Opioid use and abuse is a rising problem that continues to get worse. These are considered to be the most dangerous drugs on the market today. Opioids are used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. These drugs are also widely prescribed by physicians to their patients. These drugs are powerful and extremely addictive. Those who abuse opioids have trouble getting over that addiction because the drugs cause serious changes in the brain and body. The physical discomfort that addicts and opioid users experience is extreme. Many fear the pain of detox so much that they forgo treatment. To help addicts and opioid abusers deal with that pain some treatment centers utilize medications. Methadone is a highly controversial drug that is used to treat heroin addiction through a maintenance program. Kratom is a new drug that some believe could be used to treat opioid addiction, while others believe the drug is a dangerous alternative approach.


Kratom is actually a tropical tree that is native to South East Asia. It is currently sold in the United States and also easily accessible via the internet. It is normally sold in small packets that have labels stating “not for human consumption.” This drug is known for its uplifting effects, pain relief and as an aphrodisiac. This drug has recently gained popularity as a drug to medically assist the withdrawal of other drugs like opiates and alcohol. This is a relatively new substance that is not regulated by the government, nor has it been studied to provide any statistics in medically-assisted drug treatment programs. The drug is also known as herbal-speedball, biak-biak, ketum, kahuam, ithang and thom. This drug is delivered by chewing, brewing or smoking. The chemicals in the drug have two main compounds that interact with the opioid receptors in the brain. It is often taken in large quantities and can cause dangerous side-effects. The most dangerous are the psychotic symptoms.

The drug’s use, as controversial as it may be, is being advocated by some in the drug treatment and recovery world. There are some recovering addicts that believe this drug was instrumental in their recovery process. If it helps some people than the drug clearly has use, but it might not be the right drug for everyone, which is where the controversy lies. The drug has some addictive properties and very serious side effects. The side effects are similar to synthetic drugs, which have disastrous effects. The main similarity is that the drug is unregulated. This is incredibly dangerous since the manufacturers can include any chemical or indirect additive from the manufacturing process.

Dangers of Kratom Use as a Medically-Assisted Detox

Individuals who will use Kratom to detox from opioids are not going to do so under the supervision of a trained professional. All detox should be conducted in this professional manner as the process can be fatal. Recovering addicts and opioid abusers are in danger of physical trauma from detox and higher potential of relapse when using alternative approaches to fighting their addictions. This is especially hazardous because recovering addicts who relapse have a much higher rate of overdose since their tolerance is down. Simultaneously, the recovering addict could easily develop an addiction to Kratom, which could lead to further more dangerous addictive behaviors.

The best way to overcome an addiction is to speak with professional addiction counselors. They can provide all information necessary regarding addiction, treatment, aftercare and any services the addict and their family may require. Certified detox and treatment centers are the only rehabilitation facilities, services, and techniques that should be employed to overcome addiction.