The Summit Wellness Group’s kratom rehab center in Georgia utilizes a combined strategy of group and individual therapy, psychiatric care, holistic therapy, and nutritional wellness to successfully and effectively treat our clients.
The physical consequences of kratom addiction are not yet fully understood by the medical community, but the psychological and neurological effects can be treated and healed with work. Our Georgia based treatment team consists of counselors, clinical therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, and recovering addicts whose goal is to guide our clients through the kratom rehab process.
While kratom still presents many challenges due to the current lack of understanding of its unique mechanisms of action, The Summit Wellness Group utilizes every tool at our disposal to treat it most effectively. 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.
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Everyone has a unique situation and experience and at The Summit Wellness Group, we work with our clients to provide an individual, customized treatment plan. Some of these considerations include:
- The length of time that kratom was used
- The amounts of kratom used
- Kratom use alone, or poly-drug addiction
- Any co-occurring mental health issues
- Preexisting or contributing health conditions
- Current living and work situation
- Insurance coverage or self-pay plan
- Ability to attend outpatient, or supervised inpatient treatment
- Medication needs
- Diet and eating habits
Detoxing from Kratom can be very similar to opioid withdrawal, with some added risks and difficulties. The intensity and duration varies depending on how much kratom 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 persons particular use habits.
Many of these symptoms can be dampened with the medications and medical supervision provided by The Summit Wellness Group’s kratom detox program. One of the greatest risks to recovery is the high rate or relapse during, or immediately after withdrawal. This means it is critical to be able to get through withdrawal and into treatment in the safest and most comfortable way possible, thus giving someone the best chance to achieve lasting recovery. Aside from the risk of relapse, there are contributing factors, such as preexisting medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes which can increase the risks. Heart failure, seizure, and diabetic coma are very real dangers whose risks rise dramatically when the body is undergoing acute withdrawal. Dehydration, increased blood pressure, and lack of appetite can conspire to create a possibly fatal outcome if medical supervision is not present.
As mentioned above, it is highly recommended to attend a medical detox to ensure withdrawal is completed in the safest way possible. The Summit Wellness Group has a variety of partner detox facilities all over the metro Atlanta area which will be available to our clients. This ensures that kratom addiction can be completed in the most convenient and least disruptive manner. Likewise, clients will be monitored around the clock and medical staff will be available for any and all needs and to ensure the least discomfort through these difficult few days. Once kratom detox is completed safely, the treatment process can safely commence.
While there is no silver bullet therapy for treating kratom addiction, at The Summit Wellness Group we use a variety of integrative talk therapies which have all clinically proven to be effective at addiction recovery. This comprehensive and wide ranging approach gives us the most tools available with which to help our clients. Some of the chief integrative 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 how people behave based on these processes. 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 2 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. Many people in active addiction have no way of changing thoughts or feelings other than using drugs, so giving them a new set of tools can be a game changer.
Motivational interviewing and group therapy are distinct, but cooperative techniques which are used to encourage an addict to open up and let down their defenses. Almost all addicts tend to be very defensive and walled off from other people, so having a way to safely re-engage with others is critical. Motivational interviewing is mainly used to begin a conversation about change. Someone may feel like they want change, but until it is spoken aloud to another person and articulated, it often remains nebulous and out of reach. Group therapy is used as a community building exercise where an addict can see that they are not alone, and that others are going through the same struggles and succeeding. A sense of community can help it seem realistic and possible to begin the journey of recovery.
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 in the lives of addicts. Trauma informed care is taking into account the prevalence of these issues in addiction, and tailoring the treatment accordingly. 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 trusting the process of recovery which begins here.
Kratom is a complicated drug as it contains many psychoactive compounds, many of which are still mysterious in their effects both short and long term. What is known for certain is that in low doses, kratom acts as a stimulant and at higher doses it acts like an opioid. Withdrawal from low doses can result in cravings, blood pressure changes, chronic lethargy, fatigue, and slowed or disorganized thinking. The post acute withdrawal symptoms from high doses are very similar to those of more classical opioids like heroin or methadone and can include cravings, depression, and anxiety disorders. More rarely there have been cases of delirium, hallucinations, and even psychosis following heavy kratom use, but these are uncommon. All of these symptoms will take time to resolve naturally, but in the mean time there are a variety of medications which can be used to lessen the intensity.
Clients will undergo an evaluation upon admission to our program to determine which, if any, medications they may need or may be helpful. Depending on someones unique situation and symptoms, a customized treatment regime will be laid out and will be fine tuned over the course of treatment at the Summit. Everyone’s mind and experience with kratom is unique and as such, there is no “one size fits all” psychiatric solution. Some of the medications which may help can include:
- Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Mood Stabilizers
- Neuroleptics / Major Tranquilizers (Anti-Psychotics)
- Opiate Antagonists (Naltrexone)
- Blood Pressure Medication
Kratom can have a massive impact on 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 return to health and wellness. Some of the holistic therapies offered as part of The Summit Wellness Group’s kratom addiction treatment program include:
- Therapeutic Fitness
- Adventure Therapy
- Nutritional Classes
- Chiropractic Care
- Massage Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Guided Meditation
Kratom has a massive effect on both the natural opioid system as well as the α-adrenergic (adrenaline) system. These systems are very adaptive, but they do take time to adjust. Using them through natural means is a very effective way to shorten this time and speed the natural neurological process known as upregulation, which will return them to normal function.
The more physical aspects such as yoga, therapeutic fitness, and adventure therapy will work heavily on both of these systems. The physical stresses put on the body during these activities stimulate adrenaline production and use this system in the way biology intended. Likewise, opioids are naturally released shortly after physical exertion, as well as long after to help the discomfort of sore muscles. Putting demands on these systems will aid their return to normal function.
Healthy eating, while it may not seem like a big deal, is extremely important for recovery. Developing more rounded nutrition habits is critical, as the body of an addict is typically depleted in early recovery. The neurotransmitters which are used by both the opioid and adrenaline systems are synthesized primarily in the pituitary gland 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, good nutrition can provide the tools the body and mind need to repair the damage done by kratom addiction.
The less intense aspects will help in a more subtle fashion, but are just as effective. Chiropractic care and massage therapy can produce both physical and neurological benefits. On the physical level, the release of opioids is stimulated through massage and the sense of relief and comfort provided by chiropractic work. In a neurological manner, the relaxation felt through continued practice of these techniques will work to relieve anxiety and lighten depression.
Art therapy and guided meditation are therapeutic in a more abstract, but no less beneficial way. These can be most effective when coupled with more direct therapeutic techniques. The goal is to quite the mind and increase inner awareness and to create a free flow of expression, and both of these techniques work to strengthen the communication of ideas and feelings from inside the mind to the outside world. The better able someone is to express themselves, the more articulate they can be about the struggles they are facing. In this way a recovering addict can better understand their own thoughts and feelings and communicate these things to others.
The commitment we have to our clients at The Summit Wellness Group does not end with the official completion of treatment. 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 a solid foundation in recovery. The Summit Wellness Group also supports an extensive community of addicts in recovery through the Alumni Program which has regular meetings and events. This is used to help foster a community spirit, and to aid in developing a network of friends in recovery with which to continue the journey.
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, and even hosts a meeting of each fellowship weekly. There are many more non-12 Step recovery fellowships in the area which may be more appropriate such as Celebrate Recovery or SMART Recovery, and the Summit is both willing and able to connect our clients with meetings and members from either fellowship.
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Kratom addiction is extremely damaging and dangerous, contrary to popular belief. Even with the little that is currently known about kratom, it is proving to be a lethal and subtle drug. The risks and consequences that are known about are certainly scary enough, and more will be revealed as more research is done. The more that is learned, the more able we will be to combat kratom addiction and the negative consequences it produces. For a more informative and an in-depth look at kratom, please take a look at some of our more specific articles: