Kratom can be addictive due to its opiate-like qualities. If you’re concerned you or a loved one is struggling with Kratom contact us for help today.
If you believe that you or your loved one has been seriously misusing kratom, you will need a sound understanding of the disease of kratom addiction. It is critically important to understand its characteristic signs and symptoms, to know what kratom withdrawal symptoms look like. As well as to comprehend what the detox process entails. Lastly, to have a clear idea of what rehabilitation and treatment options are available for kratom addiction. Having such knowledge can significantly increase the chance that you or your loved one will achieve lasting, substance-free living 1.
Because kratom has properties of a stimulant at low dose and properties of an opioid at higher doses, addiction to kratom can be considered part of two larger sets of conditions: a stimulant use disorder or an opioid use disorder. However, in February 2018, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that, despite the relative lack of basic and clinical research into the mechanism of action of the drug, it considers kratom an opioid based on available computer modeling of what the drug does2. Many treating professionals also consider kratom to be an opioid3. So, although scientifically controversial, kratom addiction will be considered as an opioid use disorder as our team discusses it with you.
The 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, commonly known as the DSM-V, provides the accepted standard for healthcare professionals to define and diagnose an opioid use disorder. If kratom addiction is to be considered an opioid use disorder, these are the criteria for diagnosis 4:
Only two of these 11 criteria are needed to diagnose an opioid use disorder, though healthcare professionals understand that the last two criteria, tolerance and withdrawal, do not apply to diagnosing a disorder if someone is appropriately taking opioids for a medical condition.
This situation underscores the importance of distinguishing between the terms “dependence” and “addiction.” Physical dependence is an expected result of regular use of all opioids or similar medications. Dependence results in drug tolerance over time and results in withdrawal if the drug is abruptly stopped or reduced. However, dependence by itself does not imply that a dependent person has lost control, functionality or life quality as a result of drug usage. Kratom addiction, on the other hand, is defined by a loss of control over one’s usage of kratom and often features dysfunctional emotional responses, behavioral impairments and a lack of self-awareness about such impairments 5.
We provide holistic care and treatment using an individualized approach specifically tailored to your needs. Our holistic care and treatment is based on the best scientific evidence available. Secondly, we help you lead a healthy, substance-free life with adaptive coping and problem-solving skills. Don’t let Kratom addiction control your life. Our addiction professionals can help you get on a path of recovery, significantly changing your life. Contact us today for more information on our certified staff of professionals, as well as our first-rate facilities.