Kratom Addiction


Most studies show that kratom is a highly addictive, psychoactive substance with many of the same effects as opiates. At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration is concerned that kratom, which affects the same opioid brain receptors as morphine, appears to have properties that expose users to the risks of addiction, abuse, and dependence. The herb produces a mild, euphoric high that produces an energy and pain-relieving effect. Kratom is legal in the United States, but several states have banned the imported herb. Moreover, kava and kratom bars have sprung up in many states as an alternative to alcohol. The bars do not have a minimum age requirement and have become a social gathering place for young people under the age of 21. However, dependency can happen quickly and likely necessitate South Carolina kratom addiction treatment when they experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Kratom is also controversial as supporters claim that the Southeast Asia herb helps people recover from opioid addiction. However, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FDA don’t agree as they work to have the drug scheduled as a controlled substance. People who take kratom daily will build up a tolerance level. Eventually, the person requires increasing amounts to achieve the same effect. Some individuals develop compulsive substance-taking behaviors and are incapable of stopping despite the addiction warnings. BriteLife offers a full continuum of South Carolina kratom addiction treatment including detox and residential care.


Kratom is herb that is grown in Southeast Asia (predominantly Thailand). Because kratom is legal in the United States and can be purchased online, it’s promoted as a innocuous herb. However, that only means that kratom suppliers haven’t had their product or any statements reviewed by the FDA.

Kratom is at the middle of an intense debate online, in television advertising and in federal drug-related agencies. Much of the debate questions whether kratom would help the opioid epidemic or simply make it worse. Getting professional South Carolina kratom addiction treatment is important for people who are addicted to kratom. The cravings and withdrawals are similar to opiates with most people needing a medical detox and treatment in our Hilton Head Island rehab.

Symptoms of kratom withdrawal include:  

  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Body aches
  • Runny nose
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills


South Carolina kratom addiction treatment is often the best course for people to get safely off kratom. Our Hilton Head rehab will fully address and provide individualized treatment for clients who want to put an end to their addiction. BriteLife’s intensive rehab programs integrate evidence-based treatment and holistic wellness programs to help clients achieve health, wellbeing, and recovery.

Some of the different types of rehab options available to people struggling with kratom use include:

If you or someone you care about is struggling with kratom addiction and wants to get help, then BriteLife Recovery may be the right treatment center. Serving South Carolina since 2015, BriteLife accepts most major health insurance. Call us today at 866-470-2187 for a free, confidential assessment.

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