What Is Lean?

A substance that has been around since the ’60s but is still popular among young adults is lean. This recreational drug has many components, making it especially dangerous. But what is lean made of? If you are struggling with addiction, contact BlueCrest Recovery online or call 888.292.9652 today to get substance abuse treatment.

What Is Lean?

Lean, also called “purple drank” or “sizzurp,” is a mixture that contains codeine, cough syrup, soda, candy, the antihistamine promethazine, and sometimes even alcohol. Any time you mix codeine with anything else, you are putting yourself at risk because it is an opioid.

Codeine is a Schedule II drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse as well as addiction. When you combine it with an antihistamine like promethazine, you increase the depressant effects it has on your central nervous system.

Lean gets its name from what people do when they consume it—lean or slouch to one side as the effects take hold. The effects can begin within 30 to 45 minutes, with peak effects within one to two hours after consumption. You can experience:

  • Slowed heart rate
  • Slowed breathing
  • Impaired vision
  • Hallucinations

The codeine in lean affects your brain’s reward system, flooding it with dopamine. This lets your brain know you had a pleasurable experience that it will want to repeat. Cravings can then begin.

Once you begin consuming lean regularly, your body gets accustomed to its effects, requiring that you use more codeine or drink more of the mixture to get the same sense of euphoria. That makes it easier for you to overdose, putting your life in danger.

About Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Lean is a hazardous mixture that can quickly lead to addiction. If you’re struggling with a substance use disorder that involves lean or its main components, we can help. Our programs offer the exact level of care you need.

Partial Hospitalization Program

If you are beginning your journey toward sobriety, you need a lot of support. That is what our partial hospitalization program offers. Our PHP offers intensive levels of care, but we don’t require you to stay at our facilities overnight. This allows more people to get the help they need, even if they have jobs or family responsibilities.

Our PHP provides individual therapy and group therapy sessions to help you understand what led to the development of the addiction. It also gives you the chance to meet others who are also battling substance abuse.

Intensive Outpatient Program

A step down from our PHP is our intensive outpatient program (IOP). It can be the right choice for those who need fewer treatment hours but still want to have substantial support.

At our IOP, we provide family, individual, and group therapy sessions to help you rebuild your life. We also offer relapse prevention strategies so you can manage the transition out of a treatment program and into your daily life.

Outpatient Treatment Program

We also offer standard outpatient programs that help you focus on recovery while gaining more independence. This is an excellent option if you want to transition from more intensive levels of care.

Our outpatient treatment program offers individual and group therapy sessions while encouraging you to get involved with 12-step programs. These groups provide the support you need once you finish treatment.

Turn to BlueCrest Recovery Today for Addiction Treatment

Addiction can rob you of all of the things you care about while putting your life at risk and making every day a struggle. When you turn to us, you have the chance to break free. Contact BlueCrest Recovery online or call 888.292.9652 today to learn more.

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