supplement.
Krill oil and fish oil are both helpful due to them containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3’s). Our bodies are able to manufacture most of the fats we need to survive, but this is not true for omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it necessary to obtain these nutrients from our diet, from supplements, or both.
Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFAs. Fish oil and krill oil both contain two very important omega-3 PUFAs, which are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
In very simplified terms, DHA is essential for brain development and EPA improves behavior and mood.
Omega 3 Deficiency and Addiction
Many studies have suggested that there is a relationship between low omega-3 consumption and substance addiction. Omega-3 deficiency has been linked to causing anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, ADHD, impulsivity, mood swings, and more. Many people with these mental health disorders end up using drugs to self-medicate.
Additionally, when an individual is tapering off opioids or going through PAWS, these symptoms can lead people to relapse, as they just can’t deal with the symptoms and still function in their lives.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that generational deficits of omega-3 within families can produce more mental health problems in children and teenagers, and as we know, many people use drugs to self-medicate these mental disorders.
Second-generation rats with omega-3 deficiencies showed higher rates of anxiety and hyperactivity. One of the reasons I clung to opioids, alcohol, and benzos in my adolescence and early 20’s was to self-medicate my anxiety.
Along with the strong case that a deficiency of omega-3’s can actually increase a person’s proneness to addiction, these essential fats are also extremely important to for the process of coming of addictive substances. Research has found that cocaine addicts were more likely to relapse after treatment if they had low levels of omega-3’s. Scientists at Indiana University found that “alcoholic” mice who were given DHA supplementation in their diets drank much less alcohol than mice who were not given DHA.
Here’s more important information on why you need to focus on consuming plenty of omega-3 fatty acids:
My dad, John Finch, is a world-renowned Herbalist and Nutritionist teaches classes on these subjects at his school, The Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies and Healing. He teaches that the vast majority of health problems in the United States can be traced back to having an imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Omega-6 fats aren’t necessarily bad for you, but if they’re consumed in large amounts without omega-3s, they cause inflammation.
Inflammation and free radicals are two of the main causes of health issues, both physical and mental.
I remember when my dad taught me that the ideal ration or omega-3 fats to omega-6 fats is around 2:1. Then, he informed me of the staggering statistic that the average American has a 20:1 ratio of omega-6 fats to omega-3 fats.
Americans typically consume an abundance of omega-6 fats from things like fried foods, fast foods, and boxed foods that contain vegetable oils like soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil and corn oil. By consuming an excess of foods containing omega-6 fats, your body’s ability to metabolize healthy omega-3 fatty acids is significantly reduced.
And as I stated earlier, a deficiency of omega-3’s in the diet can lead to anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood swings, sleep disorders, and many other symptoms that are commonly treated with addictive drugs, which can lead to addiction. Once a person is addicted to drugs, this typically leads to them not focusing on health as much, and so they consume even less omega-3 fats, which in turn causes more mental illness, which of course needs to be medicated with more drugs.
It’s a vicious cycle and one that I was stuck in for many years. Luckily for you, you don’t have to eat tons of fish or krill or other seafood if you don’t want to. Seafood can be healthy, but one way you can significantly increase your omega-3 fats is by supplementing with krill oil and decreasing the number of processed foods, fried foods, and other foods that are sources of high amounts of omega-6 fats.
At this point, I’ll share with you why I like supplementing with krill oil instead of fish oil.
Krill oil contains around half the amount of EPA and DHA, however, the phospholipid structure of these fatty acids makes them much more absorbable. Fish oil has very low levels of antioxidants and is prone to oxidation and rancidity, which can release damaging free radicals inside your body.
Krill oil contains astronomically higher amounts of antioxidants. Krill oil is totally sustainable, but fish oil is questionable in this regards, and many experts such as Dr. Mercola state that “on average, fishing fleet quotas are 15 to 30% higher than scientist-recommended safe limits.
Supplementing with krill oil is much safer for the environment, and it does not accurate dangerous levels of heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, and other contaminants, because krill are at the bottom of the food chain. Take a high-quality cold-pressed krill oil supplement every night right after eating dinner.
B-Complex – Referred to as vitamin B complex, the eight B vitamins — B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 — play an important role in keeping our bodies healthy. Supplementing with B-Complex helps you produce natural energy, relieve stress, and is also important for creating neurotransmitters in abundance.
I’ve always felt way more relaxed and energized in life when I’ve supplemented with a high-quality B-Complex supplement. Take B-Complex every morning after eating breakfast while using the K-TAT Method™.
Calcium/Magnesium/D3 – This is a combination supplement that has calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D3 in it. Calcium and magnesium are referred to as the body’s main “relaxation minerals.” When you take a powerful supplement containing these minerals with dinner, your body and mind release tiredness and tension, allowing you to get deep, restful sleep, then wake up with less tension and stress. These minerals in abundance also can help with the production of neurotransmitters.
Vitamin D3 also helps you sleep. Many people with dry skin, chronic pain, and/or insomnia have those conditions due to a vitamin D3 deficiency. For several years as an adult, I was plagued by dry skin, chronic pain, and insomnia. As soon as I started taking a D3 supplement with dinner, all of these issues went away within a few days.
Sunlight is a natural source of D3. Due to smog, radiation, and other pollutants in the atmosphere, the powerful benefits of the sun are now diminished from what they used to be. Furthermore, many Americans work 40 hours a week or more indoors, so they are not spending as much time outside as our ancient ancestors did.
For these reasons, there is an epidemic of individuals that are not getting enough vitamin D3, making it a very important nutrient to supplement with for people that aren’t spending enough time outside to get the natural D3 production from the sun. Take a high-quality calcium/magnesium/D3 supplement every night after eating dinner while using the K-TAT Method™.
Vitamin C, or l-ascorbic acid, is an essential nutrient for humans and certain animals. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that is necessary for normal growth and development. Most people supplement with Vitamin C for its antioxidant benefits, that is, for its ability to destroy free radicals. Perhaps you’ve taken Vitamin C at the onset of a cold before with hopes of stopping the sickness or at least shortening the intensity and duration. The RDA of Vitamin C is 90 mg for adult males and 75 mg for females.
Additionally, when it comes time to come off kratom completely, using mega-doses of vitamin C is a research-proven method for decreasing opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Maca root powder is a powerful adaptogen that can help you increase natural energy while you’re getting off opioids.
According to DrAxe.com, “Maca Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, booster for the immune system, and increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.”
Maca root supplementation is an inexpensive way to naturally boost energy, mood, and vitality while getting off opioids. Mix a tablespoon of raw organic maca root powder in a glass of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for best results.
Chapter 10: Develop a Habit of Regular Exercise
If you really want to know how to taper off kratom “like a boss,” I suggest you make exercise an integral part of your life from here on out. There is absolutely no better way to get your body pumping endorphins and other mood-boosting neurotransmitters into your system.
To taper off kratom with ease, you’ll need to start stimulating your endogenous opioid system by exercising on a regular basis.
But first, let me differentiate between a human’s natural painkilling system and opiate/opioid drugs:
- Opiate – A drug with morphine-like effects, derived from opium.
- Synthetic opioid – Any synthetic narcotic that has opiate-like activities, but is not derived from opium.
- Endogenous opioid – An opiate-like substance, such as endorphin, produced by the body.
Note: One of the main reasons I was finally able to quit opiates for good was because I made exercise a huge part of my life. I started surfing, swimming, and circuit training about 3-4 days per week. As a result of this dramatic increase in natural opioids flowing through my brain, I had next to ZERO cravings for opioid drugs.
More About Endorphins…
Endorphins are chemicals (peptides) made by the body. They are released by a number of things, including exercise, or even eating certain foods like dark chocolate or spicy peppers. Endorphins also reduce the appetite for drug and alcohol-seeking behavior.
If you don’t exercise, eat enough protein, or take DLPA when you’re ending your addiction, you’re at risk of developing Endorphin Deficiency Disorder (EDS).
Some of the possible symptoms of EDS include:
- Depression (chronic or intermittent)
- Difficulty finding happiness in life
- Low tolerance to physical and emotional pain
- General body aches
Exercise = NeuroBliss
If all exercise did was release endorphins, that alone would make it a very powerful opioid recovery treatment approach. However, in addition to endorphins, exercise also assist your body to produce serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, GABA, and two other chemicals we haven’t yet discussed, which are oxytocin and BDNF.
Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that is made in the hypothalamus. You may have heard of it before, only referred to by its common nickname the “love hormone,” due to the hormone being released during an orgasm or while hugging.
Oxytocin is beneficial for opioid recovery because it’s been linked to alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a naturally occurring growth hormone that is responsible for neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the creation of new neurons.
Higher levels of BDNF are associated with increased intelligence, mood, and productivity, just to name a few.
When a person has been using opioids habitually for as even as short as a month and especially longer, drastic changes in brain chemistry occur.
Once an opioid-dependent individual detoxes from long-term opioid daily use, their damaged and ill-functioning brain chemistry can take 18 months to several years to heal itself without the aid of exercise, nutrition, and supplementation.
That’s why I recommend you get addicted to exercise. Doing so will enable you to significantly increase your BDNF and thus greatly speed up the process of healing the addicted brain.
Types of Exercise
There are many different types of exercise to choose from while you’re learning how to taper off kratom without withdrawal. The trick is to find something you enjoy, that way you’re more likely to stick with it.
If at first, you have trouble getting motivated, listen to some upbeat music while you’re working out, as this has been shown to boost performance and enjoyment. Also, exercising outdoors produces more endorphins than doing so indoors.
Some popular forms of exercise are:
- Cardio on elliptical machines
Here are some Kratom-Taper exercise guidelines:
- Exercise at least 3-4 times per week; more if needed.
- Focus on types of exercise you enjoy.
- Get a workout buddy or hire a personal trainer if you can afford it.
- Don’t overdo it. Working out too much causes stress on the body and mind.
- Support muscle recovery by consuming a meal or beverage with protein, carbs, and fat within 60 minutes of exercising.
- Make regular exercise and fitness a part of your identity, as this is a long-term habit that can significantly increase the quality of your life.
Note: Starting an exercise program is sometimes hard in the beginning. But once your body and mind get used to it, it keeps getting easier. Furthermore, after you’ve been working out for about six weeks or more, your body will need it (CRAVE IT), and you will look forward to your workout days. 😀
After I get done with a good workout, I feel like this woman in the picture below (only I feel like a man). 😉
Chapter 11: Other Kratom-Taper Strategies
Nutrition, supplementation, and exercise are the heart of the K-TAT Method™ recovery system. Implementing these three strategies alone will lead to very positive results, however, I’ve outlined many more strategies that can help you get off opioids with the least amount of discomfort possible.
While the following natural treatment methods are by no means the entire list of things that can help that I’m aware of, this list does consist of the tactics that I believe can offer huge benefits, which are easily doable to those that are motivated.
I will also mention here that you don’t have to do every one of these while using the K-TAT Method™ for opioid recovery. You do need to exercise, eat healthily, and take supplements, but with the following list, please don’t feel like you have to do all of them, or even most of them.
Instead, simply pick the methods that you’re willing to do, and you can always add some additional ones at a later time.
If you do employ all of these strategies, you’re a true master of self-discipline, and I hope that you’ll post a comment at the end of this book telling me that you did, in fact, use every tactic listed below.
Insomnia is one of the most common symptoms, so I know how difficult it can be to sleep when you quit opioids. If you take the recommended supplements, eat healthily, and exercise, it will be much easier for you to fall and stay asleep. At this point, you should focus on getting to bed between 10-11 pm, and wake between 6-7 am.
Great quality sleep gives the body a chance to recover, repair, and heal. The physiological recovery period is between 10 pm and 2 am. The psychological and nervous system recovery occurs between 2 am and 6 am.
One of the main reasons people wake up sore, tired, and not mentally alert is because they’re going to bed late. If an individual is habitually going to bed at 12 am, they are missing out on two hours of physiological repair and restoration every night. This compounds over time and can lead to many health problems as a result.
To create more energy, positive emotions, and overall health while using the K-TAT Method™, follow these guidelines:
- At least 5-6 nights per week go to sleep between 10-11 pm and wake up between 6-7 am.
- If you need to stay up later every once in awhile this is fine, just don’t let it get out of control.
- No later than 9 pm, turn off all the lights in the house. Light some candles and listen to relaxing music.
- You want to avoid bright lights, the TV, computer, and any other electrical devices after 9 pm. This is when your brain starts producing melatonin to help you fall asleep.
- Staring at the computer or other lights tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime, and this interferes with the production of sleep-inducing melatonin.
- Soak in an Epsom salt bath or hot tub in the evening to help relax your nervous system, thus promoting restful sleep.
- Or, instead of a bath, take a cold shower, as they can help you sleep as well.
Life can become extremely stressful in this age of technology. Furthermore, our brains are designed to keep us safe and alive. They are not programmed to make us happy all the time (that is for us to work on). After quitting opioids, an individual typically experiences greater activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).
The primary function of the SNS is to stimulate the fight-or-flight response (accelerate the heart rate, constrict blood vessels, raise blood pressure, etc). This increased SNS activity while getting off opioids can lead to anxiety, insomnia, and other unpleasant symptoms.
To slow down the SNS, one must activate the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). The PSNS is responsible for stimulation of “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed” activities that occur when the body is at rest (serves to slow the heart rate, increase intestinal and glandular activity, and relax the sphincter muscles).
Choose from the following activities to activate your PSNS while recovering from addiction:
Meditation calls for an individual to slow their breathing while emptying their mind of thoughts. Qigong and tai chi can be thought of as “moving meditations.” The person practicing these ancient Chinese forms of exercise maintains slow breathing, a still mind, and slow, graceful movements.
All three of these activate the PSNS and promote mental tranquility, among other psychological and physical health benefits.
Kratom taper guidelines:
- You can activate your PSNS by taking slow and deep breaths every day.
- A few days every week, meditate, do qigong, yoga, biofeedback, or practice tai chi.
- If you don’t enjoy these activities, simply find something you like and do that instead.
- Do what feels right for you. Some people spend an hour per day doing relaxation exercises, while others find that 10 minutes twice a day works well for them.
The following DVDs can be used during the K-TAT Method™:
“Ecotherapy” refers to healing and growth nurtured by healthy interaction with the earth. Ecotherapy is also referred to as “nature therapy,” “green therapy,” and “earth-centered therapy.”
Connection with the Earth and its systems are at the core of ecotherapy. Many clinicians who practice ecotherapy believe that the Earth has a self-righting capacity which operates through complex systems of integrated balance and that if people can harmonize with these systems, they may experience improved mental health.
Personal well-being and planetary well-being, as proposed by many tenants of ecotherapy, are not separate from each other. People’s lives are therefore seen as part of a greater system of interaction.
Ecotherapy is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature.
Too often we forget about the importance of nourishing our bodies and minds in the cleansing atmosphere that nature provides for us.
Spending time in parks, forests, deserts, mountains, and beaches can have immediate effects at helping you feel great while recovering from addiction.
How to use ecotherapy on a kratom taper:
- Go into nature as much as possible, and at minimum 2x per week.
- Exercise in nature if you like, to combine two kratom taper strategies that synergize well together.
While spending time in nature is beneficial, touching your bare feet to the Earth has been shown to significantly improve many functions in the body.
In an article titled The Ultimate Antioxidant: Fight Premature Aging for Free, Dr. Joseph Mercola states the following:
Do you notice you feel better when you walk barefoot on the Earth? Recent research has explained why this happens. Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth. Research indicates that electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect your body from inflammation and it’s many well-documented health consequences.
For most of our evolutionary history, humans have had continuous contact with the Earth. It is only recently that substances such as asphalt, wood, rugs and plastics have separated us from this contact. It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on it’s surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, laying, or sitting down on the Earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the Earth. Living in direct contact with the Earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.”
Kratom taper “Earthing” guidelines:
- A few times during the week, walk or even sit still with your bare feet touching the Earth.
- Grass, dirt, sidewalk, ocean water, fresh water, and rocks are just a few options to choose from.
- Make sure to be careful when Earthing. Look out for broken glass and other possible hazards.
Deep Tissue Massage
Getting a full-body deep tissue massage is one of the most enjoyable things you can do to recover from addiction. Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension.
In deep tissue massage, the focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective “spider web-like” layer surrounding muscles, bones, and joints). One study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that 45-60 minutes of deep tissue massage lowered people’s blood pressure.
Furthermore, in 2010 a meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue lead to the following benefits:
- Reduction of stress hormone levels
- Lowers heart rate
- Boosts mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin
Kratom taper deep tissue massage guidelines:
- Get 1-4 full-body deep tissue massages per month on your kratom taper and for at least 90 days after quitting opioids.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water after your massage is complete.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that is over 2,500 years old. In 1997, the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain, though it is very effective for other ailments as well.
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites-commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin.
Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system.
By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to:
- Resolve pain (many studies have shown that acupuncture releases endorphins)
- Improve Sleep
- Enhance Digestive Function
- Increase Sense of Well-being
I started journaling on a regular basis soon after I quit using opiates. At first, I didn’t get much out of it. I was mostly just writing about things that were happening in my life and my emotional reactions to them.
This helped me sort things out in my mind, but I quickly realized the type of journaling I was doing wasn’t nearly as powerful as it could have been…
And that’s when I learned how to journal effectively.
During that time of my life, I was reading books, listening to audio programs, and attending seminars that all had to do with personal development and spirituality. I extracted bits and pieces of valuable information from everything I studied, and eventually, my journaling skyrocketed to another dimension.
Life without opiates had become EXTRAORDINARY, and effective journaling was one the main reasons I was able to make positive changes so rapidly.
“A life worth living is a life worth recording.” – Jim Rohn
How to Start an Opiate Recovery Journal
I simply cannot recommend journaling enough…Do it and watch your life change! I’m going to provide you with some simple tips to get started right away. The most important advice I can give you is to be patient and stick with it.
Learning how to journal effectively takes time, but if you put in the time and energy, eventually it will pay off IN DIVIDENDS. Eventually, you will think less and less about opioids and more about all of the amazing things you are doing with your life.
The following steps can help you get the process started.
Purchase a Journal
When I first started journaling in recovery, I was using a simple $2 notebook. It got the job done. Functionally it worked, but I wasn’t inspired to write in it. Furthermore, the notebooks were flimsy, which restricted my ability to write wherever and however I wanted.
It was a pain in the butt!
After a few months, I upgraded to a new type of journal that I bought from Target, which cost me around $18. It was hard and sturdy, and worked well for writing entries. I have continued to purchase these types of journals over the years, and I make sure to get a different color each time.
Once my current journal is filled up, I intend to get the antique handmade leather journal pictured below.
I encourage you to pick out a journal which inspires you to write in it. Choose something high-quality, and make sure it speaks to you and what you’re about.
Write about your Dream Life
For your first journal assignment, find a quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted, close your eyes, and begin to breathe deeply, slowly, and peacefully. After a few relaxing moments, open your eyes and answer the following questions:
If you could wake up tomorrow and have anything you wanted in life, what would that look like?
In your Dream Life:
- Where do you live?
- What does your house look like?
- What is your career?
- How are your relationships with family, friends, and your intimate partner?
- How physically fit and healthy are you?
- What types of things do you do for fun?
- Where do you go on vacation?
- How spiritual are you?
- What type of friends do you have?
- How much money do you make?
- What personality characteristics do you have?
- What are your values and beliefs?
- What is your identity?
- Who do you love, and who loves you?
- What do you stand for?
- How much love, joy, and fulfillment do you experience?
Measure the Gap
After you’ve completed the previous writing/visualization exercise, take a good and honest look at where you are currently in life. Do your current life conditions match the Dream Life you constructed? Most individuals will have some areas of life they are happy with, and other areas of life that need to be enhanced.
Write about the current life conditions that don’t match your Dream Life. How far away are you from reaching your goals? Are you close? Do you have a loooooong way to go?! What are the steps that need to be taken to make your current life match your Dream Life?
The distance between your current life and your Dream Life is called The Gap. Measure the gap, and develop a strategic action plan that will help you bridge the gap. This bridge will take you to your DESTINY.
Journal on a Regular Basis
I encourage you to write in your journal for 10-15 minutes or longer everyday. If this is too much for you, not to worry, just do it a few times per week. Some days you will have more to write about, and you might be spending an hour or two writing out a bunch of goals and action steps.
Other days, you might benefit from writing for a few minutes about your fears, worries, and insecurities. The process of writing in a journal is a form of Self-Therapy. Simply writing these concerns down helps you overcome them.
Out of convenience, many individuals write journal entries from home. However, if you are in close proximity, I encourage you to choose a peaceful and beautiful location to write in your journal every once in a while.
Use Effective Journaling Strategies
When I refer to “effective journaling,” I mean doing writing exercises that produce significantly positive results in your life. I’ve been journaling for over five and a half years. During that time-span, I’ve learned some really powerful exercises, and I’ve even come up with a few of my own.
There are actually many different things you can write about in your journal. When I first started this journey, I didn’t really know how much variety and creativity I could infuse into the process.
Some effective journaling strategies are listed below:
- Write about your fears – Why do you have these fears? Are they rational? Are you making problems bigger than they really are? What are you afraid of? How can you overcome your fears?
- Make a list of goals – What are your short-term and long-term goals? Follow the S.M.A.R.T. format by making your goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-focused, Time-bound. Click Here for a great worksheet on SMART goal-setting. Focus on your key areas in life that you want to enhance, such as: Health & Vitality, Career, Finances, Relationships, Recreation, Family, Spirituality, Personal Growth, etc.
- Make a list of intentions – Setting goals and achieving them can be a lot of work. That’s why I encourage you to get the Universal Mind on your side. Write out the phrase “It is my intention to .” Fill in the blanks with your intentions. Some examples could be “It is my intention to have a life of fulfillment free of addiction,” or “It is my intention to be free of chronic pain.” Putting your intentions out into the Universe will help you attract them, thus manifesting your dreams into reality. To learn more about this, I highly recommend reading The Power of Intention.
- Write a gratitude list – This one is self-explanatory. Simply write out everything you are grateful for. This directs your thinking to focus on the positives in life, rather than obsessing over the negatives. We feel what we focus on. To take this journaling exercise a step further, close your eyes, breath slowly and deeply, and visualize everything you are grateful for. By the time you are done you should be feeling immense love, peace, and gratitude.
- Write about Magic Moments – If something extraordinary happens during the week, make sure you document it in your journal. A Magic Moment could be watching a beautiful sunset with someone you love, getting a significant raise at work, or laughing so hard with friends that the beverage you are drinking comes out of your nose!
- Key lessons learned – Write down key points and ideas you pick up from books, articles, mentors, and anywhere else throughout the day.
- Heart’s desire – Write about anything and everything that comes from your heart. Ask your heart to speak to you, then write what it says in your journal.
- Poetry – If you don’t consider yourself a “poet,” don’t sweat it! Anyone can write poetry. Follow some of the popular formats like Haiku, or throw all of the rules to the wind and just write from the soul.
- Sketching – Often times a picture can express more than words can ever convey. Try drawing pictures of intense emotional states you experience on a regular basis (both pleasant and unpleasant).
- Stream of consciousness – Simply write whatever comes to you. Let the words pour out of your soul. You’ll be amazed at some of the realizations, epiphanies, and intuitions that come up as a result of this process. There are many things going on below the surface of consciousness, deep within the subconscious, that might find their way to the light during free-flow journaling.
Measure your Progress
It’s REALLY FUN going back to my old journals and reading some of the entries. This helps me to see just how far I’ve come! I encourage you to keep your journals and review some of the older entries at least a few times per year, if not more.
This will help you measure your progress. You’ll see what goals you’ve accomplished, how you’ve enhanced different areas of your life, how you’ve grown as a person, and much, much more.
Don’t underestimate the power of journaling. At first, I thought it was kinda lame, then it really grew on me once I started engaging in effective journaling. The results it can produce are real and measurable. I hope you’ll give it a try. 🙂
Talking to a trained professional about your opioid recovery process can help considerably. I’ve found that most opioid abusers use narcotics to cover up emotional pain, stress, and past trauma (though this is not always the case).
Once you’ve addressed the physical aspect of your opioid recovery treatment plan (supplements, diet, exercise, sleep, etc.), you could greatly benefit from seeing someone (counselor, therapist, or recovery coach) with a specialty in opioid recovery.
These meetings can help you stay clean in major ways. There are plenty of different self-help groups that each have their own unique philosophy and methods of recovery, giving you a step-by-step system to get off and stay off drugs.
I’m a strong advocate for personal growth. Recovering from opioid dependence is a whole lot easier if you focus on growing to become your best self. Personal development refers to enhancing your talents and potential to create a better quality of life and realize your dreams.
It includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Developing strengths
- Learning new skills and improving existing ones
- Improving wealth
- Spiritual development
- Building and strengthening identity and self-esteem
- Improving self-knowledge and self-awareness
- Improving physical, mental and emotional health
- Becoming a self-leader
Reading books can help to feed your mind and expand your model of the world. One of my sayings is “personal growth is the antidote to addiction.” How do you recover from addiction? Simply outgrow it. Self-help books contain strategies for overcoming obstacles. They are rich with information and tools for transforming your life. Do yourself a favor and read books to help you recover from opioid dependence. You’ll be glad you did.
The quickest way to get out of your own head and problems is to focus on someone else. Opioid withdrawal symptoms like depression and anxiety dissipate while you’re contributing to the well being of a person, a group of people, your community, or the environment.
I urge you to harness the power of contribution as part of your bio/psycho/social opioid dependence recovery plan. Contribution can give you marvelous feelings of happiness, fulfillment, and purpose, and these feelings destroy many of the psychological symptoms from tapering off opioids.
The process of recovering from opioid dependence can be sped up if you nurture healthy relationships with friends and family members. It’s very common for individuals tapering off opioids to isolate. But worse still, some continue to hang out with the same old friends who still use drugs and make other poor decisions in life.
To make a healthy recovery from opioid dependence, focus on eliminating unhealthy and toxic relationships. Instead, devote your energy towards spending time only with people that are a good influence on you.
A holistic recovery from opioid dependence involves spending time doing things that bring you joy. It can be easy to get caught up living in reaction to life. Responsibilities and demands can take up most of your time if you’re not careful.
Make sure you schedule fun recreational activities into your opioid dependence recovery plan.
Some examples include:
- Going to the movies
- Playing board games
- Playing a musical instrument or singing
- Drawing, painting or other types of art
- Hanging out at the beach
- Going out to dinner with friends
- Playing video games
Chapter 12: Planning Your Transition Off Kratom
The K-TAT Method™ was designed for you to be able to continue going to work and taking care of children, however, the easiest way to detox is to take time off from ALL responsibilities. When planning out the dates you will taper off kratom completely, try your absolute best to get a week off from work, taking care of kids, school, or whatever responsibilities you have.
At the bare minimum, make sure you schedule at least 3-4 days of “alone time” when you’re coming off kratom. I understand this is not always possible. Just do your best to eliminate as much as you can from your day-to-day life. The less you have to do…the better.
The methods I teach you in this book should eliminate the most severe withdrawal symptoms, so it’s possible to continue with your day-to-day life while coming off kratom completely, but I don’t recommend it. A relaxing, stress-free, and quiet environment will help to promote a smooth and delightful transition off kratom.
If you follow the system, this should be like a walk in the park. It’s just better to have a few days to adjust to your new life.
Make a Shopping List
Again, if you’ve tapered well and taken the supplements, your transition off kratom should be very easy. However, if you did a rapid-taper and didn’t take any supplements, you may need some additional remedies to transition off kratom with ease and feelings of calmness.
The following list of items can help you have a pleasant and smooth transition off kratom:
- Water – Maintains hydration
- Gatorade – Replenishes electrolytes
- Coconut Water – Very hydrating and a rich source of potassium
- Peppermint Tea – Eases nausea
- Ginger Ale – Relieves stomach pain
- Imodium AD – Stops diarrhea and stomach cramping
- Advil – Relieves pain
- Icy Hot – Soothes aching and restless limbs
- Dark Chocolate – Produces endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals
- Heating Pad – Eases pain
- Epsom Salt – Add to hot baths to relax nervous system
- Whey Protein – Supplies amino acids that improve mood
- Apple Juice – Use as base for protein shakes
- Bananas – Rich in potassium to help relieve RLS
- Berries and other Fruit – Quick energy
- Healthy Food to Cook – Proteins, veggies, healthy fats, and carbs
- Saltine Crackers – Easy to digest for quick energy
- Blindfold – Helps you sleep
- Matcha Powder – Full of antioxidants, L-theanine, and small amounts of caffeine
- L-Theanine Sublinguals – Increases dopamine, GABA, and serotonin naturally
Opioid Withdrawal Medications
If you do things as stated, you shouldn’t need medicine, however, some people like to be very prepared and thus, if you wish to have some additional support at helping you have a super-comfortable and easy few days transitioning off kratom, medications can help in a major way. Below I’ve listed the most effective medications for relieving opioid withdrawal symptoms. Some are prescription medications that you can only procure by seeing a doctor or psychiatrist, and some are over-the-counter medications that you can obtain without a prescription.
I’ll provide a brief overview on each opioid withdrawal medication’s mechanism of action and benefits, and if you want to learn more detailed information (such as recommended dosages) you can click on the links provided to read entire articles dedicated to the medications you’re interested in.
If you’re looking for the best opiate withdrawal medications you can get your hands on, look no further. Gabapentin, sold under the brand names Neurontin among others, is a prescription medication that can ultimately prevent you from experiencing opiate withdrawal symptoms, so long as you take the right dosage.
Gabapentin is commonly prescribed for the treatment of:
- Neuropathic Pain
- Hot Flashes
- Restless Leg Syndrome
Gabapentin was designed by chemists at Parke-Davis to be an analog of the neurotransmitter GABA that could more easily cross the blood-brain barrier, thus making the effects in the brain very significant.
GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that acts as a mental relaxant. I often to refer to GABA as the “brain’s natural Valium.”
It is also commonly prescribed for many off-label uses, such as the treatment of:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
Gabapentin has been shown to be a very effective opiate withdrawal medication in numerous studies. Click here to learn how to use gabapentin during your home detox.
Another one of the top opiate withdrawal medications, pregabalin has the ability to mitigate the severity of your withdrawal symptoms in a major way. Pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica among others, is a prescription medication that is very similar to gabapentin.
Pregabalin is used to treat:
- Neuropathic Pain
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Like gabapentin, pregabalin is a GABAergic anticonvulsant and depressant of the central nervous system (CNS). This means that it significantly relaxes the body and mind.
Pregabalin is classified as a GABA analogue and gabapentinoid. It is a close analogue of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA.
Some off-label uses of pregabalin include:
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Prevention of Migraines
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Alcohol Withdrawal
Pregabalin has been shown in a research study to significantly ameliorate opiate withdrawal symptoms, making it one of the most highly-effective and beneficial opiate withdrawal medications in the world. Click here to learn how to use pregablin during your home detox.
Loperamide is one of my favorite over-the-counter medications for opiate withdrawal. Loperamide, sold under the brand name Imodium among others, is used to decrease the frequency of diarrhea. Loperamide is an opioid-receptor agonist and acts on the mu-opioid receptors in the myenteric plexus of the large intestine.
Loperamide works like morphine, decreasing the activity of the myenteric plexus, which decreases the tone of the longitudinal and circular smooth muscles of the intestinal wall, thus creating a constipating effect.
Loperamide is often used in the treatment of:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Short Bowel Syndrome
At low dosages, loperamide is able to stop diarrhea and stomach pain/cramping that results from the abrupt cessation of opiates.
At moderate to high dosages, this opiate withdrawal medication is actually able to significantly reduce all withdrawal symptoms, not just gastrointestinal (GI) distress. Click here to learn how to use loperamide during your home detox.
This is another one of the most-commonly-prescribed opiate withdrawal medications. Clonidine, sold under the trade name Catapres and others, is a blood pressure (hypertension) medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as central alpha agonists.
Clonidine is also classified as a sympatholytic drug, which is a medication that inhibits the postganglionic functioning of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS). The SNS is part of the nervous system that is responsible for the fight or flight response.
Sympatholytic drugs are commonly used as antihypertensives and for the following disorders:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
Clonidine is on of the most-commonly-prescribed opiate withdrawal medications for a reason…it works!
Clonidine is by no means a “magic bullet,” because it doesn’t eliminate all of your opiate withdrawal symptoms.
However, when used correctly clonidine can ease the following opiate withdrawal symptoms:
- Reduces anxiety
- Helps you fall and stay asleep
- Slows down a racing heartbeat which helps to calm you down
- Prevents Restless Leg Syndrome
- Gets rid of the chills and goosebumps
Multiple studies have shown clonidine to significantly reduce the severity of opiate withdrawal symptoms. Click here to learn how to use clonidine during your home detox.
Widely regarded as some of the most effective medications for opiate withdrawal, benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as “benzos,” are a class of psychoactive drugs whose core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring.
Benzodiazepines enhance the effect of the neurotransmitter GABA at the GABA-A receptor, resulting in effects that can be very helpful in relieving opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Benzodiazepines have the following properties:
- Anxiolytic (Anti-Anxiety)
- Muscle Relaxant
- Hypnotic (Sleep-Inducing)
The use of benzodiazepines as highly-effective opiate withdrawal medications has been reported in numerous studies, as well as in anecdotal evidence, especially from individuals that have used the Thomas Recipe for opiate withdrawal.
To learn more about these amazing medications for opiate withdrawal, click on the following links for a complete article on how to use specific benzodiazepine drugs, including Klonopin, Ativan, Librium, Valium, and Xanax.
Here’s a very interesting opiate withdrawal medication that many people are not aware of, including most doctors. Dextromethorphan (DXM) is an antitussive (cough suppressant) drug found in over 125 over-the-counter cough and cold medications, including Robitussin, Coricidin, and Vicks.
So, how does DXM weigh in on the list of the top medications for opiate withdrawal?
It works very well.
One of the ways DXM helps to reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms is by increasing certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
DXM increases levels of the following neurotransmitters which can be helpful for opiate withdrawal relief:
But even more important than its ability to enhance neurotransmission is DXM’s activity at the NMDA receptors.
A review study from 2004 done in Germany concludes that three main mechanisms are responsible for opioid tolerance and the withdrawal syndrome dependence, which are upregulation of adenyl cyclase and nitric oxide synthetase and activation of NMDA receptors. Consequently, the use of alpha-2 agonists (e.g., clonidine) and NMDA antagonists (e.g., dextromethorphan, ketamine) can minimize the tolerance phenomenon and decrease the withdrawal symptoms.
Simply put, DXM is one of the most effective over-the-counter medications for opiate withdrawal because it’s an NMDA antagonist and because it increases your serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain.
Multiple studies have shown DXM to be an effective opiate withdrawal medication that is capable of mitigating symptoms in a major way. Click here to learn how to use DXM during your home detox.
Here is another one of the lesser-known prescription medications for opiate withdrawal, which is very effective at reducing withdrawal symptoms. Baclofen, sold under the brand name Lioresal among others, is a centrally-acting skeletal muscle relaxant that was approved by the FDA in 1977 for its ability to reduce muscle spams, muscle tightness, and pain.
It’s typically prescribed for spastic movement disorders, most commonly in instances of:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
As an off-label use, many people have now benefited from using baclofen as an effective medication for opiate withdrawal.
More and more people are using baclofen as an opiate withdrawal medication because its chemical makeup closely resembles the neurotransmitter GABA.
Baclofen is similar to benzodiazepines in this regard, however, baclofen binds to a different subtype of GABA receptors, which leads to similar, though distinctly different effects. While benzos bind to the GABA-A receptors, baclofen binds to the GABA-B receptors.
Other drugs that bind to GABA-B receptors are:
In research studies, baclofen has proven to be worthy as one of the most effective medications for opiate withdrawal symptoms relief. Click here to learn how to use baclofen during your home detox.
Tramadol, sold under the brand name Ultram among others, is a prescription opioid medication used to treat mild to severe pain. Many individuals have reduced the severity of their opioid withdrawal symptoms by using tramadol.
Tramadol has a few mechanisms of action which enable it to be an effective medication for opiate withdrawal symptoms relief.
Tramadol has the following properties:
- Opioid Agonist
- Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI)
Since tramadol binds to the mu- opioid receptors in the body, this allows it to stop opiate withdrawal symptoms right in their tracks.
Furthermore, the SNRI antidepressant quality can also help to reduce opiate withdrawal symptoms. SNRI’s have been shown to be effective for treating anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and some other mood disorders. Some popular SNRI’s include Effexor, Pristiq, and Cymbalta.
Tramadol has been shown in numerous studies to be a highly effective medication for opiate withdrawal symptoms relief. Click here to learn how to use tramadol during your home detox.
Chapter 13: Complete Your Transition
Now that you’ve tapered, got time off from responsibilities and gone shopping, you’re finally ready for a smooth and relaxing transition off kratom.
The following schedule will give you an idea what a typical day transitioning off kratom could look like:
- 7:oo am: Wake up and drink a glass of water or coconut water. Take your Opiate Withdrawal Supplement. Take your maca root powder and DLPA, and vitamin C if using liposomal C. Go for a walk, jog, or swim.
- 8:00 am: Drink a glass of water, coconut water, or Gatorade. Eat breakfast. Take B-Complex, and vitamin C if using Ester-C. Have something like a fruit smoothie with whey protein powder or a breakfast sandwich. Eat a big piece of dark chocolate.
- 9:00 am: Take a long, hot bath with two cups of Epsom salt. Taking a hot bath during your home detox soothes aching muscles and limbs, relieves anxiety, and promotes relaxation. Adding Epsom salt helps you calm the nervous system even more, while also stimulating the production of ATP and serotonin, improving the absorption of nutrients, and flushing toxins out of the body. After your bath drink a glass of water or coconut water.
- 10:00 am: Put on some extremely comfortable clothes, lay down on the couch and watch either a comedy or an inspirational movie. This will take your mind off the withdrawal and get you in a positive mindset.
- 11:00 am: Take DLPA with a glass of water or coconut water.
- 12:00 pm: Eat lunch. Try to eat something with fish, turkey, beef, or chicken if you can stomach it. The amino acids in the protein will help bolster mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain. A sample lunch would be grilled chicken, rice, and steamed veggies. Eat a big piece of dark chocolate.
- 1:00 pm: Watch another movie (comedy or inspirational).
- 3:00 pm: Take a long and hot regular bath, then drink a glass of water or coconut water.
- 4:00 pm: Eat a snack if you’re hungry.
- 4:30 pm: Watch an inspirational movie.
- 6:30 pm: Go for a long walk, jog, or swim.
- 7:30 pm: Drink a glass of water, coconut water, or Gatorade, and take a hot bath. Drink a glass of water after your bath.
- 8:30 pm: Eat dinner. Some good examples are fish tacos or a turkey burger. Eat a big piece of dark chocolate. Take krill oil, calcium/magnesium/D3, and vitamin C if using Ester-C. 30 minutes after dinner drink a cup of peppermint or chamomile tea.
- 9:00 pm: Turn off all of the lights in the house. Light some candles and listen to relaxing music. You want to avoid bright lights, the TV, computer, and any other electrical devices after 9 pm. This is when your brain starts producing melatonin to help you fall asleep. Staring at the computer or other lights tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime, and this interferes with the production of sleep-inducing melatonin.
- 9:30 pm: Start writing in a journal.
- 10:00 pm: Take your Opiate Withdrawal Supplement. Start reading a book on personal development or spirituality by candlelight and go to bed as soon as you get sleepy. Make sure to get to bed before 12:00 am. Also make sure the room you sleep in is cool, quiet, and dark. If you don’t get good sleep then don’t worry, lack of sleep won’t kill you.
Chapter 14: PAWS, Pain Relief, and Relapse Prevention
The main key to feel good while transitioning off kratom is a good taper plan and supplements. I know a lot of the stuff I wrote about most people won’t do. That’s fine. Just take at least the supplements.
Continue writing in your journal and reading your book. Start another book as soon as you finish the first one. Feeding your mind is essential for developing a healthy recovery free of addiction.
Natural Pain Relief and PAWS
If you are one of the many people who was originally prescribed opiates for issues with pain, you might benefit from learning about natural remedies for pain relief.
I’ve written an article completely devoted to this titled:
Additionally, you may be interested in trying the unique method I used to cure my chronic pain naturally. Click here to read how I recovered from three years of chronic pain.
If you’d like to have me as your coach, I’d absolutely love to work with you! Click here to check out my Coaching Packages.
Make sure you also continue using the natural methods of healing in this book for at least six months after tapering off kratom. Do this, and you will not only repair the damage that opioids did to your brain FAST, but you should actually feel your best ever within a few weeks after completing your transition.
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