As you may know, there’s currently a drug epidemic in the United States, but people are using drugs more discreetly. Currently, the biggest problem we have in our country is opioid use. They come in many different forms. Simply browsing the internet or overhearing conversations, you may hear talk of “lean.” This may lead you to ask yourself, “What is lean, and should I be concerned about it?”
What is Lean?
Lean is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s something that often flies under the radar. A combination of prescription cough syrup containing codeine and a liquid mixer, young people often use lean because it’s easily concealable. Some people mix with soda, but a common trend is using Jolly Rancher candy to give the drink different flavors. While the most popular slang for the drug is lean, people also refer to it as:
- Purple Drank
- Texas Tea
- Purple Jelly
This type of drug is often mentioned in rap music. It’s often rapped about glamorously, contributing to its popularity with young subcultures. This sends a mixed message about drugs. Although we teach kids that drugs are bad, there’s confusion when successful rappers condone their use.
Can Lean Be Dangerous?
Simply put, lean is just as dangerous as opioids. An opioid is an opioid, and anyone can develop drug dependence. Eventually, the person’s mind and body become so dependent they may experience withdrawal. During withdrawal, people typically use more opioids to ease symptoms.
Many people don’t think lean is a problem. Those who abuse the drug do so to fit in or enhance partying. It’s common for someone with a lean addiction to justify use because it’s so recreational. However, even with recreational use, the person can develop an addiction.
What Is Lean Addiction Treatment?
If you believe your loved one has an addiction to lean, Serenity Lodge can help. Our facility is located in Southern California on 22 beautiful acres. At our men’s rehab facility, we’ll show your loved one how to live a fulfilling life without drugs.
If you or a loved one are abusing lean, it’s time for an addiction treatment program, including therapy. One form of therapy used at lean addiction treatment centers are evidenced-based therapies, of which the main subtype is behavioral therapy. In behavioral therapy, a professional guides you in understanding and then changing the negative thoughts behind addictive behaviors. The objective of behavioral therapy is turning positive thoughts from sessions into enduring habits for you to follow.
The other main type of therapy is holistic therapy, which includes massage, expressive arts, and meditation. Unlike evidence-based psychotherapy, holistic healing focuses on participating in positive experiences. In holistic therapy, patients express themselves and calm their minds in order to overcome the psychological roots of lean addiction.
Therapies offered at Serenity Lodge addiction treatment centers include, but aren’t limited to:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) asks people to alter negative behaviors. ACT improves clients’ well-being by teaching them how to overcome negative thoughts and feelings.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT therapists help patients develop coping strategies to discourage negative behavior. Clients also learn new, more highly productive ways to deal with life without coping with addictive substances like lean.
- Relapse Prevention
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Family Support Program