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How Long Does Kratom Withdrawal Last?

How Long Does Kratom Withdrawal Last?

How Long Does Kratom Withdrawal Last?

Although many people take Kratom for opiate withdrawal symptoms, did you know that it can cause withdrawal, as well? Kratom is an herbal supplement made from the leaves of a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia called Mitragyna speciosa. Kratom contains powerful alkaloids that have stimulating side effects, including boosting mood and alleviating pain. Many people become dependent when they take too much Kratom for long periods, which can cause withdrawal symptoms when their use is reduced or cut off completely. We’re going to look into these symptoms and the common question, “how long does Kratom withdrawal last?”

What Is Kratom Withdrawal?

Kratom use has become more popular in the United States in recent years. At first, this derivative of the Asian evergreen tree was being used by those who were undergoing opiate detox to manage pain and discomfort caused by withdrawals. 

However, as the use of this supplement becomes more common, some have suggested that Kratom is addictive and can produce withdrawal symptoms of its own. Specifically, a Kratom withdrawal refers to the body’s reaction to a reduced or stopped use of Kratom in a physically dependent person.

In drug use, physical dependence is when the body adapts to a drug, requiring more of it to achieve a desired effect. Tolerance to a drug also plays a role in dependence - the longer a person uses a drug, the more accustomed they become to a certain dose. 

Withdrawal symptoms may occur in individuals who are physically dependent on certain drugs, such as prescription drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol, and even substances like Kratom. Drugs that produce this effect also tend to be addictive. 

Kratom is believed to be addictive because of its stimulating, mood-boosting, and pain-relieving side effects. 

In low doses, this substance can produce a stimulating effect, increasing energy levels and combatting fatigue. In higher doses, Kratom’s side effects are similar to the side effects of opioids, such as sedation, euphoria, and a dreamlike state. Long-term Kratom use or abuse may increase the body’s tolerance, producing physical dependence.

Withdrawal Symptoms From Kratom

Kratom works on opiate receptors in the brain similarly to opioids like morphine, codeine, and hydrocodone. It blocks pain signals while producing a sedative and mood-boosting effect that can feel pleasurable enough to encourage further drug-taking behavior. 

Tapering off Kratom can present some uncomfortable physical and behavioral side effects. Kratom is believed to be most similar to opioid drugs as it works on some of the same regions and circuits in the central nervous system. 

As a result, the withdrawal symptoms caused by Kratom are similar to opioid withdrawal syndrome, which presents flu-like symptoms and emotional and behavioral changes such as depression, drug cravings, and anxiety.

Common Kratom withdrawal symptoms include: 

  • Runny nose
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Jerky movements or twitching in the arms and legs
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Mood swings
  • Joint or bone pain
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating
  • Lethargy
  • Goosebumps
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Confusion

In severe cases, seizures may also occur during Kratom detox. Although Kratom is sometimes considered an effective form of treatment for opioid withdrawal symptoms, it too has the potential for abuse and can become addicted if abused.

Any drug that targets the same receptors that opioids do have a potential for addiction, and therefore withdrawal. Kratom itself can lead to physical dependence, and medically monitored detox is usually the safest form of treating symptoms. 

How Long Is Kratom Withdrawal?

For those who have grown dependent on Kratom, the idea of going through withdrawal symptoms isn’t all that exciting. It’s understandable to want to know Kratom withdrawal symptoms duration and how long recovery would take.

The duration of Kratom withdrawal symptoms depends on factors like severity of use and tolerance. Generally, the longer you’ve used Kratom, the more severe your withdrawal symptoms may be.

Other factors like biology, genetics, history of addiction, mental health issues, and polysubstance abuse (the use of other drugs or alcohol) can also impact how long Kratom withdrawal symptoms last.

So, how long does Kratom withdrawal last? According to research, Kratom withdrawal symptoms begin within 6 to 12 hours after the last dose and peak within 2 to 3 days. In total, Kratom withdrawal symptoms last 5 to 10 days, depending on the severity of the person’s use.

Kratom Detox Treatment

Our rehab in Boca Raton provides medical drug detox as well as inpatient mental health treatment and addiction services to assist those who have become dependent on substances like Kratom recover. Medical detox is an important aspect of addiction recovery and can include 24-hour medical supervision to help patients feel as comfortable as possible during drug detox. 

To learn how we can help you overcome addiction or mental illness, call Banyan Treatment Centers Boca today at 888-280-4763.

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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.