What are Inhalants?

What are Inhalants?

Inhalants are any substance that can be inhaled to provide a high to the inhaler. This includes such things as typewriter correction fluid, air conditioning refrigerant, markers, spray paint, cooking spray and much more. These are products that are completely legal to own and have in your home and are in fact, in most homes. Any product that gives off a vapor or a gas can be used as an inhalant for obtaining a high.

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Inhalants are increasingly popular for teens and young adults as a means of getting high. For those that are addicted to this type of abuse the user is susceptible to loss of consciousness and Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. This can occur no matter how many or few times the individual has sniffed or huffed a vapor. If the individual huffing is pregnant at the time there are indications that the baby will exhibit symptoms similar to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Getting past huffing can be difficult given how accessible the materials are to anyone who wants them. Those addicted to inhalants can seek help from professionals. Huffing is both physically addictive and physiologically addictive.

How Are Inhalants Abused?

The way that people abuse inhalants is by breathing them in through the nose or through the mouth depending on the type of inhalant. Abusers typically begin by taking a deep inhale, then several additional breaths. They may inhale through snorting or sniffing the chemical vapors directly from an open container, or they may huff fumes directly from a rag that has been soaked in some type of chemical substance which is then held up to the face or even stuffed into the mouth. There are other methods of abusing inhalants as well, including spraying aerosol products directly into the nose or the mouth or even pouring an inhalant product onto the sleeves, collar or cuff of the shirt and then sniffing over time. This is especially common among teenagers who are attempting to use inhalant drugs at school.

There are a number of different signs and symptoms associated with inhalant use and abuse for the purpose of getting high. They may have a drink or a disoriented appearance, for example, or they may have stains or paint on the face, the hands or the clothing. They may keep hidden solvent or spray can containers, or they may have chemical-soaked clothing or rags present on them. Their speech may be slurred. They may have a strong chemical odor on their breath or in their clothing. They may have a red or a runny nose. They may have a sore or a rash around their nose or their mouth. All of these symptoms are solid indicators that someone is huffing or inhaling drugs or chemicals in order to get high.

Inhalants Addiction Recovery

Inhalants addictions can be hard to overcome given how easy it is to access the inhalants. The withdrawal symptoms from abruptly stopping the usage of inhalants include such things as:

  • Nervousness
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Pain
  • Irritability
  • Aggression
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Hand Tremors

A recovery plan for inhalants will focus a great deal on the psychological underlying issues that may have led to the addiction in the first place. This means behavioral therapy to help modify the addictive behaviors that the person exhibits as well as therapy in a group so that they can experience some of what others in similar situations have to offer.

Making sure that the person is able to face challenges that might post potentially harmful to the recovery is a big part of the process when it comes to getting past inhalant addiction. Through the help of medications to worth through the initial withdrawal and then helping the individual focus on life without the inhalants, recovery can be found from inhalants addiction. Often affected by inhalant addiction are the young teenagers. It is for this reason that most treatment plans are in patient in nature allowing qualified staff to ensure the patients stay on track.

Many people start out just experimenting with inhalants, but it gets out of hand and they become abusive or addicted over time. If you are experiencing an addiction to inhalants, then now is the time for you to start getting help through a detox and rehab facility in your local area. This is going to be the best way to make sure that you can overcome your addiction and move on with your life.

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