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Kratom and Recovery from Kratom Addiction

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Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain
compounds that can have psychoactive effects. Kratom has been used for centuries in
traditional medicine and as a recreational drug. In low doses, it can act as a stimulant and in
high doses, it can have sedative effects. Kratom is available in various forms, including powder,
capsules, and extracts, and it can be consumed by brewing it as a tea, chewing the leaves, or
smoking them.

In recent years, kratom has gained popularity in the United States as a natural remedy for a
variety of conditions, including pain, anxiety, and opioid withdrawal. However, the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about the risks associated with using kratom,
including the potential for abuse and addiction.

Kratom addiction can occur when a person consumes large amounts of the drug over an
extended period of time. As with any substance, the more a person uses kratom, the more their
body becomes accustomed to it, and the more they may need to achieve the same effects. This
can lead to dependence, where a person feels they need to use the drug in order to function


Symptoms of Kratom Addiction

Symptoms of kratom addiction may include:

  • Craving kratom
  • Taking larger amounts of kratom than intended
  • Unable to reduce or stop kratom use despite negative consequences
  • Continuing to use kratom despite physical or psychological problems caused or
    exacerbated by its use
  • Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from kratom use
  • Neglecting important activities or responsibilities in favor of kratom use

If you or someone you know is struggling with kratom addiction, it’s important to seek help as
soon as possible. Kratom addiction can be treated with a combination of medical and
psychological support.

Treatment for Kratom Addiction

Treatment for kratom addiction may include:

  • Medications: There are no specific medications approved for the treatment of kratom
    addiction, but some medications may be used to manage withdrawal symptoms and
    help with the recovery process.
  • Behavioral therapy: This can help individuals understand and change the behaviors that
    contribute to their kratom addiction. Therapy can take place in individual or group
    settings and may include approaches such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or
    contingency management.
  • Support groups: Support groups can provide a sense of community and accountability,
    and can be an important part of the recovery process.
  • Rehabilitation programs: Inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation programs can provide
    structured support and treatment for kratom addiction. These programs typically
    include counseling, therapy, and support from a team of professionals.

It’s important to note that quitting kratom can be difficult and may involve withdrawal
symptoms such as muscle aches, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. It’s essential to seek
professional help to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with kratom addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out for
help. There are resources available to support you on your journey to recovery.


Warren Phillips

Warren is a Licensed Master Social Worker, who specializes in substance abuse and mental health treatment. Clinically, Warren has developed a therapeutic skillset that utilizes a strengths-based perspective, Twelve Step philosophies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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