Your DXM/Cough Medicine Addiction: Treatment Can Help You Quit

When you get a cold, it seems second nature to go to the store or go to your medicine cabinet and pull out your bottle of cough medicine.

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After all, how else are you going to get relief, right? The problem with DXM/cough medicine isn’t the fact that it’s in your home, it’s that it is potentially addictive. People often don’t realize this, and they will abuse DXM/cough medicine unintentionally, which can then lead to a dangerous addiction.

Of course, DXM/cough medicine can also be abused in a variety of other ways. It does not take long for these repeated behaviors to become an addiction that requires treatment.

If you’ve been using DXM/cough medicine, addiction treatment is the best option to help you recover from this potentially dangerous addiction.

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The Purpose of DXM/Cough Medicine

The main part of cough medicine that makes it so dangerous if it’s abused is DXM. It can be found in tablets, syrups and even in powdered form. Of course, the purpose of cough medicine is simple enough; it stops you from coughing when you have a post-nasal drip or when you’re suffering from a cold. There are also a wide variety of cough medicines on the market that help with a range of other symptoms too. There are those that can help reduce pain, those that help with nasal congestion, and a host of other cold a flu symptoms. Even so, DXM is the sought after ingredient that leads to abuse and eventually, addiction. It is found in just about every type of cough medicine on store shelves.

DXM/Cough Medicine Abuse

DXM is very powerful, and it’s often been compared to Ketamine and PCP in its potency. It might be available over the counter, but this medication can do some serious damage for those who know how to abuse it. People will often take the time to learn how to extract the DXM from cough medicine so that they can experience a more intense high. Once this occurs, or even when larger doses of DXM/cough medicine is taken at one time, this is DXM cough medicine abuse, which should be taken very seriously.

If these practices are continued for too long, they’re likely to lead to an addiction.

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DXM/Cough Medicine Addiction Behaviors and Symptoms

Maybe you have a friend or a family member who has been taking DXM/cough medicine, or perhaps you’ve been taking it, and you’re concerned about whether or not an addiction has formed to it. There are a number of DXM/cough medicine symptoms and behaviors that you can look for to help you answer your question. These might be:

  • Experiencing a hallucinogenic high because of too much DXM
  • Experiencing a heightened level of awareness
  • Experiencing changes in time perception
  • Having visual hallucinations
  • Seizures, even after only short term usage

Even though DXM/cough medicine is available over the counter, it can be very dangerous. If you notice any of the above, it’s time to get professional help so you can stop using it safely.

It’s also important to note that as DXM/cough medicine is used repeatedly over a long period of time, there are some significant long term effects that may result. You could end up having a stroke, suffer from a heart attack, develop high blood pressure of suffer from liver damage.

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Do DXM/Cough Medicine Withdrawal Symptoms Occur?

DXM/cough medicine withdrawal is not something you should worry about if you’re taking cough medicine or other over the counter medications that contain DXM in the ways that they’re intended. However, for those who have been abusing it, or who have become addicted to it, DXM/cough medicine withdrawal can be very real.

Researchers are split on whether or not there are some significant physical withdrawal symptoms associated with DXM, but some do report:

  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Bouts of insomnia
  • Aches in the bones or muscles
  • Frequent cold flashes
  • Bouts of diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

Please remember that everyone responds to these types of withdrawal symptoms differently, and there are a number of factors that may affect your personal response when you stop taking DXM/cough medicine. In order to be sure you don’t experience any worse withdrawal symptoms, you should consult a professional DXM/cough medicine addiction treatment center to find out how you should proceed with quitting.

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Help for your DXM/Cough Medicine Addiction: Treatment Centers for Recovery

For most people, they turn to an addiction to DXM/cough medicine or other over the counter drugs because they’re dealing with stress or facing other challenges in their lives. These issues need to be dealt with properly in order for healing and recovery to take place from this dangerous addiction. Some of the top DXM/cough medicine rehab centers are available to assist you, and here at Northpoint Recovery, we’re considered to be one of them.

If you would like more information about how Northpoint Recovery can help you recover from this dangerous addiction, we’d love to talk with you. Please contact us.