Kratom Withdrawal

Kratom is a powder or tablet drug that’s made from the plant known as Mitragyna speciosa. It’s usually used to supplement dieting habits, but it can cause a “high” or stimulant-like effect when consumed, somewhat like caffeine.

In low doses, kratom use increases the user’s energy and represses tiredness. In higher doses, kratom can be very harmful in that it works much like opiates. It can induce euphoria or sedation while interfering with brain receptors. Over time, this may cause the patient’s brain to become dependent on it.

Some people are adamant that taking kratom is no big deal. They can take it and stop taking it without any major problems. However, many others start taking kratom, but when they try to stop taking it, they discover they have become addicted to it.  In fact, some users say they find it more challenging to get through the withdrawal symptoms than other drugs they’ve used.

Whether you’re addicted to kratom or are thinking about trying it, you may want to learn more about kratom addiction and withdrawal. When you can become informed, you’ll know your options and be able to make an informed decision regarding kratom use or treatment.

What Are Kratom Withdrawal Symptoms?

In general, kratom withdrawal induces symptoms within 24 hours of beginning the withdrawal process. These symptoms include conditions such as:

  • Muscle pain and fatigue
  • Depression
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Diarrhea

Because of the variability involved in kratom addiction, the individual withdrawal experience will vary according to the person using it. Thus, an individual can expect to experience some or all of these symptoms, but not necessarily in this order or all at once.

The severity of these symptoms is mainly dependent on the level of one’s addiction. For those with low addiction to kratom, withdrawal symptoms will be more manageable, while those with higher tolerances toward kratom will feel worse during the withdrawal process.

What Are the Stages of the Kratom Withdrawal Timeline?

The overall timeline of a person’s withdrawal from kratom will vary just like the symptoms. In addition, the length of a withdrawal timeline can be expected to lengthen along with the depth of a person’s addiction. Those with weaker addictions will likely proceed through their withdrawal stages at a faster rate.

Factors that can affect the withdrawal timeframe include:

  • Frequency taken
  • Dose of kratom
  • How long kratom has been used
  • Overall health condition
  • Whether other drugs are being abused
  • Supportive network
  • Dietary habits
  • Age
  • Metabolism
  • Mental health
  • History of substance use, addiction or relapse

In general, the kratom withdrawal timeline should progress as follows:

Day 1: At the beginning of kratom withdrawal, symptoms will usually start to appear around 12 hours after last use. These symptoms will be mild to severe and include anxiety, flu-like symptoms, nausea, and depression.

Days 2-3: This is usually the most intense period of the kratom withdrawal timeline. During this time, symptoms will feel the most severe, and the desire for kratom may become intense. Professional assistance and support are recommended for this stage. Symptoms that may be experienced include depression, anxiety, mood swings, body aches, headaches, and cravings.

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Days 4-6: After three days, many symptoms will start to fade or become less intense. Although physical symptoms will lessen, psychological ones, such as depression, may remain for some time. Cravings for kratom may persist past this point as well.

Days 7 and beyond: The majority of physical symptoms should be gone by this point. Mental withdrawal symptoms can be expected to linger, leading to the treatment phase of sobriety. It’s recommended to continue with professional treatment even after the detox process is complete. This will greatly reduce the chance of relapse.

Why Should I Detox?

Detoxing is a method by which kratom is removed from the body, and it is the safest method of help available. Detoxing is done via a “tapering” method. This means the user’s usual amount of kratom is slowly lowered over time with the supervision of a medical professional until eventually no more kratom is needed by the brain and body.

This reteaches the individual’s biological systems to survive without the drug over time, making eventual sobriety an easier state to accomplish and maintain over the long term.

Quitting “cold turkey” is much more dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. This is because detoxing in this manner can shock the body’s systems, possibly causing damage or death. In addition, the potential for relapse after attempting to quit kratom cold turkey is very high.

What Is the Next Treatment Step?

Once medical detox has been completed properly through the tapering method, the next phase of treatment can begin with medical help at a rehab facility. There are a few different rehab program types to choose from, each with advantages that are suited for different people in recovery.

Residential Treatment

This method of treatment involves staying at a licensed residential rehabilitation center for an extended period. At this facility, clients can receive 24-hour assistance and support from medical professionals. Clients are led through programs and habit-building exercises designed to form healthy attitudes and foster a long-lasting care system that prevents relapse. This is a good choice for people who do not have a supportive home environment or lack a support structure from family or friends, or who face high chances of relapse due to factors outside their control.







Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment allows clients to remain home and visit the treatment center regularly, usually a few times a week. At these meetings, good practices and habits will be taught, and medical assistance will be available for clients to ensure they build good habits for the future. This is a good option for people who cannot afford to leave work or who have a structured environment and a supportive network of family and/or friends.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) allows clients to keep their job and home life but undergo a more rigorous series of meetings and examinations throughout the week. Often, this means more visits to the treatment center than a standard outpatient treatment plan. This is a good middle ground between residential and outpatient treatment, as its intensive care and focus on the person in recovery can be a great measure to prevent relapse. It also allows for the patient to live at home so they can keep their jobs or home lives intact.

Kratom and Opioid Withdrawal

There are a number of people who use kratom to treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal. According to the Mayo Clinic, people use kratom during withdrawal because of the substance’s ability to induce euphoria. What’s more, it can be more readily attained than prescription withdrawal medications.

It can also work to relieve the pain of opioid withdrawal without respiratory depression, according to Healthline.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did issue a warning urging the public not to use kratom, voicing concerns over its safety. The regulatory agency said the substance has “properties that can expose users to the risk of addiction, abuse, and dependence.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has listed kratom as a “drug of concern,” but not as a controlled substance, according to this report in The New York Times.