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Kratom is a herbal supplement native to Southeast Asia. Some individuals use it as an alternative medicine for treating various conditions. The drug is controversial due to lack of research, abuse potential, and dependence from taking high dosages.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public about kratom’s potential health risks. These include addiction, psychosis, and overdose. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has officially named it a drug and chemical of concern.

Are you looking for help to stop using alternative drugs like kratom? Our kratom rehab in Murfreesboro, TN, treats kratom addiction and other co-occurring disorders. TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health will help you live a life without addiction.

Kratom at a Glance

If a loved one might have a kratom misuse problem, it’s vital to understand what this substance is and how it affects the ones you care about. 

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is an opioid plant native to Southeast Asia. Some people consider it a natural remedy. They use it to self-medicate various mental health conditions and drug addictions.

At lower doses, the effects of kratom acts as a stimulant. It boosts energy levels, heart rate, and other physiological responses.

In more significant amounts, kratom produces sedative effects. These reduce mobility, slow down breathing and decrease heart rate.

Am I Addicted to Kratom?

It’s easy to avoid considering this question since many people don’t know what it is. Some people downplay taking kratom compared to more well-known drugs. It’s easy to justify since it’s not banned.

You don’t hear about kratom rehab programs like alcohol use disorder (AUD) or other addictions. This doesn’t make it any less severe. 

Only limited research exists on its effectiveness and safety, even at low doses. The chance your mind becomes dependent on kratom is high if you don’t get to the root cause. We will help uncover this at TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health. 

Do you have a problem with kratom misuse? You can look at how your life has been going since starting to abuse kratom. You can also review these symptoms to determine if you or a loved one might have this addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Kratom Abuse

If these symptoms resonate with you, it’s a good idea to consider seeking treatment before it worsens.

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Being overly talkative
  • Erratic and aggressive behaviors
  • Not keeping up with responsibilities due to the abuse of kratom
  • Choosing to take kratom over once enjoyable activities or hobbies
  • Spending a lot of time trying to get, abuse, and recover from kratom
  • Attempting to quit but being unsuccessful 
  • Abusing kratom despite knowing that it has caused problems in one’s life
  • Using kratom in more significant amounts and over a more extended period than intended
  • Using kratom in hazardous situations

Physical symptoms: 

  • Breathing problems
  • Changes in skin color
  • Constipation
  • Experiencing withdrawal when not able to use kratom or when trying to stop 
  • Inability to experience pain
  • Higher energy levels (when taken in smaller doses)
  • Nausea
  • Profuse perspiration
  • Sedation (when taken in larger amounts)
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tolerance for kratom
  • Vomiting
  • Weight changes

Mind symptoms: 

  • Cravings for kratom and other drugs used
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Difficulty focusing (after taking a large amount)
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased focus when working on tasks
  • High levels of alertness
  • Panic
  • Reckless decision-making

Mental health symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional detachment from others
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Irritability
  • Frequent mood changes

Adverse Effects of Kratom Abuse

You might notice these unwanted effects if you use kratom for a long time. By seeking help, you can avoid these problems:

  • Trouble keeping a job or losing it
  • Poor work performance
  • Getting divorced
  • Family conflict
  • Using multiple drugs (polysubstance abuse)
  • Stomach issues
  • Legal concerns because of bad choices on kratom
  • Losing your kids
  • Mental health issues
  • Losing touch with reality
  • Breathing issues
  • Problems with sex

Why Consider Kratom Addiction Treatment 

It doesn’t matter the form you take kratom in. It’s an unknown substance in your body. Each time you use it, you risk your mental and physical health. You don’t know what the substance does to your body and mind.

The long-term effects above can intensify and change your whole personality. There’s also no guarantee that it might contain other substances. This is due to the lack of health or safety regulations. 

Self-medicating with kratom can lead you to use opioids or other drugs if you don’t have kratom. This juggling act doesn’t get easier. You will likely deal with an addiction if you continue medicating with kratom.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Kratom  Addiction

Drug addictions often co-occur with mental health conditions. If you use kratom to manage another substance or condition, TRUE can provide dual diagnosis care. 

Turning to alternative substances to cope with mental health symptoms is common. 

As an example, you may show symptoms of these mental health disorders and need care beyond a kratom abuse problem:

  • Other substance use disorders
  • Stimulant use disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorders
  • Other anxiety disorders
  • Tobacco use disorder

These mental healthcare challenges can preexist or emerge with continued kratom abuse.  

Drug abuse from opioids, alcohol, or methamphetamine can look like mental illness. This leaves the addiction untreated. They also can change your mind and the way you behave. 

One of the primary uses of kratom is to reduce cravings for opioid drugs. Substances like kratom are taken alongside other substances to enhance or lower effects.

Our clinicians thoroughly assess your history of substance use when you come to our drug rehab. This is part of your customized treatment plan.

Kratom misuse has root causes driving abusing substances. We work with you to address underlying conditions. We use these to help determine the best treatment options for you.

Why Choose Us For Kratom Addiction Treatment?

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health is different from the industry’s normalcy. We created it like this on purpose. Don’t give up if you or a loved one feels stuck in a kratom and substance abuse pattern. 

Our treatment services address each part of you. We combine the leading evidence-based and holistic best practices to treat you. 

Our outpatient programs offer more than treatment. You gain a supportive community to connect with others going through recovery. We partner with local groups to participate in healthy and sober activities around Murfreesboro.

Our Kratom Abuse Treatment Programs

Your level of kratom use and co-occurring addictions determine if stabilization through medical detox is the first step. Our in-depth curriculum examines all contributing factors to treat addiction. We conduct a thorough assessment that guides your personal treatment programs.

Our addiction treatment programs focus on mental health and other substance issues. Both are essential for sustained recovery. Dealing with many conditions interferes with daily life and relationships with loved ones.

Our evidence-based, holistic treatment approach provides the tools and skills to overcome kratom abuse and co-occurring addictions. We treat you according to your unique needs. This includes detox (if needed), partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and sober living programs. 

What to Expect in Kratom Detox

Our medical detox is designed to be as safe and comfortable as possible. This also cleanses any other drugs used in your body. Our medical professionals monitor you throughout. 

Our clients can receive medications and other treatments to reduce symptoms and ensure their well-being during detox.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with kratom dependence can include:

  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Hostility or aggression
  • Emotional changes
  • Runny nose
  • Jerky movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Watery eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sweating

Withdrawal symptoms start to show 12 to 24 hours following the last use. Symptoms can last for several days or as long as two weeks. Withdrawal symptoms are different depending on the amount and duration of use.

Medication-Assisted Therapy

Our addiction treatment center uses medications as needed. Certain medications ease kratom’s opioid withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opiates during detox. This results in better outcomes and reduces the severity of symptoms.

Our Kratom Outpatient Programs

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is our most intense outpatient program. It’s a step below residential treatment. It involves rigorous daily attendance for 30 hours each week. You go home after each session so you can still live your life.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

An intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a well-balanced blend of immersive therapy, one-on-one counseling, and practical skill learning. It shares the same services as PHP with fewer hours. 

Sober Living

Our sober living is a support-based living arrangement. Sober living is a safe and comfortable place. Our substance-free housing has four levels near our treatment facilities in Murfreesboro, so you’re still nearby. This relapse prevention adds safeguards against the triggers of daily life.

Our Treatment Services to Treat Kratom Abuse 

Our clinicians understand the complexity of treating a newly emerging drug like kratom. They stay up-to-date as ongoing research emerges. Our personalized approaches support long-term recovery, adapting our methods as more data becomes available.

After detox or inpatient, treatment shifts towards addressing the psychological dependence on you or your loved one’s use of kratom.

You work with your team, along with specialists and voices of support such as:

  • Trauma Specialists
  • Life Coaching
  • Peer Support Specialists
  • Recovery Coaching
  • Motivational Speakers

Bringing these different interventions together is the most effective program for heroin dependency.

Talk Therapy

Besides MAT, heroin recovery entails plenty of therapy. You’ll experience therapy one-on-one or in a group therapy session. 

We use proven therapies, including:

  • Solution-Focused 
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

This adaptable talk therapy is highly beneficial for individuals seeking treatment for kratom addiction. Our therapy sessions are designed to help identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to using kratom.

A primary benefit of CBT for kratom addiction treatment is that it can help individuals develop coping skills to manage triggers and cravings.

Holistic Therapy

Our rehab center’s treatment programs unite natural and non-drug treatments. All of our experiential services are provided with care and motivation. 

Our wellness therapies include:

  • Music therapy
  • Yoga
  • CEMA (cognitive, emotional, memory assessments)
  • Acupuncture 
  • Art therapy
  • Movement therapy
  • Animal therapy
  • Onsite physical fitness with personal trainers

TRUE celebrate your milestones in our programs through monthly festivities, parties, community events, experiential or hands-on outings, and engaging speakers.  

Get the Help You Deserve

You don’t know what you might be taking when you use kratom. Don’t let kratom abuse take another day from you. 

TRUE Addiction and Behavioral Health can help you or a loved one overcome kratom abuse. We’re here to answer your questions about how we treat kratom and the recovery services we provide. 

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