We are now treating patients for kratom addiction and withdrawal. Like many other drugs, the use of kratom can result in cravings that then drive a person to abuse the drug over and over, even when they are suffering from adverse effects of its use. Addiction may be accompanied by loss of sexual desire, weight loss and darkening of the skin on the face and, of course, strong cravings that compel more use of the drug.
Withdrawal symptoms include muscle restlessness, aches and jerking, severe depression, weepiness, diarrhea, panic attacks, irritability, runny nose, and sudden changes of mood. These symptoms are quite similiar to those of opiates. We have a new treatment program which will manage patients through their kratom withdrawals.
Just like other addictive drugs, a person may start out intending to use this drug recreationally from time to time, but the cravings that set in after repeatedly using this drug may cause him to use it daily. Once he is addicted, he will have to go through withdrawal to get clean and sober again.
In 2012, kratom users began to be seen in Colorado emergency rooms of hospitals when they either got too much of the drug or they were going through withdrawal. Because the addictive nature of kratom may not be well known, a person may not realize that he is going through kratom withdrawal when he goes to the hospital.
Denver and Aurora based reports indicate that people running into trouble with kratom use tended to be those who were too young to buy alcohol, so they bought kratom instead.