Cough Syrup Addiction

Stories surrounding Little Wayne’s recent health scare speculate that the rapper’s current troubles are a result of abusing codeine cough syrup, often referred to as “sizzurp.” He has been open about his use of cough syrup, even rapping about it, and many believe that it is responsible for a number of dangerous seizures he has recently suffered. If these allegations are true, he is not the first rapper to struggle with an addiction to Cough Syrup. Pimp C, a member of the Underground Kingz who had actually been featured on Three 6 Mafia’s hit “Sippin on Some Sizzurp,” was found dead from respiratory depression as a result of overdosing on Codeine Cough Syrup in 2007 at the age of 33.

The type of cough syrup being referred to here is not the stuff that you can buy over the counter at a drug store (although that type is abused more so by younger people who will drink an entire bottle in order to experience hallucinogenic effects caused by Dextromethorphan, or DXM— this is also known as “Robotripping”). “Sizzurp” refers to prescription Codeine and Promethazine. Promethazine is an anti-nausea medication that also acts as a sleep aid. Codeine is classified as an opiate—like heroin—and is extremely habit forming. It is intended to be used as a cough suppressant, but in higher doses produces a euphoric effect. Codeine, like all opiates, is a central nervous system depressant. An overdose can slow down respiratory functioning to the point of respiratory arrest causing death.

Codeine cough syrup is not only mentally addictive but physically addictive as well. Withdrawal symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats and muscle aches. Many people who attempt to quit using codeine on their own struggle immensely with the withdrawal symptoms

If you or someone you love is abusing opiates, including codeine, There is a Solution can help. We are a treatment placement service that works with various detoxes and drug and alcohol treatment centers. So many men and women struggle trying to get clean on their own. Getting the help you need can ease the process. Detox is especially helpful as it prevents painful withdrawal symptoms and allows individuals to gently taper off the drug. We can help you find both long and short term recovery programs depending on your treatment needs.

To learn more about how we can help, call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250. Our staff is available 24/7 to answer your calls and help you take the first step towards a new life.

Is My Husband an Addict? Recognizing Drug Abuse Symptoms

 

Have you been growing concerned that your husband may be developing a drug problem? Is he starting to seem like an entirely different person? There is a Solution is a drug treatment placement service that can you and your family begin the process of healing together.

 

What Can I Do to Help?

The first step is recognizing symptoms of drug abuse. If you think your husband may have a problem with drugs, look for these signs:

  • He is abusing his prescription medication

This is something that we are seeing more frequently. Men and women who are obtaining a legal prescription for a legitimate reason are becoming addicted to their medication, whether its pain medication like Oxycontin or Vicodin or anti-anxiety medication like Valium or Xanax. If you have noticed that your husband seems to be running out of his prescription early or is visiting multiple doctors to get prescriptions for the same drug, it could be a symptom of addiction.

  • He makes promises to slow down his drug and alcohol use, but then breaks these promises

There is a misconception that people addicted to drugs could stop if they really wanted to. People in the grips of addiction will continue to drink and use despite the tremendous pain and guilt it causes them.

  • You find drug paraphernalia hidden around the house

This may include small plastic baggies, pipes, straws, prescription pill bottles belonging to other people, razors and spoons.

If your husband is receptive to the idea of drug rehab, you should make arrangements as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for addicts to try and back out once they have agreed to get help. The reality of the situation will sink in and they may try to convince you that they do not need treatment. There is a Solution can help you find affordable treatment quickly. We work with a large network of traditional and Christian drug treatment centers. If he is resistant to the idea of treatment, we can recommend a professional interventionist to help you and your family.

It is also important to do what you need to in order to take care of yourself. If your husband decides to go to treatment, the treatment facility he attends should offer a family program. There are 12 Step meetings designed to help the friends and family of addicts and alcoholics, such as Alanon and Nar-Anon.

For more info, call us 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.