Find Addiction Rehabs Explains How to Deal with Kratom Withdrawal

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Find Addiction Rehabs (FAR), an online resource for people who are looking for drug and alcohol resources and rehab centers, has explained how to deal with withdrawal from kratom in a new blog post. Kratom is a substance that comes from a tree that grows naturally in Malaysia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. Its leaves were traditionally used as medicine but it is now being used as a recreational drug. It has not been declared illegal yet but it does have a stimulant effect in low doses. Some people use it to combat fatigue and because it is not yet illegal, it is available in the form of teas and sweets. The problem is that when consumed in higher doses, it has an effect that is similar to that of opioids. It can function as a sedative, resulting in a euphoric and dream-like state.

A spokesperson for FAR says, “Just as with any substance that has the potential for misuse and dependence, the various forms of kratom have distinct characteristics of withdrawal. The symptoms of withdrawal from kratom can be more dangerous than other similar compounds, due to the depressive mood often accompanying the onset of withdrawal, and medically supervised detox should be considered. Along with resources to help with these issues, the FAR team has gone into detail about all of the possible concerns faced with kratom and withdrawal. If you or a loved one have been struggling with kratom, please reach out now to discuss treatment options.”

Shackled hands holding a kratom leaf, to show the difficulty of kratom withdrawals and potential for help with Find Addiction Rehabs

A person who uses kratom regularly can quickly develop a dependence on the drug. When an individual becomes dependent on a drug, their body chemistry adjusts to its regular use. Such individuals find it impossible to function normally without that particular drug in their system. This leads to addiction, which occurs when people desire to use the drug regardless of its negative impact on their lives. Ironically, kratom had been proposed as a “cure” for opioid addiction. Thus, those who take kratom as a way to manage their opioid addiction may ultimately develop a dependence on kratom.

According to the article, the best way to deal with kratom withdrawal is through a medically supervised detox. The problem is that kratom is not an illegal drug, although it has been classified as a drug of concern by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Thus, there is a paucity of research about kratom withdrawal. However, anecdotal evidence indicates that kratom withdrawal is similar to that of opiates. This is because kratom has brain interactions that are similar to opiates. Withdrawal may take four to seven days, depending on the amount used and how frequently it was used.

There are a number of symptoms of kratom withdrawal. These include jerky movements; runny nose; insomnia; severe abdominal cramps; muscle aches; diarrhea; nausea and vomiting; blurred vision; dilated pupils; fever; hot flashes and sweats; seizures; reduced appetite; and changes in blood pressure and heart rate. There may also be a number of psychological symptoms, such as depression, agitation, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.

It is important to note that a person who uses kratom will not necessarily become dependent on it. A majority of people who use kratom don’t get addicted to it but as people begin using it in large doses, the risk of addiction increases. The tipping point appears to be more than five grams per day, three times daily. It has also been noted that kratom withdrawal will not likely result in death. However, consulting with a physician is advisable in order to help with dealing with the psychological effects. Getting off kratom is actually possible at home. This can be done by taking an OTC painkiller; staying hydrated; eating small but frequent meals; using antiemetics; resting for as much as possible; using relaxation methods; applying heat and cold to certain areas; and distracting the mind.

Find Addiction Rehabs positions itself as a transparent, no-nonsense online resource for people who need information regarding both drugs themselves and treatment for use disorders that arise around them. FAR strives to offer a credible voice for those who have to know more about addictive behaviors and substance use disorders.

People who are interested in looking for kratom rehab centers can contact their Find Addiction Rehabs representatives by phone any time of day or night, and visit their website for a full range of resources across substances and much more.


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