WHAT IS KRATOM?
You might not have heard of kratom unless you live or frequent Thailand and other Far East nations. Even though kratom is banned in Thailand, it is still a popular mind altering drug, which has recently surfaced in the US.
Because kratom is legal, the drug doesn’t have the stigma of other hallucinogens.
Kratom’s legal status also makes it a drug that is popular with younger adults.
Of course legal doesn’t mean the drug can’t be abused, which American kids familiar with the country’s drug scene now do.
Kratom comes from the Mitragyna speciose tree,
which is located in Southeast Asia.
The leaves and stems are dried and either chewed or brewed into a tea-like substance.
Depending upon the dosage, the sensations of using this drug can produce a mild stimulant, while larger doses can produce opioid-like effects in users.
Kratom is usually bought in leaf form. In the US, however, the drug is more likely to be purchased as a capsule filled with a powdered extract of the leafy material, or in a chopped-up form that is to be used for tea or smoking.
In nearly every use of kratom, the drug is orally ingested.
Once the drug is smoked or drank, the effects occur in five to ten minutes, and can last between two and five hours. Higher doses can last even longer periods of time.
HOW CAN KRATOM REHAB HELP?
While going through your recovery, a solid support group and a high quality rehabilitation center can be a great help.
Along with helping you quit, the full rehab experience will help you identify the triggers that could lead you to relapse. Once you know your trigger scenarios, you’ll be able to lean on your support group to help keep you on the path to recovery.
Quitting kratom won’t be easy. But with a good amount of work, dedication and an overriding desire to quit abusing kratom, a drug-free life is entirely possible.
It’s not too late to take the first step toward a new life.
KRATOM INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT REHAB
When a patient is so dependent on kratom he or she can’t detox or rehab alone, the patient will need inpatient rehab. This type of care is reserved for long-term sufferers of acute addiction who need around-the-clock monitoring and support by qualified healthcare professionals.
In the case of kratom, the drug is so new among the US cultures, that experts are still investigating its qualities and its faults.
It is for this reason that Safe Harbor suggests that you overcome your kratom addiction by becoming an inpatient. Not enough is known about the drug as far as withdrawals are concerned.
With inpatient status, you receive around-the-clock close attention from the clinical staff as well as receive any special meds that can help you with your rehab.
THE PROCESS FOR KRATOM REHAB
Along with the mental and emotional toll addiction can take on a person, it also causes extreme weight gain or loss, illness, injury, or other physical ailments.
Along with fighting addiction, rehabilitation can include getting back into good physical health. This means participating in low-impact, physical activities like yoga or stretching.
Our recovery programs address the mental wellbeing of the patient along with the physical detox process.
Our rehab specialists help you learn to stay strong in your sobriety during holidays, birthdays and other stressful situations, by helping you understand which triggers cause you to seek kratom so you can avoid them.
THE LENGTH OF KRATOM TREATMENT
Because each addiction is different, each timeline as to the length of treatment is also different. Depending on the degree of your kratom use, treatment could last anywhere from a few days, to months, or possibly longer.
Also keep in mind that kratom treatment doesn’t just involve detox and a week or two of recovery. To increase the likelihood of continued sobriety, your treatment will also involve extended counseling sessions.
In addition to helping you quit using kratom, your rehab will help give you the emotional, mental, and physical strength to stay sober in the face of temptation.
If you plan to visit someone during his or her inpatient recovery, be sure to clear it with patient’s counselor first, as it can affect the patient in different ways depending on they are handling the recovery process.
If you decide to visit a patient during rehabilitation, be sure to do so when the patient if feeling positive and upbeat. Visiting a patient when they are struggling through the recovery process could be counterproductive.
The rules regarding when visits are allowed will be determined by the rehabilitation center.
Most do not allow visits when the patient is in the detox process or during the vital first stages of the rehabilitation process. When the timing is right, a visit from a friend or family member can be very helpful in the recovery process.
A well-timed visit lets the person in recovery know that people still care and he or she is not struggling alone.
KRATOM AS PART OF A NEWLY DEFINED DRUG CLASS
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime lists kratom in its newly defined drug class called New Psychoactive Substances.
In the 2013 World Drug Report, kratom is listed with khat, which is a plant from East Africa, Salvia divinorum, which is a plant widely available in the US, mephedrone and synthetics ketamine. Again, many of these drugs are not yet illegal in the US and Europe despite their dangerous and addictive effects.
IS THERE ACTUAL VALUE TO TAKING KRATOM?
Kratom has been used to wean addicts off heroin, however there are disputes as to whether this is an effective detox process.
Critics instead argue that kratom can cause dependence and addiction much like opioid drugs, with side effects such as suppressed respiration, nausea, vomiting, itching, constipation, and loss of appetite.
In some instances, kratom may be marketed and sold as a dietary supplement. Nonetheless, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an import alert on the substance in 2014. As of January 2016, the FDA placed a ban on imports of products containing kratom, such as the rapid relief mood booster, RelaKzpro.
In its decision, the FDA found that kratom does not have legitimate use as a dietary supplement (an original benefit espoused by kratom suppliers) and banned products claiming to have benefits from import into the United States.
The FDA also placed businesses selling known kratom-based products onto a red list. This gives authorities blanket power to seize any form of kratom, including capsules, resins, leaves, and liquids containing the leaves.
IS KRATOM LEGAL?
Because kratom is new to the U.S., and has not yet been labeled as illegal, the Drug Enforcement Agency have listed kratom as a “drug of concern.”
While there are hallucinogenic attributes to kratom, it still remains a legal substance that can be bought at bars and in smoke shops. Kratom can also be purchased online.
There are also no legal ramifications for using the drug and driving, though obviously some impairment can occur in a person who ingests kratom.
It is also perfectly legal for a person under the legal drinking age to purchase and use kratom.
Younger people use kratom in lieu of their inability to legally purchase alcohol or marijuana.
AND THE KRATOM BEAT GOES ON
Kratomonline.org disputes the opioid-like effects of the plant, as well as addictive properties if a person should decide to stop using kratom.
While the website argues kratom is not an opioid, there is no disagreement that kratom can produce opioid-like effects.
Nonetheless, the site touts that the drug as having been used medicinally for thousands of years in the Far East, and suggest kratom is not physically addictive in the same way marijuana lacks physical addiction.
Is kratom psychologically addictive? Kratom experts suggest that there could be a psychological addiction to the plant. But they also suggest the same is true with a certain other plant that alters the mind and body, but with beans.
The plant’s family name is Rubiaceae. The drug it produces is coffee.
Our kratom rehabilitation process holds a very high standard when it comes to Patient Health Information (PHI).
Essentially, you have enough to concern yourself with as you rehab from substance abuse to not be sidetracked as to who might know you have an kratom or drug issue.
Take confidence in knowing that as you seek out your new pathway to sobriety, your PHI is safe with us.
HOW ARE PAYMENTS HANDLED
Our kratom rehabilitation centers protect payment information with the same intensity as we do our Patient Health Information. We keep no credit cards on file, nor insurance records.
Generally, we bill monthly.
In some cases, we’ll switch to bi-weekly billing, especially when involving longer stints in rehab.
GOING AWAY FOR TREATMENT
Sometimes rehabbing away from home can be very beneficial. Getting away from the environment that led you to use kratom in first place can pay big dividends. Sometimes being around what’s familiar will also leave you susceptible to relapse. Going away for kratom treatment rids you of distractions, and allows you to fully focus on your rehab. The change of scenery can also help you gain new perspectives on life that may also aid in your recovery.
We have recovery experts at rehab facilities across the country, so you’re sure to find a place to suit your recovery needs.
Sobriety is a new way of life. It takes ongoing effort. That effort is much easier to muster when you know you’re not alone. To this end, continued support for those leaving a rehabilitation facility is highly recommended.
This type of continued support can often come from the network of relationships you develop while receiving treatment in a recovery center.
This social aspect of the rehab process can’t be overstated. Solitude and feelings of loneliness notoriously lead to substance use. This is why building relationships can be the crucial piece of the recovery process you get in a treatment center as opposed to quitting on your own.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to kratom or a similar drug, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days.