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Is Lean a Drug?

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In recent years, the recreational use of a concoction known colloquially as “lean” has surged in popularity, particularly among the youth and in various music and social media circles. Often glamorized in songs and on social media platforms, lean, also referred to as purple drank, sizzurp, or dirty sprite, is indeed a drug with potentially dangerous and addictive properties. At The Bluffs Addiction Campuses in Ohio, we’re committed to raising awareness about the risks associated with lean and providing comprehensive treatment options for those struggling with addiction.

What Is Lean?

Lean is a mixture that typically includes prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine, a soft drink, and sometimes hard candies (usually Jolly Ranchers) for flavor. Codeine is an opioid–a class of drugs that includes other substances like heroin, fentanyl, and oxycodone. Promethazine acts as an antihistamine, which can enhance the sedative effects of codeine. The combination produces a euphoric effect that reduces tension and anxiety, leading to its misuse as a recreational drug.

The Dangers of Lean

Despite its seemingly harmless ingredients, lean is far from safe. The primary danger of lean comes from its main active ingredient, codeine, which is an opioid and highly addictive. Regular consumption can lead to physical and psychological dependence. Moreover, the sedative effects of promethazine combined with codeine’s ability to suppress the respiratory system can significantly increase the risk of a fatal overdose. Other risks associated with lean include:

  • Drowsiness and lethargy
  • Impaired vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Urinary retention
  • Severe dental decay
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Addiction

Recognizing a Lean Overdose

An overdose on lean can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a lean overdose may include:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

How The Bluffs Addiction Campuses Can Help

At The Bluffs Addiction Campuses in Ohio, we understand the complexities of addiction and the courage it takes to seek help. Our comprehensive treatment programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual, combining medical detoxification with behavioral therapies, counseling, and support groups to address both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction.

Our team of compassionate professionals is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive environment where individuals can recover and learn the skills necessary for a life free from addiction. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the addiction, which is why our programs also focus on co-occurring mental health disorders, physical wellness, and social and occupational rehabilitation.

Codeine is the key opioid ingredient in some cough syrups The Bluffs Addiction Campuses
Codeine is the key opioid ingredient in some cough syrups

Take the First Step Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to lean or any other substance, help is available. At The Bluffs Addiction Campuses, we’re here to provide the support and care needed to overcome addiction and embark on the path to recovery. Don’t let addiction control your life any longer.

Call us today at 850-374-5331 to speak with one of our admissions counselors about how we can help. Taking the first step towards recovery may be challenging, but it’s a crucial one on the journey to a healthier, happier life. Together, we can achieve lasting recovery.

The Bluffs is a private alcohol, substance abuse and mental health treatment facility located in central Ohio.

The central Ohio location means we are also just a short drive (or even shorter flight) from Pittsburgh and other parts of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan.

We offer alcohol and drug detox services, dual-diagnosis addiction treatment, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and more.

Our goal is always to minimize the out-of-pocket costs for patients coming to The Bluffs. We work with many major health insurance plans and providers such as America’s Choice Provider Network, Anthem, Beacon Health Options, BlueCross BlueShield, First Health Network, Humana, Magellan Health, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Mercy Health, OhioHealth, Prime Healthcare, UPMC Health Plan, and the Ohio Department of Veteran Services

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