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Overview of Kratom detox

In today’s age, there are more substances that are coming to light with their popularity over the internet. Some of these drugs are synthetic chemicals, while others are substances used for centuries or longer in other countries. It is sometimes hard for the government to keep with these trends. Sometimes the health effects are still unknown, and it may take a while for the drug to become banned by the DEA. This is the case with a Kratom, which is popular in Asia. The drug has traditionally been chewed there, but in the past 5 years has become popular recreationally in the United States. In August 2016 the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it will ban the drug because of its adverse side effects and rate of abuse. Kratom is physically addicting, making Kratom detox more prevalent.

Kratom, also known as Ketum, is plant in the Coffee family. It is indigenous to Southeast Asia, and has been used for centuries. It is used ritually and medically. It is commonly used to treat chronic pain, diarrhea, exhaustion, mood enhancement, and opiate withdrawal. Though it is related to coffee, it actually works more similarly to opium, or morphine. Because it works very similarly to opiates, it causes euphoria, comfort, and sleepiness. Like morphine, it also causes physical dependence, which can lead to painful withdrawal. It is typically chewed similarly to how coca plants are chewed in South America, but in recent years recreational users have begun to compound high amounts of the plant into a tea to cause stronger effects.

In recent years in the United States it gained popularity among opioid addicts to treat painful opioid withdrawal. Kratom works on the same part of the brain as other opiates so decreases withdrawal symptoms. Addicts would use Kratom to wean, or taper, themselves off stronger opioids like heroin or prescription painkillers. The substance was sold in head shops all over the country in addition to online markets. It was sold as pure powder, tea, and pills. It was thought to have little side effects and not addictive, but over the years has proven otherwise.

Since Kratom’s rise in popularity in the US it has shown to be very physically addicting, especially when taken long term. It can show nearly identical signs of opioid withdrawal and be extremely difficult to quit. The DEA has also claimed that since 2014 there have been nearly 15 Kratom related deaths. Kratom impedes the respiratory system, and slows breathing. This can make it very dangerous to mix with other drugs, especially other depressants. Because Kratom acts on the same receptors in the brain as opioids overdose is possible, causing respiratory failure and death if not reversed. Kratom overdose can be reversed with the naloxone, an opiate blocker.

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How Detoxing From Kratom works

In a medical detox, medications can be used to significantly reduces symptoms. Like opioid detox, a taper like buprenorphine can be used. The drug is used to slowly bring a person off kratom so the full effects of withdrawal are not felt. Other drugs can also be used to limit psychological symptoms. Benzodiazepines can be used to assist with sleep and anxiety. Other non-narcotic drugs can also be used to help with depression and sleep. It all depends on how much Kratom was being used and for how long. During the intake process, doctors will determine what treatment method and medications will be more effective. Kratom dependence can be mild to very intense. Sometimes many medications are not needed, and it is possible to over medicate if the Kratom dependence is mild.

In detox the patient stays until it is safe for them to leave and Kratom has effectively been metabolized out of the body. When physical symptoms are no longer present the patient will be free to leave or attend a longer rehabilitation program.

WHAT DOES THE Kratom DETOX PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

The Kratom detox process looks very similar to opioid detox. Kratom is physically and psychologically addicting. Cravings can be intense with strong physical illness, making it very difficult to remain sober. The first few days will be the most intense, with symptoms fading in following weeks. Psychological symptoms will last the longest, and can make recovery difficult. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cravings will be the longest lasting symptoms. These sometimes can last weeks after quitting Kratom.

The patient will be monitored 24/7 by medical staff. Medication can be adjusted at any time. Typically medications are started off light, and if symptoms become more painful more medication is prescribed. This is because Kratom is naturally a fairly mild substance, and takes months for severe physical dependence.

As mentioned previously, Kratom acts similarly to opiates, so the withdrawals are very similar. The body, over time, becomes dependent on the drug to function normally. This results in physical illness when one stops taking Kratom. Symptoms felt can be anywhere from mild, to very severe. It can be anything from runny nose and diarrhea, to vomiting, tremors, and psychosis. Kratom also can cause intense cravings, depression, and insomnia. Kratom numbs a person, so their nervous system will be very sensitive when they quit Kratom, which can also be very uncomfortable.

Because Kratom effects the flow of dopamine in the brain, one can easily become agitated and will likely be depressed. Detox drugs as well as non-narcotic anti depressants can be prescribed to assist during and after the detox process. Eventually a person’s brain will return to normal function, but without medical help this can be excruciating and may lead to relapse. Kratom addiction can be very insidious, because it may take months before a person feels withdrawal symptoms.

In some extreme cases psychosis has been recorded with heavy Kratom abuse. This includes delusions and hallucination, which are usually temporary. Also in rare cases seizures have been recorded, which is very concerning to medical professionals because typically other opioids do not cause seizures during withdrawal.

Kratom Detox Withdrawals

Pill Bottle Icon Typically eaten or drank in teas
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As mentioned previously, Kratom acts similarly to opiates, so the withdrawals are very similar. The body, over time, becomes dependent on the drug to function normally. This results in physical illness when one stops taking Kratom. Symptoms felt can be anywhere from mild, to very severe. It can be anything from runny nose and diarrhea, to vomiting, tremors, and psychosis. Kratom also can cause intense cravings, depression, and insomnia. Kratom numbs a person, so their nervous system will be very sensitive when they quit Kratom, which can also be very uncomfortable.

Because Kratom effects the flow of dopamine in the brain, one can easily become agitated and will likely be depressed. Detox drugs as well as non-narcotic anti depressants can be prescribed to assist during and after the detox process. Eventually a person’s brain will return to normal function, but without medical help this can be excruciating and may lead to relapse. Kratom addiction can be very insidious, because it may take months before a person feels withdrawal symptoms.

In some extreme cases psychosis has been recorded with heavy Kratom abuse. This includes delusions and hallucination, which are usually temporary. Also in rare cases seizures have been recorded, which is very concerning to medical professionals because typically other opioids do not cause seizures during withdrawal.

List of Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Cold sweats
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Psychosis/hallucinations
  • Tremors
  • Rare possibility of seizures

Can you detox from Kratom at home?

If one has not used Kratom for very long, say a couple of weeks, it may be possible to detox from home tapering down the amount of Kratom. But if one is physically dependent on the drug it can be very painful and even dangerous. A leading cause of addicts not seeking treatment is because of their fear of withdrawal. When at home they feel the full effects of withdrawal which are extremely painful. They often relapse to relieve their symptoms. Sometimes there is a misconception that in detox one will be denied any drugs and they will be forced to feel the full effects of withdrawal and will not have any way to feel relief. This can be very frightening and may cause a person to be very secretive about their drug problem. In reality, in detox one feels significantly less symptoms than at home. One will be tapered off the drug slowly and given other medication to assist with any other symptoms. Though they will not be given actual Kratom in detox, other drugs will take its place.

Kratom detox can also make a person very desperate, similar to heroin withdrawal. This may cause them to become agitated or commit crime to obtain drugs that will make them feel better. Also, psychosis has been recorded with Kratom withdrawal. If at home and one has a psychotic episode this can be very dangerous and life threatening. They may put themselves or loved ones in harm’s way. Delusions or hallucinations can cause a person to act erratically. Insomnia is also common with Kratom withdrawal, which can exacerbate psychotic symptoms.

Depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep can also lead to suicidal thoughts. All of these symptoms combined with agitation and or suicidal thought can cause a person to hurt themselves or relapse. This is why it is always advised to regardless of your amount of Kratom use to seek medical attention.

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How long does it take to detox from Kratom

Kratom withdrawal can be very mild to very severe. There are many factors in determining length of detox with length of consistent use being the most significant. It also depends on a person’s height, weight, age, and general metabolism. The faster a person’s metabolism is, the faster the body will rid the drug and symptoms will diminish. Typically the worst of the symptoms are in first week, peaking at 3-5 days. This is when both physical and psychological symptoms will be the most severe. After that physical symptoms will fade the fastest, with psychological symptoms lasting 2 or more weeks.

The actual inpatient detox will be anywhere from 3-10 days long. When the person is medically cleared they will be released to a long care rehab if they choose, or just released to go home. It is likely that a person will have extended care like therapy, groups, outpatient treatment, or a 12-step fellowship. This will assist with the lasting psychological symptoms. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia can last weeks after the initial detox process, but medication and therapy can assist with this. There is also a chance of post acute withdrawal symptoms, or PAWS, which is a condition of ongoing withdrawal symptoms for months or years after a person quits Kratom. PAWS can cause a lack of concentration, depression, and anxiety. PAWS can be treated, and diminishes over time.

  • In August 2016, The DEA announced Kratom will be a Schedule I substance (alongside LSD, heroin, and methamphetamine)
  • Melayshia banned the drugged recently due to widespread addiction and adverse medical effects
  • Sometimes served in the US at Kratom bars, where is mixed in with a cocktail like drink
  • Kratom genetically is more similar to coffee, but chemically acts like opium.
  • Once was considered a wonder drug for treating heroin addiction