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The opioid crisis has created havoc throughout the United States, and many people have turned to heroin and fentanyl as a result. Unfortunately, this has caused a significant spike in deaths throughout the country. Whether they are synthetic or drugs new to the U.S., our knowledge is limited and makes it that much more dangerous. One opiate-based drug that is not mentioned very often is kratom, which has been used in Thailand for more than half a century. It wasn’t until recently, however, that we noticed a spike in kratom use nationwide. Fortunately, Harmony Hills has developed a kratom addiction treatment program as part of our broader opioid treatment.
When dealing with an addiction to kratom, not much is known about it as other opioid drugs like heroin or fentanyl. Due to this problem, withdrawal symptoms could be unknown and dangerous without help. The best option for someone in this situation is to reach out for help and allow medical professionals to provide support.
The first step in this stage is medical detox, where a client will check into a medically managed environment and be provided medication and around-the-clock care.Medically supervised detox is an essential step in the continuum of care, but it is not enough to overcome addiction alone. Clinical research has shown that prolonged use of kratom can cause severe liver damage and even kidney failure as your boy struggles to process toxins created by the drug. With that said, it’s essential to deal with the problem as a whole and continue your treatment once you finish detox.
Some opioid users consider kratom to be a godsend because of its ability to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Kratom is similar to other opioids in lower doses and is considered illegal nationwide.
Kratom works similarly to what one would expect from an opioid drug. It binds to opioid receptors in the brain, and those who use kratom often do it to relieve their pain or enhance their mood. They also may use it as a substitute to stop alcohol or opiate withdrawal in an attempt to self-medicate. Abrupt cessation of kratom is challenging. Some kratom users report uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as:
Kratom has not been around in the United States for a long time, so information about it is hard to come by. Because its effects are similar to those of opioids, the kratom withdrawal timeline is on par with what you can expect from opioid withdrawal.
The next step when confronting kratom abuse and addiction after educating yourself about this opioid is reaching out to find support. Harmony Hills is made up of addiction treatment experts with vast experience and knowledge in treating nearly all forms of opioid addiction, kratom among them. Some of the other opioid addictions we treat include:
Those who have developed a severe addiction will benefit from our kratom addiction treatment program. It could include an extended stay in residential treatment where you live on-site for up to 90 days. If your dependence or addiction is in the early stages, you could be living in an outpatient setting while you attend therapy to treat your substance use disorder. Call us at 855.494.0357 to get started today.