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Cough Medicine Rehab Centers and Detox Programs in California

How long will cough medicine show up on a drug test?

Depending on the type of cough medicine that has been taken, they generally can be detected for 3 to 7 days in urine. However, if the use of dose is substantial, then the time for detection increases.

Cough Medicine Addiction and Rehabilitation in California

Throughout the state of California are hundreds of different drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and facilities, and this includes detox centers, inpatient programs, and outpatient facilities. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is an expanding business, and facilities operating within the state offer a more specialized form of treatment for addiction and particular drugs. Cough and cold medicine addiction is a problem that many people face living within the state, and most of these drugs can be easily gotten by anyone. Most cough and cold medicines can be purchased over the counter, where other medications with codeine in them are given by prescription. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website directory provide extensive lists of services that operate within the state, but unfortunately, there is no specific list of which facilities provide drug rehabilitation for a cough or cold medicine addiction.

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Abusing cough and cold medicine is not like abusing alcohol

There is a common misconception that cough and cold medicines are riddled with alcohol and that it can be a convenient way to use this drug and experience the same high as when drinking alcohol. The substance within cough medicine that people are confusing with alcohol is dextromethorphan, and when this drug is abused in abundance, it will cause some serious side effects. Because cough medicine and cold medicines are easy to purchase, it is abused by people who are unable to afford alcohol and other drugs, or in many circumstances, teens and young adults end up abusing these drugs. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs will help a person detox from these drugs and can offer the proper treatment and rehabilitation to help a person through any type of severe or moderate addiction.

Hydrocodone-based cough syrup can also be addictive, such as Hycodan,  Hycomine and Tussionex.

California Addiction Services by Type of Drug

California Addiction Services by Type of Drug

Here is a list of the different Detox & Treatment Centers for cough medicine abuse in California. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our counselors at 1-800-304-2219.

List of Residential Rehabs for cough syrup Addiction in California