How Do I Know If My Loved One Is Using Kratom?

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How Do I Know If My Loved One Is Using Kratom?

Kratom is not a new substance, but its mention in the treatment industry for substance use disorders is recently popular.

What is Kratom?

Kratom is a naturally occurring plant used as a remedy for pain. Similar to coffee, Kratom has properties similar to opioids and stimulants. Kratom can be taken in pill form. Popularly, kratom has been used in beverages meant for extra energy or for relaxation.

Why is Kratom So Controversial?

Making the adjustment to total abstinence in sobriety is hard for someone who has been chemically dependent on mind altering substances for many years. Dealing with cravings or symptoms of withdrawal in early recovery can lead many to finding a replacement or substitute substance. Though Kratom is currently being tested and advocated for in opioid treatment, many others are suggesting it acts the same and is harmful for sobriety.

Does Using Kratom Count As A Relapse?

Kratom has not yet been scheduled as an illegal substance in the United States. Typically, any Schedule I or II drugs are considered relapse drugs, or illicit drugs of choice which have the potential for abuse. Kratom is not considered a primary drug of choice, though it is being compared to medically assisted treatment drugs like suboxone. Due to the side effects of Kratom, which are similar to opioids, Kratom is being tested for in treatment facilities and frequently considered a relapse.

What are the Signs of Kratom Use?

Kratom can produce effects similar to stimulants and opioids. Kratom in occasional doses will not cause signs of use outside of stimulation and/or relaxation. If someone is abusing kratom frequently in high doses can cause rapid weight loss, tremors, and even psychosis. The most important and telling sign of Kratom use is symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal from Kratom can be indicated by:

  • Nausea
  • Hypertension
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia

What are the side effects of Kratom use?

Side effects of Kratom can include:

  • Stimulant effects
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Opioid effects
  • Analgesia
  • Slowed motor functioning
  • Respiratory depression
  • Hypotension
  • Relaxed mood

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