Kratom Addiction Causes & Effects

Learn About Kratom Abuse

Learn About Kratom Abuse & Treatment at Life Healing Center

Kratom is a plant-based substance that hails from Asia and has been consumed in that geographic area for many years. Available most often in pill or powder form, its effects range from energizing to sedating, depending on the size of the dose. Until recently, kratom could be legally acquired at head shops throughout the United States.

However, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently banned kratom in the United States, and this ban has been seen as a controversial ruling by some due to the substance’s promise as a tool to lessen opioid dependence. Some studies show that kratom, while opioid-free, impacts the same receptors in the brain that are impacted by opioid abuse. Therefore, some feel that the drug could have been a safe means of weaning opioid-dependent individuals off of more dangerous substances of abuse.

Despite the noted positive uses of kratom, the DEA’s ban is a reminder that any mind or mood-altering substance has the potential for abuse. Kratom’s effects are pleasing and they could lead you to develop a chemical dependence on the substance that could require professional help to overcome. But rest assured, if you or someone you care about is in need of quality treatment for kratom dependence, Life Healing Center is here to help you defeat your addiction and reclaim control of your life.


Kratom Abuse Statistics

In spite of the recent ban on kratom, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that kratom use is on the rise. Between the years 2010 and 2015, the CDC reports that call from kratom-related incidents rose from 26 to 263. Most calls were made from medical personnel, and typically other drugs such as ethanol, other botanicals, benzodiazepines, narcotics, and acetaminophen were also at play. While kratom does not appear to be abused with the same frequency as other drugs such as opioids, this documented increase in use signals a need for more public awareness as to the dangers of kratom abuse.

Causes & Risks

Causes and Risk Factors for Kratom Abuse

Like all forms of chemical dependence, an addiction to kratom may be related to certain factors that may make you more susceptible to addiction overall. Please consider the following if you’ve begun struggling with an addiction to kratom:

Genetic: Research has shown that having a first degree relative who also struggles with addiction may mean that you’re more likely to abuse substances like kratom.

Environmental: Being exposed to an environment where illicit drug use is habitual and normalized may shape the way you view drug abuse, and this may mean you’re more likely to view this behavior as an acceptable form of stress relief or recreation. This is especially true for individuals who were exposed to chronic drug abuse during their early, formative years.

Risk Factors:

  • Being around other people who abuse kratom or other substances
  • Having an impulsive temperament
  • Beginning to abuse substances at an early age
  • Suffering from an untreated mental health condition
  • Ease of access to kratom
  • Family history of substance abuse and addiction

Signs and Symptoms of Kratom Abuse

If you don’t have prior experience with kratom, you may be unsure of the signs and symptoms that indicate someone is engaging in kratom abuse. While each person’s experience will differ, the following are some of the most common outcomes of this form of substance abuse:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Trying but being unsuccessful at stopping one’s use of kratom
  • Using kratom in greater amounts and over a longer period of time than intended
  • Spending a great deal of time trying to get, use, and recover from the use of kratom
  • Wanting to stop using kratom, but being unable to do so
  • Using kratom despite knowing that its caused problems within one’s life
  • Failing to uphold personal responsibilities due to the use of kratom
  • Preferring to use kratom over engaging in once enjoyable activities
  • Using kratom when its physically hazardous to do so

Physical symptoms:

  • Increased energy (when taken in smaller doses)
  • Experiencing withdrawal when not able to abuse kratom or when trying to stop using this drug
  • Sedation (when taken in larger doses)
  • Tolerance for kratom

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Delusions
  • Cravings for kratom
  • Hallucinations

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Oscillating moods
  • Emotional detachment from others


Effects of Kratom Abuse

Sadly, if a kratom dependence is left untreated, and a person begins abusing more of the substance with more frequent doses, his or her addiction will likely worsen over time. Without treatment, this form of addiction will likely negatively impact all facets of a person’s life, and can rob you of your ability to live the life you deserve. But with help from the reputable treatment program delivered at Life Healing Center, you can change the course of your life for the better, and defeat or avoid the following:

  • Damages to one’s physical health such as unintended weight loss
  • Increased propensity to engage in risk-taking behaviors
  • Conflict in important relationships with friends and family
  • Legal problems
  • Job loss or financial hardship
  • Lack of interest in personal hygiene
  • Sleep loss or irregular sleep habits
  • Rapid and unpredictable mood swings

Co-Occurring Disorders

Kratom Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders

Experts agree that substance abuse and mental health conditions often go hand in hand for a variety of reasons. If you are struggling with a kratom addiction, it is likely you may also be suffering with one of the following disorders:

  • Tobacco use disorder
  • Other substance use disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders

Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of Kratom Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of kratom withdrawal: If you have engaged in long-term kratom abuse and abruptly limit or halt your use, you are at risk for experiencing many of the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Muscle and bone aches
  • Uncharacteristic aggression
  • Runny nose
  • Uncontrollable jerky movements
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Kratom cravings
  • Psychotic episodes including hallucinations, confusion, and delusions in rare cases
  • Difficulty feeling pleasure
  • Hostility

Effects of kratom overdose: Although kratom overdose is a rare occurrence, often the drug is mixed with other substances that may be unknown to the user. When this happens, your risk for overdose can be acute, putting your health and wellbeing in danger. If you or someone else who has been abusing kratom begins showing any of following signs of overdose, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Coma
  • Seizure
  • Drowsiness
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Agitation

Life Healing Center Home

After discovering that my son was using Kratom daily, I felt my whole world crashing. Fortunately, the knowledgeable staff at Life Healing Center was able to get him off of Kratom and bring him back to the lovable son he was before.

– Kevin J.