Kratom comes from a plant known as Mitragyna speciosa. The substance is in powder or tablet form.
Once an obscure herbal compound unknown to most people, kratom abuse has increased substantially in recent years. So much so in fact that people are seeking addiction treatment for kratom dependence. You might be wondering what kratom is exactly. Kratom comes from a plant known as Mitragyna speciosa. The substance is typically found in powder or tablet form.
More than 20 active chemicals in kratom can interact with the brain. However, the two main components of the drug are alkaloids called mitragynine and 7-a-hydroxy mitragynine. These chemicals can bond to opioid receptors in the brain activated by illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit prescription opioid
In recent years, some people are attempting to use it to help them wean themselves off of opioids. While kratom may alleviate some opioid withdrawal symptoms, this is more often than not a mistake. Without a treatment plan or any medical guidance, these people frequently end up dependent on Kratom, which has it’s own side-effects and consequences.
Kratom causes stimulant effects when taken in lower doses. It can fight off fatigue and increase a person’s energy. However, when a person takes too much Kratom, they will experience opioid-like effects such as euphoria, a dreamlike state and sedation. If someone uses this substance regularly they may experience mental health symptoms and dependence or a substance use disorder (SUD).
If you or someone you care about is dependent on kratom, Southeast Addiction can help.
Adverse Kratom Side Effects
Many people go through withdrawal from Kratom. However, even if someone isn’t withdrawing from Kratom, the substance can still cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include:
- Feeling edgy
- Delusional thoughts
- Aggressive behavior
- Weight loss
- Loss of sexual desires
If you‘re experiencing any of these side effects and want to stop using Kratom, give us a call. Lets talk about what Southeast Addiction can do for you.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Kratom
In addition to the side effects of Kratom, some people have more problems when they go through withdrawal. Some withdrawal symptoms you might experience include:
- Muscle pain
- Muscle spasms
- Severe depression
- Excessive crying
- Mood swings
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal cramping
With so many withdrawal symptoms, it’s best to get help from a treatment center. The professionals at Southeast Addiction can help you get kratom out of your system and start your recovery.
Where Does Kratom Come From?
Kratom is part of a plant native to Southeast Asia. Many companies advertise it as a dietary supplement. Some smoke shops sell it as “incense”. People use kratom recreationally, sometimes as a substitute for conventional opioids or even in an attempt to detox themselves or wean themselves off of conventional opioids. While it may alleviate some opioid withdrawal symptoms, kratom is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and research has shown it may present a serious threat in terms of liver toxicity.
People should not make the mistake of assuming that because something is “natural” it means it is safe or harmless. Nothing could be further from the truth. After all, arsenic and cyanide are both naturally occurring components and both are unquestionably deadly. While kratom may not be deadly, it is also not well-researched yet and herbal concoctions like it which you can buy online or in stores are not regulated or tested for purity the way pharmaceutical drugs and other medicines are.
Put simply, the FDA isn’t testing that kratom to ensure it is safe and free of impurities. They aren’t testing its potency or even to see if it is even kratom. In fact, they aren’t testing it at all. So you could be getting literally anything and it could be contaminated on top of all that. Using kratom recreationally is likely a mistake and trying to detox yourself off of opioids by using kratom is definitely a mistake. If you are opioid-dependent, getting help from a medical professional is the safest, most effective course of action you can take.
How Kratom Works Within The Body
Kratom causes stimulant effects when taken in low doses. It can fight off fatigue and increase a person’s energy. However, when a person takes higher doses of Kratom, they will experience opioid-like effects such as euphoria, a dreamlike state, and sedation. If someone uses this substance regularly, they can experience mental health symptoms and dependence or a substance use disorder (SUD).
Kratom Withdrawal Syndrome
There isn’t as much research surrounding Kratom as there is with other substances. The reason for this is because Kratom only recently became popular and it’s not nearly as widely used as other substances. However, some research shows the psychoactive alkaloid chemicals in Kratom mimic those in opioid drugs.
Because Kratom bonds to the same opioid receptors, some people liken Kratom withdrawal to opioid withdrawal. However, it’s more common to use kratom in combination with other substances, which can cause withdrawal symptoms to vary widely.
The Kratom withdrawal symptoms aren’t usually life-threatening. However, sometimes, there are complications during the withdrawal process. Some of these complications include:
- Discomfort that can lead to an increased risk of relapsing
- Increased risk of overdosing due to lower tolerance
- Risk of aspiration due to gastrointestinal issues
- Fluid and electrolyte imbalances due to diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration
If you attend a kratom detox center, you can get help to avoid these complications.
Kratom Withdrawal Timeline
The duration and severity of drug abuse will cause Kratom withdrawal to vary. It depends on how long someone used Kratom, the amount they used each time, and other factors. Your history with other substances can affect the withdrawal symptoms you have with Kratom, as well.
There isn’t a set timeline for Kratom withdrawal. However, the general timeline that many people experience when detoxing from Kratom is the following:
- Symptoms usually begin within 24 hours.
- Patients may struggle with cravings, anxiety, runny nose, muscle aches, insomnia, sweating, and agitation in acute withdrawal.
- After 2 to 4 days, the patient may have worsened symptoms such as goosebumps, dilated pupils, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
- Symptoms should subside after 7 to 10 days.
Some withdrawal symptoms can be challenging. Your best chance for success in beating a kratom addiction is with professional medical treatment.
Detoxing from Kratom
Do you believe you have a problem with Kratom use? Are you dependent on it? If so, you may be ready to stop using this substance. Substance abuse is challenging to overcome alone. You can get all the help you need to quit using Kratom.
The first place to start is to contact a treatment provider like Southeast Addiction for detox and recovery. The specialists know how to help their patients work through each stage of detox.
Medical detox for kratom abuse includes the following:
- Evaluation (you will talk to professionals to assess your condition and create a treatment plan)
- Stabilization (you will receive medical treatment and other supports to help get you through the withdrawal symptoms)
- Transition to a treatment program
Deciding to stop using kratom takes courage. Southeast Addiction can help you, from assessing your condition to helping you through our treatment program and beyond. You are on your way to living your best life.
During your stay, specialists will help with your mental and physical well-being. Research shows that people who attend a professional detox center program have a much better chance of stopping substance use for longer than those who don’t.
Addiction Treatment Types for Kratom Abuse
Once someone completes medical detox, they’ll be recommended to continue treatment afterwards. It’s important to remember that the detox phase of treatment is only the beginning. It gets the patient past the physical withdrawal symptoms comfortably, that’s it.
If the intention is to get sober and stay sober, then the more follow-up treatment you can do, the better your chances of success in long-term recovery all. Following the detox phase, treatment for 30-60 days or more in a combination of residential or partial-hospitalization program (PHP) setting and intensive outpatient treatment is usually recommended.
Entering a Kratom Detox Center
If you have been using kratom but you want to stop, you don’t have to do it yourself. Many people don’t want to admit they can’t stop using a substance on their own. The sooner you do though, the sooner you can move towards making real progress.
Southeast Addiction can help you or your loved one overcome their dependence on kratom or any other substance, but you have to make the first move by giving us a call at: (888) 981-9263
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