OUTPATIENT KRATOM DETOX
What is a Kratom Detox?
Those suffering from kratom addiction or withdrawal symptoms can find relief and help in addressing their use. The entry stage to seeking such recovery for those who are addicted or physically dependent is medical detoxification.
Detox is defined as the removal of toxins from the body.
When a drug - like kratom - is stopped suddenly after a person has developed a dependence on it, the brain may suffer a kind of rebound effect, where it tries to restore balance quickly, causing significant withdrawal symptoms.
During your detox at Relieve Medical Detox, we will use medications to detox your body safely and comfortably. Your detox may include the use of alternative medications to manage withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings as well.
In addition, each patient will undergo an evaluation that is then used to inform their detox progression, as well as potential next steps to stay clean from kratom.
Call us at 480-549-2220 to learn more about our outpatient kratom detox treatment.
Benefits of Medical Detox
The goal of our outpatient medical detox from kratom is to help to reduce the intensity of kratom withdrawal through the use of medications.
If other substances are also being abused, medications may need to be altered to avoid complications or undesirable drug interactions. We offer inpatient kratom detox at our sister company, Scottsdale Detox.
Since kratom is not a controlled substance, it is often not included in regular toxicology screenings that may be performed upon entrance into a detox program. It is important, therefore, to indicate to treatment providers if kratom is in your system, as well as any other drugs or substances, so that medications used during medical detox are safe and effective.
General Kratom Information
Kratom is derived from the plant Mitragyna speciosa and is commonly marketed in tablet or powder form as a “dietary supplement” or sold in head shops as “incense.”
Even though this product is not a controlled substance by the DEA, its import into the United States is now closely monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regularly detains and denies shipments of this drug into the country due to its potential toxic effects with human consumption.
A major problem with kratom products that are legally available is lack of regulation. Discrepancies between doses listed and what’s actually in the product can lead to overuse, which aggravates negative side effects. Using kratom products that are secretly laced with other substances can lead to death.
Kratom can cause a stimulant effect when abused in low doses that may increase energy levels and combat fatigue.
In higher doses, kratom may have effects similar to opioid drugs, causing sedation, euphoria, and a possible dreamlike state.
When abused regularly, just like other drugs that act on opioid receptors, kratom may cause the body to become dependent on its interaction with the brain.
While some users may hail kratom for therapeutic qualities, names like “herbal speedball” indicate that kratom is no different from any other type of drug. While users may expect to gain energy at low doses or euphoric bliss and pain relief at high doses, the likelihood is that whatever experience follows can often be negative or physically damaging, even lethal.
Some of the common outcomes of ingesting kratom, as outlined by NIH, include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Aggressive behavior
- Dry mouth
- Increased urination
- Loss of appetite
Using kratom can also have more severe negative outcomes, such as:
- liver damage
- chronic respiratory difficulty
- extreme weight loss
- development of an eating disorder
- psychological delusions
At worst, kratom use can affect or damage cardiovascular and neurological functions, resulting in conditions like an irregular heart beat or psychosis.
Abuse of the drug can turn fatal (though in most cases death is a result of using tainted kratom or interference with other medications or substances being taken, like alcohol and opioids).
Some individuals who have struggled with or currently suffer from opioid addiction turn to kratom as an aid because of the effects it produces, as well as the general perception that kratom is a beneficial and healthy substance. Therefore, many turn to kratom when trying to self-treat an opioid dependency, either for prescription drugs, illicit substances like heroin, or synthetics such as fentanyl.
But the misconception that kratom is a safe alternative can push users further into opioid and substance abuse. The reality is this may only exacerbate cravings for opioids or kratom, or lead to taking increasingly higher doses or mixing drugs to get the same intensity of effect.
- Using kratom as a crutch to get through the day or other events
- Lack of self-control over use or neglecting obligations in order to use
- Continued use despite physical or psychological side effects
- Risky or dangerous use of kratom, like while driving
- Social withdrawal and inability to find joy in hobbies
- Increasing need for higher dosages to achieve desired effects
Signs of kratom abuse may include:
- A constant desire to use the drug, sometimes daily or even several times per day
- Using the substance even if it affects personal or professional relationships negatively
- Being unable to quit or reduce intake of the substance
- Always keeping kratom on hand
- Purchasing the drug despite financial issues
- Resorting to questionable and/or illicit methods to get kratom, such as stealing
- Taking part in risky activity when under the influence of a drug, such as driving under the influence
- Undergoing withdrawal when not taking the drug
Attempting to quit any substance after a prolonged period of regular use is often an uncomfortable and difficult time- the same is true for kratom. Users will likely feel a number of kratom withdrawal symptoms. These may include, but aren’t limited to:
- Mood swings and irritability
- Aching limbs and joints
- Runny nose and itchy eyes
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Aggression and hostility
- Muscle spasms or jerky movements
- Restlessness and sadness
- Fever or hot flashes
- Difficulty with sleep
- Decreased appetite
- In addition, psychotic symptoms may occur with significant kratom dependence, which may include hallucinations, delusions, confusion, and potentially even seizures.
Going through the stages of kratom withdrawal can take up to 7 days. Importantly, severity and duration of symptoms are related to the use behavior, biology, and mental health of the specific individual.
The timeline of kratom withdrawal tracks along with opioid withdrawal. In general, symptoms:
- Appear 6-12 hours after quitting cold turkey.
- Peak in severity 72 hours after the last dose.
- Subside after about 5-7 days (acute symptoms only).
These stages are not fixed in time, as other factors may affect the situation. These variables include:
- History of substance abuse
- Frequency of use
- Personal medical history, like preexisting conditions
- Age and individual physiology
- Presence of another substance—i.e., if kratom is used when mixed with another drug
Consider an outpatient medical detox program to ensure a safe and comfortable detox process. Our treatment helps ease symptoms during withdrawal to make detoxing as painless as possible. Call us at 480-549-2220 to learn more about our outpatient kratom detox treatment.