Inhalant addiction isn’t as prevalent as addictions to other substances; However, when untreated, it can be extremely serious. It is important that an individual who is dependent or addicted to inhalants seek treatment. Here at Rehab Carolinas, we offer treatment programs for individuals who are struggling with inhalant addiction. Call us today to take the first step towards sobriety.
What are Inhalants?
Typically, inhalants are household products that are comprised of chemicals that result in intoxication if inhaled. Because inhalants are usually found around the house, the demographic most commonly affected by inhalant addiction is the adolescent, typically ages 12-19. Inhaling substances is commonly referred to as “huffing”. Huffing is performed by soaking a cloth and placing it near the face, sniffing near the surface of the chemicals in a bag or container, or directly spraying chemicals from an aerosol container into the lungs through the mouth. Effects of inhaling household chemicals typically only last a few minutes, but, within those few minutes, users experience a rush or intense euphoria which may contribute to the development of addiction. Some commonly inhaled household products include:
- Lighter fluid
- Nail polish remover
- Cleaning products
- Cooking oil spray
What Are The Dangers of Inhalant Abuse?
Using inhalants to get high is considered abuse due to the danger involved in just one use. Inhalants are classified as a central nervous system depressant. Substances that fall into this category affect respiratory and cardiovascular systems which depend on the nervous system to function. One use can result in heart and respiratory failure, leading to an overdose fatality.
Statistics on Inhalant Abuse in the United States
Inhalant abuse isn’t very common but remains high among younger generations. According to a study performed by The National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2016, 7.7% of 8th graders, 6.6% of 10th graders, and 5% of 12th graders have all tried inhalants in their lifetimes. Perhaps the most frightening find of this study is that the younger the class, the higher the lifetime use percentage. This means that inhalant use may be growing in popularity with our youngest generations. Because of these statistics, it is important to raise awareness about the dangerous effects and addiction to these substances.
How to Tell if Your Child is Abusing Inhalants
If you aren’t sure if your child is abusing inhalants, there are a few signs you can watch for. These signs include:
- An intoxicated appearance similar to being drunk
- Slurred speech
- Suppressed appetite
- Lack of focus
- Health issues like kidney, liver, or blood problems
Treatment for Inhalant Addiction
If you or someone you love is struggling with inhalant abuse, there is help available. If you’re the parent of a child who you suspect is using inhalants, it’s best to talk to your child in a supportive and compassionate way about considering treatment. Rehab Carolinas offers a number of programs to meet the needs of any individual struggling with addiction. Recovery is most definitely possible if you’re motivated to get sober. Because inhalant abuse can lead to death with any and every use, it’s extremely important to get help immediately. Start living the sober life you deserve and call us today to speak with an addiction specialist.