While the FDA has been clear about its opposition to kratom for some time, it has not previously publicly supported a scheduling decision. Since it has alkaloids which act like opiate receptor agonists then you can utilize it to substitute opiate drugs, either as a pain reliever or to keep you away from opiate withdrawals.
I do believe that kratom has incredible potential to be used therapeutically in the right patients as long as they are carefully monitored for medical conditions and drug-drug or drug-food interactions. Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find substance use or other mental health services in your area.
However, before getting to this point, new users are encouraged to start with low doses notwithstanding how desperate you may be for results. The DEA maintains that kratom has no medical uses or benefits, but in Asia kratom has been used for hundreds of years to treat cough, diarrhea, opiate withdrawal, and chronic pain, and to boost energy and sexual desire.
Since users can develop tolerance to the kratom plant, it's possible for drug-seeking behaviors to develop. Treatment for kratom abuse, dependence, and addiction may include a mix of pharmacological and therapeutic methods in a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program.
Kratom is also increasingly used as an herbal approach to alleviating symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal, such as muscle aches and mood disturbance. Kratom can cause potentially deadly interactions with other drugs, or even medicines. Kratom is an addictive drug that can lead to physical and psychological damage if abused over a long period of time.