Kratom Detox

The Basics of Kratom

For years, kratom leaves have been used as a traditional medical opiate substitute. Native to Southeast Asia, kratom leaves come from evergreen trees called mitragyna speciosa. While some claim to have used kratom to combat opioid addiction, the effects and results vary widely. Addiction is possible and may require a monitored kratom detox to overcome.

We can help with kratom detox and the stages that come after it.

Is Kratom Dangerous?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA has publicly discouraged using kratom in any capacity because of its abuse potential. While it is not yet considered a scheduled substance, they consider it a drug of concern.

According to their analysis, kratom affects the same brain receptors as morphine and exposes users to the possibility of addiction, abuse, and dependence. Kratom has no FDA-approved uses, and they continue to monitor and evaluate its potentially harmful effects.

Types of Kratom

Kratom exists in several forms. These forms present unique challenges and may result in varying side effects and risk levels for abuse and addiction. The most common three are:

  • Red leaf kratom
  • Green leaf kratom
  • White leaf kratom

OPMS kratom extract is another common form. OPMS stands for optimized plant-mediated solutions. One of the dangers of kratom extract is that it is made with additives, many of which have also not been tested for safety.

Kratom extract and other concentrated kratom options are generally more potent than powdered kratom. This means that it should be taken in smaller doses, which can be a difficult rule to follow. Concentrated drugs are typically considered more dangerous than others.

What Do People Use Kratom For?

There are several different reasons someone may use kratom. Some take it to achieve opioid-like side effects or combat opioid addiction. Others have stated that they use kratom for its stimulant-style side effects.

There is evidence that kratom may relieve physical pain and help combat emotional distress, including symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, its side effects are difficult to predict and can be dangerous or lead to addiction.

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Kratom Dependency Signs

There are physical, emotional, and behavioral kratom dependency signs that can help us identify when help is needed. If you are concerned for yourself or someone you love, pay attention to the red flags. Here are some examples:

  • Becoming suddenly overly talkative.
  • Displaying erratic, aggressive, or violent behaviors.
  • Neglecting responsibilities such as work and family obligations due to drug use.
  • Choosing using kratom over hobbies and social activities.
  • Spending a lot of time abusing or trying to obtain kratom.
  • Trying and failing to stop using.
  • Continuing to abuse kratom after it starts causing emotional, physical, financial, or relationship problems.
  • Needing higher or more frequent doses to achieve the effects that you felt originally.
  • Wanting to quit but feeling unable or reluctant to do so.

One of the first signs of drug dependence is the presence of withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. These physical and emotional symptoms can make us feel like we can’t function without the drug we’ve been abusing.

But that is not true. And relapse prevention training can help us overcome these and other triggers that may drive us back toward unhealthy habits and patterns.

Withdrawal Symptoms for Kratom

Because there are different types of kratom and users experience different types of effects, its withdrawal symptoms can vary. Some of the most common kratom withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Drug cravings
  • Insomnia and irritability
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Sweating and trembling
  • Runny nose
  • Bone pain, joint pain, or muscle aches
  • Mood swings, including uncharacteristic feelings of aggression or hostility

In more severe cases, additional psychotic symptoms may occur. These symptoms include confusion or delusions, hallucinations, and seizures. While these are less common symptoms, the possibility is a cause for concern.

Because it impacts the same parts of the brain, kratom withdrawal symptoms are similar to those users experience when detoxing from opioids. And medical detox is generally considered ideal for opioid withdrawals.

If you have experienced withdrawals or other signs of kratom dependence, our kratom detox program can help.

Kratom Withdrawal Timeline

Withdrawal is different for everyone. The level and length of your drug abuse can alter the type of symptoms, the severity of those symptoms, and the detox timeline. Our genetics, overall health, and method of drug abuse can alter these details, too.

But if you are looking for a potential kratom detox and withdrawal timeline, you can expect it to take about one week. For most, withdrawal starts within 12 hours of the last dose. After two to three days, most withdrawal symptoms hit their peak.

And within ten days, the worst of this stage of recovery is over. When you are battling drug cravings and other withdrawal symptoms after cold turkey quitting at home, ten days can feel like a lifetime.

But when you detox in the comfort and safety of one of our facilities, 10 days feels like a small price to pay for potentially life-long recovery.

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Benefits of Medically Supervised Kratom Detox

One of the biggest benefits of medically supervised kratom detox is our ability to use approved medications to ease your withdrawal symptoms and set you up for success in early sobriety. With these symptoms reduced or eliminated, you are free to focus on your recovery goals.

And in the comfort and safety of our luxury Colorado or Arizona recovery facility, our dedicated team can monitor your progress, provide health care, and adjust your personalized care plan as necessary. Medically-assisted detoxification can safely manage withdrawal symptoms and pave the way for effective long-term addiction treatment.

But detox alone is rarely enough, which is why continued drug treatments are encouraged and recommended from there. Thankfully, we offer several options and settings for continued post-detox recovery care.

Options for Continued Care

Post-acute withdrawal and relapse are two of the biggest concerns in facing early sobriety after medical detox. This is one reason why continued care is often highly recommended. One of the features to look for in kratom treatment is the ability to participate in different programs.

Here is an example of what that may look like after the initial medical detox treatment:

  • An inpatient, residential program or long-term rehab.
  • A partial hospitalization program.
  • An intensive outpatient program.
  • Aftercare, including activities like support group meetings, alumni programs, and more.

Most with moderate to severe addictions start with residential care before moving into a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program. These transitional programs offer the best of both worlds: care and support at our facility while you recover from the comfort of your home.

Why Start with Inpatient Care?

Starting with inpatient care for overcoming kratom is generally best because it offers the highest level of care. With 24-hour access to our team and freedom from the distractions and temptations of home, inpatient care allows you to build a strong foundation for recovery before transitioning into sobriety maintenance at home.

Here, you will learn how to alter negative thinking, choose healthy activities, build sober social circles and support systems, and develop healthy coping mechanisms, among other positives. But while most start with inpatient care, not everyone does.

We will help you determine which path will best meet your needs.

Kratom Detox at Pathfinders

At Pathfinders Recovery Center, we have spent more than 25 years treating addiction, improving co-occurring disorders, and helping our clients transition back into society. Our personalized care programs and proven treatment methods have helped thousands.

Now, it is your turn. Call us today at 866-414-0220. An addiction counselor is available 24/7 to answer questions, provide guidance, and verify insurance coverage.