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Kratom, Suboxone, and Swapping One Addiction for Another

Kratom is a large tree native to Southeast Asia, and when ingested, it similarly affects the human brain like opiates do. Kratom has been touted by its proponents as a cure for opiate addiction, because its chemical properties bind to opioid receptors. Some people who are trying to stop using heroin and narcotics such as OxyContin and Opana, have been using Kratom in their place as a tapering method. They may argue that it is the lesser evil, but the drawback is that it too, is physically addictive. Symptoms of withdrawal from Kratom show physical dependence and are similar to opiate withdrawal include:

  • Craving
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Muscle/body aches and pain, runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Irritability, hostility, and mood swings
  • Tremors
  • Diarrhea
  • Hallucinations

In one study published by the National Institutes of Health, more than half of the individuals who used Kratom for six months or longer experienced severe withdrawal symptoms on par with opiate withdrawal. Mild withdrawal symptoms were experienced by 45% of the group, and over 80% of the total users who tried to stop using Kratom, were unable to do so. Another study on the effects of Kratom had similar results. Both studies show that regular use of Kratom is directly correlated to drug dependency, withdrawal symptoms, and craving.

There’s no doubt that having a replacement for opioid addiction would be an incredible and monumental gift to the opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, we don’t have that gift just yet. Other opioid replacement therapies such as Suboxone and Methadone are themselves addictive.

There isn’t a cure to addiction, but treatment can be successful. For any of these drugs, the sooner you can get off them, the better. For instance, many long-term users of Suboxone claim that coming off Suboxone is even harder than coming off heroin or OxyContin. The reason for this: Suboxone stays in the body much longer, which means detox can last from weeks to months. Bottom line, if you are addicted to opiates, get treatment, and get off the drugs as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

If you can’t stop drinking or using, call the Serenity Recovery Center. We can help you move from the depths of addiction into the light of recovery. You are not alone in this. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). You can do this. Recovery is possible. Call now.