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Teenage DXM Addiction

Most kids can't stand the taste of cough syrup and other cough-treating products. As parents, we know the struggle all too well of trying to get our sick children to swallow just a brief spoonful of trusted medicines. Robitussin, Nyquil, and other sticky liquids were never the favorite remedy and often ended up spilled on pajamas or the floor. Full of these memories, parents are shocked to hear about one of the latest drug crazes making its way to teenagers across the country: DXM addiction and abuse. DXM, more technically known as dextromethorphan is the active ingredient in over the counter cough and cold medications. Abused in high quantities, DXM can create hallucinogenic-like side effects as well as produce symptoms of dissociation. The combination of visual, physical, and auditory disturbances in addition to the mind-bending experience of feeling detached from body, self, or reality, is a draw to kids who can find the substance in their home. Today, in most areas, cold medications are controlled and require an ID to purchase. For the unsuspecting parents, adolescent DXM abuse treatment programs are available for your teen and to inform you of this trend. Names to listen for in conversations among your teen and their peers include:
  • DXM (the active ingredient found in cold medications)
  • Triple C's (referring to taking many boxes of Coricidin)
  • Robo-trippin (the term used for getting intoxicated on Robotussin)
Symptoms Of DXM Intoxication
  • Constantly claiming to have a cold or not feel well
  • Never wanting to go to the doctor, but just wanting to buy some cough or cold medicine instead
  • Regularly running out of cold medicine in the house
  • Finding empty bottles of cough syrups or punch packets of cold medicines
  • Changes in personality, behavior, attitude, and appearance
Side Effects of DXM Intoxication Some medications, like Coricidin can cause bizarre physical side effects like a yellowing of the eyes and growing of the pupils. Psychologically, Robitussin can create intense visualizations. All DXM substances in abusively high amounts can cause an overdose. Other side effects can include:
  • Feeling drunk or intoxicated
  • Short term memory loss
  • Mild to severe hallucinations
  • Mild to severe dissociation
  • Heart failure
  • Liver damage
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizure
  • Coma

DXM addiction can become a life-altering issue with a high potential for fatal overdose or long-term brain damage. If your teen is struggling with addiction to DXM or other addictive substances, call Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today. Providing premier residential treatment for adolescents, our programs focus on helping teens build a foundation while cleansing their life mind, body and spirit. For more information, call 662-598-4214 today.