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Can I Use Kratom in Recovery?

Kratom comes from the leaf of a tree similar to a coffee tree and is mostly grown in southeast Asia. It has become popular in the US in recent years for a variety of uses, the most common being to break addiction, manage pain, or get high. Kratom is currently legal in most states, the exceptions being Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. It’s a substance that has both vocal advocates and detractors. With advocates claiming kratom can help with addiction and chronic pain, you may wonder if it’s safe to use when you are in recovery.

While there does appear to be some evidence that kratom is effective in treating addiction and pain, it doesn’t mean you should immediately go brew yourself a cup. After all, heroin relieves chronic pain and methadone helps break heroin addiction but it doesn’t mean you should just go out and start–or resume–using them on your own. Kratom, like other medications used in detox and treatment, works best under supervised, limited use and you probably shouldn’t rely on your own judgment or willpower when using it to treat addiction or pain.

Kratom can also be addictive, with about half of users reporting withdrawal symptoms, including restlessness, runny eyes and nose, diarrhea, fever, and tension. If those sound familiar, it’s probably because they are similar to the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Kratom, rather than possessing magical addiction-slaying powers, may function essentially the same as a normal taper.

If you are in recovery, using kratom is not recommended. There may be people using kratom responsibly, but there are also people using alcohol and marijuana responsibly. If you are in recovery for addiction, there is plenty of reason to believe that kratom would become a problem for you. Don’t be seduced by arguments that it’s legal and “natural.” Kratom has psychoactive properties and therefore poses a danger to anyone with a history of addiction. The important thing is to be honest with yourself. If you take kratom or are considering it, you know, deep down whether you are managing pain or relapsing.  

If you are addicted to opioids, it’s probably best not to rely on a supplement you bought online from Indonesia for treatment. Gardens Wellness Center offers medically assisted detox from opioids that can minimise withdrawal and get you off to a good start in treatment. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.