The conversation is generally the same for utilizing mind altering substances for treating those who have become addicted to mind altering substances. Whether or not the substance is life-threatening; for example, marijuana is addictive but cannot cause an overdose; seems to be a main argument. However, recovery is proven to be most successful with a program of abstinence from mind altering substances altogether. Many attempt to argue that a non-threatening substance, like marijuana or kratom, is a significantly better option than a life threatening substance like heroin. Opioid overdose has claimed over a hundred thousand lives in the last two years. Countless other lives have lived in struggle to overcome the severe symptoms of withdrawal and intense cravings which keep them in the cycle of addiction. Non-threatening mind-altering and mood-altering substances are taken into consideration to continue giving some individuals the ‘relief’ and ‘support’ they feel are needed in order to, at the least, abstain from life-threatening substances.
On February 6, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration’s Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D, released a statement denouncing the controversial substance “kratom” as an opioid. Kratom has been a legal substance for some time, becoming available in pills, convenient store beverages, and other “natural” products. Producing side effects and symptoms similar to opioids like prescription narcotics or heroin, kratom has raised questions about its place in addiction treatment. Should men who are attempting to find recovery from addiction, from chemical, mental, and physical dependence on a drug, be treated in a way that makes them dependent on a drug?
Plainly, the FDA addressed the situation, noting their concern about using kratom as a treatment method for opioid withdrawal. The statement explained “…there is no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder and significant safety issues exist.” No evidence-based submissions yet exist for using kratom as a sufficient treatment method. According to the FDA’s evaluations, no current submissions meet their standards as a form of treatment.
The release brought more controversy to the conversation but a welcome relief to treatment providers who agree. Recovery has been made possible for thousands without the use of substances like kratom. A holistic approach to treatment which helps heal the brain and the body using evidence-based treatments is proven to work in helping men find freedom from addiction and creating a sustainable recovery.
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