The opioid epidemic across the U.S., even the world, is scary. It’s taking down families, people and communities. When addicts do finally build up the courage to quit, or at least acknowledge that they are not taking care of themselves in the best way they could, they’re faced with a drastic suggestion: quit, cold turkey. Studies have shown that drug abstinence as a way of quitting is not helpful, nor in some cases, safe.

In almost every type of therapy, patients are asked to replace whatever it is they are trying abstain from or give up entirely with something else, something healthier. For example, when people are lured out of an obsessive abusive relationship, sometimes they counter the energy with high-intensity workouts, such as kickboxing. Food addicts may replace their consumption with chewing gum to begin or healthier alternatives, such as celery. When it comes to drug addicts, there are few, healthy replacements for opioids. Until recently.

Kratom is a naturally found herb in mostly South Asian countries. They vary in intensity and effect depending on the soil in which they are grown and were traditionally used by field workers to alleviate aches and pains and to energize themselves for the workday ahead. Kratom is not currently recognized by the FDA and so it is banned in some states, as determined by each state. Any new substance that is introduced after 1994 in the U.S. must be approved by the FDA. However, for people who have tried and found success with kratom, particularly post-drug addiction, they are rejoicing regardless. From veterans dealing with PTSD to people living with Fibular Hemimelia, kratom has been said to alleviate various types of pain.

The reason kratom may be the answer to drug addict’s recovery is because it offers a lower risk replacement to opioids. Just as a dependency may develop with daily coffee consumption, kratom is to be used responsibly. By weaning off of opioids with kratom, it may prove to be much easier for an individual to then wean themselves off of kratom with no replacement at all. We have heard stories of kratom being “life-changing” for some, and referred to as “an all-natural, safe alternative to some of the worst drugs out there”.

Abstinence from drugs entirely when coming off of an addiction can be dangerous. As with anything that is taken regularly, the body builds up a tolerance. So, when people try to quit a drug entirely, if they happen to relapse, they often pick up right where they left off. For a person who hasn’t taken their drug of choice in quite some time, their body will have lost some of its tolerance. Thus, returning to their old habits could shock the body so much that it ends up killing them. Abstinence as a drug recovery plan has been under the radar for quite some time as a poor route to take and a bad choice for physicians to suggest. With kratom, it allows a patient to ease themselves out of it in a less dangerous way.

The theories here are not meant to act as a rehabilitation plan. If you believe you could benefit from kratom due to drug addiction, consult with a professional first. For questions about Green Hippo Kratom, please use our contact form.