Kratom Addiction


Kratom has been legalised in the United States. Therefore, it is sold as a safe substance. But is it true that kratom is safe? That may not be true. Studies have shown that kratom does have addictive properties. Kratom is marketed as a pain reliever, lauded as an effective aid of addiction withdrawal and a good recreational tonic. Conversely, the same substance is hailed as a poorly regulated drug. Authorities claim it can cause overdose and abuse similar to that in opioids.

People addicted to Kratom require professional help. As a matter of fact, they need one. Signs and symptoms of addiction to Kratom include extremely low libido, weight loss, cravings for the drug itself, and darkening of the skin of the face. There are many treatments for kratom addiction, and the same goes for rehab options. This article seeks to explore these options and chose which is best for you.

Treatment options for Kratom addiction

Studies have shown that Kratom is as addictive as opioids. A person addicted to kratom stands a risk of suffering long-term side effects, the most significant of them being addiction and dependence. The chemicals present in Kratom activates the brain’s opioid receptors. By so doing, they mitigate the withdrawal symptoms caused by oxycodone, heroin and other addictive drugs. Reports have shown that long-term users of kratom get used to the drug, thus requiring very large doses to experience the same effects. This is called tolerance. Some users get so addicted to the drug that they fail to and are unable to stop taking it, despite the very harmful consequences. Development of the kratom use disorder allows the users to believe that they cannot live without it. As such, these addicts can only quit through a very effective rehabilitation program.

Kratom addicts can fully address this addiction problem and receive effective treatments. Intensive rehabilitation programs consist of individualized and group therapy, and supplemental recovery activities. With rehab, an addict can receive holistic treatments. Intensive rehabs focus’s not just on the symptoms of addiction, but on the whole person. Through this, the individuals can cope with triggers while coming to terms with the possibility of an underlying mental health condition that resulted in the use of the substance. There are different rehab options available. Some of these include:

  • Short-term residential
  • Long-term residential
  • Outpatient
  • Partial hospitalization
  • Brief intervention
  • Sober living

The question running through your mind may be, “do I really need any kind of rehab program for my kratom addiction?”. Well, as a general rule, any Kratom addict, or any addict for that matter can benefit immensely from the treatment.

Individualized Treatment

Addiction is unique to every individual, hence there is a need for personalized treatment. If you or your loved one is addicted to Kratom, then it is important that you go for the best treatment.

Even though patients may receive treatment for addiction to the same substance (in this case kratom), their relationship with the drug might stem from different circumstances. Other factors differentiate each from the other as well. The implication of this is that they must receive special, individualized treatments.

Treatment for Kratom Addiction

For people suffering from various substance abuse disorders, the best option may be inpatient rehab. There are some reasons for this. With inpatient rehab, a person addicted to kratom or any other substance may be placed in an environment designed to facilitate the patient’s recovery. They are placed far away from those factors that trigger the kratom addiction.

Medical detox: All effective treatments MUST include a medical detoxification. A detoxification allows for safe removal of the substance in a clinical environment. This ensures that the patient does not experience painful withdrawal symptoms and reduces the cravings.

Another name for inpatient rehab is residential treatment. It may be short-term or long-term. Inpatient rehab has many benefits. These include:

Inpatient rehab: Kratom addicts can attend inpatient rehab, which helps to isolate them from environments that encourage addiction to the substance. People with substance abuse disorders share some common triggers which include stress and socialization with some groups of persons. Inpatient recovery also allows the patient regular access to their counsellors as well as medical professionals for day to day monitoring and assistance through their recovery.

Outpatient Rehab for Kratom Addiction

Outpatient rehab is another treatment option for kratom addicts. Unlike inpatient rehab, in an outpatient rehab, the patient does not reside in the treatment facility for the duration of their treatment. They usually travel there for treatment and thereafter return to their residence. Suitability for an outpatient program can depend on many factors including severity of use, repeated relapses, distance from the facility, work and study commitments, as well as affordability.

Psychotherapy: Many rehab programs offer various psychotherapy options that help to address the complex nature of kratom addiction. Psychotherapy is not generalized. As a matter of fact, it is strictly individualized. Psychotherapy facilitates recovery and also helps with life after treatment. Effective psychotherapy is essential for success.

Rehab treatment for kratom addiction is available at ARCA JHB

Irrespective of the treatment option you go for, you may experience some form of withdrawal symptoms including muscle pain, diarrhoea, muscle tremor, sleeplessness, jerking, irritability, panic, mood swings, and severe depression.

However, we have a team of professionals that offer a full medical detox, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) intensive counselling and one year of aftercare group support. We will develop an effective aftercare plan that will allow you to recover and get your life back.

What differentiates us from others is that we treat addiction holistically from a medical and psycho-social perspective. We utilize proven non-addictive anti-craving medications from the U.S in our treatment so that you can better fight this disease. Our team of trained medical professionals and therapists will ensure that you are guided step by step through your recovery.

Give us a call today on 062 2770 911 or 011 656 0705 for a consultation.

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