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What Is Lean (Drug)?

Lean has become popular among some celebrities and young people. But what exactly is it, and why is it so dangerous? Lean, also known as “Purple Drank,” “Sizzurp,” or “Dirty Sprite,” is a drink that people use to get high. Lean might look harmless, but its strong ingredients can cause serious health issues. Knowing what it does to your body is important for preventing and treating addiction. It’s made by mixing prescription cough syrup with codeine, a soft drink like Sprite, and sometimes candy. If you or someone you know is addicted to Lean, Buckeye Recovery Network offers special programs to help you recover safely and effectively. Keep reading to learn more about Lean, its dangers, and how Buckeye Recovery Network can help you improve.

The Dangers of Lean

Ingredients and Effects

Lean’s main ingredient is a prescription cough syrup, which contains codeine, an opioid that helps with pain and cough. It also has promethazine, an antihistamine that makes you sleepy. Together, these ingredients can make you feel relaxed and happy, but they come with big risks:

  • Breathing Problems: Codeine can make breathing hard, especially in large amounts.
  • Addiction: You can become addicted to Lean and need more of it to feel the same effects.
  • Thinking Issues: Lean can mess up your ability to think clearly and make good decisions.

Health Risks and Side Effects

Lean can cause many health problems, both in the short-term and long-term. Short-term effects include feeling dizzy, sick, and uncoordinated. Long-term use can cause:

  • Organ Damage: Lean can hurt your liver and kidneys over time.
  • Mental Health Issues: Using Lean can make anxiety and depression worse.
  • Overdose: Taking too much Lean can lead to a deadly overdose, especially if mixed with other drugs or alcohol.

Recognizing Lean Addiction

Signs and Symptoms

It’s important to know the signs of Lean addiction. Look out for:

  • Behavior Changes: Acting secretive, avoiding family and friends, and not taking care of responsibilities.
  • Physical Signs: Always being tired, slurred speech, and clumsiness.
  • Mental Signs: Mood swings, anxiety, and feeling depressed.

Impact on Life and Relationships

Lean addiction can affect all parts of your life:

  • School and Work: Poor performance and missing days because of drug use.
  • Relationships: Problems with family and friends due to changes in behavior.
  • Legal Trouble: Using prescription drugs without a prescription can lead to legal issues.

Treatment Options at Buckeye Recovery Network

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

At Buckeye Recovery Network, we know that addiction often comes with mental health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment helps with both, offering:

  • Medical Detox: Safe and supervised detox to manage withdrawal symptoms.
  • Therapy: Individual and group sessions to understand and treat mental health problems.
  • Medication: Medicines to help with mental health symptoms and cravings.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) lets you get treatment while still living at home. It includes:

  • Therapy Sessions: Regular therapy to help with recovery.
  • Life Skills: Activities and workshops to build important life skills.
  • Support Groups: Groups where you can share experiences and get support from others.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is for those who need more intensive care. It offers:

  • Daily Therapy: Intensive therapy every day to address addiction and mental health.
  • Medical Monitoring: Regular check-ups and medicine management.
  • Holistic Treatments: Yoga, meditation, and art therapy to support recovery.

Aftercare Services

Recovery doesn’t stop after treatment. Our Aftercare Services provide:

  • Continued Therapy: Ongoing therapy sessions to keep you on track.
  • Support Networks: Connection to local support groups.
  • Relapse Prevention: Plans to help you avoid relapse.

Contact Our Team Today For Support

Lean is a dangerous drug that can lead to serious health problems and addiction. Knowing its effects and recognizing the signs of addiction are crucial steps towards recovery. Buckeye Recovery Network offers advanced treatment options to help you or your loved one recover. Don’t wait to get help. Share this blog to spread awareness or contact us today to learn more about our programs.


Lean is a drink made from prescription cough syrup with codeine, a soft drink, and sometimes candy. It’s dangerous because it can cause breathing problems, addiction, and other serious health issues.

Signs include changes in behavior, physical symptoms like drowsiness and slurred speech, and mental symptoms like mood swings and anxiety.

We offer programs like Dual Diagnosis Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), and Aftercare Services to address both addiction and mental health issues.

Encourage them to seek professional help, offer support, and contact a treatment center like Buckeye Recovery Network for help.

Yes, long-term use can cause serious health problems like organ damage, mental health issues, and an increased risk of overdose. Seeking treatment is crucial.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.