Kratom is an AMAZING, rarely spoken-of resource for opiate Detox. It is unfortunate the US is now trying to make it a Schedule I substance, similar to the likes of Cocaine, Heroin & Ecstasy.
Pretty much any medication or substance you take, your body will develop a dependence to it because it causes the body to change (it exerting its effects so it can work).
The key is recognizing this and not letting the use get out of hand, or turn into abuse.
Something else that anyone who is thinking of quitting opiates should consider is, no matter what, you will feel the effects of withdrawal, albeit physical or mental.
That’s your body’s way of expelling the toxic buildup of the drug in your body and trying to adjust to how it was before you started abusing. If you go into it with a positive, yet tolerant mindset things will be much easier for you.
Be Grateful For Kratom
I did not do that the first few times, and ended up right back in the Lions Den because I expected things like Kratom to be a miracle based off a lot of what I read, and then when I still felt cravings, got so frustrated and felt it was not working for me, and gave in to temptation, rather than be so thankful for how much pain I was being saved from taking the Kratom.
Kratom Dosages For Opiate Withdrawal
Depending on how much you abuse per day (I was blowing around 210mg of oxy a day for 3-4 years) and due to the very short half life and length of effects of Kratom, I found 6-7 grams, 3 to 4 times a day to be the perfect amount during Detox.
It varies per person, just make sure, if you start feeling euphoric effects from Kratom, you’re probably taking too much.
As I mentioned earlier it can be addicting too, especially to people quitting opiates, who now have little to no chemicals in the brain producing pleasure, so anything that does you automatically gravitate towards.
During acute Detox I took around 6-7 grams, 3-4x per day, basically when I started to feel the symptoms coming back, and then once right before I went to bed so I could try to sleep.
I still had somewhat difficulty sleeping even on Kratom during acute Detox, but I am such a light sleeper anyways and attributed it to that, as when I have detoxed cold turkey I went as long as 4 days with 30 minutes of sleep.
Take Care of Your Body
A crucial part a lot of people overlook while detoxing/abusing opiates is how much you have neglected your body. It is so vital during this stage that you nourish your body with clean, healthy foods, tons of veggies, a LOT of protein, and cut back on caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and sugar as they will cause you to crash.
It might seem like a quick fix initially, but, speaking from experience, you will regret it after a few hours (again, everyone is different, so maybe not!) another step that helped me not only quit Kratom, but through the early stages of Detox was FORCING myself to exercise, and do things that (prior to abusing pills) made me happy.
I truly underestimated the importance of exercising throughout this. I am 3 months clean currently and can say I would not be if it had not been for exercise. It took my mind off of cravings, made me feel relaxed and happy (huge plus, especially during Detox).
My Success Using Kratom to get off Opiates
I used Kratom for 1 week at the dose listed above, and then to avoid withdrawal from that, I cut the dosing intervals in half, and began to cut my actual doses in half (around 3-4 g) over the following week.
Not to sound dramatic, but I never thought I would achieve sobriety given how bad my addiction got.
I know some people have it much worse, but at 5’2″ and 100 pounds, 210mg of oxy a day is an elephant sized habit. During my last (& final) Detox, I stumbled across Opiate Addiction Support.Anyone looking to quit, seriously, should look at Matt’s home Detox eCourse and the hundreds of helpful articles he’s taken the time to write and post regarding supplements to help cope through withdrawal, getting your energy back, making it through PAWS etc. even as a healthcare provider, I was not even nearly as fully educated about all the different ways you can alleviate your withdrawal symptoms, and would not be clean to this day if it weren’t for this page!
Thank you again Matt!
Note from Matt Finch: Pretty cool success story right?! This person used the plan on my article How To Use Kratom For Opiate Withdrawal, and then customized it slightly to achieve her goal and end her addiction. She also used my online course Ultimate Opiate Detox 2.0 to help her. Her story is well-written and totally inspiring.