Dextromethorphan, also known as DXM, is a cough suppressant found in cold medications. Because it’s sold in many over-the-counter products, it’s easy for young people to get their hands on it. Although there’s some debate about whether someone can suffer DXM addiction physically, it’s definitely possible to abuse it and become dependent on it.
Why Is DXM So Dangerous?
You may have products sitting in your bathroom cabinet that contain this potentially dangerous substance. When taken as directed, cough medications are harmless. However, some people have figured out how to abuse these medications in order to get high.
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When a person takes DXM in large quantities, he’ll experience a powerful “buzz,” also known as a “robotrip.” Drinking cough syrup is the most common way to achieve this buzz. However, because it’s also available in cough-and-cold tablets, others may crush the pills to inject or snort them.
It can be a popular drug of choice at rave parties and music festivals, but because cough syrups are so readily available and inexpensive, it’s easy for teenagers to use and abuse DXM. Abusing DXM can very quickly lead to an overdose.
Signs of DXM Addiction
If you’ve noticed that your cough syrup disappears quickly, but no one in your home is coughing, then it’s worth looking into whether someone you care about is abusing DXM.
Signs of DMX addiction include:
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
- Short-term memory loss
Besides these signs, you’ll probably also notice that your loved one seems withdrawn, moody, and secretive. If you’re afraid someone you love has a DXM addiction, there’s help available.
Getting the Help You Need
At Serenity Lodge, we treat a wide range of addictions. Our amenity-rich facility welcomes men from all walks of life. Here, you’ll experience healing in a serene setting nestled on 22 acres of gorgeous land.
Our comprehensive addiction treatment programs include:
- 12-step program
- Drug rehab
- Residential inpatient
- Substance abuse treatment
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
Because we work on your body as well as your mind, our amenities help you feel healthy and whole again. Enjoy our sauna, pool, or spacious gym. Take in a film at our on-site movie theater or sing a few bars in our professional recording studio. You can experience a new beginning and live a healthy life that’s free from dependence.
Many of our counselors understand your struggle, because they’ve been in the same situations. Just as they made it through recovery, they’re ready to guide you through it, too. You can make the changes you need to leave destructive tendencies behind.
From individual counseling to group and Family Support, we’ll work with you to get to the core of your issues. We want you to feel safe and secure as you recover, so we provide an environment that caters to the positive changes you’re making in your life. Your long-term sobriety is our goal, and we’ll give you the support and guidance you need for a successful recovery.
Are you ready to overcome your addiction and get your life back? The road to recovery is waiting for you. Take the first step by calling Serenity Lodge today at (855) 932-4045.