Quitting Kratom

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Quitting Kratom

These are suggestions made by people who were able to quit kratom successfully.

Adam M:
  • Exercise (This is the silver bullet of quitting tools if you are physically able to)
  • Distraction (Changing up activities when relapse thoughts arise)
  • Food (Taking time to make myself a meal is a solid act of self-care that my body rewards me for)
  • Building relationships (Building relationships with people in recovery from kratom helps you to feel less alone in your struggles)
  • Going to meetings (The only meetings I have gone to were the Kratom Support ones, which were more than enough for me)
  • Working on projects (I made a lot of things with my hands out of metal and wood after the quit, since I was never really able to feel anxiety when doing those things)
  • Listening to music (Music returns in full strength right after quitting, and is a great tool to feel all sorts of good and bad emotions, which is essential to healing)
Drake:
  • Exercise
  • Communication is key - telling people how you feel/ what you're going through; listening to them and relating
  • Meditation - I used the Headspace App twice or three times a day
  • Nature - Walking in nature reminds me that there's something much bigger than me; it acts as my higher power
  • Diet - changed my diet to only healthy foods loaded with purely natural vitamins
  • Hot showers/baths for muscle aches w/ Epsom salt
Sam L:
  • Exercise is really important- it’s tough because you’ll be tired but I have found that moving around is by far the best remedy for the symptoms of withdrawal
  • Stay hydrated- being dehydrated will make you feel crappy
  • Napping is ok- I don’t understand the physiology of WDs but I do know I need more sleep. During the height of WDs if I am able, I will
  • lay down and take naps.
  • Be kind to yourself- lower expectations for what you will be able to accomplish during the earliest phase of quitting.
  • Get rid of all leftover kratom, paraphernalia and garbage.  Get rid of it all. There is no reason to hang on to leftover kratom unless you are intending to use again.  Don't make it easy on yourself to relapse. Get rid of empty envelopes, extract bottles, spoons etc.  I used in my car a lot so the driver side area was filthy with kratom dust and all sorts of things. Clean it. Throw everything away. You don't need reminders.
  • Treat yourself to things/recognize this as a difficult time- if you really love ice cream, eat some ice cream.  If you put on a couple pounds in WD you can take them off later. You’re recovering from a disease so be kind to yourself.
  • Anticipate being tempted during times when you used. I learned this quitting cigarettes.  I had to stop, for a while, lingering over coffee in the morning because the desire for a cigarette was strong.  Same thing with Kratom. My biggest trigger time is Friday afternoon when I am feeling good. Anticipate being tempted and fill that time with another activity.
  • People, places and things.  Everyone makes their own choices but to stay sober I need to stay away from people who are using and places where people use. There is an AA cliché, which I believe to be true, "if you hang around the barber shop you are going to get a haircut". For me sobriety is hard enough without being around and seeing/watching people who are using.  I have found people who are really my friends are understanding of my temporary absence and supportive and happy about the changes I am making.
  • “One day at a time/just for today”- You only have to stay off kratom FOR TODAY. Don’t worry about staying clean for the next year.  Just don’t use today.
  • Keep in mind that WD is not permanent. Every day you stay clean is a day closer to feeling better/normal.
  • Find someone to be honest with. It can be a friend, a family member or maybe a fellow addict. Don’t keep your experience secret. Your burden will be lessened if you share it with someone.
Stephanie K:
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Reaching out/Connections
  • Music (good for the soul)
  • Keeping my home clean/organized
  • Go to meetings
  • Family Time
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Lots of self-care
  • Honesty with the group
Jimmy J:
  • Exercise
  • Maintain clean home
  • Think through the process/temptation
  • Acknowledge my defaults
  • Acknowledge my progress
  • Talk about it
  • Encourage those still suffering
Mike:
  • Embracing the horrific suck during the acutes knowing that each minute of hell is one more minute of my brain healing and one minute closer to regaining my long lost self.
  • Staying focused and busy as much as possible, especially when every ounce of your being wants to lie on the couch in a ball of despair.
  • Exercising! However you do it just do it.
  • Deep down believing that it will get better with time despite the ultra frustrating non-linear recovery. I'm living proof it will get better despite not believing it at first.
  • Meditation and Wim Hof breathing followed by a cold shower. It continues to do wonders for me.
Mari M:
  • Quitting Kratom group
  • 12-Step groups (including a sponsor, working the steps)
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Exercise
  • 100% honesty with my family and friends
  • Cooking healthy meals
  • Meditation & mindfulness practices
  • Deep breathing
  • Music
  • Vitamins (B-Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D)
  • Yoga
  • Sticking to a routine
  • Time spent in nature
  • Playing with my dog/animals
  • Asking for help from others
Jay:
  • Attending meetings (social support and accountability)
  • Opening up to friends and family (social support and accountability)
  • Exercise (for energy and fighting physical withdrawals)
  • Cold showers (for energy)
  • Hot showers (for fighting phsyical withdrawals)
  • Supplements (MACA root for libido, NAC for cravings, adrenal support supplements for energy, etc.)
  • Having an explicit quitting plan (e.g. a taper schedule)
  • Getting rid of all Kratom and Kratom paraphenalia
  • Introspection of reasons for using Kratom in the first place
Taylor:
  • walking/running (this was HUGE for me—I went on a long walk/slow jog every day for the first two weeks after quitting and it was the only time each day that I felt “normal”)
  • protein shakes when I didn’t have an appetite
  • listening to music
  • NAC supplements for cravings
  • multivitamin/probiotic/omega-3 supplements for general health/nutrition
  • magnesium/melatonin for sleep (not sure it really helped, but took it anyway)
  • reading the r/quittingkratom subreddit everyday and posting in the check-in thread
  • attending the quitting kratom support group on zoom
  • telling my boyfriend about everything I hid from him during my addiction
  • asking for help when I needed it
  • staying away from news and social media for a while
  • stretching
  • massages from my partner
  • ASMR videos
  • hot and cold showers
  • cuddling my cat
  • removing everything in my day-to-day life that reminded me of kratom (for example, putting away the cup that I always used to take it)
  • lowering my expectations for myself in those first few days/weeks
  • embracing the suck
Olga:
  • Coming to the meeting and speaking out, even when I didn’t feel like it
  • Jumping with someone from the group on the same day, so we could keep each other accountable
  • Reaching out to friends and family, building back the relationships that were abandoned during the active use.
  • Accepting the fact that everyday isn’t going to be perfect and I lots of times things won’t go my way. And that’s just life, it’s not unique to my experience.
  • Practicing gratitude. It’s powerful to see what happens when you focus your attention on good things in your life.
  • Writing tasks for each day, even small ones, and praising yourself for accomplishing them.
  • Exercising, it’s just a natural endorphin release that we are lacking so much during withdrawals.
  • Spending time in the nature, I started appreciating the beauty of my surroundings so much more when I got off kratom.
  • Taking walks and listening to music.
Santiago:
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Eating healthy food
  • Athletic Greens or a good all around supplement
  • Reading uplifting or interesting literature
  • Meetings
  • Getting honest with people and reaching out when I am having thoughts of using
  • Helping out others or asking them how they are doing
  • Exercise in any form ( Weights, cycling, yoga, sports, etc..)
  • Journaling
  • Practicing gratitude and Acceptance
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