We Are The Faces Of Kratom. We Are The Faces Of America, With Sarah Ann Harig.

This is Sarah Ann Harig’s powerful and candid testimony. Thank you Sarah for pouring your heart out to the world. Your story is heart wrenching and will reach so many mothers who may feel lost or hopeless with despair.

Her words may break your heart, but in the end they will mend it, because she found courage and strength to rise above all of her pain and become the loving mother that she always was. She reached for Kratom instead of benzodiazepines and narcotics, which results now in a happy, promising, productive, and fulfilling life. ~ Respectfully and Sincerely Yours, Kami Ann Davis

Here is Sarah Ann Harig’s Story ~

“Good morning! I live in Grand Rapids MI and I am getting involved to keep our wonderful tea legal.’

‘Beginning in 2004, I started popping Vicodin for headaches and knee pain, eventually getting hooked. After taking them for several years, in 2012 I got pregnant with my youngest and ended up on methadone because I wanted to have a safer option. Little did I know all that it would entail. After going to the methadone clinic on and off for 7 years, while also prescribed xanax/klonopin for anxiety, gabapentin for back pain, cymbalta since 2007 for depression and a daily pot smoker, I had no idea how much I didn’t care about myself or things I did. I learned how to shop lift from A “friend” I met at the clinic. I was habitually homeless and gave up my then 13 year old daughter to her grandma. I moved to Lansing with my then boyfriend and our baby to run from the bad stuff I was doing but didn’t realize that the behavior would just continue there. I overdosed twice and almost died. Lost custody of my then 3 year old as she was with me during one 9f those overdoses, and could not hold down a job as I was nodding off often and had no idea. I tried to get off methadone twice during my time in Lansing with no success, ending up back in the clinic because I was so sick. Finally I had enough and moved back home to Grand Rapids, getting away from my toxic relationship, in September of 2018. I was so sick because I couldn’t get directly into the clinic and had to wait for a couple weeks. Now in Lansing, the clinics didn’t mind if you want to almost 200 mgs, as I was on 161 mgs with split dosing. To go cold turkey is not good. My friend I stayed with asked why don’t I try Kratom? Kratom what’s that? I wish I had known sooner, but I got into the clinic. Once I stabilized on my new dose, which GR does not allow you to go over 120 mgs without good reason, I decided I wanted to Finally get off it. April 2019 I started tapering down. As the clinic in GR won’t allow you to be on xanax with methadone, rightfully so, I decided to take it so they would have no choice then to taper me quickly. Best thing i ever did. September 11th 2019 I got my last dose of 3 mgs. The next day, I picked up some Kratom from the local smoke shop and never looked back. Now I’m thriving. I have a full time job at a grocery store where I work in both the deli and cashier up front. I also am a server at Applebees a couple times a week. I’m trying to get my oldest back in my life as She’s almost 21. My youngest, now 7 years old, who I lost custody of, is with my mom and I WILL get her back. I’m just a way better person. I’m back to the person I was before addiction, but obviously wiser and stronger than ever. My ambition and love for life has returned in ways I never thought possible. On all those drugs, I thought my life was over and that the best years were behind me. But that wasn’t true at all. I just needed to wake up. This plant changed my life and my ability to change my daughter’s life as she has been through way too much with her dad and I. (She remembers when we had bed bugs so bad in Lansing, when they’d keep her up at night, biting her. It makes me sick and very sad.) Her dad is still on methadone in Lansing with no intention of getting off as so many others fall into that way of thinking. But I just wanted to share why this plant is so important to me and why it needs to stay legal. This is just one story among so many others of how our lives have changed for the better. I realized life is about thriving not just surviving. Thank you for reading my long story and have a wonderful day!!!” I sent this in support of keeping it legal in Michigan. I just signed up to be a captain for the AKA. I’m going all in!’ ~ Sarah Ann Harig

You should be super proud of yourself. We all are. I hope your precious children see this. You deserve to have them back fully and surrounding you in their love. Thank you for sharing in the fight to keep Kratom legal and for sharing such rawness and vulnerability for all the world to see.

5 thoughts on “We Are The Faces Of Kratom. We Are The Faces Of America, With Sarah Ann Harig.

  1. I too became addicted to opiates through pain pills from my doctor. Eventually going to a methadone clinic and eventually quitting it cold turkey December of 2018. I’ve been sober ever since. My point is that I stay sober and have become successful in my recovery without the use of kratom. Aren’t you just still using another substance to get off another one? And what happens when the kratom isn’t enough anymore? I promise you can have a great life in recovery without any drugs. Best of luck to you

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    1. With all due respect, 💚 if you read through these stories you can see that they are people who take Kratom for severe pain, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Yes, there ARE very many who also use it to quit heroin and other deadly morphine-like substances. Kratom is not a drug. That is where you are wrong. No, it’s not trading one drug for the other either. I do think that for some people who don’t have any real ailments and who solely have addiction issues should only use Kratom temporarily…to kick whatever they are addicted to and then seek emotional and mental therapy to help address the reasons as to why they became addicted in the first place. Kratom is way easier to quit then methadone or suboxone and is SAFE. Let me ask you a question. For people like me, who have severe chronic pain from an accident who need to take something indefinitely don’t you think Kratom is a better option than highly addictive morphine-like opioids? Kratom is not an opioid. It’s not even in the same class. It’s not even derived from any opioid plant. It’s derived from a coffee tree. It is a partial agonist and contains alkaloids that work the same way as chocolate, cheese, sugar, or coffee. I have lots of science to back this up and would love to share with you if you’d like. It’s also on the blog. But, if you’re mainly referring to people using Kratom to fill a void I don’t agree with that. For people who are solely using it to kick a deadly drug I think they should consume temporarily. However, many people who do have addiction issues are self medicating for underlying symptoms, such as depression, psychosis, or generalized anxiety and PTSD. It has been proven by the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine that Kratom is beneficial in the Treatment of Depression and Psychosis. Here is the study ~ Kratom in the Treatment for pain

      Click to access yjbm_93_2_229.pdf


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    2. I do want to make very clear that I support methadone or suboxone for people if that is their only option to get sober. However, your story is rare in my experience. Most people I talk to say that they cannot quit methadone because the withdrawals are worse than the opioids they were addicted to in the first place. Kratom doesn’t produce horrendous withdrawals, if any. That’s wonderful for you that you were able to quit Methadone and are not taking ANYTHING. But, for many people that’s not the case. I think people should at least have the option to choose which method to quit. Withdrawals from Kratom if any are much milder. Kratom is not hard on the body like Methadone and Suboxone.

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    3. I think you are a rock star. I have known you and your daughter for some time. We’ve seen each other at our worst. Your a special soul and I’m so blessed to have you as friend. Your friendship makes me a better person. I’m so proud of.

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    4. I do want to clarify my previous comment so I edited it a bit ~ If you read through these stories you can see that these are people who take Kratom for severe pain, depression, anxiety, or PTSD. Yes, there ARE very many who also use it to quit heroin and other deadly morphine-like substances. Kratom is no more a drug than caffeine is. That is where many are wrong. No, it’s not trading one drug for the other either. I do think that for some people who don’t have any real ailments and who solely have addiction issues should use Kratom to kick whatever they are addicted to and seek emotional and mental therapy to help address the reasons as to why they became addicted in the first place. Kratom is way easier to quit then methadone or suboxone and is SAFE. Let me ask you a question. For people like me, who have severe chronic pain from an accident who need to take something indefinitely don’t you think Kratom is a better option than highly addictive morphine-like opioids? Kratom is not an opioid. It’s not even in the same class. It’s not even derived from any opioid plant. It’s derived from a coffee tree. It is a partial agonist and contains alkaloids that work the same way as chocolate, cheese, sugar, or coffee. I have lots of science to back this up within this blog. I think it’s important for someone to address their mental health in conjunction to taking Kratom. I don’t agree with anything being abused or leaned upon heavily to fill a void without seeking counseling FOR that void. Many people who do have addiction issues are self medicating for underlying symptoms, such as depression, psychosis, or generalized anxiety and PTSD. So, many of these people legitimately need something safe and beneficial such as Kratom. It has been proven by the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine that Kratom is beneficial in the Treatment of Depression and Psychosis. Here is the study, Kratom in the Treatment for Depression and Psychosis By The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine ~ Luv Kam
      Click to access yjbm_93_2_229.pdf

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