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