Codeine Cough Syrup Abuse and Addiction
What is Codeine Cough Syrup?
When a person has a bad cough as a result of a cold, they typically look for something that will help them to manage this symptom. A hacking cough can be not only frustrating but painful depending on the severity of it. In many cases, a person will go to the store and purchase codeine cough syrup which will help to ease the impact of your cough. However, what many people don’t know is that codeine cough syrup has addictive qualities to it. In recent years, there have been countless people that have not only fallen prey to this dangerous substance but they have also lost their lives as a result of its consumption.
Although codeine cough syrup abuse and addiction can impact any person, it appears that this addiction has taken the younger generation by storm. Codeine cough syrup is legal to purchase at nearly any drug store, however, in recent years as a result of the increase in cases of addiction and death, you now need to be a certain age in order to purchase it. In the past, many underage teenagers have developed a concoction using codeine cough syrup as a way to get high or drink at parties since they cannot legally purchase alcohol. While there have been certain measures that have been put in place to limit the possibility of addiction, there is still a steady rise in this disease and deaths as a result of codeine cough syrup use and abuse.
Other Names for Codeine Cough Syrup
Codeine cough syrup is known by several other names. Since codeine cough syrup no longer contains alcohol, there are many people that have taken to mixing the substance with alcohol as a way to feel both drunk and high at the same time. Common names for codeine cough syrup mixes include:
- Purple Drank
Unfortunately, these street names have become popular in our society through stars and rappers that may be struggling with their own substance abuse issue. The younger generation can be particularly impressionable when it comes to this aspect of life. As a result, they can become curious in regard to what this substance may taste like or how they will feel when they consume it which puts them in a potentially dangerous situation.
How Prevalent is Codeine Syrup Abuse?
A study completed by the DEA in 2014 found that approximately every one in 10 teenagers had used and abused codeine cough syrup as a way to get high. Unfortunately, the dangers associated with this type of substance abuse are almost endless due in large part to the fact that this substance can be combined with almost anything. Whether you decide to mix alcohol in with codeine cough syrup or incorporate smoking marijuana while you’re drinking it, there are countless ways that you can exacerbate the situation.
Dangers of Codeine Cough Syrup Abuse
There are countless dangers associated with codeine cough syrup abuse. Some of the common side effects of this type of abuse include:
- Memory loss
- Loss of coordination
- Withdrawal symptoms
Similar to any other type of addiction, codeine cough syrup abuse can have an overall negative impact on your life. Not only will your life begin to revolve around the next time that you can consume this substance, but it can also put you at risk of other negative physical and psychological consequences.
Do You Need Treatment for Codeine Cough Syrup Abuse?
Only you can make the decision as to whether or not you are going to receive treatment for codeine cough syrup abuse. However, if you are now struggling with strained family relationships, your job is in jeopardy or your health is failing as a result of your codeine cough syrup use, these are all clear indicators that you need to take steps to receive the care and treatment that you need to work through your addiction.
Thankfully, there are several treatment options available to you when you have come to a place where you recognize that you need help in working through your addiction. The first thing that you should always do is reach out to a treatment center that offers a comprehensive detox program. The first step in any treatment plan will be to remove the influence of this substance from your body in a way where you are not put at further risk of physical or psychological harm. Overall, detox will take approximately seven days. When you commit to a detox program, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re in a safe and sober environment during the stretch of time when you will experience the height of your withdrawal symptoms. You will be continuously monitored by your treatment team to ensure that you don’t experience any adverse withdrawal symptoms that cannot be addressed on the spot.
Another one of the important decisions that you will need to make is whether you are going to work through an outpatient or an inpatient program. This decision is critical because it will set the course of your recovery journey. An inpatient program, for example, allows for you to live on the campus of your treatment facility of course. This is an excellent option for a person that may need to change their environment for a period of time while they address their addiction. Not only will you have the comfort of having a sober environment, but you will also enjoy around-the-clock access to your treatment team. If you decide to come to Pacific Manor, you will experience a home away from home type of environment which will help you feel calm and relaxed during the time that you’re in addiction recovery.
Inpatient treatment is not a viable recovery option for every person, however. For instance, if you have a full-time or part-time job or if you’re going to school, then it simply may not be possible for you to work through an inpatient treatment plan. An outpatient program provides you with more flexibility so that you can adjust your recovery program based on your unique schedule. Typically, you will be able to choose between an intensive outpatient program or a general outpatient program. Although your treatment team will review more of the unique differences between these two options, the main distinction between these two options is the hourly commitment to therapy each week. If your schedule needs to change during the course of your program, simply let your treatment team know so that they can make these important adjustments.
Regardless of whether you commit to an inpatient or an outpatient treatment plan, the focus of your recovery program will be determining the root cause of your addiction. The root cause of addiction is typically different for every person, however, it does usually revolve around experiencing some form of trauma. For instance, if you suffered from childhood abuse or you experienced a life-changing event as an adult and you did not receive the psychological care that you needed immediately after this event, then it’s possible that you may fall into the trap of turning to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with this event. During addiction treatment, you will take a deep dive into these events that may have triggered your addiction and learn how to recover from them. Some of the examples of therapy that are offered through an inpatient or an outpatient program include:
- Behavioral therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Individual therapy
- Trauma-based therapy
Keep in mind that once you complete your treatment program, you will still need to take steps to ensure that your sobriety remains intact for the rest of your life. An excellent recommendation is to see if your treatment facility has an aftercare program that can help you to stay in touch with your initial treatment team and put you in touch with others that have completed their own respective treatment program. Also, you should make the commitment to participating in Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Narcotics Anonymous meetings take place every day at nearly any time of day depending on your area. It’s a wonderful way to help you meet other people in your area that have been through their own struggle with addiction and can provide you with a unique level of support.
At Pacific Manor, we pride ourselves on treating clients that come from every walk of life. Regardless of your drug of choice, you can take comfort in the fact that our treatment team will always go the extra mile to ensure that you have everything that you need to truly tackle this potentially deadly addiction once and for all. If you’re ready to learn more about the treatment options that we have available at Pacific Manor, we encourage you to get in touch with our intake team. Our intake team is available around the clock to help get you started on a path toward recovery. Please give us a call today at (888) 300-4370 and learn more about the treatment options that are available to you.
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