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Kratom – What Is It?

April 28, 2017 - - 0 Comments

Recovery From KratomEvery once in awhile, the world finds new ways to get high. Most recently, Kratom seems to be that drug, and not a lot is known about it by the general public. Kratom is an evergreen tree that grows in South East Asia. It has been used in the general practice of medicine and has properties similar to some opiates and stimulants. The leaves are generally chewed, or brewed into a tea for consumption and the effects last about 5-7 hours.

While it has been around for a while, it is relatively new to the United States, with most people getting kratom by ordering it online or mail order. It is important to note that kratom isn’t actually illegal yet. This means that you can get it regardless of your age, and so it has become a target of acquisition by younger kids who are not yet able to buy alcohol or get their hands on any other drug.

What Are The Effects of Kratom?

Kratom works with the same receptors in the brain that opiates like heroin do. The most common effects are sedation, increased pleasure, decreased pain and when taken in small doses, general relaxation. Depending on your brain chemistry, it could also work like a stimulant. This is not as common but some people say they feel increased energy and alertness in the same way stimulants make you feel.

There are, however, many adverse effects of taking kratom, including:

  1. Nervousness and edginess
  2. Severe and extended vomiting
  3. Severe and extended dizziness
  4. Sweating
  5. Itching
  6. Constipation
  7. Delusions
  8. Lethargy
  9. Respiratory slowdown
  10. Tremors
  11. Aggressive behavior
  12. Psychotic episodes
  13. Hallucinations

Kratom is an opiate so it is also physically addictive and can cause dependence on the drug. If you have ever seen someone withdraw from a heroin addiction, then you probably don’t want that to be you. As always, if you feel that you are addicted to kratom you should seek a drug addiction treatment center to help you safely detox. Symptoms of withdrawal include:

  1. Muscle aches
  2. Insomnia
  3. Irritability
  4. Hostility
  5. Aggression
  6. Extreme emotional changes and mood swings
  7. Twitching

 

Thankfully, kratom is not as popular in the United States as it is in Southeast Asia, where it is heavily used. As it’s still relatively new, there has not been a lot of time to collect data on whether is should be banned here or not. It is, however, illegal in Thailand, where it is heavily used as a recreational drug.

There are about 15 kratom related deaths in the United States each year. While not quite the epidemic proportions of heroin, kratom can definitely send you to the emergency room and into a drug addiction treatment program if you are not careful.

Recovery From Kratom

Everyone has their own story when it comes to getting sober. Different drugs require different approaches. Since kratom is physically addictive, drug addiction treatment should start with kratom the same way it does with any other drug, which is detox under the care of a professional. Kratom might seem novel as compared to the established hard drugs, but recovery from it requires the same effort.

At the basis of every happy life is the self-confidence instilled in yourself that you don’t need to escape. Abusing any drug, even kratom, can bring you to a place you don’t want to be. If you come across kratom in the real world, be aware that it’s not a joke and brings with it real consequences.

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