Narcotic syrups are opiate-based prescription medications used to relieve pain and coughs. Easier to obtain than many other controlled or illegal substances, the abuse of narcotic syrups, like liquid codeine and hydrocodone, have been on the rise in recent years. The effects of the drugs mimic other opiates, like morphine or methadone, including a euphoric and relaxed state. It is possible to develop a tolerance to narcotic syrups, which is especially dangerous with such a highly addictive drug, as it causes the user to increase doses and dose frequency in the effort to achieve the same effect. Overdose or adverse interactions with other drugs can depress breathing and end in death. This is a sad fact attested to by the skyrocketing rates of emergency room visits related to abuse of narcotic syrups and codeine addiction.
A Dangerous Dependency
Just as the effects of narcotic syrups are related to the effects of opiates like morphine and heroin, so too are the withdrawal symptoms and speed with which an addiction can be formed. Narcotic syrups can cause dizziness, disorientation, lowered heart rate and respiration, drowsiness or sluggishness, difficulty in walking or talking, and nausea. The ease with which it can be obtained and the surge in popularity caused by frequent references to use of syrups like liquid codeine in rap music (not to mention the link between use of narcotic syrups in multiple professional athletes and celebrities) have made this one of the most dangerous and fastest-growing addictions in the country.
The biggest mistake one can make in dealing with an addiction to narcotic syrups is to dismiss it as, “just cough syrup,” or believe that it’s easy to quit without experienced professional help. Because narcotic syrups are both physically and psychologically addictive, detoxing can cause very difficult withdrawal symptoms. At Northbound Treatment Services, our OneEighty detox program provides a safe and comforting environment where new clients can detox and stabilize under around-the-clock medical supervision.
Northbound provides codeine rehab with the full continuum of care, both residential and outpatient options; thirty, sixty, and ninety-day programs; and a highly regarded aftercare program that helps clients reach their critical one-year anniversary of sobriety. With individualized treatment plans based on the patient’s specific needs and challenges, and programs that run the gamut from spiritual development to experiential therapy, Northbound is the best choice for sustained, long-term recovery.
Northbound treatment for codeine addiction puts an emphasis on learning life skills and reintegrating into everyday life with a new and healthy outlook. If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to narcotic syrups, let Northbound help you make a real change. Contact Northbound today. Our skilled and compassionate staff is available twenty-four hours a day to answer your questions and help you take the first step to real sobriety.