Codeine is essentially an opiate with reduced potency and is used for pain relief, as well as to diminish coughing. It can be obtained very easily from a prescription and is abused mainly by young adults, who often combine it with sugary beverages to make “purple drank” or “sizzurp”. Many consider codeine to be a gateway drug that leads to abusing of far more dangerous opiates.
Effects and Abuse of Codeine
Many people initially begin using codeine from a codeine-based cough syrup prescribed to them from a physician, yet they fail to realize it produces similar effects to morphine.
Codeine effects include:
A tolerance for codeine can easily be developed, as many start off using codeine to alleviate a legitimate health concern. Abusers eventually start to use it to relieve all of their emotional stress and physical pain, with large doses of codeine being potent enough to cause death.
Codeine Addiction Treatment
Although codeine is easily accessible and highly popular, this opiate is still very dangerous. An addiction to codeine can lead to it taking over your life and ruining many relationships, which a great addiction treatment program can counter. Contact The Discovery House, located in Los Angeles and one of the nation’s best drug and alcohol centers with luxury rehab facilities, today by filling out our form or calling us at 818.452.1676.