What is Lean?
Lean is a highly addictive drug that some people drink to get high. Also known as purple drank, sizzurp, barre, and Texas tea, among other names, this drug is a concoction of prescription cough syrup containing the opioid codeine and antihistamine promethazine.
To make this drink, the cough syrup is mixed with soda, or sometimes alcohol. Some people also add hard candies like Jolly Ranchers to the mix, while others use over-the-counter (OTC) cough syrup containing dextromethorphan (DXM) instead. Since OTC cough syrups no longer contain alcohol, people usually add their own alcohol to the OTC version of Lean. Another variation of purple drank involves a combination of codeine tablets added to cough syrup and soda. The amount of each ingredient varies, but to get the desired effects a lot more than the recommended for the safe dosage of the medication is used.
It is thought that lean is the drug frequently used in the celebrity hip hop scene, partly because of the way some celebrities display their own use of it. Rapper Lil Wayne idolizes lean in his song “Me and My Drank.” But studies show that different demographic groups have either tried or struggled with addiction to lean before.
Many individuals become addicted to this substance and oftentimes use it as a coping medication for emotional pain, trauma, and undiagnosed or untreated mental illnesses.
It is true that Lean’s sedating effect dulls the senses and perhaps "quiets" the mind. However, using lean or other drugs and alcohol combinations to avoid addressing mental health concerns is a major sign of addiction. For this reason and others, dual-diagnosis treatment for both substance abuse and mental health is imperative for a successful recovery.
If you are struggling with addiction to Lean or addiction-related mental health issues, treatment is available. We at Florida Center for Recovery offer a calm, and relaxed setting for individuals on their path to recovery. Our specialized drug rehab programs are designed to provide our clients with the skills they need to recover by finding their path to hope, meaning, purpose, and a value-driven life.
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