Young man with hands to head talking to counselor about his lean addiction.Drugs can be injected, eaten or inhaled. They are a problem for all demographics, and no one is immune to the risks of potential addiction or drug abuse. One drug, known as lean, is a beverage that poses an especially big risk for young people. To better protect and help your loved ones, learn more about lean, what it is, what its symptoms are and how you can spot or overcome a lean addiction successfully.

What are the Ingredients in Lean?

Lean is a cold beverage that is often purple in color. It also goes by names like purple drank, sippin syrup, or sizzrup. Lean is mixed in small batches and shared at parties or used by those who are dependent on it. In order to make lean, you need access to prescription-strength cold or cough medicine.

This liquid cough medicine contains codeine, which is an opioid drug. It gets mixed with Sprite, or any other citrus-flavored soda. It’s topped off with ice cubes and melted hard candies to add sweetness.

Lean is often sipped slowly over several hours. Its potency can vary significantly from batch to batch, especially because the amount of cough syrup used varies.

Why do Young People Drink Lean?

For many young people, lean is an experimental drug that is similar to alcohol. A few sips can make you feel dizzy and relaxed, which might feel similar to being drunk. Some people also mistakenly believe that lean won’t show up on a drug test, but that is not accurate.

So many teens and young adults drink lean because it is often associated with the music industry or celebrity status. Lean originated in Texas, but it is now found across the country. Many rappers, and others in the music industry, openly consume lean and admit to having a lean addiction. Even when they actively emphasize the negative side effects of lean, young people see it as glamorous.

The Risks of Lean Addiction

The risks of lean drink abuse start with the very first sip. Right away, users can experience side effects like dizziness, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and lapses in memory. Using lean also means that you’re more likely to get injured, have an overdose or be involved in an accident.

There is also the risk of developing a lean addiction. Since lean contains opiates, it can be just as addictive as prescription painkillers like oxycodone. Larger doses, or combining lean with alcohol, only increases the likelihood of developing an addiction.

Signs of a Lean Addiction

Learning to spot the signs of a lean addiction means you can get help sooner for someone you love. Someone addicted to lean might nod off without warning or have a very strange sleep pattern. You might also notice that they have sudden dental issues because lean is full of sugar and is sipped constantly.

Someone may have a codeine addiction or if they are open about lean, cough syrup or cold medicine abuse. They might also have changed their behavior, appearance or financial status.

Overcome Lean Addiction at Crestview Recovery

At Crestview Recovery, clients can learn how to overcome an addiction to lean. Comprehensive therapy and a wide range of tools help train clients for a life of sobriety without relapse. Some of the treatments available include:

A lean addiction is a serious problem, but the right help can pave the way to health. At Crestview Recovery in Portland, Oregon, you’ll be able to fight back against addiction once and for all. Call 866-262-0531 if you’re ready to learn more about a custom path to addiction recovery.