What is Kratom?
Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia. The leaves of the Kratom tree contain psychoactive opioid compounds. The leaves are used locally as an herbal remedy. As a stimulant with opiate-like effects, the tree’s bitter leaves have mood-uplifting effects and provide pain relief.
Despite its dangers, the drug is not currently classified in the United States as an illegal substance. In fact, since it is not “officially” illegal, the drug is easy to order on the Internet. Sometimes sold as a green powder in packets labeled “not for human consumption” or as an extract or gum, Kratom is not regulated and highly dangerous. In truth, when a teen buys what they believe is Kratom in the dark corners of the Internet, they play a dangerous game of Russian roulette.
Without question, even unadulterated Kratom is a dangerous drug. Without treatment, abuse can cause organ systems to fail. Social issues can develop as a teen becomes addicted to the mood-uplifting effects. In addition, school performance can slip. Relationships can fall through the cracks. Hence, parents, doctors, teachers, and peers must be observant of such signs. That’s because early intervention is essential in preventing teen Kratom abuse from spiraling out of control.
Consequently, if you believe your teen is struggling from Kratom abuse, get them the help they need right away. Contact us at Newport Academy today.
Dangers of Kratom Abuse
Kratom abuse causes illness. For example, a side effect of Kratom abuse is frequent urination. Hence, dehydration can result, damaging the kidneys and other organs if severe. Indeed, a teen on the drug can experience stomach pain and constipation, as well as nausea and vomiting. Furthermore, this can cause weight loss and malnutrition. Physical withdrawal symptoms are rare, but serious. Side effects include nausea, fatigue, and migraines. Therefore, it is important to have support when trying to detox from a drug like this.
Psychological Dangers of Teen Kratom Addiction
On the drug, teens feel calm and content. In large doses, Kratom creates a feeling of sedation. Thus, teens who abuse the drug tend to take larger doses, to maintain their high. Psychological dependence develops, especially with teens who are in a difficult period in their lives. Some have trauma, live with a co-occurring disorder, or are predisposed to substance use disorder. Therefore, when teens are acting out or using substances, the underlying issues must be addressed. In conclusion, for behaviors to change, the cause must come to light.
Teens who stop abusing the drug will feel anxious and agitated. They are uncomfortable in their own skin and likely feel compelled to get more of the drug. These are common symptoms of Kratom withdrawal.
Treatment for Teen Kratom Abuse at Newport Academy
The only way for your teen to avoid the negative effects of Kratom is to stop using the drug. The most effective and safest way to do this is through a treatment program like the ones available at Newport Academy. We offer programs to help teens overcome addiction and learn how to live a healthy and balanced life without drugs and alcohol.
Both inpatient and outpatient programs are options for a teen dealing with Kratom abuse at Newport Academy. Most noteworthy, even if Newport Academy isn’t the perfect fit, we will help you find what is.
Contact us now for more information.