What is Lean?
If you are unfamiliar with common illicit substance combinations, you may wonder: What is lean? What’s in lean? And why is it so dangerous?
Lean, sometimes known as “purple drank,” combines powerful cough medicines with other easy to find ingredients — like candy or soda.
The cough medicine is also sometimes mixed with alcohol.
Combining cough syrup and candy is a relatively new practice in the world of substance abuse.
With its powerful base of opiate cough medicine, lean can lead to many troubling consequences.
If you are addicted to lean, our rehab programs can help.
Lean as a Drug
Codeine, a powerful opiate, is the lean drug that makes it so dangerous.
Cough medicines containing opiates are potent and powerful.
Lean is made when certain cough medicines are mixed with hard, fruity candies or bubbly soft drinks.
The resulting recreational drug cocktail is addictive and dangerous.
One of the most troubling concerns is the presence of other active ingredients in the prescription cough medicine that may interfere with the codeine.
Other Active Ingredients in Codeine-Based Cough Medicines
Some prescription cough medications that contain codeine also contain antihistamines that act as sedatives.
When abused, taken in high doses, or mixed with other substances, this combination can impair your motor functions.
Other cough syrups may include narcotics that produce feelings of relaxation or high or psychoactive ingredients that alter your mind.
With strong ingredients like these, abuse is incredibly dangerous.
Ingredients that produce such potent effects are often addictive, leading to physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms, and drug cravings.
But your lean addiction is not something that you have to face alone.
Help is right around the corner.
What is lean?
The buzz around lean drink and the attention it has received from prominent celebrities have only contributed to its dangerousness.
The codeine in lean drinks acts as a cough suppressant and a pain reliever.
This particular pain reliever should be taken under the care, recommendation, and instruction of a medical professional and an individualized prescription.
If you were given a prescription for codeine, it is likely because you have mild to moderate pains that are unresponsive to less potent or non-prescription pain relievers, like Advil.
But prescriptions are abused every day, and many prescription drugs can be purchased or traded illicitly.
And many individuals choose to abuse prescription-strength cough medications.
Side Effects of Abusing Lean
Because the cough medications used to make lean drink contain different opiates, narcotics, and strong antihistamines, this drink can cause a wide variety of unpleasant or dangerous side effects.
Over time, it can impair your mental and physical health.
This illicit concoction is popular among younger demographics, although it is not the most common addiction within this group.
The most common addictions among college students include alcohol, benzodiazepines, marijuana, stimulants, and ecstasy.
Still, many young people have suffered both short and long-term damage to their health after abusing lean.
The side effects that you experience may vary depending on several individual factors.
The amount you drink each time, how often, and the cough medicine you use can alter your side effects.
But some side effects are more common than others.
- Trouble breathing
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty urinating
- Feelings of agitation or confusion
- Fevers and sweats or shivering
- Severe muscle stiffness and twitches
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Coordination problems
- Rashes, hives, and itching
- Vision changes
The Dangers of Mixing Codeine and Other Substances
Codeine is habit-forming.
It has the potential to lead to life-threatening side effects.
When you mix it with other substances, it becomes increasingly dangerous.
Mixing a potent and addictive opiate with fillers like candy and soda may make it taste better, but it also makes it easier to forget how much you have ingested.
This can lead to dangerous levels of codeine, narcotics, or antihistamines traveling through your system.
These high levels increase your chance of overdosing.
Mixing lean drink ingredients with alcohol takes it to another level.
This can cause respiratory depression, which reduces the amount of oxygen getting to your brain.
Liver damage, coma, and death are linked to respiratory depression.
There is some evidence that certain famous pop culture icons and rappers have suffered impairments due to their lean abuse.
These impairments include hospitalization for seizures, near-death experiences, and arrests.
High-profile athletes have also made the news after they were suspended or hospitalized for their lean abuse.
If you are struggling with lean abuse, do not wait for your addiction, side effects, or cravings to get worse.
Call us today.
Mental Health and Lean Addiction
What is lean, and what does it have to do with mental health?
The ingredients in lean slow your brain activities and create euphoric, relaxed feelings.
Drugs with mind-altering effects of this kind are capable of damaging your mental health.
Abusing lean can lead to brain lesions and memory loss, uncharacteristic changes in your behavior, and other troubling cognitive impairments with long-term use.
Permanent psychosis is also possible.
If you have a pre-existing mental health condition when you start drinking lean, it may become worse.
Dual diagnosis is the term for co-existing mental health disorders and addictions.
The best way to improve your addiction, mental and physical health when you have a dual diagnosis is to treat them simultaneously.
Our dual diagnosis program is comprehensive and highly specialized.
It provides a holistic, well-rounded approach to improving every aspect of your health.
Lean Drink Withdrawal Symptoms
Most codeine-based cough medicines contain multiple ingredients that alter your brain chemistry.
One way it does this is by tricking it into producing more dopamine, the feel-good chemical produced by your brain’s reward system.
Unnatural increases in this chemical can lead to addiction, drug cravings, and a loss of control.
One clear sign of addiction is that you see the damaging toll drugs are taking on your life but cannot stop using the drugs.
Drug cravings can be persistent and overwhelming.
Withdrawal symptoms can lead to relapse if you are not prepared for them.
Codeine withdrawal symptoms can range from nausea, vomiting, and insomnia to agitation, anxiety, and body pains.
Thankfully, an initial part of our addiction treatment programs includes a supervised medical detox.
This type of detox eases your withdrawal symptoms and cravings to set you up for success.
Addiction Treatment Options
We believe each treatment program should be customized according to the individual’s needs.
There are no one-size-fits-all solutions when it comes to addiction care.
We offer various addiction treatment options, from full-time inpatient care to part-time outpatient options to sober living and more.
Each program is uniquely designed to address your addiction, concerns, health, questions, and peace of mind.
From our first phone call to when you feel ready to step back into the real world, we work with you to determine the treatment options that best suit your needs.
Paying for Addiction Treatments
When it comes to paying for addiction treatments, health insurance is a tremendous resource.
Your health insurance provider may offer full or partial coverage for your addiction treatments.
If you are unsure of what your coverage entails, please call our admissions department.
They will review and verify your insurance for you.
If you do not have insurance, they will also outline alternative payment options for you.
North Jersey Recovery Center
At North Jersey Recovery Center, we specialize in high-level, customized addiction care.
We meet you where you are in your recovery journey and help you get to where you need to be.
We are with you through every step of this process.
Here, you will build all of the resources, tools, knowledge, skills, and support systems you need to pursue a different life.
And you will do so while receiving ongoing care, support, and guidance.
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