Kratom is dangerous in the substance abuse world. The drug Kratom is not controlled by state or federal authorities. Furthermore, the substance is not monitored. Since Kratom is not currently illegal, it is easy to access. In fact, teens can order quantities of the drug Kratom online. It is sometimes sold as a green powder in packets labeled “not for human consumption.” Like bath salts, questionable and dark web sellers mislead through packaging directed to young people. Hence, this opens the door to Kratom abuse.
Many don’t know about the dangers of addiction to the drug Kratom. This lack of awareness can lead to abuse. In addition, it provides different effects depending upon the dose. Teens who use small amounts experience a stimulating effect. Furthermore, they feel a sense of happiness and calm. Those who abuse large amounts feel sedation. In addition, the substance is easy to find because it is not regulated. Hence, parents and caregivers must be aware.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain psychoactive (mind-altering) opioid compounds. The tree’s bitter leaves are consumed for mood-uplifting effects and pain relief and as an aphrodisiac.”
There is a long history of medicinal use of the drug Kratom. Also, it has been used in the treatment of opiate withdrawal. The mood-lifting and stimulant properties of Kratom are used in low doses. As a result, it is popular in the United States as an herbal treatment for depression and similar conditions.
Effects of Addiction to the Drug Kratom
Kratom boosts mood. The positive effects are no stronger than caffeine, but they are strong enough to encourage regular use. As a result, teens often abuse Kratom in small amounts. Teens believe Kratom boosts performance in school or activities. Furthermore, teens who take large amounts of Kratom experience drowsiness.
Harmful side effects of kratom, include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleep that is very difficult to wake up from
- Weight loss
- Intestinal blockages
Signs of Teen Kratom Use & Abuse
If one is using Kratom, they can have mild mood swings. In addition, these may fluctuate between happiness and depression. Another sign of Kratom addiction is drinking large amounts of water and urinating frequently. Furthermore, appetite often is affected. As a result, many feel nausea and low appetite due to Kratom use. Hence, the side effects can be uncomfortable.
Since Kratom is a plant, you may also see ground leaves in small containers among one’s possessions. Kratom also comes in capsules.
Addiction Treatment at Newport Academy
If you have concerns about Kratom or any mental health concern, don’t wait. Address the issue and locate a teen treatment program that can help. Newport Academy provides teen residential rehabilitation and outpatient programs to help battle mental health issues. In conclusion, you are not alone. We are here to help.