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Better known as Purple Drank, lean is a combination of codeine cough syrup, hard candy, and soda. Codeine is a prescription opioid drug that has long been popular among teens because it is more easily accessible than alcohol or street drugs. Cough syrup abuse has grown along with the rise in opioid prescriptions, and it has been popularized in music and other media. All drugs change the way the brain works by altering how brain cells communicate, and in many cases, drugs create feelings of euphoria or relaxation. This can lead to overuse and addiction, even in something as seemingly innocuous as cough medicine. However, help is available. Lean addiction can be treated in an opioid addiction treatment program, where each individual receives the treatment they need for lasting recovery.

What to Expect from a Lean Addiction Program

Many people have had their lives upended by opioid addiction. It is a chronic disease that is the cause of major health conditions. It is a narcotic that works as a strong pain reliever, affecting the nervous system. People are prescribed it by a doctor to manage continuing pain, but in the end, the addiction is worse than the pain it was prescribed for. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioids are fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, methadone, buprenorphine, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and morphine.

Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) is one of the most effective treatments for opioid addiction. The severity of the addiction makes it unlikely that you will be able to kick the habit without the intervention of prescribed medicine. MAT does not address only the opioid addiction but is known as a whole patient therapy, which attributes significantly to your success in recovering from this addiction.

Behavioral Therapies

Several behavioral therapies have been proven to be successful in treating opioid addiction. It will depend on each patient whether they are more comfortable in individual or group therapy settings. Still, all of the therapies used will make lasting contributions to the recovery process. The following are some of the therapies used:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Reveals the motivations and causes behind your drug use and allows you to address these problems and cope with them more successfully.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) - By looking at ways to manage emotional responses, DBT has proven to be effective in combating PTSD and alleviating suicidal thoughts.
  • 12-Step Program - You can discuss your struggles in a group setting with other people who are experiencing what you are currently going through and can offer support now and in the future during your recovery.
  • EMDR - EMDR therapy involves three time periods: the past, present, and future. Focus is given to past disturbing memories and their related events. It is also given to present-day situations that cause distress and develops the skills and attitudes needed for positive actions in the future.

Reach Out to San Antonio Recovery Center Today

Addiction to codeine in the form of lean, or as it’s better known, Purple Drank, Dirty Sprite, or Sizzurp, is treated in an opioid addiction treatment program. Whether prescribed by a doctor or bought on the street, lean presents the same risks of abuse and addiction. The rise of this drugged drink has risen among teenagers. 4.6% of eighth-graders in 2020 drank cough syrup to get high. At San Antonio Recovery Center, we treat many different types of addiction, including alcohol, opioids, cocaine, meth, heroin, benzos, and others. Our professional, highly-trained staff is skilled in administering the best treatment available, tailored to your specific needs. Start your addiction recovery today by contacting us online or at 866.957.7885  to take the first step on your journey to wellness and sobriety.

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