What Is Kratom
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Kratom is the name of tree from the coffee family native to Southeast Asia.Also known as Mitragynine Speciosa. The two most active compounds found in kratom, mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, work on the user's opioid receptors.
Kratom comes in three different strains, which can act as effective relievers of chronic pain. White vein, green vein, and red vein varieties all contain the compound 7-hydroxymitragynine, which has been found to be 13 times more potent than morphine. Stopping use over a period of time has also been associated with similar withdrawal symptoms. This includes but is not limited to, exacerbated anxiety, depression, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, extreme mood swings, and nausea. Therefore, kratom is in fact a very powerful drug.
In Thailand, kratom is considered a controlled substance and the third most commonly abused illegal drug in the country. In The United States, kratom is listed as a "drug of concern" by the Drug Enforcement Administration, although it is not controlled or considered illegal in most states. Alabama state law designated kratom a schedule I controlled substance, imposing the greatest possible restrictions on its sale, distribution, and/or possession.
People believe that because kratom is plant-based, it is natural and safe. Vendors only speak of the perceived benefits and never of the negative side effects that occur. The number of active ingredients in kratom plants can vary greatly, making it difficult to dose properly. Depending on what is in the plant and the health of the user, consuming kratom may be very dangerous.
Antime a substance is not regulated by the FDA, there are potential safety hazards. This is because there is no standardization when a substance comes to market unregulated. That means thatvendors such as kratom/kava bars, smoke shops, gas stations, and online vendors, can market the product however they want. There are no official warnings for kratom, and people may consume it without being aware of other substances it contains.
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Effects of Kratom
Hair Loss, Dry Mouth, Sweating, Chills, Liver Damage, Muscle Pains, Dizziness, Impaired Vision, Drowsiness, Delusion, Depression, Trouble Breathing, Seizure, Coma, Death, Facial Flushing, Tremors, Darkening and Irritation of Skin, Loss of Motor Coordination, Constipation, Nausea, Itching, Weight Fluctuations, Changes in Urinary Function, Decreased Appetite, Chronic Insomnia, Development of Psychotic Characteristics, Addiction.
Withdrawals can include extreme anxiety, apathy, and anhedonia. It can also cause feelings of extreme restlessness, irritability, and discontent.
Continued use typically leads to depression and lack of motivation. It kills sex drive and personal relationships, as well overall enjoyment and appreciation for what life has to offer.
Financially, kratom will become an extreme liability, driving users into their pockets multiple times a day, creating a sense of financial anxiety and depression.
Quitting Kratom Successfully
Suggestions for quitting kratom and becoming your true self again are all made by people that have utilized this group as a resource to discuss and implement ideas that have worked for us and continue to help us to be the best version of ourselves.
Exercise - getting your body in motion releases toxins and motivates success
Mindful Meditation - Preparing your mind to consciously reject negativity and allow yourself to become your true healthy self
Building Relationships - Support from others is the key to our success
Be Kind To Yourself - No one is perfect and we all deserve a chance
“Happiness depends upon ourselves”
When I first joined the Quitting kratom Meeting Group, I had just stopped using kratom. Four days after I quit, I joined the first meeting. Since then I have managed to stay off kratom, which was in part made possible by the incredible support this group has provided to me. If you are part of this group and need assistance, it almost seems if they are waiting for your vulnerable share with ideas and perspectives you may have not noticed previously, being caught up in it yourself. The support is truly incredible. from guiding me through the initial withdrawals to helping me keep my head up during the emotional lows that follow the acutes, the group made getting past those toughest first 30 days easier, ad I have no idea if I would have made it past 30 without them. After day 30, as I became more accustomed to my new, clean state of being, I felt more comfortable with myself and relied a bit less on the group for support as I began learning how to emotionally support myself. I have heard so many amazing and inspiring stories, and every so often one comes along that reminds me of just how awful it was to be actively addicted to kratom. Both of these things help keep me strong and seeing new quitters overcome their obstacles and fight to get their lives back inspires me to never quit quitting!
Adam - Member since Oct 2020
Isolation is the soil from which addiction grows. Without fellowship, we are left to our own limited thinking, unbearable burdens, and unchecked temptations. Left alone, we will eventually default to our set ways. When I set out to give up a serious kratom habit, I had no shortage of determination. i was convinced and clear that my life needed to take a different direction and that my slavish dedication to the drug habit had been using up all my bandwidth, much of my sense of presence, and mental-emotional resources that would otherwise fuel a generative life. I wanted a life with more traction, more of a future that wasn't available to me as an addict who was actively using -- so I went to give it up. In terms of sustainable support, nothing has been as useful to my recovery in helping me find the courage to quit, the endurance when it got tough, the willingness to continue, and a sense of purpose in helping others (which helps my own sobriety) as the fellowship found in the Quitting Kratom Support Group. I say this as someone familiar with transformative learning communities and also the limitations of online forums for keeping in touch. The Quitting Kratom Support Community is unusual. Our meetings feel special, personal. There is a tremendous amount of wisdom and perspective in the rooms. The people in the group are attuned to each other and help keep each other accountable. I have found that the shares in the meetings tend to build on one another and each meeting has a certain coherence to it unlike what I have seen in other fellowships. This sort of cohesiveness has added to the depth of my experience in my own recovery and fueled my dedication. I find I am touched and changed by the emotional texture of every meeting -- without exception. What the Quitting Kratom Support Group offers, I think, is an opportunity not just to not go at it alone, but to have a support system that you can carry with you throughout the day. Imagine experiencing the urge to use and having the faces of three friends who intimately know your struggles with kratom addiction, come to mind and talk you out of using the drug. Imagine being known and held by an entire community. Recovery from kratom addiction is no less than a path of radical self-transformation, in which the sacrifice becomes about gathering back the pieces of your soul that were scattered and becoming whole and new across the board. Sometimes it takes a community to find all the pieces and put you back together, but new. That, I think, is what support group offers to those that are receptive to it.
Skye - Member since Dec 2020
When I first decided to quit kratom after an 11-year habit, I realized I had a huge mountain to climb in order to get sober. I knew it was going to be a long and painful journey and, truth be told, at first I didn't think that I would ever be successful. I joined the Quitting Kratom Support Group shortly after I made my resolve to quit kratom and it has been deeply instrumental in my recovery. After two months clean, I look back now and honestly don't know if I would have made it this far without this group. I feel like each and every member of the group was with me on my journey over that mountain, supporting me every step of the way. Words cannot express how much this group means to me and how grateful I am that Jessica reached out to me at the beginning of my quit.