Inhalant Addiction

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Have you heard of inhalants? These are common household products that some people misuse to get a quick high.

Many think it’s harmless because they're everyday items that everyone uses. But, abusing these products can lead to inhalant addiction. Let's learn more about this condition and the risks that come with it.

What is an Inhalant Addiction?

Inhalants are everyday products like glue, paint thinners, and even whipped cream chargers. When people breathe in their vapors on purpose, they might feel a quick rush or slight dizziness.

But these items aren't made to be misused like this. They're made for tasks around the house or other purposes like cleaning or doing repairs.

So, what is inhalant addiction? It's when someone can't stop using these products to get that feeling. They might think about it all the time and go out of their way to feel high, even if they know it's bad for them.

Some younger kids and teens try inhalants because they're easy to find at home. But it's dangerous, and over time a person can become addicted to these substances.

Signs and Symptoms of Inhalant Addiction

If someone is addicted to inhalants, they might show different signs. Here's what to look out for:

Physical Signs

  • Smelling like chemicals. Their breath or clothes might have a strong scent.
  • Finding paint or stains on their skin or clothes. It could be around their mouth, hands, or nose.
  • Their eyes might be red, or they might have a runny nose without being sick.
  • They seem dizzy, confused, or act like they're drunk when they haven't had alcohol.
  • They might not want to eat much.
  • Sometimes, they act really excited for no reason.
  • They might not care about things they used to love, such as hobbies or spending time with friends.
  • Their moods might change frequently. One moment they're happy, and the next, they're sad or angry.
  • They might seem scared or think that people are out to get them.
  • Some people see or hear things that aren't there after using inhalants.
  • Knowing these signs can help spot if someone needs help. The sooner they get it, the better.

Behavioral Signs

Psychological Signs

Impact and Effects of Inhalant Addiction

Using inhalants might seem harmless at first, but they can negatively affect both the body and brain. Here are some of the effects they can cause:

Body Problems

  • Breathing troubles. It might become hard to catch your breath.
  • Feeling dizzy or faint often.
  • The heart can beat too fast and cause problems. Some people even pass out.
  • Liver and kidney damage. These organs clean your body, and the chemicals in inhalants can harm them.
  • Trouble thinking or remembering things.
  • Mood changes. Someone might feel sad or angry often.
  • Vision problems. It might become blurry or harder to see.

Brain Problems

Some of these problems can get better if the person stops using inhalants. But some might stay, and they can change a person's life in a negative way.

Treatment for Inhalant Addiction

No one should face addiction alone. There are places and people who want to help.

Some of the best forms of aid include:

  • Talk Therapy: Talking to someone like a counselor can help. They'll listen and give advice on how to avoid using inhalants.
  • Medicine: Sometimes doctors might prescribe medicine. It can help with withdrawal symptoms or cravings.
  • Group Sessions: Being around others who understand can be a big help. Sharing stories and tips makes the journey easier.
  • Staying Busy: Finding new hobbies or activities can take the mind off inhalants. It might be sports, art, or even just reading.

Treatment isn't one-size-fits-all. What works for one person might not work for another. But the important thing is to keep trying.

Get Help with Inhalant Addiction Today

If you or someone you know is struggling with inhalants, it's time to get help. Reach out to the expert team at Aurora Behavioral Health-Arizona and get the help you deserve today!