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Inhalant Abuse

How do you find the best inhalant abuse treatment program? If you have an addiction to inhalants like nail polish remover, aerosol cooking spray or whipped cream, spray paint, and rubber cement, you are at a significantly increased risk of multiple physical and behavioral problems, such as:

  • Belligerence.
  • Confusion.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Sores around the mouth.
  • Red, runny eyes or nose.
  • Drunk, dazed appearance.
  • Impaired judgment.

Without the proper treatment, repeated inhalant abuse can result in heart damage. Death can occur even after one use, depending on the circumstances. So, finding a reputable rehab facility that has experience helping people get clean from an inhalant addiction is very important. If you prefer luxury amenities at your treatment facility, such as yoga, massage, or gourmet meals, include those considerations in your search.

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In January of 2012, according to news reports, the actress Demi Moore collapsed in front of friends and began having a series of seizures after a night of drug use. Her drug of choice was reportedly nitrous oxide, commonly found in canisters used to refill whipped cream containers. Clearly the drug is dangerous, if one person’s experience can send her to the hospital, yet many online news reports contained embedded ads for the exact same product the star allegedly used in the first place.

It’s true – inhalants are common, toxic and perfectly legal. It’s no wonder that so many people turn to inhalants. And it’s also no wonder that so many experts are alarmed at this trend.

Inhalant Basics

According to an article in American Family Physician, nearly 20% of students have experimented with inhalants by the time they reach high school.

This number might be low, however, as the authors of the article point out that there is no specific test that can be used to determine whether or not a person has used inhalants. While someone addicted to heroin can quickly be spotted through a urine test, there is no corollary test for inhalant abuse. There is reason to believe, however, that many teens use inhalants on a frequent basis, and many adults are turning to the drugs for much the same reasons.

There are well over a thousand items that can be targets of inhalant abuse. In most cases, people who abuse inhalants find the substances in the garage or underneath the kitchen sink. They’re cheap and easy to find, so there are few impediments to experimentation. According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, these solvents are popular with abusers:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Gasoline
  • Aerosol cooking spray or whipped cream
  • Spray paint
  • Rubber cement
  • Degreaser
Some inhalant abusers use anesthetics such as ether or nitrous oxide, and still others use nitrite room deodorizers, commonly known as “poppers” or “snappers.”

People who abuse inhalants can use one of three methods: huffing, sniffing or bagging. People who huff inhalants soak a rag or cloth with a substance and then put that rag over their mouth and nose and breathe deeply. People who sniff inhalants can place the substance on their clothes, or they can just sniff the substances out of their original containers. People who bag inhalants place the soaked cloth in a bag and breathe deeply from the bag. According to the Inhalant Abuse Prevention Program, some people also put the inhalant material into a balloon or a can in order to inhale it, or they heat up the substances and breathe in the fumes that result.

Effects and Risks

When users inhale these substances, they experience a rapid feeling of intoxication, followed by a sense of drowsiness, relaxation and lightheadedness. This sensation is often described as an intoxication similar to that caused by alcohol, except it comes on immediately, and it’s often a bit more intense than the feeling caused by alcohol.

Obviously, there are no rules that govern how much a user can or should inhale in order to feel the desired effect. This is not the way the products have been designed to be used, so there are no guidelines for this use. People who abuse the drugs for the first time face a very significant risk of taking in a strong and powerful dose, right off the bat. They have no idea how much to take, and no idea how they will react. This is a dangerous combination.

At low doses, the user might only feel mildly intoxicated for only a few moments. At high levels of abuse, the user could simply lose consciousness altogether. Inhalant use can also cause a wide variety of side effects, including:
  • Belligerence
  • Confusion
  • Lack of coordination
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired judgment

Most stories of addiction contain powerful statements about the cumulative effects of addiction. Over time, abusing most drugs can lead to powerful changes throughout the body, and these changes can have serious impacts on the health and well-being of the user. Inhalant abusers face an even more serious risk. According to the Mayo Clinic, many inhalants cause the user’s heart to beat rapidly and irregularly. This unnatural heartbeat can lead to death, and that death can occur the very first time the person even tries inhalants. People who abuse inhalants regularly are also not immune to this problem. Even if they’ve not experienced heart problems with their prior use, a hit gone wrong could be fatal, anywhere down the line. This is an incredibly dangerous substance to experiment with.

In addition, inhalant users who use the bagging method may place the entire bag over their heads to augment their experience. They may grow relaxed with that bag over their head, as the inhalants begin to take hold, and they may suffocate as a result.

Inhalants and Addiction

Since inhalants are legal and common, some people remain convinced that they are safe to use and don’t cause addiction. Experts don’t agree with this view. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that many people who abuse inhalants for many days in a row indicate that they have a strong need to abuse the drugs again. In other words, they’re experiencing cravings for the drug, and this is considered a hallmark of the addiction disease process.

There is a strong link between inhalant abuse and addiction to other substances. For example, a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that teens who abused inhalants tended to move on to develop other addictions, particularly if they began abusing inhalants at a young age and then progressed to using inhalants on a weekly basis. It could reasonably be said, therefore, that inhalants act as a sort of springboard to other forms of abuse, training the person to crave and use substances on a regular basis.

In addition, young people who abuse inhalants are more likely to be depressed and to have contemplated suicide, according to a separate article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The study’s authors don’t determine whether the teens were depressed because of their addiction, or whether the addiction came about due to the teens’ struggles with depression. However, the connection between the two conditions is certainly striking.

Signs of Use

Sometimes spotting abuse means learning more about the language people use to describe their drugs. Addicts may think they’re hiding their addictions through their use of slang, but by learning the terms, this deception can be uncovered by almost anyone.

There are a wide variety of terms used to describe inhalant abuse, and often they vary depending on the substance the user is trying to describe. But according to the Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse, these are common street terms for inhalants:
  • Air blast
  • Boppers
  • Buzz bomb
  • Hardware
  • Hippie crack
  • Laughing gas
  • Poor man’s pot
  • Rush
  • Snappers

In addition to these verbal changes, people who abuse inhalants often display physical signs that are relatively easy to spot. According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, these are common signs to watch for:

  • Sores around the mouth
  • A smell of chemicals on the breath or in the clothes
  • Red, runny eyes or nose
  • Paint stains on clothing or the skin
  • Nausea
  • Drunk, dazed appearance
  • Excitability
  • In teens, lack of performance at school or apathy
People who live with inhalant abusers may notice that chemicals always seem to be missing, or they tend to collect in the user’s room. They may also notice that the person demands privacy, and tends to become defensive when asked about his or her substance abuse. Some people may even pass out or fall during an intoxicated episode, making their addictions somewhat more clear.

What to Do

Someone who has passed out due to inhalant abuse needs to go to a hospital immediately. While there are no specific antidotes that can be given to someone who has abused inhalants, doctors can provide supportive treatments to clear airways, aid the heart and help the person recover. This should be considered a medical emergency.

When the person has recovered, it’s time to talk about rehabilitation. Addiction is a serious disease that can cause significant harm to the addict and his or her family. It can be hard to quit without help, but there are a variety of treatment programs that are designed to help addicted people understand why their addictions took hold and what they can do about it. People who began using drugs due to depression, for example, may truly benefit from programs that address both of these issues at the same time. People who have formed a chemical addiction to inhalants as well as other drugs may benefit from replacement drug therapies.

In other words, treatment works. The addict just needs to ask for help to get the process started. If you’d like more information on the best luxury inhalant addiction treatment rehab, contact us today at the number above. We can answer your questions and connect you with treatment programs across the country.

Inhalants Abuse Symptoms

The signs of inhalant abuse in your loved one may startle you, but recognizing the symptoms of drug abuse gives you the gift of being able to help them get the treatment they need. Inhaling aerosol sprays, chemical fumes, and other substances can be deadly and the sooner you act, the sooner your loved one will be safe from the risks related to abusing inhalants.

Some of the signs of dependence upon inhalants include:

  • Finding inhalants and cans (with no specific purpose) in your loved one’s belongings
  • Finding paper bags that are wrinkled, wet and stained by sprays
  • The smell of spray cans and fumes when you walk in on your loved one

When under the influence or when your loved one has recently used inhalants, you may notice that they have:

  • Glassy eyes
  • Stained fingers from spray paint and other chemicals
  • Dark marks on the face around the mouth and nose left behind by huffing inhalants using a paper bag
  • A hard time breathing
  • A hard time concentrating on conversation
  • An inability to stand still or walk straight without getting dizzy

Others signs of drug abuse include:

  • The inability to hold a job or function at school
  • A change in friends
  • Inattention to hygiene
  • Lying about whereabouts
  • Stealing money or stealing spray paint and other chemicals

If you believe that your loved one is struggling with inhalant abuse, don’t wait to help them get into a drug addiction treatment program. Here they can get the medical care they need to address the damage done by inhalants and learn the coping skills necessary to avoid drug abuse in the future. Call now to get started.

Inhalants Abuse Treatment

The best way to address inhalant abuse is to enroll in a drug abuse treatment program that provides both medical and psychotherapeutic treatment. Together, the two halves of the program can address the mental cravings to get high as well as the physical issues and tolerance that develop over time with chronic abuse.

Detox of Inhalant Abuse

Some people develop withdrawal symptoms when they don’t abuse inhalants after they have become accustomed to ingesting the substance regularly. However, for most people, the physical issues that require treatment in inhalant abuse recovery are the acute symptoms that occur during an inhalant “hangover” after short-term abuse and the long-term medical issues that can develop due to chronic abuse. Depending upon the extent of the inhalant abuse, the physical damage done to the body and brain may be mild, moderate or severe.

Psychotherapeutic Treatment for Inhalant Abuse

Arguably the most difficult – and important – part of any addiction treatment program, the different types of therapy incorporated into your personal treatment can give you the key to unlock:

  • Why you were drawn to drug abuse
  • Underlying trauma from childhood or early adulthood
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Family issues
  • Social anxiety and interpersonal issues
  • Healthy goals and dreams for the future

Find the Right Inhalant Abuse Treatment Program for Your Needs

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