Since the active compounds found in kratom leaves are opioid-like, the possibility for people to get addicted to this substance can be substantial. Like all substances, kratom can significantly change brain chemistry and functioning. As a result, people can become dependent on this substance in order to function on a daily basis.
When you think of kratom addiction, it can be thought of as having effects in three areas: physical, behavioral and emotional. The following outlines the signs of addiction in all three areas:
Physical Signs of Kratom Addiction
The physical signs of kratom addiction can include significant weight loss over a short period of time and a gradual decline of personal hygiene. Kratom addiction may also include impaired speech, significant changes of eating habits, nausea and vomiting. Since the drug can have either analgesic or stimulant effects, those addicted to kratom may be either overly hyperactive or may be extremely underactive and lethargic.
Behavioral Signs of Kratom Addiction
The behavioral signs of kratom addition is dependent on the quantity and duration of use. Common behavioral signs of kratom abuse includes isolation from family and loved ones and being secretive about their use of the substance. Additionally, people who abuse kratom could be tardy or miss school, work or other important engagements on a regular basis.
Emotional Signs of Addiction
Those who find themselves addicted to kratom can display irritability, aggressiveness and anger if they need the drug. Additionally, people addicted to kratom show diminished interest or even a lack of interest in the activities they once loved. Those struggling with kratom addiction can also display the following behaviors:
- Rationalizing—the offering of excuses and justifications to their inappropriate behavior while under the influence.
- Blaming—blaming their problems on others to deflect attention from themselves.
- Minimizing—admitting to their problems on a superficial level, but not addressing the root causes on their addiction.
- Diversion—when pressed on their addiction and addictive behavior, addicts will change the subject and avoid discussing the topic.