Lean, also known as purple drank, purple lean or lean drink, is a drug concoction typically made from three items commonly found in the home — prescription cough syrup, soft drinks and hard candy. Because prescription cough syrup frequently contains codeine, an opiate, the mixture offers the same high and poses the same dangers as other narcotic drugs would. Promethazine, an antihistamine and sedative also frequently found in prescription cough syrup, compounds the risks.
Also, the carbonation in the soft drink aids the body’s absorption of the drug, increasing the speed and intensity of the high. The soft drink component of the mixture, as well as the candy, also make the concoction extremely palatable, so that it is easy to take a lot of the drug and difficult to know how much active drug is being consumed each time. The legal nature of the drug’s ingredients makes abuse challenging to track and also make professional help necessary in overcoming your dependency.
Lean’s Short-Term Side Effects
Lean has serious side effects even in the short-term which usually come from the presence of codeine in the cough syrup component of the mixture. In fact, lean’s short-term symptoms resemble those of codeine abuse.
Short-term effects of lean include:
- Memory issues
- Impaired vision
- Dental decay
- Weight gain
- Urinary tract infections
Lean’s Long-Term Side Effects
Codeine abuse symptoms also play a large part in the side effects which lean users experience. These can be serious and debilitating and increase in severity the longer you use lean.
Long-term symptoms of lean abuse and addiction include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Muscle aches
- Increased tearing
- A runny nose
- Frequent yawning
Lean Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from lean can be difficult even for individuals who have used only for a short period of time, and this is attributable to the codeine in the mixture. A medically-supervised detox followed directly be rehab is necessary for lean dependency.
Lean’s withdrawal symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
Bayview Recovery’s Individualized Rehab Approach Can Break Your Lean Dependency
You are unlikely to overcome a lean addiction on your own. Even an addiction to an over-the-counter medication, such as the codeine in lean, will require you to get professional help. Even if you do stop using on your own, without treating the underlying issues fueling your addiction, you will likely start using again before long. Bayview Recovery can give you the treatment to tackle these problems and the strategies you’ll need to stay clean long-term.
Bayview Recovery can help you transition from detox to rehab and provide highly-individualized treatments designed specifically for your personality, needs and strengths. You have to get the right treatments for your recovery to succeed. Failing to get clean the first-time frequently leads to a relapse which can have devastating consequences, including overdose and accidental death. You can avoid these risks. Bayview Recovery will help you and stand behind you, from your first phone call until you’re clean.
Lean addiction does not have to control your life, and you can stop your addiction before it gets worse or leads to other, even harder drugs. Call 855.478.3650 today and speak with a Bayview Recovery addiction specialist about getting clean today. A visit to Bayview Recovery can be the beginning of your next chapter and the start of your real life.