What is Dextromethorphan Abuse?
Dextromethorphan abuse (DXM abuse) is a potentially life threatening condition. It’s also becoming more and more prevalent. A recent nationwide study found that approximately 10% of teenagers have engaged in dextromethorphan abuse. This unexpectedly high number makes it clear that comprehensive dextromethorphan abuse treatment is in high demand.
DXM is the main ingredient in almost all cough syrups available. It takes a very high dose of DXM alone to cause negative effects. However, DXM addiction can result in death because of the other ingredients found in cough syrups. These ingredients include: acetaminophen (a common pain reliever, which is toxic to the liver), and chlorpheniramine maleate (an antihistamine, which can trigger seizures).
Although DXM addiction isn’t new by any means, it’s becoming increasingly common. DXM calls to poison control centers rose tenfold between 1999 and 2004. Even more alarming is that for adolescents aged nine to seventeen, calls to poison control centers during this same period rose fifteen-fold.
Again, these surprising numbers show the need for dextromethorphan abuse rehabs.
Reasons For DXM Abuse Treatment
If you or a loved one are drinking cough syrup, you may not think you need help to stop. Why can’t you put down the bottle and resume your life? Unfortunately, addiction doesn’t work that way.
Addiction is a disease of the body, mind, and spirit. To successfully recover from DXM abuse, you need to treat all three areas. That’s where DXM abuse treatment becomes incredibly helpful.
While you or a loved one may be able to stop drinking cough syrup, what about the reasons you turned to it in the first place? What about faulty coping mechanisms? What about co-occurring disorders (things like Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, depression, etc.)? What about trauma issues? What about unresolved grief?
It’s for these reasons that seeking help from a DXM abuse rehab center is more than simply recommended – it’s necessary! Treatment centers offer various forms of therapy, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, EMDR, Trauma Resolution, Life Skills Training, and so much more.
DXM abuse treatment centers employ only the best addiction professionals. These specialists work around the clock on a single goal – to help you get your life back. To put it another way, rehab programs are an oasis of hope in an otherwise barren landscape.
Why Come to Lighthouse for DXM Abuse?
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe recovery is more than abstinence from DXM. We believe it’s a total recovery of body, mind, and spirit.
To best provide our patients with this level of care, we offer gender-specific DXM addiction treatment and Comprehensive Addiction Treatment.
Gender-Specific treatment means that all levels of care, all recovery residences, and all groups are single gender. This allows for levels of growth and maturity that mixed-gender therapy simply doesn’t offer.
Comprehensive Addiction Treatment means that Lighthouse addresses the three distinct areas of substance abuse recovery – medical, psychotherapeutic, and social.
- We address the medical side of recovery through an onsite psychiatrist, and individualized medication assessments and programs.
- We address the psychotherapeutic side of recovery through a program, including individual counseling with a primary therapist, single-gender groups, family therapies, relapse prevention, and much more.
- We address the social side of recovery through our Community Living environment, fostering peer support networks, offering life skills development, offering vocational training, offering educational development, and much more.
No two patients will ever have the same experience at Lighthouse Recovery Institute’s DXM abuse treatment center. Rather, we strive to tailor all aspects of the treatment process to each individual’s struggle. This leads to insight, emotional development, and a lasting recovery.
Dextromethorphan Abuse Treatment
DXM abuse treatment can be complicated and frightening for those going through it. For this reason, dextromethorphan abuse rehabs need to take a specialized, client-centered approach.
DXM abuse doesn’t produce physical withdrawal symptoms, though it does bring with it some nasty mental symptoms. Suffice it to say, the detox from DXM isn’t pleasant.
Dextromethorphan abuse treatment centers should offer a combination of detox, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, twelve-step meetings, and long-term DXM abuse aftercare. It’s also beneficial to add nutritional and tertiary supports to any dextromethorphan abuse rehab regiment.
At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe dextromethorphan abuse treatment is an unparalleled opportunity for growth, maturity, and personal development. The day a client walks through our doors is the day they also walk through the door to a new life.
What is Dextromethorphan?
Dextromethorphan was first synthesized in the 1940’s. By the late 50’s, it was approved by the FDA. DXM tablets quickly replaced codeine-based cough syrups, which was initially the FDA’s hope.
By the early 70’s, DXM had to be placed into syrup form, as dextromethorphan addiction began to occur frequently. With the introduction of the Internet, DXM powder became cheap and widely available.
What are the Side Effects of Dextromethorphan Abuse?
• Lack of coordination
• Disassociation from body
• Visual and auditory hallucinations
• Impaired judgment
• Impaired thinking
• Flushing of the skin and rashes
• Numbness in extremities
• Blurred vision
• Nystagmus (rapid eye movement)
• Extreme Disorientation