I have been using the enhanced form of kratom for 2 years and am addicted to it, have tried to stop using it but the withdrawals are so intense, sweats, shakes, feelings of unreality, insomnia, anxiety, that I haven't been successful at weaning myself off. I use a regular, measured, daily dose and unlike other drugs, kratom does not require taking more and more to get the same effects. In the beginning that was true but now my doses are stable and have been for over a year. I take kratom for panic attacks, which plagued me for years and eventually caused me to be disabled. I had no quality of life in spite of great career and family, I just couldn't function and was losing everything. I was emaciated and couldn't eat. My doctors considered hospitalizing me. Mental illness and clinical anxiety run in my family and my problems started very young. When SSRI's and all the other psych meds failed (and I tried all of them) a friend suggested kratom, and oddly it gave me freedom from unrelenting panic for the first time in years. Using it regularly my agoraphobia subsided, my physical panic symptoms (shortness of breath, racing heart, skin crawling) were reduced and some days eliminated, and I gradually got better, so much that I went back to work again, resumed a high powered career and was able to live a normal life again. So I am between the devil and the deep blue sea. The thought of stopping kratom use, and going thru horrible withdrawals, and possibly have my panic attacks return is not an option for me at this point, but of course if kratom becomes unavailable I will have to fact this reality and that will be a very hard day for me. For people first considering kratom use, think hard about it. Kratom does addict many people, and the withdrawals are serious, so carefully weight your options and be careful.View Thread
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