Codeine is a prescription pain medication used to treat mild to moderate pain. It comes in the form of a tablet and is the main ingredient in prescription grade cough suppressants. Tylenol 3, another popular pain reliever, is a mix of codeine and acetaminophen. Codeine is an opiate (also called a narcotic). Other opiates include heroin, oxycodone, and morphine. Street names for codeine include coties, t-three’s, schoolboy, and cough syrup.

Codeine Effects and Abuse

Codeine use often begins harmlessly, with a prescription for a codeine based cough syrup. Because codeine is not as regulated as some opiates considered to be more dangerous (such as OxyContin or morphine), obtaining and abusing it is actually quite easy. This is despite the fact that codeine is very chemically similar to drugs such as morphine and hydrocodone. Though not as strong, codeine provides similar effects to morphine.

The effects of codeine include:

  • – Apathy
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  • – Drowsiness
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  • – Relaxation
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  • – Euphoria

Codeine Addiction

An addiction to codeine may stem from habitual abuse of the drug in its cough syrup or pill form. Codeine can lure its users into a false sense of security because many people do not consider it to be as potent or addictive as its opiate relatives.

Many people don’t stop at codeine. They try to reach a better high by mixing it with other substances, including alcohol. Because codeine and alcohol are both central nervous system (CNS) depressants, combining them can lead to dangerous levels of depression in the brain and respiratory failure.

“Purple Drank”

Codeine cough syrup is used to make what is known as “purple drank.” Purple drank is a recreational form of the drug created by mixing prescription grade (codeine) cough syrup with soft drinks, such as Mountain Dew or Sprite, for consumption in large doses. It is also called sizzurp, lean, and syrup.

Dangerously glorified in popular culture, purple drank has been referenced throughout many television shows and songs; it is mentioned frequently in songs by artists like Lil’ Wayne and Three 6 Mafia.

Mainstream rapper Lil’ Wayne was admitted into the intensive care unit in March of 2013 for seizures and unconsciousness caused by severely high levels of codeine. Although he survived, he remained in critical condition after undergoing a stomach pump three times in order to remove the drug from his system.

At 449 Recovery, helping each client overcome every challenge on the road to recovery is our greatest goal. We believe that healing is best obtained in an environment that will encourage it. The endless monitored detoxification, in conjunction with long term treatment programs at 449 Recovery are provided in a caring and structured atmosphere. Our goal is to execute practices that will leave a lifelong impact on the recipients. We aim for no one to leave unchanged, but for everyone to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle. Procrastination is the enemy of success, so please give us a call atAnabolic steroids are prescribed or illegally obtained by people who desire a stronger physical appearance and to develop muscle mass in a short period of time, usually resulting in boosted confidence and self-esteem. There are more than 100 kinds of anabolic steroids, yet only a small portion have been cleared for medical use.

Though steroids don’t chemically produce a state of euphoria or a “high” like a typical addictive substance, those who continuously abuse these drugs are at risk of developing an addiction. Anabolic steroids are addictive due to two main factors. The first is the behavior of many individuals with substance use disorders, which is the compulsion to seek out and use anabolic steroids. The second is the emergence of withdrawal symptoms due to the user cutting back or stopping using steroids altogether. 

The obsessive-compulsive behavior to keep using anabolic steroids often starts when the steroids enhance physical strength and appearance in a short time period, which can eventually result in an addiction developing.

Anabolic Steroids

Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that imitates testosterone, the male sex hormone. The complete name of these drugs is “anabolic-androgenic steroids.” The word “anabolic” is in reference to the drug’s muscle-building effects, and “androgenic” refers to its masculinizing effects.

There is another kind of steroid known as corticosteroids; these shouldn’t be confused with anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, are often used to treat allergic reactions. These steroids don’t have the same effects as anabolic steroids, as they don’t facilitate muscle growth and don’t mimic the male sex hormone.

There are three common ways people abuse anabolic steroids. They are:

  • Cycling – Cycling is a process of taking steroids during predetermined periods of time, usually 6-12 weeks. Users who are cycling take multiple doses for several weeks, stop for several weeks, and then start taking the steroids again. Steroid abusers use off-cycles to allow the body to produce its own testosterone and to reduce damage to internal organs.
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  • Pyramiding – Pyramiding is a method of taking steroids during a cycle. In the beginning of the cycle, users start with a low dose and gradually increase to a maximum dose mid-cycle. In the second half of the cycle, the user slowly tapers down their steroid dose.
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  • Stacking – Stacking is taking multiple types of steroids at once or mixing oral and injectable formulations. Many steroid abusers believe feel that this increases results, but this method has not been scientifically proven.

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