Many health and science experts are of the view that Kratom is a possibly dangerous drug. Kratom has been long used as a stimulant to boost energy levels and attain relaxation effects. The herb is also much prized for its effectiveness in kicking an opiate addiction.
However, experts have disputed the idea, and they believe that Kratom is a mind altering substance and it has the potential to cause dependency and addiction in users. Kratom contains all sorts of active ingredients, but the first compound it is packed with is known as mitragynine.
Just like any other drug, mitragynine also alters the brain’s chemistry by latching on to the same opioid receptors and neurotransmitters as heroin and other opiates.
In the United States, Kratom is not a DEA controlled substance as yet, but the issues arising from Kratom addiction has created a national concern, calling this medicinal herb “drug of concern.”
Individuals deem Kratom a safer and legal way of getting doped, and this is how this mind-altering herb creates addiction among the users. Although Kratom is not considered harmful when used for a short period, DEA warns that using Kratom for a longer period can cause dependency, eventually resulting in drug abuses and addiction.
When a person uses Kratom, it boosts the production of serotonin, the happy hormones inside the body. But when the effects of Kratom begin to wear off, users may experience similar withdrawal symptoms as that of opiates, which include:
- Fatigue and sluggishness
- Irritability and aggressiveness
- Inability to sleep at night
- Trouble feeling pleasure
- Loss of appetite, nausea and even vomiting
- Palpitations and involuntary jerky movements
- Hallucinations, confusion, and delusions
The treatment options for Kratom addiction
A significant amount of research helped the healthcare experts understand the effects of dangerous drugs and devise medications and treatment methods to help people with addictions to substances like heroin and Oxycontin.
But since Kratom is a new drug, extensive research on this herb is still underway due to which researchers and health experts are not exactly sure about the mechanism of this drug. Unfortunately, it is still too early for the health professionals to tell how Kratom alters the brain. Thus they haven’t developed any specific medications or targeted drugs to help people come off Kratom addiction.
However, various therapies that might help people suffering from addiction to Kratom. These therapies and treatment options include:
The detox therapy
In order to help people come off Kratom dependency, a medically supervised method of withdrawal had been devised which is known as the detoxification. Through this process, all of the toxins inside our body are flushed out of our system through proper medical aid.
The detox process is carried out in a particular facility under the supervision of healthcare professionals. Certain medications are administered to the addicts to taper the effects of Kratom.
The detoxification delivers results, gradually and in the meanwhile, the patients are very likely to experience problematic withdrawal symptoms. The healthcare experts at the facility provide support and medications to the addicts to manage the withdrawal effects and ensure complete recovery.
The rehab program
Following the detoxification, the Kratom addicts are advised to join a drug rehabilitation program. Which includes individual treatments, massage, support group, counseling, etc.
Rehabilitation programs are very effective in restoring normal lives among the drug addicts. They help people understand the nature of addiction. The grave consequences of abusing drugs as well as the ideas and methods that helped other get rid of drugs addiction and get better.
Complete recovery from Kratom addiction may be a lifelong endeavor. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug addiction relapse rates are in the 40-60 percent range. Thus it is highly important that robust aftercare is ensured to people striving to entirely overcome drug dependency, and avoid the chances of relapse as much as possible.