Kratom is being marketed as a harmless recreational, pleasurable medicinal weed. It is leading users to dependency and addiction. For people that are in recovery from drug dependency, some are being lead back to the use of other addictive drugs.
Kratom is a gateway drug – a milder drug that leads to other more harmful and addictive drugs. This seemingly harmless “natural” weed is just another way open the door to harder opiates. Continual kratom use will induce opioid-like tissue dependence resulting in a significant withdrawal syndrome. This occurs when it is used at higher doses on a daily and chronic basis. Longer-term use of kratom has been shown to produce many significant opioid-like withdrawal symptoms. The side effects and the withdrawal symptoms are similar to cocaine and opiates depending on the amount used.
What is the Treatment for Kratom Dependency?
NBRC utilizes various treatment protocols to treat Acute Symptoms, and other medications to treat Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) and cravings.
There are two main areas we focus on in our Kratom Detox Program:
1. Pharmacological Intervention – NBRC utilizes various medications to treat all symptoms associated with kratom withdrawal. Since kratom produces very similar symptoms to other full agonist opiates, patients respond quite well to various medications used in managing opiate withdrawal. Kratom withdrawal is easily managed and this type of detox is relatively brief. Treatment at NBRC is highly individualized and each patient’s specific needs are addressed and medications are prescribed and dosed accordingly.
2. Substance Abuse Counseling – Optional Individual and Group Therapy is recommended. Getting connected into a Program of Recovery is the best way to sustain long term sobriety. Support counseling is always included as a part of every detox program at NBRC, but some of our patients choose to supplement treatment with additional therapy.
The Facts About Kratom
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) Street Names Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketum, Biak Category An interesting mix – on one hand a psycho stimulant and on the other hand it is a sedative, euphoric and analgesic.
Drug Type / Action
At low doses, it produces stimulant effects, with users reporting increased alertness, physical energy, talkativeness and sociable behavior. At high doses, it produces sedative and euphoric effects, and possibly an aphrodisiac effect. Effects occur within 5 to 10 minutes after ingestion and last for 2 to 5 hours.
It is legal in the USA.
Kratom is listed on the DEA “Drugs and Chemicals of Concern” list. It is also currently on the DEA “Watch List”. Added in August of 2007, there is no legitimate medical use for kratom in the USA.
Sources of Legal Distribution
Kratom is widely available on the Internet. There are numerous vendors within and outside of the U.S. selling kratom, many of which sell other uncontrolled psychoactive products. Forms of kratom available through the Internet, includes leaves (whole or crushed), powder, extract, encapsulated powder and extract resin “pies” (pellets or bars made from reduced extract).
Local Sources Of Kratom
Kratom can be bought over the internet. Also, there are several nonalcoholic “sober” bars that serve and sell Kratom in South Florida. It is also available at “head shops”. The recreational use of kratom leads to habitual use, which ultimately can lead to addiction to kratom. Harmless? We think not. Keep reading…
Stimulant Side Effects of Kratom Usage:
|Increased physical energy||Tolerance to intense sunlight||Confusion|
|Increased sociablity||More talkative||Increased friendliness|
|Increased work output||Increased sustainability during hard physical tasks||Increased sexual energy|
Depressive / Opiate Side Effects of Kratom Usage:
|Potential hangover||Easing pain||Experiencing darker pigmentation of the face|
|Giving an hepatic face appearance||Dry mouth||Frequent urination|
|Constipation||Less sensitive to pain||Sedated|
|Some report having a greater appreciation of music||Sweating||Itchiness|
Withdrawal Symptoms and Effects from Kratom
Long-term use of kratom has been shown to produce anorexia, weight loss, insomnia, skin darkening, dry mouth, frequent urination, and constipation. The kratom withdrawal syndrome may include symptoms of hostility, aggression, emotional labilitly, wet nose, achy muscles and bones, and jerky movement of the limbs. Some kratom addicts also exhibit psychotic symptoms that included hallucinations, delusion and confusion.
What is in Kratom?
Over 25 alkaloids have been identified in kratom leaves.
Active Chemicals in Kratom:
|Ajmalicine (Raubasine)||Cerebrocirculant, antiaggregant, anti-adrenergic (at alpha-1), sedative, anticonvulsant, smooth muscle relaxer|
|Corynoxeine||Calcium channel blocker|
|Corynoxine A and B||Dopamine mediating anti-locomotives|
|(-)-Epicatechin||Antioxidant, antiaggregant, antibacterial, antidiabetic, antihepatitic, anti-inflammatory, anti-leukemic, antimutagenic, antiperoxidant, antiviral, cancer preventative, alpha-amylase inhibitor|
|9-Hydroxycorynantheidine||Partial opioid agonist|
|7-Hydroxymitragynine||Analgesic, antitussive, antidiarrheal; primary psychoactive in kratom|
|Mitragynine||Analgesic, antitussive, antidiarrheal, adrenergic, antimalarial, possible psychedelic (5-HT2A) antagonist|
|Mitraphylline||Vasodilator, antihypertensive, muscle relaxer, diuretic, anti-amnesic, possible immunostimulant|
|Paynantheine||Smooth muscle relaxer|
|Rhynchophylline||Vasodilator, antihypertensive, calcium channel blocker, antiaggregant, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, anti-arrhythmic, antithelmintic|
|Speciociliatine||Weak opioid agonist|
|Speciogynine||Smooth muscle relaxer|
|Tetrahydroalstonine||Hypoglycemic, anti-adrenergic (at alpha-2)|
Pictures of Kratom and It’s Derivatives:
||kratom 15x powder
|kratom 12.5 extract
Optional Outpatient Counseling Therapy
Although support counseling is included in the cost of the detox, all patients have the option to attend Intensive Out-Patient Program (IOP) group counseling or Individual Therapy during and after treatment. All outpatient counselors are licensed and experienced addiction professionals. We offer several therapy options that will fit any schedule.
Psychiatric Evaluation Included
NBRC offers a variety of Psychiatric Services from Evaluation and Follow Up Treatment. Psychiatric Services are utilized to treat patients with Co-occurring Disorders. Frequently mental health disorders can lie underneath and in some cases fuel substance dependency. All patients enrolled in our programs have the option for a no cost Psychiatric Evaluation performed by a Board Certified Psychiatric staff member in addition to the basic services of each program. Now those that have struggled with depression, anxiety or any other co-occurring disorder, have the opportunity to get the substance dependency and the underlying psychiatric issues treated concurrently. Some options Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies utilized may include Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Hypnotherapy, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Visual Imagery Therapy and Psychiatric Medication Management.
The NBRC Kratom Detox Programs Have the Option to Add:
|The NBRC Restore Neurotransmitter Restoration Program™ is an IV and Oral Supplement Amino Acid, Vitamin and Mineral repletion Program that can be added as an option to any Opiate Detox Program. This program provides a quicker and more thorough restoration of nutritional and neurotransmitter function to help alleviate many of the symptoms of the drug or alcohol withdrawal syndrome and restore deficient nutritional conditions that typically come with substance dependencies. Click here for more info.|
|The NBRC Integrative Detox Programs combine traditional detox medicine and Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapy including our Restore Neurotransmitter Restoration Program™. The CAM therapies utilized at NBRC have proven scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. Our Integrative Detox Program patients enjoy an accelerated healing and restoration of the brain’s neurotransmitter sites damaged by addiction. This in turn results in a significant reduction in withdrawal symptoms typically associated with detoxification. In fact, patients report that they experience fewer symptoms, lesser severity and a faster recovery. Click here for more info.|
So How do I Get Started?
Call our office to learn more at 888-840-5189. Let people that care guide you through this difficult time.