Inhalants are a broad range of household and industrial chemicals whose volatile vapors or pressurized gases can be concentrated and breathed in via the nose or mouth to produce intoxication, in a manner not intended by the manufacturer.
There are hundreds of household products on the market today that can be misused as inhalants. Within seconds of inhalation, a person experiences intoxication along with other effects similar to those produced by alcohol. These products are sometimes sniffed or snorted. They may also be bagged which is when fumes are inhaled from a plastic bag. They also can be huffed which is a soaked rag, sock, or roll of toilet paper is inhaled through the mouth to achieve a high.
Inhalants are also sniffed directly from the container. Examples of products used to get high include but are not limited to model airplane glue, nail polish remover, cleaning fluids, hair spray, gasoline, the propellant in aerosol whipped cream, spray paint, fabric protector, cooking spray and correction fluid. One of the most common ones if Freon which is air conditioner fluid.
What are the Dangers of Using Inhalants?
Long-term use can lead to compulsive inhalant use and mild withdrawal syndrome. Additional symptoms caused by long-term inhalant use include weight loss, muscle weakness, disorientation, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, and depression. After heavy use of inhalants, a person may feel drowsy for several hours and experience a lingering headache. Because intoxication lasts only a few minutes, people using inhalants often seek to prolong their high by continuing to inhale repeatedly over the course of several hours. Doing this can cause loss of consciousness and death. Prolonged inhalant use can cause damage to the parts of the brain that control thinking, moving, seeing, and hearing. Possible effects can range from mild impairment to severe dementia.
What are the Signs of Inhalant Abuse?
Some of the warning signs to look for are slurred speech, inability to coordinate movements, dizziness, confusion, delirium, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, hallucinations, and delusions. If you notice that a loved one is showing any of these signs, it could possibly mean they are using inhalants. The National Institute of Health (NIH) monitored statics that shows a prevalent trend of inhalant abuse between 8th graders to 12th graders.
What Does Treatment for Inhalants Look Like?
Treatment for inhalant abuse depends upon several factors, including the age and gender of the patient, the length and severity of the patient’s drug problems, the type of inhalants being abused, the abuse of or addition to any other substances, and the presence of any co-occurring disorders. Sudden sniffing death is particularly associated with the abuse of butane, propane, and chemicals in aerosols, and can result from a single session of inhalant abuse by an otherwise healthy person. There is urgency in seeking treatment for inhalant abuse.
How Can Recreate Life Counseling Help with Inhalant Abuse?
We are a drug and alcohol rehab for everyone. We take pride in our individualized treatment programs that are tailored to meet the needs of men, women, and families affected by addiction. Here in our Delray Beach or Boynton Beach, Florida locations, we at Recreate Life Counseling offer partial hospitalization which is a day and night treatment with community housing and also intensive outpatient therapy. It is our mission to offer clients help to recreate their lives.
We are committed to helping the addicted person start and remain in the recovery process. We will structure a treatment plan in a way that is conducive to the personal vision you or your loved one has for an addiction-free life. Neither you or a loved one has to be addicted to inhalants. Call now to speak with one of our experts or come in for a tour.