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When people have a really bad cough, they’ll do anything for a little relief. However, sometimes over-the-counter medicines aren’t strong enough to get rid of the cough-related pain. When the pain is too much, people get prescription cough syrup, which typically has codeine in it. What many of them don’t know is that it’s easy to develop an addiction to this drug.
Codeine is a medical narcotic that doctors use to treat pain. This drug is a type of opiate that comes from the opium poppy plant. The poppy plant is the same one that people use to make heroin. While doctors use this narcotic to treat a variety of pain, it’s well known for its use in cough suppressants.
Because of the addictive nature of this narcotic, some people sell it illegally on the street. Some street names for codeine include:
Despite people needing a prescription to get this drug, abuse in the United States continues. Experts suggest it continues because of how easy it is to get cough suppressants that contain the narcotic.
Purple drank or sizzurp is slang for a mixture of prescription-strength cough syrup and soda or fruit punch. It’s popular in the hip-hop community, and many rappers sing about the dangerous mixture. Some big names that drink purple drank include Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber.
Sizzurp uses soda such as Mountain Dew to cover up the bad taste of the cough syrup. By covering up the taste, people can drink prescription-strength cough syrup in large amounts. However, experts believe that masking the bad flavor makes it easy to overdose on sizzurp. The mixture even landed Lil Wayne in the hospital because of an overdose.
Cough syrup with codeine in it has benefits when people take it as directed by a doctor. However, when people abuse the drug, it can lead to a number of side effects. Some of the common side effects include dizziness, drowsiness and a feeling of lightheadedness.
However, the side effects don’t end there. People can also experience mood swings, vomiting, and abdominal pain. When overdosing on the drug, people experience rapid heartbeat, seizures and difficulty breathing. Some people have even experienced heart attacks after overdosing on the drug.
Doctors say that it’s not uncommon for people to experience complete respiratory failure when overdosing on codeine. In some cases, this respiratory failure can lead to death. All of these risks are possible when people misuse a cough suppressant.
Prescription-strength cough syrup is addictive because of the narcotic that it contains. Just like any other drug that comes from the poppy plant, this drug is habit-forming. Over time, it changes the chemical balance of the brain.
Of course, it’s not just the addictive nature of the drug itself that leads to addiction. Experts believe that other factors play a role in the development of this mental disease. For example, underlying mental illnesses can contribute to addiction development. On that same note, certain social situations may lead to a developing addiction to fit in with peers.
Drug misuse is a growing problem, but people who suffer from addiction don’t have to go through it alone. At Beaches Recovery, we know how hard it is to admit that you have a problem. However, we reward that courage with a drug rehab experience like no other.
Beaches Recovery has a partnership with a local detox facility. Once you finish detoxing, you can transfer to Beaches Recovery to continue your road to recovery. We offer 30 beds at our facility, which ensures that we can give you the attention that you deserve. Some of the different addiction programs that we offer include:
Beyond offering help for codeine addiction, we offer treatment for heroin cocaine, alcohol, and meth addiction, as well. We also offer a dual diagnosis treatment program, which is important since mental disorders often accompany addiction. Let us help you get to the root cause of your addiction.
You don’t have to fight your addiction alone. Call Beaches Recovery today, and let us engage you in one of our addiction treatment services. Today is the day to call. The number is 866-605-0532.