It is perhaps well known that one of the primary reasons that people take Kratom is that it is an effective alternative to synthetic opioids and opiates, and can be used to manage opioid withdrawal and then to stay off of synthetic opioids and opiates long term. Scientifically, this is because Kratom provides powerful opioid effects, but simultaneously has relatively little physiological addiction potential due to being a partial opioid agonist rather than a full agonist while simultaneously containing several opioid antagonists. This article aims to be a full guide on how to quit synthetic opioids and opiates with Kratom.
First off, quitting synthetic opioids and opiates can be a nightmare when doing it cold turkey, and the withdrawal involves diarrhea, insomnia, vomiting, rapid hot/cold flashes, restless legs, a complete feeling of dysphoria, and severe aches and pains. Indeed, the withdrawal is so bad that people coming off of a real opioid addiction cannot function for many days, and usually end up relapsing. This is why rehabs were invented, in order to lock people away from synthetic opioids and opiates so that they can go through the withdrawal process.
Unfortunately, the reason that rehabs are not that effective is that the people who come out of rehab usually still have strong cravings to use drugs, since the underlying depression/pain/anxiety which caused them to resort to drugs in the first place has not been resolved. This is why using Kratom to get off of synthetic opioids and opiates is so effective, it not only manages the withdrawal, but provides relief from depression/pain/anxiety long term, alleviating the cravings to go back to hard drugs.
One of the most common strategies that opioid users think about when trying to quit is tapering. A taper is a good thing if you can handle it, but having a stash of synthetic opioids or opiates on hand in order to perform a taper can be too tempting. Oftentimes, after experiencing a little bit of the withdrawal, a user will abandon the taper and go back to a full dose in order to restore peace to their body and mind.
Therefore, trying a taper before switching to Kratom could theoretically be helpful, especially for people taking extreme doses of synthetic opioids or opiates, but in reality many people end up relapsing.
Basically, if you personally find that you cannot handle a taper, then forget about the taper. If you can handle it, then a taper is useful for lowering your dose before jumping to Kratom, especially if you are taking an extreme amount of opioids, since if your opioid tolerance is extremely high then Kratom might not be very effective. Really it depends, I’ve seen plenty of reports of people switching from a heavy Heroin addiction to Kratom, but also reports of people doing the same thing and feeling little benefits from Kratom if their opioid tolerance is maxed out.
The first important step before switching to Kratom is to make sure you have really high quality Kratom from a trusted vendor. Oftentimes headshops/smoke shops sell weak/stale/cut Kratom. If you are jumping off of synthetic opioids and opiates you need the strongest and purest Kratom, and also the strain of Kratom with the most opioid effects, such as Bali Kratom.
Further, before making the jump to Kratom, make sure you have some comfort medicines on hand. In order to prevent nausea and vomiting Tums and Pepto Bismol work well. The ultimate anti-nausea medicine is Odansetron. Although that requires a prescription, it is worth having on hand, since it really shuts down the body’s vomiting cycle during opioid withdrawal.
As for diarrhea, absolutely DO NOT use Imodium, which contains Loperamide, which is a synthetic opioid. Loperamide indeed helps with opioid withdrawal, since it is an opioid, but people taking Loperamide to get off of opioids often end up addicted to the Loperamide and have to take crazy doses to feel the effects. Loperamide can be deadly and dangerous in such high doses, and keeps the opioid addiction going. Basically, if you take Loperamide/Imodium, you will not be giving your body a chance to heal, and just replacing one dangerous addiction with another.
The good news is that Kratom is an effective diarrhea medicine, so Loperamide/Imodium is not really needed anyways.
Beyond that, having lots of water, Gatorade, soups, oatmeal, jello, and other light foods can be very helpful for ensuring that you can keep eating without upsetting your stomach during opioid withdrawal.
Once you have obtained the highest quality Kratom from a trusted vendor, and have comfort meds and comfort foods on hand, now you can make the jump to Kratom. As explained previously, tapering first can help if you have an extreme opioid addiction, but if you can’t handle a taper, it is still possible to jump right to Kratom.
The key is to completely stop the synthetic opioids and opiates, and to make sure you have no supply of them left. Also, trash your drug dealer contacts, like completely erase the numbers and maybe even get a new phone number so your drug dealer will not be calling you.
Then, it is important to go over the reasons why your quitting synthetic opioids and opiates, such as getting your life back, not spending all of your money on drugs, ensuring that you won’t lose all of your friends and family, and staying out of legal trouble, so that you will have the motivation to go through with the quitting process.
If you believe in God, it would be very helpful at this point to pray to God, and ask God to take away your drug addiction and to help you get off the synthetic opioids and opiates. Continue such prayers throughout the withdrawal process, and keep talking to God even after the withdrawal is done.
Once you have done all that and have stopped the synthetic opioids and opiates, try to wait as long as you can before taking the Kratom until you start to feel uncomfortable. Don’t wait so long that you start to feel really uncomfortable and crazy, since this can cause a relapse, just to the point that the withdrawal has definitely begun, since if you are in withdrawal the Kratom will work much better.
Then take a dose of Kratom, preferably a heavy dose in the 10 gram range. Note that Kratom typically has its strongest effects around 7-10 grams, and taking more than that will not provide more benefits.
After your first Kratom dose the withdrawal should lighten up a bit, or even totally go away in some cases. Wait as long as you can, to the point that the withdrawal becomes uncomfortable before taking the Kratom again. Try to leave 6-12 hours between Kratom doses.
Eventually this dosing regimen will establish your long term Kratom dosing schedule. After the opioid withdrawal peaks and begins to subside in the 7-10 day range you should start taking Kratom at the first sign of any withdrawal so that you are comfortable all day. However, in the beginning some lack of comfort is expected and necessary, since the lack of comfort is your body down regulating the opioid receptors and healing. Once again though, don’t let yourself get really uncomfortable during the withdrawal, since if the withdrawal is too harsh it can cause a relapse. Basically, just keep taking Kratom well before you reach your breaking point.
On a final note, it is best to keep taking Kratom long term after you get through the opioid withdrawals, since taking Kratom regularly is an excellent way to ensure that you don’t have cravings to relapse onto synthetic opioids and opiates. It is much better to be on Kratom daily then to risk going back to dangerous and deadly synthetic opioids and opiates, since Kratom has very little physiological addiction, is cheap since it only costs $1-3 a day, and is safe.
P.S. I would be happy to personally walk you through the process of quitting synthetic opioids and opiates and switching to Kratom, just contact me on Telegram @ZacharyMashiach