Inhalant Addiction Treatment
People will stretch the limits on almost anything, especially teenagers. That is why inhalant addiction treatment is to vital to the health and well-being of a young person who makes the decision that inhaling glue, household cleaning solvents, paint thinner, or any other noxious chemical for the purpose of getting high is in far more trouble than they realize. Inhaling a substance can produce a high very quickly, as the substance is absorbed into the bloodstream quickly and gets to the brain quickly.
Often people will sniff the chemical, like taking the top off a perfume bottle to catch a whiff of the fragrance, only it is an intense inhalation. Believe it or not, some will inhale gasoline fumes, paint, aerosol sprays, glue, anything that will produce a high. They can open the can and inhale, or pour some of the chemical on to a rag and sniff it at close range.
Looking for a “HIGH”
Young people will try this because it’s a new experience and they’re looking for a kick. Older people may use common household chemicals to get high because they can’t afford anything else. But teens are probably the most likely group of people to use this, because it’s easily accessible and they’re bored and want something to do. A friend of mine is a missionary in Senegal and reports that young kids on the streets are addicted to sniffing glue.
Inhalants will produce a short-term intoxication, usually lasting less than an hour and because of this, the user keeps sniffing to keep the high going. They may experience some of the same general types of effects, such as euphoria, inhibition, hallucinations. And, like other drugs, the effects might also include drowsiness, delusions, mental confusion.
Obviously chemicals such as paint, gasoline and floor cleaner can also cause nausea, vomiting, a runny nose, nosebleeds and cough, and vision problems. Users who repeatedly sniff chemicals are at risk of overdose and even death.
Warning signs of addiction
Just like people who take cocaine or opioids, inhalant users will get bodily warning signs of trouble. Cardiac problems can arise, resulting in a heart attack. Respiratory failure is another possibility. It’s not uncommon for a person to overdose and die, even the first time they try an inhalant.
Many chemicals contain extremely dangerous toxins, which are absorbed in the body and can cause irreparable damage. The symptoms may be hard to detect. People will become depressed or anxious, they can also be violent, irritable and experience any number of ill effects.
The important thing is to get people into treatment. Inhalant addicts are more often than not psychologically addicted to the chemical, not necessarily physically addicted, although that is possible. The physical damage can be irreversible, so getting them off the substance is important.
Treatment is needed
Inhalant addiction treatment is important because people who have fallen into that hole need to learn how to rebuild their lives, live without the substance and be productive and happy. There are some options on treatment, but some of the more desirable are in-patient, residential settings, where counselors can have hands-on, daily contact with addicts.
For those who do not have the financial resources for in-patient, there is also hope through therapeutic groups, 12 Step programs and individual counseling. It is important for families, especially parents of teenagers, to select a treatment program that will address the specific issues facing the addict.
An inhalant addict needs something different from an alcoholic, so treatment has to be tailored to meet those needs.
The sooner they receive inhalant addiction treatment the better, because as stated inhalants are very toxic and the physical damage to their brain and body can be permanent and significant. It is also important to know whether or not another substance is being used, so while a teenager for example may be using inhalants, he/she may also have had access to other dangerous and illegal drugs.
Steps to take
If you find out you child is using here are the inhalant addiction treatment steps to take IMMEDIATELY.
Get the problem identified and get help!
The important thing is to get the problem identified and do not be afraid to seek help. Al-Anon is a solid organization and can offer good advice, counsel and support. Inhalant addiction treatment can be successful if the addict allows the process to move forward. Don’t ignore the signs and expect it to go away, it won’t.
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