We’re currently facing an addiction epidemic in the United States, and it’s taking thousands of lives. Many times addiction goes unnoticed by friends, family as well as the person abusing substances. One of the main reasons for this is because many choose to use these substances recreationally. One of the substances that people are abusing is often called purple drank, but it also goes by other names and can be dangerous.
What is Purple Drank?
Many people have heard about this substance, but not a lot of people know what it is exactly. A common misconception people have is that this substance is a form of alcohol, but it’s not. This substance has gained a lot of popularity in the urban communities, and many rappers talk about it. This substance can also go by a variety of other names such as:
Don’t be fooled though. This substance can be incredibly addictive because it’s a combination of cough syrup with codeine. Codeine is a type of opioid, which is a synthetic form of opiates. The opioid epidemic in our country is killing 10s of thousands of people each year, and this substance contributes to that. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to purple drank, there is help available.
Acknowledging There is a Problem
Just like people who develop a prescription oxycodone addiction, the first step is to realize that there is a problem. Many people abusing this mixture of cough syrup and codeine don’t believe there is a problem for a long time. In many communities, people fall to the delusion that this is just a fun party drug and nothing bad can happen. Eventually, there comes the point when your body and mind become dependent on this substance, and you can’t stop.
To recognize that you have a problem with this substance, you need to get honest with yourself. You need to ask yourself if abusing this substance is causing adverse effects on your life. And if it is, are you able to stop once you start, and do you obsess about the substance? If this sounds like what you’re going through, you may need help.
Changing How You Live Your Life
Many people who abuse this substance are afraid to get clean because it means they have to change their lifestyle. It’s difficult to imagine giving up a party lifestyle or hanging out with certain friends. This type of thinking can keep you stuck in your addiction with no way out. By getting help from a qualified treatment center, you’ll find that there is a better way of living and there is a bright future that awaits you.
Morningside Recovery offers addiction treatment services, and we show you that there is hope. We want you to know that you can recover and enjoy that new life that’s waiting for you. We do this through various forms of therapy such as:
- Adventure therapy
- 12 step programs
- Holistic therapy
For more information about purple drank and how we can help, give us call today at 855-631-2135.