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4 Healthy Ways Kratom Helps Stop Drug Abuse

4 Healthy Ways Kratom Helps Stop Drug Abuse

For those who don’t know, Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant native to Southeast Asia. It is tremendously effective as a healthier alternative to opioid abuse, and it has been used to treat people going through certain drug withdrawals.

In fact, a few people ‘round the internet have gone on to state that higher doses of Kratom made them feel a bit sedated – similar to the very opioids they’re trying to get away from! This is because Kratom has psychoactive properties, and it definitely (beyond a doubt) inspires euphoria.

And it is completely legal.

It’s no wonder many health institutions (and people already in the know) have resorted to using the plant to treat their addictions to various harmful drugs. Kratom’s leaves have been used (at low doses) as a stimulant, as a sedative (at high doses).

One of the ways to use the leaves is as a painkiller. Another way is to use the leaves to make a tea which promotes positive feelings.

Let’s take a look at why Kratom is a healthy alternative to traditional medicines used for treating several ailments.

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Helps with Opiate Withdrawal

Kratom is often used to treat drug addiction because its properties mimic the sensations induced by opiates and similar, “good-feeling” drugs. The life-saving power of this natural plant cannot be overstated or exaggerated, as it has prevented many relapses.

This is because (aside from helping people kick the habit), the beneficial plant has also been shown to help people in these ways:

  • Inspires happiness
  • Soothes upset stomach
  • Washes users in a calming euphoria
  • Reduces anxiety

Many labourers overseas even use the plant at low doses to get through a gruelling day of back-breaking work.

By the same token, those experiences might not be the same for everyone. Since all our bodies are different, and what works for one person could be toxic to the person sitting next to you, people using Kratom may instead experience:

  • Constipation
  • Uncontrollable sweating
  • Mildly-tolerable itching
  • Obnoxious nausea
  • Loss of appetite

Considering the benefits and risks, I would say the trade-off is worth it for most people. Methadone and oxycontin are two drugs that have DESTROYED thousands of lives and brought devastating horror to countless families. When it comes to Kratom, we can count our lucky stars that its side effects of nausea, itching, and not wanting to eat are mild (or so I personally think).

Is Safe at Low Doses and Not Addictive

Kratom, taken at lower doses, has been shown to provide a healthy boost of energy. This is wonderful news, isn’t it?

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Especially for people who are sensitive to caffeine and are looking for other ways to get that bit of extra “boost” to grind through the morning or late-afternoon, Kratom can be a great option.

Helps with Mundane Tasks

Another interesting effect surrounding this plant is its mood-enhancing qualities. This means that time-consuming, fun-stealing chores (such as filing taxes, cleaning the house, dealing with parents-in-law, etc.) become tolerable.

Additionally, since Kratom doesn’t impair cognitive function, you could even actually – let’s say – fill out some government forms. Such as tax forms. Its effects (when used at the proper – low – doses) are similar to painkillers. You will still manage function properly. Although Kratom’s main effect are to boost energy levels, it is by NO means a stimulant/psychoactive drug in the same vein as speed, coke, or caffeine.

In some parts of the world, Kratom is commonly referred to as “herbal speedball”, “Thom”, “Ketum”, and “Biak-biak.”

Can Be Quickly Absorbed for Maximum Effect

If you like chocolate milk, then whipping up a delicious Kratom choco-milkshake will be no problem.

There will be a problem, however, if you just add a dose of powdered Kratom to chocolate milk. The powder will float on top and not mix with the milk at all. This is bad, since you want the Kratom to be thoroughly mixed with your drink – that’s how you receive its healthy, beneficial properties.

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Ideally, to get Kratom’s health benefits in the best-tasting way of all (in my opinion), you need to transform it into milkshake form.

To do this, all you have to do is make it the same way as you would with whey protein or creatine powders. I buy chocolate-flavoured powders – chocolate is amazing. Which is why I think I’m going to try out the following “Chocolate Kratom Milkshake” recipe the next time I have some on hand. The recipe is simple to make, and all you need are a few items you can pick up anywhere.

Ideally, you want to use 1 cup of chocolate milk for each dose of Kratom. Some people suggest using chocolate-flavoured almond milk since it’s incredibly healthy but personally, I’m not a fan.

What you do next is prepare the milkshake as you would any other drink. You do this as follows…

  • Put a dose of powdered Kratom into your drinking glass.
  • Add a cup of chocolate milk to it.
  • Stir it up until the liquid thoroughly mixes with the powder.
  • Add ¼ cup of chocolate milk to get rid of any lumps and make the drink smooth.
  • Once all the lumps are gone, feel free to add whatever chocolate milk is left.
  • Drink up and enjoy!

If you don’t want to make a milkshake, Kratom leaves can be chewed (which some people do), or brewed to be used as a tea. Many people have gone so far as to smoke the leaves or to crush them up and eat them in food (like basil leaves).

Can Be Addictive If Used Improperly

As with anything, Kratom has negative side effects, as well.

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Typically, these effects result when people use much more than the recommended dosage. Blatantly abusing this wonderful plant leads some people to experience “opiate”-like sensations – this is why Kratom is a wonderful treatment for helping with opiate withdrawal.

However, it should be obvious that these sensations pave the way to addiction and relapses.

Other harmful symptoms of a bad experience are nausea, vomiting, constipation, and insomnia. (Vomiting is why I may never use Kratom again – it was a horrible experience that was supposed to be fun. I was an idiot, though, and took too much without reading up on the negative symptom related to higher doses. If you’ve ever had your mind/body/spirit altered by a plant, chemical, or substance, and you HAVEN’T thrown up, then consider yourself lucky.)

Conclusion

While Kratom can be a healthy alternative to opiates, can help with withdrawal, and can help curb addiction, be warned: Kratom itself can be addictive. As with anything we ingest (coffee, beer, food, etc.) the potential for becoming addictive is high – no matter what it is. That, however, is a story for another day.

I hope you’ve gained some valuable insight into this “mysterious” alternative so that you can make wise choices for yourself.

Featured photo credit: tea-honey-lemon-ginger-mint-above via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on November 9, 2020

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

2. No Motivation

Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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5. Upward Comparisons

Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

6. No Alternative

This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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7. Stress

As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

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8. Sense of Failure

People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

9. The Need to Be All-New

People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

10. Force of Habit

Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

Final Thoughts

These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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Reference

[1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
[2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
[3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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