Published: 25 July 2011
I'm a 29-year old female living in the US, and I had an off and on active opiate addiction of about 15 years (and more on the "on" side than "off".) By opiates, I mean any and all of them- started off as vicodin, then went to percocets, and on to oxycontin, heroin, and eventually the methadone monster (I was taking 100/mg a day in my methadone clinic, having to make a 45-minute train ride every morning one way-- is THAT really better quality of life???)
I would like to also mention that methadone was making my liver enzymes somewhat bad, and it made me sleep way too much, and was not clear in my thinking much of the time.
I REALLY wanted to stop the methadone, and tried quitting numerous times on my own with no luck-- i either went back to other (sometimes illegal or harmful) opiates or to another methadone clinic, thus starting the cycle over again. This seriously impaired my ability to live life the way I wanted to be able to live it.
Desperate to find a method of stopping this terrible drug, I came across a (surprisingly) large amount of articles, experiences, reports, etcetera, online containing info about kratom and its ability to treat opiate addiction, with more people advocating mytragynine than not for this purpose. I decided to give this a try so ordered some powdered kratom leaf.
4 days later, I receieved my order of kratom and was then able to stop using methadone completely, cold turkey, with little to NO withdrawal symptoms. Several months later, and for the first time in 15 years, I do not feel the urge to go back to methadone, heroin, or any other opiates. I do not use kratom daily any longer, and have had no issues with addiction to kratom, as some on the news have stated (and probably because they used this plant in an irresponsible manner was the only reason that they had any issue with it in the first place!)
The things that kratom did for me- the BENEFITS (getting me and keeping me off of drugs harmful to my health, keeping me out of the pricey and time consuming methadone clinics, improving my mood in a way that no prescribed and potentially damaging medications could, and overall improving my quality of life ten fold) far outweigh any RISKS that may or may not be associated with kratom. So yes, I am an ENORMOUS proponent of the mission of the Kratom Association!