FDA Warns Against Kratom Detox

Is Kratom Detox Dangerous?

Kratom is not controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), but it is considered a “drug of concern” by the The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As the drug’s popularity increases, so do calls to poison control centers. In a recent CNBC article, it was stated that the FDA was aware of 36 deaths associated with the drug. Kratom detox is thought to be similar to opioid withdrawal with most of the same symptoms. WhiteSands Addiction Treatment Centers are prepared to help individuals who are addicted to kratom.

Kratom Detox

If you or someone you care about started using kratom to reduce your dependence on opioids, you may soon discover you have simply swapped addictions. Kratom detox is very similar to opioid detox, and the symptoms can include the following:

  • Drug cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Muscle aches and spasms
  • Irritability/Hostility/Anger
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Body tremors
  • Confusion
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations

The level of kratom detox withdrawal symptoms is dependent on the length of time it has been abused.

WhiteSands is staffed with professional trained addiction specialists to help individuals through kratom detox. If you or someone you care about has been taking kratom, contact WhiteSands to learn about their programs for detox, rehab, and recovery.

Can You Get Addicted To Kratom?

If kratom is abused regularly, it will make changes to the circuitry of the brain that is involved with the feelings that make you happy. The brain is flooded with chemical “messengers” that affect mood and pleasure. Heavy users may experience prolonged sleep. When a person becomes dependent on kratom after a period of time and goes through withdrawal, he or she will have similar withdrawal symptoms as the person detoxing from opioids. Can you get addicted to kratom?

The answer is yes. Many addicts using kratom to rid themselves of opioid addiction have turned to kratom, believing it will help them to recover from drug abuse. Sadly, kratom users discover they are still addicted to a drug. When a person stops using kratom and experiences withdrawal symptoms and cravings, which are indicators of addiction. WhiteSands Addiction Treatment Centers help people get free from the health-threatening effects of kratom and opioid addiction as well as the economic, social, emotional, and relationship issues that can occur.

Addiction is the most serious side effect of turning to kratom as a substitute for opioids. Once addiction sets in, people may take kratom in larger amounts and for a longer time period than they intended to and use it regardless of any behavioral, economic, social, emotional, physical, or relationship issues that may occur as a result.

Kratom Addiction Symptoms

In 2014 the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that between healthcare expenses, lost work time and production, and legal costs, Americans and insurance companies are paying out over $200 billion annually. Also in 2014, the National Institute of Drug Use and Health reported an estimated 20 million Americans (aged 12 and up) were dealing with substance abuse disorder. The numbers continue to increase since the reports were published.

If you, a loved one, or friend have been using kratom as a way out of opioid abuse, you may already be addicted. Kratom addiction symptoms, from low doses, include high energy, increased alertness, chattiness, nervousness, and increased sociability. Addiction symptoms from higher doses include the following:

  • Insensitivity to pain (physical and emotional)
  • Pupil constriction
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Itching
  • Dreaminess
  • Sleepiness

Overdose symptoms include delusions, lethargy, shakiness, respiratory issues, severe nausea, aggression, combative behavior, and paranoia.

If you or a loved one is trying to stop abusing drugs, don’t use kratom as a substitute for opioids. Call WhiteSands Treatment Centers at (877) 855-3470 today, and talk to a trained specialist. He or she will explain the various programs available to help you get off drugs and into recovery. Call now – your life is waiting for you.





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.