Purple Drank will “ Knock you out, make you fall asleep when you’re on them wheels ain’t no doubt…” These are a few lyrics from the song “Sippin on sizzurp” by Three 6 Mafia, with over 9 million views on youtube. It is one of many instances in pop culture bringing this new craze into the forefront of entertainment media. Whether you are a believer in subliminal programming, media influence, or simply, pervasive thoughts in the collective atmosphere, the reality is clear that this relatively new form of mental escape is definitely filtering in, and does not discriminate, affecting the lives of many addicts, from teens, to pop stars, to professional athletes.
What is this sizzurp; this addictive concoction that has become a dangerous trend, and helped land aspiring hip hop producer Harisson Garcia behind bars for 30 years? What are the effects, the dangers, and the dark truth behind the purple drank, so easy to come by, and so hard to recover from? In this article, I’ll explore the answers to these questions as I delve into what drives the lean drink craze, as well as the challenges that come with its addictive appeal.
The Makings of a new recreational drug
Lean- also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, and dirty sprite, is a mixture of prescription cough syrup, soda, and sometimes hard candy. It has been around since the ’80s but has grown in popularity and become a staple cocktail, especially among sections of the rap world and pop culture in general.
Promethazine, present in the cough syrup is a major tranquilizer. Combine that with the codeine and opiate, and you get a dissociative, out of body type of experience. Add in any other drugs that might enter the mix and you have a very dangerous cocktail that has left many fighting for their health, and others dead.
Dangers Of Lean
The Codeine in prescription cough syrup makes it very addictive. There is a misconception that it’s weaker than other drugs in the opiate category, such as heroin. But the amount of Codeine that people are getting in the drink is massive and is essentially the same as being addicted to heroin, just without the needle, and an incredibly misleading sweet candy and soda coverup. the promethazine, while effective in minimizing congestion with small doses, causes a lot of serious side effects in large doses. Side effects include:
• Memory problems
• Blurred Vision
Continued usage of Lean Drink may cause other health issues such as
• Dental Decay
• Weight Gain
• Trouble breathing
• Irregular heartbeat
Even when Lean doesn’t contain promethazine or codeine, it can still be potentially fatal. Another common ingredient present in many cough syrups used to create Lean Drink is Dextromethorphan (DXM) which has disassociative effects similar to PCP or Ketamine and affects the dopamine production in the brain, a primary factor in addiction. Side effects of DXM include:
• Loss of coordination
• Increased Blood Pressure
• Increased Heart Rate
• Reduced Oxygen to the brain
Just as with any drug though, those who have faced the intense momentum of addiction know first hand that knowledge of dangerous side effects alone is no match for the lure of euphoria that becomes a driving force of the addiction. So what if you find yourself in the grips of its hold. What can you do? Just as with any substance, the road to freedom requires support, especially through the withdrawal period, and this particular substance does come with an intense withdrawal period.
What to Expect in withdrawals from Lean Drink
Because of the variety of ingredients being used to create Lean Drink, the symptoms of withdrawal can vary but may include the following:
• Aching Muscles
• Sleeping difficulties
• Abdominal cramps
The intensity of withdrawal from this particular substance often requires detox in a medically supervised detox center. Oasis recovery can help direct you to a detox center and be there to support you in your continued recovery afterward. Through our individualized approach, we take into consideration your personal struggle with this substance, and how it has shaped your experience. Click here if you are struggling with addiction to Lean Drink and need help, or click here if your loved one needs help getting off of it. All it takes is the first step, to reach out for help and begin to open yourself to the freedom that is possible. No matter how addicted you or your loved one may be, the opposite is always possible, the opposite of health, well-being, and natural relief that comes from effective treatment is, with proper support, attainable.