Kratom Addiction Treatment & Rehab
It’s unfortunate that since kratom is technically legal in the U.S., it’s marketed as a safe substance, when this isn’t necessarily true, and there is increasing evidence coming to light that it is addictive.
In its report on kratom, the DEA says consumption can lead to addiction. The DEA points to a study of people in Thailand who were considered to be addicted to kratom. The report showed that some people addicted to the herbal substance chewed it every day for anywhere from 3 to 30 years, with a mean of 18.6 years. Long-term kratom use in this research led to weight loss, anorexia, skin darkening, insomina, and constipation. Withdrawal symptoms highlighted in the study of Thai kratom addicts include hostility and aggression, runny nose, aches and jerky muscles. The DEA also highlighted the occurrence of severeal cases of kratom psychosis, including hallucinations, confusion and delusions.
Those are just some of the reasons it’s important for people who abuse kratom and feel they are addicted to get professional help. There are many different treatment and rehab options for people who are addicted to kratom, and it’s important to explore these options and find the one that’s best for you.
In general, rehabilitation is often the best path for people addicted to substances like kratom. Rehab allows them to fully address and receive treatment for their substance abuse problems, and intensive rehab programs will usually integrate a combination of group therapy, individualized therapy, and supplemental therapies and activities.
During rehab, a person with a kratom addiction is treated holistically. Specialized rehabs look not just at their addiction to kratom itself, but the whole person so they can learn to develop coping mechanisms for the triggers and possible underlying mental disorders that led them to the addiction in the first place.
Some of the different types of rehab options available to people on kratom include:
- Long-term residential
- Short-term residential
- Brief intervention
- Partial hospitilization
- Sober living
You may be wondering if you need any kind of rehab for your kratom addiction, but basically anyone who is abusing a substance can benefit greatly from this kind of treatment.
Even though people in treatment for kratom might be addicted to the same drug, they have different situations surrounding their use, and different lengths of time they used the drug. Other factors differentiate them from one another as well. Those differences require that they receive individualized, highly personalized treatment.
Inpatient rehab is also known as residential treatment and may be a short-term or a longer-term program.
Some of the benefits of inpatient rehab for someone with a kratom addiction include:
- Most inpatient rehab programs begin with a medically-supervised detox. This allows people to begin in detox and move seamlessly to their treatment in the same facility. The staff of the inpatient rehab can make sure they get to know everything medically and psychologically about the patient to create the best and optimal treatment plan for them.
- People who are addicted to kratom can attend inpatient rehab and take themselves out of their addiction environment. There are triggers that most people with substance use disorders experience which can include stress as well as being around certain people. Recovery can be more effective when someone is taken out of this environment.
- Most inpatient rehab programs offer a range of psychotherapy options that address the complexity of addiction to kratom and other substance use disorders. Psychotherapy is highly individualized and can help not only during recovery at the facility, but also for planning after the person leaves treatment.
On average, inpatient rehab programs for people with kratom addictions last anywhere from 7 weeks to 6 months.
One of the reasons some people may opt for an outpatient program as opposed to inpatient treatment for a kratom addiction is because it’s less expensive, but it’s important to realize that many insurance programs will cover most or all of the costs associated with inpatient rehab.
During inpatient treatment, people receive a more immersive experience that can be more effective in allowing them to maintain a long-term recovery, but whether you attend inpatient or outpatient rehab can depend on the severity of your kratom addiction.
Most outpatient treatment programs include a variety of different types of therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy where you’ll explore your thoughts and behaviors that led to your abuse of kratom. You’ll also likely participate in other types of therapy such as family therapy and contingency management, all of which are designed to contribute to recovery.
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