Your kids gain exposure to new drug trends long before we, as adults, hear about those trends. So are your kids talking about the lean drug or drink? Have you heard of this sugary, syrupy, dangerous drink teens and young adults are using for a cheap, easy-to-gain high? Don’t kid yourself about the purple drink in your teen’s cup, as it is not as innocent as it appears. Fortunately, Sante Center can educate you about the abuse of this drug. Also, we can guide you to the programs and therapies that can help you or your loved one get the treatment needed to heal and recover from using this unique drug.
What is Lean Drug?
Lean drink is actually a drug known through pop culture and the celebrities consuming it. Originating from Houston, Texas, lean drug is a drink whose street names include Lean, Sizzurp, Purple Drank, and Purple Tonic, among others.
Lean is a combination of prescription cough syrup and soda, both ingredients you typically have in your house. Prescription cough syrup forms the basis for the concoction because it contains an opioid painkiller, codeine. That’s right. Lean drink is part of the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation. And a codeine addiction is serious. This makes the lean drug not only dangerous but a gateway to other opiates.
Along with the cough syrup and soda, some people drinking lean add Jolly Rancher candies or other flavor enhancers. These candies make this lean drug super sweet and tasty for young people, covering the cough syrup’s medicine flavor. Thus, you can see how this particular substance has become popular with young people. It’s easily accessible, low cost, tastes good, and provides an opioid ‘high.’ Unfortunately, this makes lean drug extremely addictive, putting individuals at high risk for needing professional help to heal and recover.
How Dangerous is Lean?
Lean is dangerous because of its codeine ingredient. Although soda and candies dilute this cough syrup, codeine is still extremely addictive. Codeine causes a high, as do other ingredients in many cough syrups used for the lean drug. These syrups may contain promethazine or other dangerous drugs.
Promethazine treats allergies and colds. Used in large amounts, the lean drug side effects are incredibly dangerous:
Combining this drug with codeine causes death for some lean drug drinkers. You may have heard of Lil’ Wayne’s hospitalizations for seizures, side effects from his admitted frequent lean drug consumption. Because lean is so addictive and can cause death, it is easy to understand why you need to talk to your kids about it.
Is There Treatment Available for Lean Drug Addiction?
If you or your loved one struggle with addiction to lean or any other opiate, there is treatment available. Substance abuse treatment isn’t heavily focused on which particular drug you use, so much as why that drug abuse happened in the first place. Getting to the root of your addiction prevents that addiction from spinning further out of control. It also saves your life for a brighter future in recovery.
Santé Center for Healing in Argyle, Texas, provides lean drug addiction treatment. Our programs focus on whole-person wellness to heal. For example, some of the treatments we provide include:
- 12 step program philosophy
- Medical detox program
- Education for relapse prevention
- Residential treatment program
- Dual diagnosis treatment center
- Inpatient drug rehab
Throughout these programs, we provide individuals with numerous therapeutic options, such as:
- Individual Therapy
- Art Therapy Program
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- EMDR Therapy
- Equine Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Santé Center for Healing provides a highly individualized approach to understanding your underlying causes of addiction and how you can achieve lasting addiction recovery. Call Santé now at 866.238.3154.