Kratom Withdrawal & Detox
As Colorado like so many other states grapples with how to best deal with the opioid epidemic, there are some other drugs that are becoming more problematic at the same time. One of these is called kratom. Kratom is derived from plants, and in large doses, it acts on the brain much like an opioid.
Kratom has a different structure from drugs like morphine, but similar components of action, and as a result, there is some belief that it’s addictive and may also lead to physical dependence.
Even when someone isn’t detoxing from kratom, it can have negative side effects associated with its use. Some of the side effects of kratom may include nervousness, nausea and vomiting, sweating, itching, constipation, delusions, tremors, lethargy, aggressiveness and psychotic behavior.
If you are someone who is dependent on kratom in Colorado and you want to stop using it, you may go through withdrawal symptoms, but there are options available to help you safely detox.
Kratom withdrawal symptoms that are possible when someone stops using this substance are:
- Aches and pains
- Tremors and involuntary motions
- Restlessness and agitation
- Mood problems
There is also some belief that kratom withdrawal symptoms can include abdominal pain, sweating, and high blood pressure. Since kratom works on the brain like opioids do, the withdrawal from kratom can appear very similar to opioid withdrawal.
While withdrawal from kratom isn’t necessarily life-threatening, complications can arise including dehydration and aspiration from vomiting. These complications are reasons it’s important to seek professional detox treatment if you’re dependent on kratom.
Kratom Withdrawal Timeline
As with other drugs and opioids, in particular, the kratom withdrawal timeline and duration can vary based on individual factors.
Some considerations that play a role in the kratom withdrawal timeline are:
- How much kratom a person used and how often
- Whether or not other drugs are also used
- Underlying mental and physical health conditions that may exist
- Overall health
While there can be variances, the kratom withdrawal timeline and kratom withdrawal duration usually look like this:
- During the first 24 hours after the last dose of kratom is taken a person will usually start to experience kratom withdrawal symptoms. Early symptoms of the kratom withdrawal timeline can include cravings, anxiety, insomnia, sweating, aches, agitation, and a runny nose.
- Following the early stage of the kratom withdrawal timeline from days two to four most people will experience more intense symptoms, and they may peak at this point. During the second stage of withdrawal from kratom, symptoms can include abdominal cramps, goosebumps, and diarrhea.
- For most people going through kratom withdrawal, the symptoms subside after 7 to 10 days, so the kratom withdrawal duration is usually around a week.
As with other opioids, withdrawal from kratom may include for a small percentage of people something called post-acute withdrawal syndrome. This is a situation where the symptoms of kratom withdrawal persist for several weeks or months following detox.
These symptoms are primarily psychological and may include depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleep problems, cravings and memory and concentration problems.
If you search online, you’ll often find people searching for kratom withdrawal help and kratom withdrawal relief. So many people don’t realize that if they’re struggling with kratom withdrawal, there are professional resources available including medically-supervised detox. The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a Colorado addiction and detox recovery center, and we work with patients who are struggling with kratom dependence.
Kratom Detox in Colorado
Treatment is available to help people as they go through kratom detox. At a professional detox center, you will have a medical team who can monitor you and provide interventions such as medication to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. It’s also best to spend your kratom detox time in a specialized center to mitigate the risk of any possible complications.
Once you successfully detox from kratom, you can then move onto addiction treatment if necessary, which can include inpatient or outpatient programs.
With kratom, a lot of people were previously abusing opioids, and then they might have moved to kratom thinking it would be a safer alternative, which isn’t necessarily true. By going to one of the kratom detox centers and then going to treatment, you can get to the root causes of your addiction and get treatment in a more holistic way to prevent relapse not just of kratom but all drugs.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a Colorado facility offering detox from kratom, as well as addiction treatment for kratom and opioids. We work with patients from around Colorado including small cities and towns as well as people from Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs. We can also take patients from outside of Colorado and have out-of-state treatment centers as well.
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