Kava is increasingly getting a positive name in the global wellness community as a supplement that can bring a variety of health benefits. More positive mentions of kava in the first few weeks of 2017 have backed up strong interest in kava last year; all the indications are that the kava industry is on the upturn. There are so many articles about what has been researched and studied about kava.
In this blog post we bring a new perspective on kava as a supplement. We have compiled 4 insightful and inspiring stories on how kava has saved the lives of 4 individuals. This is an article you need to read if you are wondering whether kava supplements can help you.
Online articles always talk about studies and research and are rarely relatable to readers. One such place to get relatable information is through online communities which share a common interest. If you didn't already know, there is a large community of kava consumers online who have a platform known as Kava Forums. This is a great platform to join if you are seeking to get answers to any question you may have about kava. There are a lot of welcoming, experienced, passionate and supportive members in the Forum who provide great words of wisdom. We are also part of this great online community and have collected some of the following relatable stories from the website to share with people who want to know if kava can really improve or save their lives.
Bob's Struggle with Alcohol Addiction
"Hopefully this helps anyone contemplating using kava as route to freedom from daily drinking. My story is simple and typical. I'm 48 now. Was never worse than a weekend warrior for many years. Something changed in my 30's and I became a daily drinker. Not the 1-2 beers a day drinker. A 3-4 beers + close half a fifth of bourbon per day drinker.
I was functional. Always went to work. Rarely had a bad hangover. But was a slave to daily drinking. By 6pm my mouth was dry for the first drink. If I was working late or had to do something before I got home the craving would be front and center until I could get home and get relief. My father was an evening scotch drinker his entire adult life. Same kind of drinker as me. Everyday maintenance with roughly the same amount. I knew it was a problem for years because I couldn't go a day without drinking but I also knew my life wasn't spinning out of control so I could easily live with it.
During a routine physical in May of 2015 I got the news that my liver enzymes were out of whack and had to get an ultrasound. I was pretty nervous to be honest. All those years of drinking coming to a head with health problems. Not the type of news anyone wants to hear. Thankfully it was "only" stage 1 mild fatty liver. I confessed my drinking to my doctor (of course I never mentioned it before) and the plan of action was to abstain for 3 months and retest. Quitting was pretty easy after the first week. It's not hard to be motivated when you get a warning shot that your liver can't handle your habits. I lost weight, ate right, exercised, and got a clean bill of health 3 months later.
I swore I would never drink again. Then I thought I could drink moderately on occasion. Then I thought I could have 2 glasses of wine per day. Then I thought I could only drink bourbon on the weekends. The slippery slope of lying to myself and regressing right back to square 1. It happens so easily to countless people with drinking problems. For some of us there is no middle ground. We either drink or we don't. If we do drink we have to get a "fix" and not a taste. It's a progressive problem/disease. Once you cross a line you are never the same. I crossed the line about 12-15 years ago. It is what it is and I'm good with it.
For those who haven't crossed the line...stay the hell away from it. If you see yourself fast approaching the point of no return then do everything in your power to stay away. If you quit because you think you have a problem and then start again but slip from moderation to excessive then you have all the evidence you need that you have progressed to point where alcohol controls you and not the other way around. If drinking in moderation brings you no pleasure and you always crave more but fight it...you have crossed the line so stop fighting moderation and stop drinking.
At least for me going cold turkey is pretty easy at first. Uncomfortable? Heck yea. Unmanageable? not really. After a week of fighting bad sleep and irritability things start feeling pretty normal with one exception. My 6-9pm "witching hour" is scribed into my mental code. Those cravings never left during my long sober stint in 2015. The cravings came and I pushed them aside. After 9pm or so I'm good to go. After my protracted 4 month relapse I took my last drink about a month ago. I realized I fell completely down the slippery slope and that is exactly where I swore I would never be again 15 months ago.
I'm always honest with myself. I like "altered states". I’ve done plenty of stuff in my past which I thankfully grew completely out of over the years. But I couldn't shake alcohol. Could I live a completely sober life from all substances forever? Yea I probably could but again, being completely honest...I really don't want to. I like to unwind at the end of the day with something other than reality. A break from it all. I have 4 kids and a complicated job. Letting it all go at the end of the day feels good. No two ways around it.
I researched kava last year during my sober spell. The liver scare articles turned me away. I already had a stressed liver. No sense adding to it. This time around I did more research and quickly realized I fell victim to half-truths and misinformation. It's hardly a surprise though. The reputation of what has been consumed for hundreds or thousands of years by millions of people with no known risk to the liver was tarnished by pharmaceutical and supplement companies in just a few short years. The strong message I saw after researching the second time was stick with noble and stick with traditional and don't worry about anything.
I ordered various roots from trusted online vendors. My first package arrived Thursday last week. I had low expectations because of the reverse tolerance thing. Heh, I'm a lucky one. No RT for me. I downed 2 shells in 30 minutes and sat on the couch. Oh boy did that feel good. I chose heady to start and I felt it for sure. Nice waves of relaxation and slight euphoria with zero cravings to drink. It was 6pm and I was feeling great without drinking.
The next 4 nights were a perfect repeat. I get the heady/heavy thing now. Heavy isn't good for pre-dinner for me but is works great as a night cap. I had a test on Sunday watching my NFL team. I drank 2 shells right before the game and felt fantastic. No beer cravings whatsoever. I'm still very early into my kava drinking experiment but the initial results are FAR better than I anticipated. I honestly believe I have personally found a perfect substitute for alcohol. It's even better in some important ways. A good dose lasts a long time and you aren't chasing the buzz like with drinking. Great sleep and easy waking are pretty nice too. We'll see how things go over the next month but I'm pretty encouraged right now.
Does kava deliver an exact replacement for alcohol? Absolutely not. It's not nearly that strong. Does it deliver a feeling pleasurable enough to replace alcohol? For me, 100% yes. I don't need to get hammered. I just need a pleasurable altered state of mind to be satisfied. And I get that. My biggest problem with alcohol was a very high tolerance. 4 beers meant nothing to me. It took the bourbon on top to get the job done right.
One thing I have contemplated is that it's probably best for a heavy drinker to get away from drinking for a week or 2 before trying Kava. Give your body a chance to adjust and heal a little without alcohol. Kava is subtle enough that it won't cure the acute heavy cravings that occur during the first week or 2. That may discourage some people. Also, getting through RT (Reverse Tolerance) could be a challenge. It would take time and patience. Someone who is fresh off of booze probably isn't going to have time or patience to work through an experiment. My best guess to be successful is to commit to not drinking first, give yourself some straight sober time, and then use kava to help keep you sober"
Ilovekava23's solution to Benzo and Drug Addiction
"I was a very bad off junky, heavily addicted to heroin, meth, and benzos (like xanax). I've been sober for 1 year now, but as someone who is only 23 years old I yearn for some fun every now and then and feel as if everyone around me my age still can go out and drink and have fun, if I drink I get drunk and end up blacking out and coming too with drugs in my system. Kava allowed me to be social, get out of my bubble, and have a great time with friends in the way that I'm guessing most people use alcohol to do.
Kava is the only substance I have ever took that didn't make me want to run away from my problems and self medicate. Kava helps me so much with Social Anxiety Disorder, and General Anxiety Disorder. It helps me with my crippling depression, and has enhanced my life so, so very much. I never crave drugs anymore, if I'm in a bad mood or had a terrible day, I just have a cup of kava.
My life has never been better and alot of it was from me working on myself, but kava has helped me so very much in keeping myself good and clean. I'm so glad to have found kava, as it holds a very dear place in my heart"
Jeff's solution for Depression and Anxiety
"For many years, my prescription to benzos was my life line, but I absolutely hated that overly drugged feeling they gave me. Even taking them while I was working or functioning day to day was panic inducing in and of itself because I knew I would more or less be checking out of reality for a few hours.
Long story short, a buddy of mine was one of the many unfortunate souls who have become addicted to opiates. His addiction was due to a back injury and some PTSD from serving our country oversees in the desert. He and I were talking one night and he began telling me about finding kratom and how he was using it and how it helped ease and somewhat cure his addiction. He urged me to look into more holistic and natural plant medicines that could help with my depression and anxiety. I stumbled onto kava while doing research as a result.
After a patient initial period while trying to break down my tolerance, I began to notice my overall anxiety levels begin to drop. As the weeks went by of nightly brewing and imbibing, I no longer felt that panic inducing need to have my benzos regularly available.
I write you now, six months benzo and panic attack free, and over one year sober (from alcohol anyway). Since beginning a near daily kava regiment, my blood pressure has lowered to near "normal" levels, I'm much more calm day to day, and I no longer feel anxiety about not having my benzos rattling in my pocket at all times.
I've tried many different types of kava from many cultivars and distribution companies and upon finding your Savusavu, well, it hit the mark perfectly. I love that even in less concentrated doses, it keeps me calm in nearly every situation that life throws at me. When I want to relax at night, a stronger dose let's me find that buzzed, yet "completely in control" feeling that I never had with alcohol or canibus...
In many ways, kava has saved my life, and I am forever grateful to you and all the other purveyors of this wonderful, magical plant"
Summer's Substitute to Klonopin
"I was on klonopin for six years. At one point I was on 4-6 mg a day, and it took me one whole year of cutting a 2mg pill down. I knew I was in it for the long haul. Kava has helped me tremendously.
I have found kava to take the edge off most times, and a handful of times I have reached a pretty good level similar to feeling like I was on a prescribed medication again. That was not necessarily my goal though; most of the time I just wanted the endless list of horrible feelings to go away or at least not be on the front burner in my life.
It was the worst year and best year of my life. I am still struggling but it is totally 100% different for me now. I love my life and look forward to each new day. I know the hard times will pass. Kava was a game changer for me. I thank God for His plants, roots, and everything else with which He has blessed me. I use it almost every day now. It's 100% medicine to me! To think I am pill free! I still have to pinch myself. I am embracing each day"
We hope that by sharing these 4 stories we have motivated you to give kava supplements a chance if you are looking for a solution to the problems highlighted by these 4 inspiring individuals who have reformed their lives. Kava is a magical plant which has been used as a traditional medicine in the Pacific for years and it could be the solution you were looking for. If you are already consuming kava and have a story to tell please do email us or add in as a comment to this post.