The physical consequences of kratom addiction are not yet fully understood by the medical community, but the psychological effects of kratom addiction can benefit from professional care and treatment. The Summit Wellness Group’s kratom rehab center in Georgia provides the most effective integrative talk therapies, psychiatric care, holistic therapy, and nutritional programs to help our clients recover from kratom addiction. Our Georgia-based treatment team consists of counselors, clinical therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, and people in recovery themselves whose goal is to guide our clients on the journey of recovery from kratom addiction.
While kratom still presents many challenges due to the current lack of understanding and research, The Summit Wellness Group utilizes every tool at our disposal to treat kratom addiction. Our team is constantly fine-tuning our program to incorporate the latest research and medications as they become available. We are fully committed to supporting our clients throughout the entire kratom addiction recovery process – including detox, treatment, aftercare, and beyond.
Our Kratom Addiction Treatment Program
Everyone has a unique situation and experience, and at The Summit Wellness Group, we work with our clients to provide individually customized treatment plans. Some of the considerations that go into tailoring these treatment plans may include:
- The length of time that kratom was used
- The amounts of kratom used
- Other drug or alcohol use
- Any co-occurring mental health issues
- Pre-existing physical health conditions
- Current living and work situation
- Insurance coverage or self-pay
- Preference to attend unsupervised outpatient or supervised inpatient treatment
- Medication needs
- Diet and eating habits
Detoxing from Kratom can be similar to opioid withdrawal, with some added risks and difficulties. The intensity and duration of kratom withdrawal varies depending on how much was used, and how long it was used. A rough timeline is anywhere from 4 to 7 days, but it could be longer or shorter depending on a person’s particular use habits.
One of the greatest risks to recovery is the high rate or relapse during withdrawal. This means it is critical to get through withdrawal and into treatment in the safest and most comfortable way possible, thus giving someone the best chance to achieve long-term recovery. Aside from the risk of relapse, there are contributing factors, such as pre-existing medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes that may increase the risks. Heart failure, seizure, and diabetic coma are very real dangers whose risks rise dramatically when someone is undergoing acute withdrawal. Dehydration, increased blood pressure, and lack of appetite can conspire to create dangerous outcomes if medical supervision is not present.
It is highly recommended to attend a medical detox to ensure withdrawal is completed in the safest way possible. Many of the symptoms of kratom withdrawal can be treated with medications and medical supervision provided by a professional detox facility. The Summit Wellness Group has a variety of partner detox facilities all over the Metro Atlanta area which will be available to our clients. Clients will be monitored around the clock by trained medical staff to help ensure the least discomfort. Once kratom detox is completed safely, the journey through treatment and into recovery can safely begin.
We use a variety of integrative talk therapies which have all clinically proven to be effective at helping someone begin their recovery. This comprehensive and wide-ranging set of tools gives us a variety of ways to help our clients. Some of the chief integrative talk therapies include:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Group Therapy
- Trauma Informed Care
Both CBT and DBT are techniques for examining thought processes and the way these manifest as behavior. While CBT focuses on how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors interact with each other, DBT is focused on developing methods for changing unhealthy patterns which may arise from this interplay. Using these two techniques can be very beneficial for recovery, as they will help a person identify issues, and then work to intervene before these issues are manifest through actions.
Motivational interviewing and group therapy are distinct, but cooperative techniques which are used to encourage someone to open up and receive help. Motivational interviewing is used to begin a conversation about change. Someone may feel like they want change, but until it is spoken aloud to another person, articulated, and discussed it often remains nebulous and out of reach. Group therapy is used as a community building exercise where someone can see that they are not alone, and that others are going through the same struggles.
Trauma informed care is a general attitude which pervades everything we do here at The Summit Wellness Group. Addiction and trauma often go hand in hand. Abuse of all sorts, be it physical, sexual, or emotional is unfortunately very common among people who struggle with substance abuse issues. We try to foster a sense of security and safety so that anyone who has suffered trauma will feel comfortable opening up, being honest, and engaging in the process of recovery.
Kratom is a complicated drug that contains many psychoactive compounds, many of which are still unidentified. What is known for certain is that in low doses, kratom acts as a stimulant and at higher doses it acts like an opioid painkiller. The symptoms of kratom withdrawal are somewhat similar to opioid withdrawal. All of these symptoms will take time to resolve naturally, but in the mean time there are several types of medication that can help treat the symptoms.
Clients will undergo an evaluation with a psychiatrist to see which medications, if any, may be helpful for them. Depending on someone’s unique situation and symptoms, a customized treatment plan will be laid out and will be fine-tuned over the course of treatment. There is no “one size fits all” psychiatric solution to kratom addiction recovery, and medications may be adjusted as necessary throughout the course of treatment. Some of the medications which may help can include:
- Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Mood Stabilizers
- Opiate Antagonists (such as naltrexone or naloxone)
- Blood Pressure Medication (for secondary anti-anxiety effects)
Kratom can be quite disruptive to both the mind and body, and aside from external help provided by counseling and medication, the body itself can be mobilized to aid recovery. This is the goal of our holistic therapies; to engage the body as an active player in the journey of recovery. Some of the holistic therapies offered as part of our kratom addiction treatment program include:
- Therapeutic Fitness
- Adventure Therapy
- Nutritional Classes
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Guided Meditation
Kratom seems to produce its effects by changing the way the opioid and adrenaline systems work in the brain and body. The more physical holistic therapies such as yoga, therapeutic fitness, and adventure therapy will help exercise these system as they were intended to be used. The physical stresses put on the body during exercise will activate both the adrenaline and opioid system, helping them return to more normal function. Likewise, opioids are naturally released after a workout to help the discomfort of sore muscles.
Developing healthy nutrition habits is critical for successful recovery. The neurotransmitters which are used by both the opioid and adrenaline systems are synthesized in the brain, and hormonal adrenaline is made in the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys. The precursors for both of these neurotransmitters require proteins and a variety of vitamins for synthesis and healthy production. In this way, a well-rounded diet can provide the resources the body and brain need to repair the damage done by kratom addiction.
Chiropractic care and massage therapy can produce both physical and neurological benefits. These less physically intense aspects of treatment will help in a more subtle fashion, but they can be just as effective. Both chiropractic care and massage. can greatly reduce stress and anxiety.
Art therapy and guided meditation both work to strengthen the expression and communication of ideas and feelings. If someone is able to effectively express themselves, they will be better able to articulate the struggles or challenges they may be facing.
The commitment we have to our clients at The Summit Wellness Group does not end at the completion of our treatment program. Clients will be invited to continue individual counseling sessions with their therapist and given support when it comes to finding support group meetings, getting a sponsor, and continuing to develop new friendships in recovery. The Summit Wellness Group also provides an Aftercare Alumni program which has regular meetings and events.
While kratom itself does not have a specific recovery fellowship yet, there are many recovery fellowships which will welcome someone recovering from kratom addiction. The Summit Wellness Group has ties to many local recovery fellowships such as Heroin Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous. There are many more non-12 Step recovery fellowships in the area such as Celebrate Recovery or SMART Recovery, and we will help our clients connect to whichever fellowship best suits their needs.
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