Kratom Withdrawal

Kratom, a native substance of Southeast Asia, is plant-derived and the leaves have been used for thousands of years. Workers, where kratom is native, have often relied on the plan to help them maintain their energy levels. In recent years, the use of kratom has become more popular and even mainstream in the United States, Europe, Australia and other places around the world. Some countries have decided to ban the substance. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has made several efforts in the United States to do the same.

Kratom is sold online and since the drug is legal, it’s not regulated. It’s marketed as a natural alternative to certain medicines and as a herbal supplement. Some compounds in kratom are alike opioid compounds. For this reason, some people use kratom as they experience opioid withdrawal or as a way to help them stop using opioids. It’s also used to treat chronic pain and mental health conditions such as anxiety. Despite the benefits of using kratom, the substance also has risks.

At low doses, kratom has stimulant-like effects. Someone using a small amount might feel energized and more alert and social. At higher doses, the effects of kratom shift and become similar to that of opioids. Higher doses of kratom interact with some of the same receptor sites as opioids do. Effects of high doses of kratom can include euphoria, relaxation, drowsiness, pain relief and sedation.

There are quite a few reported side effects of kratom use at any dose, and the symptoms tend to become more intense the higher the dose a person uses. Some of the side effects can include nausea, weight loss, seizures and hallucinations. There have been reports of psychosis as well.

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Kratom also has an addiction potential, and it’s possible to become dependent on it. When someone becomes dependent on kratom, they may go through withdrawal if they attempt to stop using the drug.

Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms

Much like opioids and other substances that are habit-forming, kratom withdrawal symptoms tend to increase in severity the more someone used the drug or the longer they used it. Anytime someone uses a psychoactive substance, there is potential for rebound withdrawal symptoms. Rebound symptoms are the opposite effects of what people usually experience from using the drug.

These rebound symptoms tend to occur because the substance has changed the chemistry and function of the brain. As the brain and central nervous system attempt to return to a sense of normalcy without kratom, there may be symptoms of withdrawal. Kratom withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Cramping
  • Shakiness
  • Tremors
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Hot flashes
  • Fever
  • Sleep disturbances and insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Anger
  • Nervousness
  • Depression

Some people turn to kratom for opiate withdrawal. There are stories of people successfully withdrawing from opioid narcotics by replacing them with kratom. This may temporarily because kratom interacts with the same receptor sites as opioids, so withdrawal symptoms might not occur. However, since it’s possible to go through kratom withdrawal, the result is just replacing one dependence with another. Eventually, if someone uses kratom for opiate withdrawal, they may end up having to go through an equally uncomfortable kratom withdrawal and detox period.

Kratom Detox in Orlando

When someone is dependent on a substance like kratom, going through withdrawal on their own can be challenging and lead to medical complications. Undergoing kratom detox at a professional facility includes medical care and monitoring from doctors and nurses. A medical detox is usually a good option for someone who has a severe or long-term dependence and is likely to face a difficult time going through detox. Completing detox is the first step in getting addiction treatment for many people. If someone is not a heavy kratom user but is still concerned about the symptoms of kratom withdrawal, they can seek professional help in an outpatient setting.

Kratom dependence and withdrawal symptoms aren’t likely to be life-threatening, but psychotic symptoms may occur. The most severe symptoms of kratom withdrawal include hallucinations, delusions and seizures.

The focus of a kratom detox is usually to help manage the physical symptoms of withdrawal. There might be some assessment and treatment for the psychological symptoms that occur as well. It’s important to note that detoxing is only one step in treating an addiction to kratom or another substance.

Kratom Detox Timeline

How long does kratom withdrawal last? This is a common question, and there is no one answer since each person’s addiction and recovery is different. When the kratom detox timeline begins depends on a few factors, including the kratom dosage amount that someone took during their last use of the drug. The larger the dose of kratom used, the longer its effects will last, which means it takes longer for symptoms of withdrawal to begin.

For most people, kratom withdrawal symptoms and the kratom withdrawal timeline will begin anywhere from six to 12 hours after the last dose. Within three days, peak symptoms will often occur. Kratom withdrawal symptoms may start to subside anywhere from five to 10 days after the last use of the drug. The earliest symptoms of kratom withdrawal include a runny nose, sweating, yawning and muscle aches. During the initial stages of kratom withdrawal, psychological symptoms also occur. These include anxiety, depressed feelings, agitation and insomnia.

During the peak of the kratom withdrawal timeline is when most severe symptoms are likely to happen. These withdrawal symptoms include abdominal cramps, cravings, restlessness, nausea and vomiting. Changes in blood pressure and heart rate also can occur.

While there is a general kratom withdrawal timeline, some people may have different symptoms and their withdrawal timeline can be shorter or longer.

If you would like to learn more about kratom addiction and dependence treatment, and kratom detox, contact an intake specialist at the Orlando Recovery Center.

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