Kratom is known as a tropical tree that naturally grows in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. The leaves of this tree have been traditionally used as a medicine but are more recently being used as a recreational drug. Doctors believe the substances in kratom attach themselves to the same nerve cells as opioid painkillers to create a similar effect.
Kratom is normally used by putting the leaves in water to drink, ground up and put in pills, or crushed and smoked like tobacco. Kratom isn’t currently illegal in the United States and is easily accessible online. It is also sometimes sold as a green powder. This drug has different effects depending on the dosage.
In lower doses, it acts as a stimulant that makes you more energetic and creates effects such as alertness, sociability, light-headedness, and reduced motor coordination. The effects can last up to 1 ½ hour. In doses that are higher, it makes a person sleepy and in a dreamlike state with feelings of calmness and euphoria that can last for up to 6 hours.
Can You Abuse Kratom?
Kratom is a drug that is of concern that isn’t controlled by the DEA. With the effects similar to narcotics like morphine in high doses, kratom is an addictive substance. According to the FDA, there are no FDA – approved used for this drug and they do have some serious concerns about Kratom. Kratom use also comes with some side effects. The most common side effects are nausea and constipation. Other side effects include:
- Muscle tremors
- Weight loss
- Dry mouth
- Muscle damage
- Liver damage
- Breathing suppression
Though there have been many reports of deaths in people who have ingested Kratom, most have involved another substance as well. This does not mean that Kratom is safe for use as it has the same addictive qualities as opiates that create similar effects.
At one point in time, some researchers believed that Kratom could be used as a safe alternative to opioids and other prescription pain medications. However, after further research, many safety concerns have been identified and no clear benefits have been noted. For instance, when Kratom was tested as a treatment for symptoms of opioid withdrawal, people reported withdrawal symptoms similar to the symptoms you feel from opioid withdrawal. These symptoms may include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle aches
- Joint and bone pain
- Jerky movements of the limbs
- Aggressive behavior
- Mood swings
- Sweating/ cold sweats
Get the Help You Need With Kratom Addiction
If you or someone you love are ready to take the necessary steps to get sober, the best way to start is with a medically assisted detox process. Due to the brains rewiring after prolonged use, withdrawal symptoms can be extremely intense and even deadly when you abruptly stop. Medical detox is always recommended and your doctors will come up with the best plan for you to safely detox. Once you have detoxed, the best and safest option to get off of and stay off Benzodiazepines is by the use of one of the many treatment programs we offer at Garden State Treatment Center.
Addiction isn’t an easy thing to face. Luckily you do not have to face it on your own. Our admissions counselors and professionals are available around the clock. We are ready to help you or a loved one overcome the disease of addiction. Now is the time to change your life. Let us help you do it.