Inhalant abuse occurs when there is a dependence to “huffing” household and industrial substances (usually used with legitimate purposes). These substances are usually abused to experience an intoxicating high similar to alcohol. When inhaled, the psychoactive properties found in these substances alter the mental state immensely.
Although the high from huffing inhalants generally only lasts for a few minutes, addicts will typically inhale repeatedly in order to continue the high or extend the effect of the product.
Long term abuse of inhalants can be mentally and physically addictive and difficult to quit without a detox and a proper treatment plan. These household items are typically readily available, so it has known to be a favored substance to be misused by teenagers or young adults. An inhalant that is most seen to be misused are Whippets, because they are so readily available, over the counter and can be found purchased at many places. They are easy to use and easier to find.
Some examples of inhalants used include: Nitrates, Solvents, Gases and Aerosols.
The high one will experience from huffing inhalants generally only lasts for a few minutes. Users will typically inhale repeatedly in order to prolong the effect of the substance, which can cause major damage to the brain and respiratory system.
Some of the Effects produced by Inhalants:
- Slurred Speech
- Loss of Coordination
- Chemical Burns
- Nerve Damage
- Kidney Damage
- Liver Damage
- Long-term memory impairment
- Impairment of Cognitive Processing
It is very possible for an overdose to occur when misusing inhalants. Due to their direct impact om the respiratory system, as well as the effect they have on the circulation and nervous system, inhalants can be highly dangerous.
At Hira Health, we help treat inhalant addiction and during the initial detox phase, use medications that will help reduce the effects of withdrawal and cravings. After the initial detox, it is highly recommended that the patient follows with the 30-90 day residential program, to help achieve long term sobriety. We understand that every individual is unique and that a custom-designed treatment plan is required for a successful recovery.