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How A Better Today Recovery Services Treats Dextromethorphan Addiction

A study in 2010 by the University of Maryland revealed that Dextromethorphan was the most abused drug by students in 12th grade, ranking higher than marijuana and hydrocodone.

Not only is Dextromethorphan legal, it’s available in over 140 different cough and cold medications over the counter and does not show in standard drug tests. It’s no wonder as marijuana is illegal and hydrocodone is only legally available by prescription.

When taken at high doses recreationally, feelings of safety, love, and affinity for those around you are experienced for a short period of time. However, using Dextromethorphan at these dangerous doses comes with the risk of severe symptoms like psychosis, including frightening hallucinations. These possibilities have earned it the street nickname of “the poor man’s PCP.”

The specific symptoms of psychosis akin to PCP include delusions, paranoia, anxiety, restlessness, dissociative mental state, and hallucinations. Hallucinations and delusions can be so strong, the person under the influence may feel urged to act violently on them.

Psychosis is known to linger in the brain, which can cause psychotic episodes much later after use or a psychotic break in which medication is necessary to stabilize moods and behavior for a prolonged period of time. Treatment empowers people with an understanding of Dextromethorphan addiction. In addition, cognitive therapy and other techniques are used to promote the healing of the whole person.

At the completion of treatment, graduates report feeling confident in their recovery and proud of what they were able to accomplish. They also report feeling protective of their sobriety and excited about the future.

What is Dextromethorphan?

In the 1950s, Dextromethorphan replaced Codeine in over-the-counter cough syrups and combination cold medicines. Codeine was the cough suppressant of choice until it policymakers realized how often it was being abused. Abusing Dextromethorphan in the same manner became widespread in the 1990s and is presently unregulated in most states.

Ten percent of teenagers have used Dextromethorphan, known on the streets as DXM, Triple C, Robo and Skittles to get high. Teens typically abuse the drug by consuming 5 to 10 times the dosage for proper use. The syrup or pill is swallowed, and effects begin to take form after 30 to 60 minutes. Sometimes, in its powder form, it is snorted or injected.

This drug is considered to have a dangerously addictive quality; however, the benefits of the drug for the general public are considered to be too beneficial to move to the DEA schedule. Some states have age restrictions, however.

Drug & Alcohol Interventions for Dextromethorphan

It’s difficult to care when someone has been hurtful so many times. It’s difficult to want to give any more of your heart when the addicted person only seems to care about his or her next high. It’s easy to forget that addiction has a stronghold on the addicted person’s state of mind.

While it may seem hopeless, intervention has a proven track record for compelling an addicted person to come to terms with the addiction and the earnestness of their loved ones’ intentions. While an intervention can seem daunting, it could save your loved one’s life.

Intervention takes several forms. A professional intervention therapist can coach a family representative in effective techniques to gently address the addiction or the intervention can be a team of family members and friends working together to get the addicted person the help that is needed. You do not have to go through this alone, let A Better Today Recovery Services help you.

The Over the Counter High: DXM & High School Kids

In the 1950s, Dextromethorphan replaced Codeine in over-the-counter cough syrups and combination cold medicines. Codeine was the cough suppressant of choice until it policymakers realized how often it was being abused. Abusing Dextromethorphan became widespread in the 1990s and is presently unregulated in most states.

Ten percent of teenagers have used Dextromethorphan, known on the streets as DXM, Triple C, Robo and Skittles to get high. Teens typically abuse the drug by consuming 5 to 10 times the dosage for proper use. The syrup or pill is swallowed, and effects begin to take form after 30 to 60 minutes. Sometimes, in its powder form, it is snorted or injected.

This drug is considered to have a dangerously addictive quality; however, the benefits of the drug for the general public are considered to be too beneficial to move to the DEA schedule. Some states have age restrictions, however.

During the 6-year study period, 74.5% of all reported CPCS Dextromethorphan abuse cases involved adolescents.

Common Behaviors Associated With DXM Addiction

The recreational use of DXM is popular due to the euphoric feeling of inebriation it tends to bring on. In higher doses, observation of odd behaviors can be attributed to hallucinations, feelings of dissociation or other psychotic features occurring in the mind but are not occurring in reality.

Particularly when ingested by swallowing combination cold medications, the side effects of the additional medicines may influence behavior when one is under the influence of DXM. These include lightheadedness, agitation, stomach discomfort or nausea, increased heartbeat, and extreme fatigue.

Consistent abuse of this drug can lead to uncharacteristic behaviors. Personal hygiene becomes less of a priority, school or work performance becomes substandard, and social isolation and financial struggles begin to develop. Many teens and young adults even see their morals decline when they decide to steal the cold medicines they need for their high.

The Dangers Associated with Dextromethorphan Abuse

Signs & Symptoms

The signs and symptoms one displays when they’re abusing DXM is highly dependent on his or her tolerance level, how much of the drug was ingested, as well as interactions with other substances recently consumed.

Dosage responses are divided into four categories. The first category is relatively mild, with sensations similar to those of MDMA. Categories progress in dosage and symptoms. The second category elicits compromised motor function, slurred speech, and sometimes short-term memory impairment while the third category produces strong hallucinations, anxiety, and restlessness. In the fourth category, symptoms mimic those of PCP abuse.

Withdrawal

A brain that is used to operating with an abundance of DXM does not handle its abrupt absence gracefully. Agitation and sleeplessness appear first, often followed by achiness in muscles, diarrhea, and vomiting. Perhaps, the most difficult part of DXM withdrawals is the strong craving.

Detoxing in a treatment facility is beneficial as it doesn’t allow the cravings to sabotage your efforts to become physically free of the drug. Since DXM is so easy to obtain, these cravings create a strong compulsion to go back to it in order to ease that discomfort.

Overdose

When DXM is abused, it can produce a range of sensations from mild euphoria to out-of-body experiences. The dose at which these sensations occur varies and is dependent on the tolerance level of the consumer. Signs of overdose include, but are not limited to: fever, breathing complications, anxiety, dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea and vomiting, restlessness and loss of consciousness.

Treatment focuses on removing the undigested drug through laxatives, charcoal and stomach pumping if necessary. Breathing support and IV fluids to maintain hydration are also a significant part of recovery. Call 911 immediately if you suspect a DXM overdose.

FAQ

What is DXM?

DXM is a chemical found in over 120 over-the-counter cough and cold medications. When these OTC medications are taken as directed, side effects can be dangerous.

What are DXM’s common street names?

Poor Man’s PCP, Rojo, Triple C, CCC, DXM, Velvet, Dex, Skittles

How is DXM abused?

Generally, DXM is abused by ingesting large volumes of OTC cough medications, including liquid, gel, and capsule preparations. DXM can also be processed into a powder.

What is DXM’s effects on the mind?

DXM can cause agitation, paranoia, euphoria, hallucinations, inappropriate laughter, loss of motor coordination, confusion, distorted visual perception, out of body sensations, feelings of floating, changes in hearing and touch, and other psychoactive effects.

What is DXM’s effects on the body?

DXM can cause lethargy, sweating, over-excitability, slurred speech, liver damage, hypertension, vomiting, loss of coordination, rapid heart rate, coma, seizures, coma, and involuntary eye movement.

What are DXM’s overdose effects?

DXM has the most severe medical consequences when combined with other substances such as alcohol.

Which drugs cause similar effects as DXM?

DXM shares similar characteristics as marijuana, Ecstasy, Ketamine, and PCP.

What are the withdrawal effects of DXM?

The withdrawal effects of DXM abuse include dysphoria, confusion, restlessness, vomiting, gastrointestinal problems, insomnia, inability to discern reality, anxiety, diarrhea, and severe weight loss.

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Providing Quality Treatment for Dextromethorphan Addictions

The substantial risk of overdosing on Dextromethorphan is present at every recreational use. Prolonged abuse develops a tolerance for the drug, creating an addiction. An addiction to DXM is a vicious cycle that can tear a family apart – and can be overcome.

Beginning with detox, substance abuse treatment first stabilizes vital signs and begins to purge the drug from the body. While this process can be difficult, every effort is made to achieve as much comfort as possible through medication and other techniques.

The facility and staff are a support and something of a safeguard from relapse. Most importantly, a medically supervised detox assures your personal safety.

In treatment, one is able to realign priorities, make efforts to heal important relationships, and set goals. Cognitive therapy may unveil a disorder that contributed to the addiction. The euphoric sensation can be a welcome reprieve if one is suffering from anxiety or depression.

A proper diagnosis opens the door for appropriate treatment of a disorder, eliminating the fear that there is no other way to feel good. Treatment also facilitates personal growth in areas such as health and nutrition, social skills, and life coaching.

When transitioning to life outside the treatment center, a unique aftercare plan will be created to refer to in the face of temptation or cravings and involvement with the sober community is on your terms. With direction, a plan to avoid relapse and a new, healthy start, to live a gratifying and fulfilling life is well within reach.

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