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TOPIC: Am I on the right track?

Am I on the right track? 2 months 2 weeks ago #35388

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Thank you all for the replies! I am learning so much! I Made an order from one of your approved vendors last week and oddly was able to cut my dose in half and felt better effects.This was with the same strains that I have been ordering from another well known vendor that is not on your list.
What Ive taken away from this is I need to keep track of my doses and less is usually more. I have planned days off on my calendar. Im so thankful for this plant and the ability to healthily deal with my feelings.

Thank you all for the info. This forum has been invaluable to my journey!
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Am I on the right track? 2 months 1 week ago #35612

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Sorry, I went back and re-read this and my previous post. It’s good that we can seek out other sources and find out terms for what we experience. I said “jonesing” in the wrong context because I’ve since learned that what I experience, since I am physically dependent, is interdose withdrawal. With this said, I’m maintaining a lower daily dose and learning to pay close attention to how I’m doing. I’m trying to keep symptoms at bay, letting them come “in bay” by stretching more hours between doses. There’s a lot said about redosing and the effectiveness or downfalls, etc., which I am trying to figure out. This is a long journey of being honest with myself. Why am I doing it? Effectively treating RLS for awhile, chronic nerve pain now, two previous post surgery transitions from opiates which I have a healthy fear of. Over 3 years now, the reasons have changed.
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Am I on the right track? 2 months 5 days ago #35702

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The "best practice" for coming off opiates is to stretch out the time between doses. Once you start to feel withrawal, wait an hour then take something (hopefully it will be Kratom).

If you gradually lengthen the time between doses eventually you will have dropped an entire dose in 24 hours. This is called "down regulating".

This was how I came off the oxy...until my dose was low enough that I just switched to the Kratom without any problems at all.
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Am I on the right track? 1 month 2 weeks ago #36203

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I've had Kratom for about six months. My sister died in May and I did use Kratom daily for a few weeks. My doses are low, about a teaspoon a day. It did get me through the initial grief period, but the grief did set in.
When I am going through a rough patch, I use Kratom. But never increase my dose. I have taken it daily for as long as two weeks, and never experienced any difficulty stopping. Like you, the fear of addiction is a big thing for me, but the only really bad stories I'v heard are from people coming off off really high doses several times a day. My modest teaspoonful a day is nothing compared to what some people use.

It is fabulous in lifting my mood and relieving my back pain. I have high hopes for my future mental health with the help of Kratom.
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Am I on the right track? 1 month 2 weeks ago #36207

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I’m so sorry for your loss, Littlebear3.

Thank you for sharing with us.

I’m processing a different sort of grief and loss for the first time in sobriety from alcohol, then opiates and eventually nicotine.

Kratom has not blocked that emotion processing, day after freaking day. But it does have a way of comforting my aching back while I’m feeling life on life’s terms.

My “addiction” is 90% psychological. The physical dependence is managed quite uneventfully with weaning and time.

I consider kratom a “luxury” and its much safer than the Valium prescribed for grief and loss (prior to the lockdown on all meds for symptom relief).

It sure doesn’t mask emotional pain, in my experience.

But I’m also not an abuser of the leaf and perhaps it does if you swallow a bush a day?! Enough people DO abuse it like that repeatedly. I’m completely clueless as to what I’m “missing out on” there.
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Am I on the right track? 1 month 2 weeks ago #36209

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sorry to hear littlebear. grief is never easy. I keep telling myself and others that you cant spaz over what you cant control, doesn't make it any easier. but you cant go through life drunk and high either. although in my 20s that sounded like fun...we all need emotional and physical support sometimes. and no one wakes up one morning and says hey.... today I wanna be an addict! and hey this makes me consider my "safe" amount too. I try to take 2 days a week completely off of kratom, days off of course, but today I caved and took a 2 g dose to take the edge off. my mom is showing signs of dementia and I feel guilty working a lot+ living 20 miles away. my little sis watches her the best she can while we juggle trying to get an aide. but yeah as I said... not in control ..can only do everything I can
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