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Kratom Rehab in WA State: An Essential Step Towards Recovery

Kratom rehabilitation in Washington is becoming a growing necessity due to the rise in popularity of this herbal drug.

Although it currently enjoys a legal status, kratom is definitely one substance you don’t want to end up addicted to. It can bring about a number of dangerous effects on your health and it’s also a pretty uncomfortable substance to detox from.

And despite the fact that rehabilitation from kratom can take a significant amount of work on your end, partnering with a professional rehab facility like Northpoint Washington can make the process infinitely easier on you.

But before getting into how we can help, let’s take a closer look at this drug and what goes into rehabilitating from a kratom addiction.

Kratom Rehab in WA State: An Essential Step Towards Recovery

Kratom: There’s A New Drug in Washington

Kratom, technically known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a tropical tree that is indigenous to both Africa and Southeast Asia. Its bitter leaves contain a number of psychoactive compounds that can be used to alter the perception of reality while also stimulating a number of other physical effects as well.

While these effects can be quite intoxicating and continued use of this drug has been shown to lead to addiction, kratom still enjoys a fully legal status with one caveat – it’s not to be used for human consumption. Of course, people ignore this stipulation regularly and manufacturers always find ways around it.

In any case, just because kratom is technically legal doesn’t mean it’s entirely safe. Addiction to this drug can lead to quite a few health problems and development of a dependency will warrant enrolling into a kratom rehab program like that at Northpoint Washington.

According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), kratom also goes by a number of street names including:
  • Biak-biak
  • Herbal Speedball
  • Ketum
  • Kahuam
  • Ithang
  • Thom

Kratom is entirely unique in that its effects seem to mimic both stimulants as well as opioids (which tend to be more on the sedative side). While the exact mechanism of action for this dual-category of side effects isn’t completely understood, what is known is that the effects can be predicted based on the dosage.

For instance, a lower dosage of kratom (up to 5g) corresponds with a stimulant effect. Similar to the effects of amphetamines like Adderall, these low doses of kratom can bring about feelings of:

  • Increased wakefulness
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Heightened energy levels
  • Improved focus and attention
  • Greater sociability

Doses of kratom above 5g tend to create feelings similar to those brought on by opioid abuse. According to NIDA, such effects may include:

  • Pain relief
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Tranquility

Venturing higher than 15g though will likely bring about feelings of especially overwhelming sedation and could even lead to a complete loss of consciousness as well.

It’s also important to remember that as kratom is currently outlawed from being used for human consumption, any ingestion of kratom whatsoever (whether it be via pill, tea, or powder) is considered to be a form of abuse.

Kratom is currently unregulated by the FDA and, as such, is not permitted for use in treating any disorder, disease, or condition. In fact, it’s not even cleared for human consumption at all and any manufacturer that labels it as such may be severely penalized or fined.

Having said that, people still use it for purposes other than those that kratom is marketed for (believe it or not). One of those purposes is pain relief. Some users have found that certain strains of kratom taken at higher doses can be quite effective at treating chronic or acute pain.

What’s more, kratom proponents claim that this herbal drug can actually be used as a less addictive alternative to extremely potent synthetic prescription opioids like fentanyl, tramadol, and OxyContin.

Finally, kratom is increasingly being used as an herbal remedy for actually treating opioid dependency itself. This is because kratom tends to activate the same receptor cells as many opioids (the mu-opioid receptors to be specific). In doing so during opioid detoxing, kratom may help cut down on the symptoms of withdrawal that many recovering opioid users find so unbearable.

Is Kratom Safe? Notable Health Effects of Kratom

As kratom is still relatively new on the drug scene, much study still needs to be on the drug’s adverse health effects. During the short time that it has been available for researching though, we’ve been able to isolate a number of changes that kratom can cause in the body.

Some of the most notable health effects of using kratom include:

  • Sensitivity to sunburn
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Increased urination
  • Itching
  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth

What’s more, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also lists a number of other adverse health effects including:

  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusion
  • Confusion

And although kratom hasn’t caused any fatal overdoses entirely by itself, it can be manufactured and packaged with other ingredients that have been linked to numerous deaths.

Similar to how street drugs like heroin can be laced with especially deadly compounds like fentanyl, many herbal supplements may also contain an incomprehensible number of unlisted ingredients. These may be deadly on their own or they may cause an adverse reaction when taken with other substances as well.

After all, kratom is currently unregulated and “unfit for human consumption.”

Is Kratom Addiction Real?

Very much so. One study cited by the DEA found that in Thailand, some kratom addicts have been chewing kratom habitually for up the 30 years.

What’s more, continued Kratom use has also been shown to lead to the development of withdrawal symptoms should the drug be taken away. These symptoms were varied but included:

  • Hostility
  • Aggression
  • Emotional lability
  • Wet nose
  • Achy muscles and bones
  • Jerky movement of the limbs

While significantly more research still needs to be done on the full addictive potential of this psychoactive substance, the development of a withdrawal syndrome alone is a strong indicator of kratom’s addictive potential.

Treating A Kratom Addiction: What’s Involved?

The absolute first step in treating a kratom addiction is first admitting that you have a substance use problem. While this might sound deceptively simple, the truth is that many addicts have an incredibly hard time recognizing their addiction.

Using an objective measure of your level of addiction can be incredibly helpful here. A short online quiz might be all it takes for you to start seeing your behaviors as they really are.

After that, detoxing from kratom is necessary. Completely ridding your body of this addictive substance will launch your system into recovery mode. Only once all traces of kratom are removed can you begin to physically heal from your addiction.

According to Mental Health Daily, the half-life for kratom is about one full day, putting your complete kratom detox time at around 5 and 1/3 days.

And finally, after detox is through you can begin the kratom rehabilitation process, arguably the most important part of any addiction program. While detox can be thought of as a way to physically cleanse the body of your addiction, rehabilitation can be seen as clearing the mind of your addiction.

During rehab, you’ll get to the root of your addiction as well as discover a number of life strategies to help you cope with eventual cravings. Without kratom rehab, you’ll be immensely more susceptible to relapse and you may succumb to the cycle of addiction once again.

Principles of Effective Washington Kratom Rehabilitation Programs

While many traditional rehab programs relied solely on 12-step programs to help tackle addiction and encourage a clean and sober life, there have been a number of developments that shed new light on just what type of treatments are proven to be helpful.

The most effective kratom rehab programs will embrace what are called evidence-based treatments. As the name suggests, these treatments have been proven by numerous peer-reviewed studies to help successfully treat addiction.

These treatments are characterized by five core values:
  • Research
  • Meaningful outcomes
  • Standardization
  • Replication
  • Fidelity measures

Each of these qualities ensures that the results from the studies backing up the treatments are actually reproducible and not just some random fluke. As such, they provide guidelines for treating substance use disorders that are backed up by scientific evidence rather than just conjecture.

According to NIDA, there are a variety of behavioral therapies that are considered by many addiction specialists to be evidence-based. These therapies include:
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contingency Management Interventions/Motivational Incentives
  • Community Reinforcement Approach Plus Vouchers
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • The Matrix Model
  • 12-Step Facilitation Therapy
  • Family Behavior Therapy
  • Behavioral Therapies Primarily for Adolescents

It’s worth remembering here that this list is certainly not exhaustive. More research is being done each and every day on which treatments are effective and which ones are bunk.

What’s more, these therapies are usually used in conjunction with others and are rarely the sole treatment needed to ensure a full recovery.

Finding the Right Kratom Rehab in Washington

While there are a number of Washington kratom rehab facilities popping up due to the drug’s growth in popularity, not all of these programs are created equally. Many, for instance, neglect the necessity of tailoring a kratom rehabilitation program to the specific needs of the individual.

Beyond that, countless others still haven’t begun implementing actual evidence-based treatments into their rehab programs and as a result, their patients continue to suffer.

At Northpoint Washington, we take a patient-centric approach to rehab for kratom. Our custom programs cater to your particular needs as well as your individual history, preferences, and physical profile. What’s more, we’re proud to offer evidence-based treatments to help ensure your successful recovery.

So contact us today to begin your Washington kratom rehabilitation. It may end up being the best choice you’ve ever made.

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