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Codeine is an opioid painkiller and is usually mixed with other pharmaceuticals to make prescription medications like cough suppressants. Despite popular belief, codeine is very potent and can become habit-forming. The drug works by metabolizing morphine into the body, thus resulting in relaxing and euphoric effects. Because of its potency, there is a high risk of overdose for Codeine. Younger people most commonly abuse Codeine. It is considered a “party drug.” Street names for the liquid party mixture of Codeine include Lean, Sizzurp, and Purple Drank. The drug also comes as a pill that is either swallowed or crushed and snorted. Abusing Codeine is extremely dangerous and has serious health consequences. If you or a loved one are addicted to Codeine, seek help. Many addiction recovery rehab centers are available to help begin your journey toward a sober life. 

Side Effects of Codeine Abuse

While most commonly abused for the euphoric high some users feel, there are many other possible side effects of codeine abuse that are not as pleasing. Some of the common side effects may include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Headache and dizziness
  • Blurred vision and poor coordination
  • Change in blood pressure 
  • Seizures
  • Mood swings
  • Shallow breathing
  • Poor concentration 
  • Allergic reactions
  • Agitation or aggression 
  • Memory loss 
  • Depression and anxiety 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Kidney and liver damage 
  • Death 

Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Goosebumps
  • Runny nose
  • Agitation 
  • Anxiety 
  • Drug cravings 
  • Restlessness

Signs of Codeine Overdose 

  • Clamminess
  • Fainting
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Unconsciousness
  • Convulsions 
  • Death 

If you are abusing Codeine, it is possible to recover. Reach out to a resource center or tell your doctor if you are addicted to codeine. A residential treatment center may be beneficial for recovery. 

Addiction Treatment for Codeine 

When treating substance abuse, the first step is to cleanse the body of the drug. Medically supervised detox is vital for avoiding any complications during withdrawal. After detox, an inpatient rehab program has proven advantageous for recovery. The person will learn life skills, coping mechanisms, and relapse prevention at the center. Other treatment options include intensive outpatient rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12 step programs, and support groups. If you or a loved one is battling a Codeine addiction, contact a behavioral health professional to discuss the best treatment program for you. Sober living is possible.

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