Kratom is a psychotropic substance acquired from the leaves of a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. Kratom contains multiple components, including psychoactive alkaloids which lead to its opioid like effect. Different ways of ingesting the drug include, powder form, pill form, or users can also eat the leaves with food or brew the leaves into a tea.
Little is known in the medical community regarding its effects in the long and short-term. There has also been limited research regarding its safety and therapeutic effects. In 2014, the FDA banned the inclusion of Kratom in dietary supplements due to the adverse side effects.
Dependence and or addiction will result from continued use of the substance. Frequent users may experience kratom withdrawal symptoms if they halt their regular usage. Chronic use of kratom has been linked to liver damage, though the direct link between its use and liver damage remains unknown. Much of the drug’s pharmacology is still currently being researched and studied, and thus not fully understood.
Withdrawal and Side Effects of Kratom:
- Dry Mouth
- Loss of Coordination
- Loss of Appetite
- Weight Loss
Kratom Addiction and Treatment:
Kratom addiction mirrors patterns very similar to opioids, and as such, treatment follows the same guidelines, starting with supervised detox to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. At Hira Health, we help treat Kratom addiction and during the initial detox phases, use medications that will help reduce the effects of withdrawal and cravings. After the initial detox, it is highly recommended that the patient follows with the 30-90 day residential program, to help achieve long term sobriety. We understand that every individual is unique and that a custom-designed treatment plan is required for a successful recovery.