DXM Addiction and Treatment

DXM Addiction treatments we provide in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba

Street names for dextromethorphan include: “Candy,” “C-C-C,” “Dex,” “DM,” “Drex,” “Red Devils,” “Robo,” “Rojo,” “Skittles,” “Tussin,” “Velvet,” and “Vitamin D”; slang terms for chronic abuse include: “Dexing,” “Robotripping,” and “Robodosing.”

Certain subsets of the general population appear at higher risk, including teenagers, alcoholics, and narcotic abusers. Dextromethorphan is readily available to the general public in the form of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold preparations. It is also a narcotic agent that carries the potential for abuse and addiction. Chronic abuse of dextromethorphan may be a more common form of substance abuse in primary care than is currently recognized.

Dextromethorphan is a N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, like PCP and ketamine, however, it can produce dissociative effects in higher doses. Users describe a set of distinct dose-dependent “plateaus” ranging from a mild stimulant effect with distorted visual perceptions at low doses to a sense of complete dissociation from one’s body at larger doses.

The effects typically last for 6 hours. These include bizarre and hyperactive behavior, nystagmus, ataxia, hallucinations, CNS depression, and a false-positive urine test for PCP.

Even after the withdrawal is managed according to the individual’s needs, there is still the emotional and psychological distress provide. Specific individualized attention to the person’s emotional and psychological needs is critical as well. During this time, exercise is very helpful along with counselling sessions that meet you where you are at following your withdrawal.

The next step is to make sure that your emotional and psychological pain is addressed and needs are met. Fortunately, Aurora’s expert counsellors provide both cognitive therapy and behavioural modification. These are the best therapies for any addiction. You will learn new ways to handle old problems, and new behaviours that work for you instead of turning to DXM which has been working against you up to now.

Exercise and other physical activities are crucial to your recovery. Aurora has beautiful walking trails, mountain bikes, an exercise room with equipment for you to use, and one of the largest pools in Manitoba. We have sports equipment and other options available as well. You will have a personal medically approved physical activity program designed especially for your current physical condition.

Treatment would be incomplete without skill building techniques to help you to avoid the need to return to DXM use. If you have and use these tools, permanent recovery is possible, and likely. Another important element of treatment is learning relaxation techniques. Once you are no longer depending on pills you will need to learn other ways to manage your free life and enjoy it to its fullest. Spiritual and meditative treatments have proved to be quite helpful, amongst other techniques.

One of the most successful things users can do is attend a twelve step program. Twelve step programs have the greatest success for the greatest number of addicts. You will benefit from this experience while in treatment and you will learn how to be able to enjoy your life, deal with your problems and achieve your dreams through the practice of these steps instead of the addicted to DXM.

Our residential treatment program and ongoing outpatient care are the best practices for anyone suffering from DXM addiction. Aurora provides all of this to you at our beautiful centre located on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Our landscape and magnificent views of the lake and wildlife provide a relaxed, serene and spacious environment as you receive your daily treatment services. Your nutritional addictions recovery meals, your treatment program, your treatment experts at Aurora all combine with your courage to provide your best opportunity for permanent recovery. You have taken your very first step to recovery just by reading this. Now, call us and give yourself the opportunity for a new life.

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