Currently, traditional opioid treatments include a range of behavioral psychotherapies, medication-assisted treatment (MAT using methadone, buprenorphine and the likes) and a range of specialty care facilities that serve patients in outpatient or residential settings. If you’re looking for an alternative to these traditional options, you’d be hard pressed to find much, at least in the U.S.
What are the positives of Kratom use?
How can Kratom help people in recovery from substance addictions? There are a number of reported benefits of Kratom use, particularly for people struggling with opiate addiction.
– Kratom’s opioid-like compounds provide pain and anxiety relief
– Kratom use has been widely reported to ease opiate withdrawal and can help users wean off of street drugs like heroin.
– Self-treatable pain and emotional or mental conditions.
– Some researchers have also suggested Kratom could have therapeutic potential, including antidepressant effects.
– One of the compounds in Kratom (mitragynine (MG) ) actually reduced self-administration of heroin in rats, and anecdotal evidence suggests the same might be true in humans.
– There is evidence that Kratom has much less associated risks than opioids, including fatal overdose.
– It could be a viable alternative to replace alcohol for some (although see negative elements of use below) as well since it promotes relaxation and sociability without the emotional/physical hangover and the short and long-term physiological effects of drinking.