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Cough Medicine Rehab Centers and Detox Programs in Hawaii

Cough and Cold Medicine Addiction in Hawaii

For many people living throughout the islands of Hawaii, drug and alcohol addiction are a very real and serious problem, and in fact, many people struggles with addiction to over the counter drugs such as cough and cold medicines. A person may not think these drugs can become addicting, but some of the active ingredients found within these drugs can have adverse side effects when large quantities are taken. For example, Dextromethorphan and Codeine are found within most cough and cold medicines, whether they are over the counter or prescribed. When these drugs are not taken as directed, they can become habit forming, and the user may require some treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website directory do list the services for Hawaii, but does not specifically state what programs treat cough and cold medicine addiction.

Are cough and cold medicines mixed with alcohol?

Yes, commonly people who abuse cough and cold medicines will mix them with other drugs such as alcohol and marijuana. Because DXM or Dextromethorphan is found in cough medicines, it will be a dangerous combination with alcohol, as it intensifies the effects of the alcohol. Both alcohol and cough medication are legal and can be easily purchased, and this makes them a tempting combination for young people who are looking for a different kind of high. Both drugs when abused can act as severe depressants, and this can potentially lead to other problems later in life, or a very serious and extreme addiction can be developed.

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

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Hawaii Addiction Services by Type of Drug

Hawaii Addiction Services by Type of Drug

Here is a list of the different Detox & Treatment Centers for cough medicine abuse in Hawaii. 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 Hawaii