Kratom is a natural substance that many individuals in Asian countries have used as both a sedative and/or stimulant for many years. Derived from plant-based sources, this substance is typically consumed either in pill or powder form. And despite its long-term history of use, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently reclassified this substance as illegal. Up until 2016, you could purchase various types of kratom in head shops throughout the United States. For some, the DEA’s ban remains a controversial decision due to kratom’s promise as an anti-opioid abuse tool. Kratom, although free from opioids, has shown to impact the same receptors in the brain that respond when a person abuses opioids.
Despite kratom’s positive potential, like all other mind and mood-altering substances, it carries the potential for abuse. Individuals who chronically abuse kratom can face a host of damages to their health and wellbeing, and will typically need to increase their use as they develop an unhealthy tolerance to the drug. But rest assured, if you or someone you care about has begun displaying the symptoms of kratom abuse, there is hope in the form of the quality, kratom-specific treatment programming that is delivered at Life Healing Center.
The Connection Between Kratom Abuse and Trauma
Experts agree that there is a distinct connection between substance abuse and trauma that impacts a person’s mental and emotional health. Often, individuals who have faced a traumatic situation or distressing event may develop painful psychological symptoms that remain present long after the activating event or scenario has passed. Trauma can impact your ability to complete even the most simple life tasks, like eating and sleeping, and can damage your ability to perform to potential at home, work, or school. Often, the effects of trauma will impact key interpersonal relationships, causing strife with friends and family.
In the wake of the distressing symptoms described above, many men and women begin abusing substances in a desperate attempt to numb the pain that they are feeling. Untreated mental illness can often prompt a person to abuse substances like kratom because of their ability to temporarily halt the physiological effects they are experiencing. But sadly, this relief is only temporary, and beginning to abuse kratom instead of seeking quality professional help will likely only worsen your trauma-related condition.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone close to you has begun abusing kratom, you are likely very concerned about his or her wellbeing. Since kratom is a relatively new substance of abuse in the United States, you may be unaware of the effects of this drug, and may be seeking answers about the effects of this substance. As you consider speaking to your loved one about seeking treatment, the following may be useful for you prepare for this important conversation:
- Many people don’t know about the damages that can be brought on by abusing kratom. But by taking some time to research this substance, you’ll be better prepared to understand what your loved one is experiencing, and have greater empathy for his or her situation.
- Look into options for care in your loved one’s area that offer specific programming for kratom dependence, and pay special attention to programs that offer interventions that you feel would be a good fit for your loved one.
- Expect some initial resistance to the idea of entering treatment, but remind your loved one that you care about him or her, and do so with a tone of compassion.
- Share all that you’ve learned with your loved one, but also be sure to listen to what he or she has to say about the idea of seeking care.
- Offer to provide emotional support during this time, but also offer to provide practical assistance as well. Everything from childcare to rides to appointments can help your loved one feel more prepared to enter treatment.
Throughout this time, focus on your own health and wellbeing as well as your loved one’s. By making sure to take good care of yourself, you’ll be best able to support your friend or family member in overcoming a dependence on kratom.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premier provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, trauma-related distresses, and co-occurring intimacy disorder symptoms. We strive to offer clients a therapeutic environment at Life Healing Center wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque, Life Healing Center offers three distinct residential treatment programming options designed for men and women aged 18 and older. We are proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who takes part in our rehab programming.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment Program, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Treatment Program. If you come to us battling an addiction to kratom, you will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Hope Program, which was created to provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment. While engaged in the Hope Program, if you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders, you will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
At Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. If you are dealing with multiple concerns, you will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which you present.
While being engaged in our Hope Program, you will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate interventions on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming option at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: If you come to our center with kratom and/or other types of substances in your system, it may be recommended that you go through a basic detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The detox process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven, evidence-based protocols that can assist you in remaining safe and comfortable as your body becomes rid of any toxic substances. While you are actively detoxing, you may not attend groups, depending on your physical and cognitive status. However, once you are deemed stable enough to do so, you will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: In order to best customize your treatment experience, you will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following your admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions to be implemented in order to treat any of your distressing symptoms, you will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups. In doing so, we are able to ensure that any medication that has been prescribed is effectively helping you. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring your medication needs.
Individual therapy: While receiving treatment for an addiction to kratom, you will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with you throughout your time spent in treatment. At a minimum, you will meet twice with your therapist for individual therapy sessions during your first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, you also have the option of meeting with your therapist more frequently, depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of the rehab process when recovering from addictions to substances like kratom, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not they will be an appropriate part of your individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, your permission to have your family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in your treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and, in such an event, your therapist will ensure that your wellbeing is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a major component to the care offered at Life Healing Center. When you engage in these sessions, you are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to your own. This is also a beneficial aspect of the rehab experience because it allows for psychoeducational opportunities that can help you learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in your recovery. The types of groups that you will have the opportunity to engage in can include the following:
- Substance use
- Creative Recovery
- Elemental Integration
- Mood disorders
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Preparing for discharge
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Relapse prevention
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Emotion regulation
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we provide, Life Healing Center is proud to offer the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: Chosen with your input, while engaged in the Hope Program, you are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Massage therapy
- Shamanic drumming
- Somatic experiencing
We are extremely proud of the multidisciplinary staff members that our treatment teams are made up of. These professionals possess a variety of specialty certifications and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Having the ability to work with these exemplary individuals can enhance your treatment experience in the most optimal of ways. In addition to board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s level therapists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and physician assistants, our ancillary service providers include the following:
- Breathwork practitioners
- Recreational therapists
- Art therapists
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- Native American Shamans
- Equine therapists
- EMDR practitioners
- Reiki practitioners
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to your ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for your discharge as soon as you become engaged in treatment. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by your primary therapist, relying heavily on your active involvement. Other interested parties, such as family members or outside care providers, may also be included when appropriate, as long as you are in agreement with their involvement. This continuing care plan will identify the support that is needed to prevent a recurrence of symptoms or a reduction in functioning. A projected transition date is established and is revised during the course of treatment based upon your progress in relation to your treatment plan.
There are a number of components that may be included in your discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Your plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- Your and your family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
- Your family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all clients be referred to appropriate services that can provide continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the client for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gains and successes made in treatment.
At Life Healing Center, we want to help you or your loved one rediscover a full, healthy, and happy life. If you or someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to kratom, a mental health condition, or co-occurring intimacy disorders, or if you or a loved one is in need of trauma recovery, look no further than Life Healing Center. You do not have to do this alone; we want to help.