Fighting a Kratom addiction can be intimidating, and for some it may feel impossible. Too often people try to do a Kratom detox on their own; when they experience the initial stages of withdrawal they fear that the entire process will be painful, and so they return to their old habits.
The good news is that there’s a better, safer way to curb Kratom addiction.
In this article we’re going to cover:
-What is Kratom?
-Kratom Withdrawal Timeline
-Why Detoxing on Your Own Could Be Dangerous
-Medically Supervised Kratom Detox
-What Are The Benefits Of Kratom Detox?
-3 Things to Look For In a Kratom Detox Program
-How to Avoid Relapse
-How to Know When Someone Needs Help With Kratom Addiction
-Next steps if you or a loved one are ready for help
What is Kratom?
Kratom leaves come from Mitragyna Speciosa, an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. There it has been used as traditional medicine opiate substitute for more than a century. Some believe it is an effective drug to combat opioid addiction. Effects of kratom vary widely, as some experience an opioid like effect, while others feel a stimulant effect.
Recently, Kratom has become prevalent elsewhere, including in the United States, and is said to relieve physical pain as well as combat depression and anxiety.
The Drug Enforcement Administration wanted to ban the sale of Kratom by categorizing it as a Schedule 1 drug, but later decided to delay its decision. In the DEA’s 2017 Drugs of Abuse resource guide, kratom, DXM and salvia are listed as “drugs of concern.” The United States Food and Drug Administration maintains a statement discouraging consumers for using kratom.
Kratom Withdrawal Timeline
First is the Come-Down
(6 – 12 hours after last use)
Because of Kratom’s ability to give a feeling of euphoria and relaxation, when a person comes down from their high they’re often left with a feeling of anxiety or even depression. Fighting the urge to feel euphoric again is the first challenge to kicking an addiction.
It’s a vicious cycle. In order to avoid the emotional discomfort of coming down, the person feels they must take more of the drug. Over time they build up a tolerance and have to take it more often throughout the day just to feel the same high.
And so the first step of withdrawal is understanding that a feeling of pleasure can be achieved without the drug, and that the risk of overdose is not worth the quick fix.
Then Come the Initial Withdrawal Symptoms
(Days 2 – 3)
Within roughly 12 hours of coming down, the person will begin to experience the initial withdrawal symptoms. The typical symptoms a person may experience are:
- Aches and pains in their muscles
- A sense of irritability, anxiety, and trouble sleeping
- Excessive sweating, runny nose, and watering eyes
- A feeling of restlessness and general discomfort
During this part of a Kratom detox, the person may also feel strong cravings to start using again in order to avoid the overall discomfort.
The Peak Symptoms Come Next
(Days 3 – 5)
The most challenging part of the withdrawal process is the peak symptoms, which can last anywhere from a few days up to a week. Here, the most common symptoms are nausea and stomach pains, which will typically cause vomiting and diarrhea.
During this part of a Kratom detox, it’s crucial to have medical assistance to alleviate the pain. It’s also strongly recommended to be surrounded by a community, to help stay focused on progress and avoid relapsing.
Then There Will Be Light at the End of the Tunnel
(Around day 6 or 7)
The peak symptoms will start to disappear after a few days, though some milder symptoms can remain. Depending on various factors such as frequency of use and each person’s unique body chemistry, these lesser symptoms can last for another week, or sometimes even two weeks.
In general, the less intense the peak symptoms, the less time the milder symptoms will stick around, according to The Journal of Opioid Management.
Ongoing Recovery and Support
(After 7 – 10 days)
While the acute symptoms of a Kratom detox can be dealt with and will subside relatively quickly, some less intense ones can stick around for months, and some for years.
Some of the symptoms that may stick around longer are:
- General feeling of anxiety
- Abrupt mood swings
- Insomnia and fatigue
- Physical symptoms
and because of these…
- Ongoing cravings to return to using the drug
These longer term symptoms are why it’s crucial to seek medical help. Having professional support to manage these continuous withdrawal symptoms will help avoid a relapse.
Important Note: Once someone has come this far through the Kratom detox process, they’ll have lost some of the tolerance they had built up for the drug. As a result, when individuals return to the drug to combat their symptoms, this is often when overdoses occur. Their body simply cannot handle the dosages that it previously could.
This is why it’s important to have professional help in order to avoid returning to use.
Why Detoxing on Your Own Could Be Dangerous
When people attempt a Kratom detox on their own, they could be at risk of:
- Relapsing — One of the biggest challenges with curbing a Kratom addiction is the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms. When the person starts to experience aches and pains, they feel the urge to take the drug again.
- Electrolyte Imbalance — During the withdrawal period, the person may experience excessive diarrhea and vomiting. This can lead to dehydration and an imbalance in electrolytes, which if left unchecked can lead to hyperkalemia and other serious conditions.
Now for the Good News
The good news is that there is a safe way to recover and avoid relapses moving forward. A Kratom detox program backed by medical treatment, in a safe environment, supported by a caring community can help you get your life back on track. And with aftercare programs designed to mend relationships, rebuild finances, and feel whole again, it is possible to build a bright future.
A full recovery is possible; it’s never too soon to start a Kratom detox program.
Medically Supervised Kratom Detox
At Atlanta Detox Center, the kratom detox program is designed to keep patients comfortable and cared for throughout the entire process.
Here’s what to expect:
Step 1 — The patient gets a psychological and physical assessment, gets their lab work done, and receives a personalized treatment plan. The patient is then shown to their room which has a comfy Tempurpedic bed, flatscreen television, and plenty of meals and snacks available—everything to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible.
Step 2 — The patient is administered medical treatment by our certified professionals to alleviate their withdrawal symptoms. The medication helps to reduce the typical stresses and pains that come with a Kratom detox, which also helps curb their urge to use again. The patient will have 24/7 access to staff who will regularly monitor and provide medication as needed.
Step 3 — Upon completion of the initial Kratom detox, the patient is guided through a therapy program to help ensure ongoing recovery. Depending on the patient’s unique needs, they might be given one or a combination of therapies. Some examples are recreational, expressive, group, trauma, motivational, family, and cognitive behavioral therapy, aftercare, and even case management for issues like bad credit, helping with a criminal record, or finding employment.
The Kratom detox, combined with the aftercare program, is all about setting the patient up for long-term recovery.
What Are The Benefits Of Kratom Detox?
- The detox can be over in as few as 7 to 10 days
- You are provided with customized medication treatment to help curb cravings, avoid discomfort, and eliminate the chance of relapsing
- Work with friendly, caring, professionals who understand what you’re going through, and will guide you safely through the process
3 Things to Look For In a Kratom Detox Program
Three of the biggest challenges to recovery are:
- Many people struggling with addiction fear the pain and discomfort during the withdrawal period of a Kratom detox
- The anticipation of being judged or looked down upon keeps them from reaching out for help
- And the thought of repairing all the damage that has been done—bruised relationships, damaged credit, tarnished public records—can give people a sense of, “This is impossible, so why bother.”
It all comes down to confidence and comfort.
If the person doesn’t feel confident they can actually recover, they’re not likely to try to beat their addiction. And if they do try, if the person is feeling discomfort—either from the aches and pains of the withdrawal, or the perceived shame and guilt from their peers—they’re setting themselves up for failure.
When choosing a Kratom detox program, here are the three important things to look for:
- Medical assistance
Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and in some cases dangerous. And while nobody should self-administer a medical detox, they also shouldn’t attempt beating the painful withdrawal stages without medical assistance. A successful Kratom detox program should be supervised by dedicated professionals at every step, monitoring vital signs, administering medication as needed, and guiding you through the first steps to recovery.
- Positive community
Nobody wants to be surrounded by people who are constantly trying to “fix” them. You want to be around people who are just like you, who understand you and what you’re going through. One of the keys to a successful recovery is being part of a community of people who’ve been in your shoes and come out clean on the other side. These people can show you the exact steps you need to take to get back on track (and stay there).
- A personalized, long-term plan
The problem with one-size-fits-all detox programs is that each person is unique. People have different backgrounds, emotional hurdles, and financial situations. They also have different tolerances, triggers, and physical and psychological needs. According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness roughly half of all people struggling with addiction also have unique mental circumstances that can affect the treatment methods and the duration they need for recovery.
When choosing a Kratom detox program you should look for one that takes the time to assess your personal circumstances. Make sure the program asks about and takes into consideration the substances you’ve been using, the dosage and duration of use, and your full medical history, and uses that information to create a personal plan designed only for you.
With these three things, you can feel confident that your personal Kratom detox program will get you where you’re going. And you’ll know that you will get there comfortably with the proper medical treatment, and with the support of people who genuinely care about you.
How to Avoid Relapse
After a successful detox, at Atlanta Detox Center, the next goal is to set the patient up for long-term recovery.
This is why it’s important to address the underlying issues that led to using Kratom to begin with. And depending on their unique needs, they might require one or even a combination of different therapy types.
Amatus Recovery Centers offer ongoing treatment in a variety of forms:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
We help each person build habits to recognize and handle internal stressors and external triggers.
The Benefit: They’ll be mentally stronger, with a new sense of self-confidence.
- Expressive therapy
We explore unique ways each person can express their self through creative and artistic outlets like music and art.
The Benefit: They’ll unlock create potential they never knew they had, which will open up a sense of larger meaning and purpose.
- Trauma-focused therapy
We help them address emotional trauma, form a plan to tackle it head-on, and then leave it where it belongs…in the past.
The Benefit: Not only will the person become emboldened, but they’ll feel a large sense of relief as they let go of the emotional baggage.
- Motivational interviewing
We focus on each person’s unique strengths and skills to build a strong mentality, to show them they can achieve anything they set their mind to.
The Benefit: They’ll gain control of their thought patterns, and develop a self-motivated mindset.
- Case management
We help to repair their credit, address public records, and resolve pending school or job concerns.
The Benefit: The person will feel competent and in charge of their life, with a whole new world of opportunity awaiting them.
- Family therapy
We act as the bridge between family and friends, to help develop an understanding of what the patient is going through.
The Benefit: Refresh past relationships, regain the support of loved ones, and finally feel understood and cared for.
- Co-occurring diagnosis
We make sure that all of the patient’s issues get addressed by providing medications for each addiction.
The Benefit: They’ll feel comfortable and pain-free, which opens the door to all sorts of other positive feelings.
We provide each person with techniques, strategies, and a list of resources to help them return to daily life without the fear of a relapse.
The Benefit: They’ll feel powerful, whole, and in control of their life moving forward.
How to Know When Someone Needs Help With Kratom Addiction
Kratom addiction is more prevalent than you may think. It’s estimated that roughly 5 million Americans use Kratom.
If you’re not sure if you or a loved one is struggling with Kratom addiction (or other opioids), here are some possible warning signs to consider:
- If you (or the person in question) use Kratom just to get you through a typical day
- You put off other obligations to take more of the drug
- Kratom is causing negative psychological and/or physical effects, yet you continue using it
- You put yourself in compromised situations while on Kratom. For example, physical labor or getting behind the wheel
- You lose interest in your hobbies or socializing with friends
- You need to take more of the drug — increased doses and/or taking it more frequently — in order to feel the same effects
If any of these potential warning signs apply to you, there’s a strong chance that you or the person in question are either addicted or on the verge of addiction.
Get Ahead of Addiction Before it Worsens
It’s never too soon. If you said yes to some of the early indications of addiction and substance abuse, or you’re already struggling with it, with professional treatment a full recovery is possible. A Kratom detox program backed by a caring community and medical assistance will help ensure there are no relapses.