For many years now, the residents of Southeast Asian countries have been using Kratom to treat opiate withdrawal. The symptoms caused due to opiate withdrawal are often debilitating and can prove to be the greatest stumbling block in the path of drug de-addiction. The alkaloids present in the Kratom leaf possess properties to treat such intense symptoms in a natural soothing manner. This makes it Kratom the best alternative.
Kratom to treat Opiate Withdrawal – Understanding the Withdrawal Mechanism
The opiate agonist bond with the cell receptors in our body and resulting in high endorphin levels in the body which sends the user into a “high”. This is a dangerous situation as the opiate consumer’s cells after more ingesting Kratom over a prolonged period of time adjusts to the endorphin levels and stops experiencing “high” and craves for more opiates. This is a vicious cycle with the opiate addict finally forming a substance dependency to experience the “high” every time.
Kratom also functions in a similar way. However it does not form a substance dependency. Instead it soothes the needy receptors, healing them and bringing them back to their original state of balance and harmony.
By soothing the cell receptors, Kratom benefits the opiate addict in a number of ways:
- Relieves the muscle spasms associated with withdrawal
- Brings back the appetite to pre-addiction stage
- Reduces restlessness and induces sleep
- Eases nausea
- Helps deal with depression
Kratom to Treat Opiate Withdrawal – History
Studies dating as far as 1897 suggest that Kratom has always been used to treat opiate withdrawal. Today Kratom is the most popular remedy that is preferred to treat the symptoms of withdrawal. The 7-hydroxymitragynine contained in the Kratom leaf is the main agonist which is responsible for soothing the withdrawal symptoms. Thailand has always been using Kratom to treat opiate withdrawal. Ironically this very reason became the reason for its ban.
Modern medicine uses methadone to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms. However in the process of curing people of their heroin and opium addictions, methadone went on to create substance dependency in the user which worsened the situation for the user instead of healing him. By trading one chemical for the other, methadone further pushed the addict into a deeper abyss. Here is where the addicts found the Kratom useful. Not only did it naturally heal the addict, but also freed him from other debilitating conditions such as pain and lack of appetite.
Kratom, acting as a temporary mu receptor allows the user to transition smoothly from addicted to a non addicted state. Methadone users could never experience this smooth tapering. Even hard core addicts through the use of Kratom experience very less side effects.
The efficacy of Kratom to treat opiate withdrawal depends upon a number of factors such as the intensity of addiction, the will to come out clean and the severity of symptoms. For an average opiate addict, Kratom promises a new lease of life.