Kratom is a drug made up of leaves from a tree native to Thailand, which when chewed, smoked, taken in gel cap form, or brewed in tea, produces a psychoactive opiate-like high. Because Kratom is technically legal in some American states, there is an illusion that it provides a “safe high.” Teens, young adults, and former addicts are common users, convinced that Kratom is safe because it is an “organic” product. These illusions are part of what makes Kratom addiction so dangerous.
If you’re here, you probably have some knowledge of the drug Kratom. Maybe you read a story about designer drugs in the newspaper, or you have a friend or loved one who uses Kratom to self-medicate and you’re concerned they’re abusing it. Kratom addiction develops easily, and is disturbing and life-altering for not just users, but their friends and family as well.
In very low doses, Kratom can be energizing, (since the tree its leaves are harvested from are in the coffee family), but as dosage increases, the high quickly changes to that of an opioid like heroin.
In moderate to high doses, common side effects of Kratom use include:
- Nausea/ vomiting
- Weight loss
- Severe dehydration
- Sleep problems including prolonged sleep or insomnia
When mixed with medications or other substances, Kratom is potentially lethal. Kratom addiction typically develops with habitual users and those who take it in high doses. Physically, Kratom tolerance develops the same way other opioid tolerances develop in the body, so much so that there is a cross-tolerance with morphine. Like other addictive drugs, withdrawal is unpleasant and users can experience it even with low doses. Overdose with Kratom is also possible.
If you or your loved one needs help recovering from Kratom dependency, you need comprehensive, cutting-edge treatment. Morningside Recovery is the leader in recovery, thanks to a staff comprised entirely of Master’s and Doctorate level therapists. Unlike most treatment centers, which are staffed by addiction counselors with only a few hours of education on the psychological issues that drive substance abuse, our clinical team specializes in treating the underlying mental health issues that coincide with addiction.
In our alternative, real-world treatment model, we assess clients as individuals in order to customize treatment through a broad range of programs. Between Morningside Recovery’s clinical expertise and our unique treatment paradigm, our dual diagnosis program is unparalleled. Moreover, support in this real-life context allows for a smooth transition into long term sobriety.
Morningside Recovery is the unequivocal leader in addiction treatment. We are here to be of service to any individuals in need. Please call today to learn more about overcoming Kratom dependency. We’re here to help!
It is important to note that Kratom is illegal in the tree’s native Thailand as well as a number of European countries, and many U.S. states. Since incidents and deaths related to Kratom have increased, the DEA now considers Kratom a “substance of concern,” which is the first step to labeling it as a controlled substance. Because of its addictive nature and the fact that it is highly unregulated, Kratom is a serious health hazard.
Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms
- Severe depression and anxiety
- Jitters or fidgeting
- Aching muscles
Signs of Kratom Overdose
- Respiratory depression
- Nausea / vomiting
Kratom Addiction Treatment
Despite popular belief, Kratom addiction is still real and dangerous. Morningside Recovery understands the risks of this dangerous drug, so we organized a program specially designed to treat Kratom addiction and abuse. In addition to Kratom addiction treatment, we offer treatment programs for other substances, such as:
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Alcoholism rehab
- Crystal meth addiction treatment
- Marijuana addiction treatment
If someone you know suffers from Kratom addiction or addictions to any of these other substances, then call us today at 855-416-8202. A life of health and sobriety can start with a simple phone call.