You may have started to see the word “Kratom” in the last few years. There has been a big push for this “all-natural” mood enhancement remedy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was going to list Kratom as a drug and limit its access. Still, lobbyists were able to prevent this from happening and kept the “natural remedy” easily accessible to the general public.

Now, many people have begun to become addicted to Kratom, and drug rehabilitation centers have to address the problems of a new addiction.

What Is Kratom?

Kratom is a plant that is grown in Southeast Asia. The plant is harvested, dried, and processed into a powder. There are three types of Kratom, yellow, green, and red. Kratom powder is sold as a powder or can be purchased in capsule form. Many people purchase the powdered variety so that they can mix the substance into their food or drink. Kratom has some psychoactive properties like marijuana, but it also reacts differently in each person. Some people find it makes them very relaxed, like using marijuana, while others report that Kratom gives them high levels of energy like amphetamine. There are no set quantities of this natural remedy to take, so people use it freely to achieve their desired effects.

What Makes Kratom So Bad?

Research has shown that Kratom affects the same area of the brain as opiates. The brain becomes physically changed just like it does with opiates, and the addiction response is very similar. People who use Kratom can start showing signs of the physical addiction in about 10 days of use. Withdrawal symptoms become worse the longer the product is used. There have been several deaths reported from using Kratom. These deaths have occurred from overdosing on the product. People quickly build a tolerance to Kratom, just like opiates, and need more and more to achieve the same effect. What is even more unusual about Kratom is its effects on the personality of the people using the substance. Studies are currently being conducted on the substance to determine if using Kratom leads to mood disorders or if people with mood disorders are attracted to the drug Kratom. Either way, many doctors have noticed that there is a dual diagnosis when treating someone with Kratom dependency.

You Can Break the Addiction with the Right Help

Although Kratom is available legally online and in some natural food stores, addiction to this substance will still require the help of a substance recovery center. Kratom affects the area of the brain that is impacted by opiate use, and the withdrawal symptoms can be very overpowering. Help from a good drug rehab center will allow you to detox your body in a way that will make it easier for you to enter into recovery. Once you have overcome the physical addiction to Kratom, you will work with a substance abuse counselor to help you regain control of your life and enjoy a future in recovery. You and your counselor will address many issues, including any underlying physical, mental or emotional issues that have caused your addiction or are a result of that addiction. While you are in the rehabilitation center, you will learn many ways to help you overcome your addiction and stay in recovery. You will address everything from emotional attachments to the substance to dealing with pushy relatives and friends that say “just one time won’t hurt.” You will learn how to function in social situations while sober and how to be happy about taking care of yourself without relying on this substance to make you feel good. Drug rehabilitation is much more than just physical detoxification of your body. It is a way to learn how to take control of your own life instead of letting a substance control you. It is learning how to love and appreciate who you are and what you have to offer yourself and others. It is a way of learning self-control and self-fulfillment.

Final Thought

One of the most dangerous things about Kratom is the fact that it is considered legal. You can easily purchase the substance at local health food stores or online. It is a misconception that using Kratom is safe and that you will be able to stop at any time.
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