What Are Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms?

How Long Do Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms Last?

Kratom is fairly new to the American drug scene, but it has been around and used in Southeast Asia for many years. The Drug Enforcement Agency wants to ban the sale of kratom and classify it as a Schedule 1 drug. Regular users experience kratom withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit it.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom is a tree that grows in Southeast Asia and is related to the coffee tree. The leaves have an unpleasant bitter taste, and most US users buy it in a powdered form in capsules or mix it with a liquid beverage to mask the flavor. Kratom is also brewed as a tea. Some suppliers sell it in individual shots. As its popularity has grown, more forms are available in the shops and websites that sell it. In Asia, people are accustomed to the flavor of the leaves and chew them to get the desired effect. Small doses of kratom create a stimulant effect, while larger doses give the effect of a sedative. Regular users will experience kratom withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it.

Is Kratom Legal In The United States?

Because no law has been passed (although under consideration) regulating the sale of kratom, it is not illegal to sell or purchase it. Online as well as brick and mortar stores have popped up selling kratom in a variety of products. It is referred to as an “herbal supplement” in most advertising. The absence of regulation does not mean the use of kratom is safe. Because it is hard to gauge its potency, there is no uniformity in the strength of kratom batches. Users can get a much larger dose than they expect. Continued use of kratom leads to addiction and abuse because it binds to the opioid receptors in the brain.

Signs Of Kratom Addiction And Abuse

If you, a friend, or loved one has been playing around with kratom, there are signs that the stimulant is being abused and the user is addicted.

  • Fatigue and weight loss occur in people taking regular small doses of kratom due to its stimulant effect.
  • While under the influence of kratom in small doses, the user can be very talkative, energetic, and irritable.
  • Individuals taking larger doses of kratom can experience nausea, vomiting, itching, sweating, and emotional sensitivity.
  • When a person has overdosed, he or she can present a variety of symptoms including delusions, paranoia, shakiness, and aggression.
  • Kratom can cause insomnia for days resulting in the user experiencing delusions.
  • Users who have not had their regular dose of kratom will experience cravings for it as well as display withdrawal symptoms, which can include nervousness, irritability, and nausea.

Kratom Addiction Treatment

You may wonder where you can get addiction treatment because it is not classified as an illegal drug. WhiteSands Treatment provides kratom addiction treatment to patients. The kratom withdrawal duration can vary depending on the amount of kratom used on a regular basis. The symptoms can continue for two or more weeks in instances where kratom was used for a long time, and the withdrawal is acute. Memory issues, brain fog, and anxiety may last for some time. Keeping a daily journal helps those going through addiction to keep track of their kratom withdrawal duration, and what symptoms last the longest.

Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms

Users withdrawing from kratom exhibit cravings for the substance. Additionally, they may experience some or all of the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Emotional upsets
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Dilated pupils
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression

Fortunately, help with kratom addiction is available to people living in the greater Tampa Bay area. Contact WhiteSands Treatment if you need information about kratom withdrawal.

Sources:

http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2017/01/16/kratom-withdrawal-symptoms/

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/us/kratom-an-addicts-alternative-is-found-to-be-addictive-itself.html

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.