Doug and I had a debate on this, and maybe his experience isnt embellished. Everyone is different. However there is a big difference between a few times a year and daily if not all day daily use. Kratom isnt heroin (kratom is a partial mu agonist opioid other opiates are total agonists meaning they have more affinity to bind to receptors), and everyone reacts differently to quitting substances, but it can definitely cause physical withdrawals for some people who have abused it heavily.
No free lunches.