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What Being Addicted to Triple C Means for Your Life

Shelves of medication that can make Triple C addiction more likely

Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold (Triple C) is among the least discussed addictive drugs in the United States. Despite the lack of coverage about the dangers of the drug, Triple C addiction in teens is a huge problem, and the drug can have detrimental effects on your family.

The main ingredient that causes the abuse of Triple C is dextromethorphan (DXM). Learning more about DXM abuse and possible Triple C overdose signs is crucial to protect your family from harm. Call 888.341.3607 to speak with someone from the knowledgeable team at Ashwood Recovery about Triple C and our prescription drug addiction treatment options in Idaho.

Understanding Triple C Addiction

Depending on the amount taken, abusing dextromethorphan results in four different levels of intoxication, each more dangerous than the last:

  • Stage one – Inebriation, much like drunkenness from alcohol. This can include symptoms like the inability to walk straight, agitation, excitement, and exhibiting a willingness to engage in risky behavior.
  • Stage two – A deepened intoxication, causing slurred speech and mild cases of hallucination. At this stage, short-term memory can also be adversely affected.
  • Stage three – This stage, usually reached through heavy doses of DXM, results in a wholly changed mode of consciousness. This is associated with severe hallucinations, the loss of vision or other senses, and the complete loss of control over actions and behaviors.
  • Stage four – This is the highest plateau of experience when taking DXM for a high and can result in an out-of-body experience, with all physical senses being shut off completely. This level of high can be compared to taking phencyclidine (PCP), a highly dangerous and addictive synthetic drug.

Taken at high doses, Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold can be both dangerous and addictive. The drug works as a dissociative anesthetic, which makes the effects of high doses dangerous in the short term and the health effects detrimental in the long term.

Identifying Triple C Abuse and Addiction

Suppose you take Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold to get high or experience hallucinations. In that case, you should already know you are abusing the over-the-counter drug, if not already addicted. But what are the specific signs of abuse and addiction can parents, friends, and caretakers look for?

Physical Symptoms of Triple C Abuse

First and foremost, it is crucial to understand the symptoms associated with Triple C abuse. These are typically physical symptoms and include some or all of the following:

  • Stomach pain and spasms
  • Slowed or labored breathing
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Numbed hands and feet

In addition to these physical signs of the use of Triple C, you can be on the lookout for the symptoms of addiction to the drug.

Signs of Triple C Addiction

Some of the signs and symptoms of addiction to Triple C to look for include:

  • Spending less time with friends or family
  • Exhibiting a lack of appetite
  • Showing anger or hostility toward loved ones
  • Showing signs of depression or anxiety

Of course, not all of these are sure signs that a teenager may abuse Triple C—especially since some can also correlate with adolescence.

Triple C Abuse and Addiction Treatment

Coricidin HBP Cough & Cold abuse and addiction can occur very young since it is possible to become addicted to drugs at any age. First and foremost, you can take an addiction quiz to determine whether or not you or someone you love is an addict to Triple C.

If you find that you cannot abstain from using Triple C, addiction treatment can help. The first step will most likely be to go through drug detox. After you detox, you will move on to drug rehab. During rehab, you will learn why you started using Triple C. You may have been using this drug to counteract the effects of a co-occurring disorder like anxiety or depression. With the underlying cause treated, relapse is much less likely.

Many people don’t go to rehab because they believe they cannot afford it. If you have health insurance, most of the cost should be covered.

Find Addiction Treatment in Idaho at Ashwood Recovery

Ashwood Recovery offers comprehensive dextromethorphan addiction treatment. Contact Ashwood Recovery today at 888.341.3607 to learn more.