Although kratom is not currently illegal in the United States, it is banned in some states, and on the State’s agenda to ban in Florida. Kratom can be addictive. It comes from the kratom tree, which is a tropical tree found in Southeast Asia. It is also known by several other names, which include: biak, ketum, kakuam, ithang, and thom. It may be available in capsule or pill form and it’s often sold as a green powder that’s labeled “not for human consumption.” Nevertheless, kratom has become popular, in part because many people are not aware of the dangers. It is frequently used as an aid to help opioid withdrawal. Yet the irony is that this can then lead to a new addiction to kratom itself. Plus, kratom withdrawal symptoms can be just as unpleasant as opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Kratom withdrawal symptoms are similar to opioid withdrawal symptoms. Some symptoms of withdrawal may include:
There is still a lot that is not known about kratom and how it affects the body. Because it affects the opioid receptors in the brain much like opioids themselves, it’s thought that kratom also causes withdrawal symptoms similar to opioid withdrawal. As a result, it’s thought that the kratom withdrawal timeline is also similar to that of opioid withdrawal.
Keep in mind that this timeline may vary from person to person depending on:
Kratom withdrawal symptoms may also be affected by the individual’s overall health and whether or not they have any other co-occurring mental health conditions.
Symptoms occurring within eight to 12 hours may include:
Within 24 to 72 hours, symptoms of kratom withdrawal may include:
Symptoms will peak over the next few days. This is the most vulnerable time for someone to relapse. After about a week, most symptoms should be gone, but depression and cravings may last longer.
Trying to quit “cold turkey” may sound like a good idea, but it can actually be very difficult and even dangerous. Quitting cold turkey and trying to detox on your own often causes strong cravings and withdrawal symptoms that may be difficult to manage at home on your own or without professional medical support.
The safest way to go through the withdrawal process is to seek out a professional addiction treatment program where you can detox under the care of a trained medical team. This way both your physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms can be managed and you will be better positioned for recovery.
While the emotional support of family and friends is helpful, getting professional help is key to managing the withdrawal process successfully. Following a full continuum of treatment provides the most comprehensive approach. It begins with the highest and most intense level of care during the detox phase and then progresses through less intense levels of treatment.
Going through the full continuum of treatment will position you better to be successful in your recovery. Once you have completed the treatment program, you then become a member of the program’s alumni and can continue to find support through alumni or aftercare events and programs.
The first stage of addiction withdrawal treatment is known as detox. The goal of this stage is medical stabilization. Your medical team, which includes doctors, nurses, and support staff, will give you a complete medical assessment to determine not only your level of addiction but also your overall health and any additional medical needs you may have.
The assessment will include a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs. Your doctor may also require additional testing such as further blood tests, including a CBC (complete blood count), chest X-ray, ECG (electrocardiogram), and testing for other diseases.
Once your physician has reviewed your medical assessment, he or she will develop a personalized detox plan for you. Then, under the care of your medical team, you will begin the detox process. Detoxing also includes emotional support as you begin to enter addiction therapy.
After completing detox, which focuses on eliminating the physical need for the drug, the next stage is to continue treatment either in an inpatient, or residential, facility, or in a partial hospitalization program.
If you have co-occurring physical or mental conditions or additional addictions to other substances, your doctor may recommend that you continue treatment as an inpatient. During this stage, you’ll live full-time at the residential treatment center while undergoing a rigorous, structured treatment program at least five days a week.
If your physician does not feel that residential treatment is necessary for you, then he or she will recommend a partial hospitalization program, or PHP, as your next phase of treatment. Partial hospitalization allows patients to live in on-campus apartments under less supervision as they begin to ease into the goal of moving home. PHP allows more independence, but it still requires daily treatment and therapy programs five days a week, usually for at least six hours per day.
These programs will address your emotional and mental health needs. Important aspects of both of these stages of treatment include learning positive life skills and coping mechanisms in addition to techniques to help prevent relapse so that you will be better prepared for long-term recovery.
After successful completion of inpatient or partial hospitalization treatment, you will then transition into an intensive outpatient program (IOP). This part of the program provides key counseling and treatment services to support you in your recovery as you return home. The emphasis at this stage is on continuing to improve coping skills and relapse prevention education so that you can develop a healthy routine and enjoy your day-to-day life.
Once you have completed the treatment program, you will have the opportunity to join other treatment center graduates for weekly support groups and social events. While recovery is a lifelong process, these opportunities to meet other alumni can help you develop new friendships. Plus, this social support can help better position you for long-term success.
If you’re ready to get help withdrawing from kratom, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery for free and confidential help. They can guide you as you start your recovery by explaining the process and answering any questions you may have.
After you speak with a specialist, you will know what to expect from our evidence-based services and feel confident to make an informed decision about your treatment plans. Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Call us today at 844-554-9279 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.
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