Personally, I have used Kratom to withdrawal from opiates and it is 'beyond' the best option out there in my personal opinion. But, I was wondering if anyone had any current personal stories on whether it has helped or not?
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Kratom Opiate Detox: A Fallacy
Kratom is touted as a way to curtail the effects of opiate withdrawal, and itís also promoted as an option for people looking to beat their opiate addictions. Being pretty analytical and logical, I unfortunately bought into the idea that both of these notions were true without thinking these suppositions through. One of these widely-promoted beliefs can be true whereas the other ó not so much.
This post is about exposing the fallacy of one of these widely-held beliefs.
Kratomís effect on opiate withdrawal symptoms
I know through first-hand experience that Kratom and drugs like Vicodin have a cross tolerance. Not a cross tolerance in the sense that Kratom is pharmacologically or chemically similar to Vicodin, because it isnít, only that they do trigger some of the same brain areas and thus have some of the same effects and therefore can, in a small sense, be swapped back and forth to either work to treat pain or mitigate withdrawal symptoms of the other.
Iíve now been in both situations: using Vicodin for an extended period of time and switching to Kratom, and using Kratom for an extended period of time and switching to Vicodin. In both cases, I would normally experience withdrawal symptoms if I quit Ďcold turkeyí. Physical withdrawal symptoms are similar for both Kratom and opiates: flu-like sensations, increased perception of pain in areas where pain exists (if youíre taking the medicines for pain), random muscle / bone pains, sweats, agitation, restless leg, etc. While anecdotal, Iíve not experienced withdrawal symptoms when swapping between Kratom and Vicodin or vise-versa.
The reason that Kratom can help with mild opiate withdrawal symptoms is because, again, Kratom and drugs like Vicodin, Lortab, Percocet, etc bind to some of the same opioid receptors. Alkaloids, or small components, of Kratom are opioid agonists, as is Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, etc. Because they trigger activity in the same brain receptors, Kratom will replace the function of true opiates (opium-derived medicines) in this context. This means that withdrawal effects from the pharmaceutical narcotics are either delayed or displaced and not experienced fully or at all until opioid agonist substances are stopped.
Though the primary active component of Kratom, 7-Hydroxymitragynine, is believed to be about 15x more potent than morphine, online user reports of using Kratom to curb withdrawal symptoms for high-dose opiate addictions or addictions to drugs like Heroin are mixed to negative in terms of its effectiveness.
The fallacy of beating opiate addiction using Kratom
I actually gleaned this bit of information from a retort posted by a substance abuse professional regarding Kratom, and it made a lot of sense. I canít remember the exact location of the conversation, and I wonít recall it verbatim, but the end-result point is whatís important. Basically, Kratom will not help you get rid of your opiate addiction because Kratom and opiates like Hydro- and Oxy- are opioid agonists. Kratom and drugs like Hydrocodone initiate a similar physiological response when binding to opioid receptors. Saying that Kratom will help you detox from opiate use is like saying nicotine patches help you detox from cigarette use. Thatís not to say that it canít help you in some respects, but in reality youíre replacing one drug with another, or replacing a delivery system with another while still obtaining the same physiological effects.
If you want to detox from opiates or drugs that initialize your opioid receptors, you need an opioid antagonist, or a substance that blocks responses from your opioid receptors or prevents binding in the first place (which, itís the binding that leads to the euphoric aspects of these substances).
In simple terms, you wonít get rid of your opiate addiction by feeding it with Kratom. You may minimize or eliminate immediate withdrawal symptoms, but until you stop artificially activating your opioid receptors, youíll still have the addiction or dependence because Kratom is basically an opiate replacement, not an opiate detoxification agent.
As for whether you can Ďtaperí your withdrawal symptoms, such as using Kratom to minimize Heroin or Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms, then tapering off from Kratom for a less-agonizing withdrawal period ó thatís beyond what I know and it doesnít appear to have been studied yet. Some more familiar with Kratom and its affects on our brains and bodies speculate that using Kratom to detox from strong opiates only delays the more severe withdrawal symptoms.
Kratom for opiate withdrawal
If you want to lessen the intensity of withdrawal symptoms from Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, etc, then itís a possibility that Kratom may help relieve some of those symptoms temporarily. However, if youíre under the assumption that Kratom will help you get rid of your opiate addiction ó thatís a fallacy that just doesnít hold up when compared with the facts of the situation.