Inhalants are commonly abused by teens and they produce effects that are similar to using alcohol. They are easily accessible and often available within the home.
Compared to other drugs, abuse of inhalants is much less common and usually happens in isolated places. Nevertheless, inhalants have addictive qualities. The risk posed by inhalant addiction should not be ignored just because this abuse is the least common.
Individuals who cannot control their drug use despite knowledge the negative effects and health implications are addicts. Even those with a strong passion to quit inhalant abuse can find it difficult to stop.
The easy access to inhalants within the home as well as in stores can make it hard for a person with a serious addiction to stop on their own.
It is possible to become physically or psychologically dependant to an inhalant if it is used for a prolonged period of time.
A Better Understanding Of Inhalants
Inhalants are combustible substances which fades away at room temperature. Inhalants produce brief mind-altering qualities which mimic alcohol intoxication.
Inhalants are part of a broad range of chemicals as well as anaesthetics which are grouped together due to a common mode of administration; inhalation. People often refer this substance as whippets, laughing gas, hug or hippie crack.
Inhalant abuse includes the abuse of anaesthetics, gases, and household solvents. The household inhalants could range from cleaning products to the abuse of gasoline.
Anaesthetics refer to gases that can be made use of to eliminate one's sensitivity to pain. The commonly known anaesthetics include Nitrous Oxide and Chloroform. Nitrous oxide is commonly used by dentists and is best known as laughing gas. The gas is used in cans of whipped cream, most abusers access the gas from this.
A popular inhalant that has been used to increase blood flow in people with heart disease is amyl nitrite. Because they produce different effects compared to other inhalants, nitrites are sometimes put in their own class.
Some commonly abused inhalants include:
Nitrous oxide ("laughing gas")
Computer based spray
Nail polish and nail polish remover
Effects And Abuse Of Inhalants
"Huffing" is the widely used means of misusing inhalants, although there are other ways it can be abused. Huffing usually entails soaking a rug in a liquid inhalant, then holding the rag to your mouth after which you will inhale the vapours from the soaked rag. From its container, some of these substance are somewhat inhaled into the body through the nose or mouth.
They could also be inhaled out of a plastic or paper bag containing or alternatively from balloons. In an attempt to increase their effects, some of the inhalants are sometimes heated.
Alcohol inebriation has been equated with that of inhalant effect because they give similar result, which include weakened judgment or motor function. Inhalants however defer slightly from alcohol as they can cause the user to hallucinate temporarily. In addition, the consequences of inhalant abuse only last for a few minutes. Some of the effect of inhalants include:
Lack of self-control
Reduced reflex response
Inhalants are most often abused by teenagers. In 2012, the usual age of new inhalers was around 17 years.
Due to the serious damage, these substances can inflict on the body, any use of inhalants is considered abuse. Higher doses or deep breathing of these solvents can result in a fatal overdose because inhalants act as a central nervous system depressant.
The fatal overdose is usually preceded by one losing touch with reality and the episodes of nausea, vomiting as well as unconsciousness. A fatal overdose is usually caused by heart failure, aspiration of the drug may make the user to stop breathing.
Treating An Inhalant Addiction
There is need to undergo treatment for addiction to inhalants under medical care due the rarity of the problem. Persons who are addicted to inhalants may choose to receive treatment for the addiction as either inpatients or outpatients.
Compared to other drugs, Inhalants can cause significantly severe damage to the body of the user. 0800 772 3971 Ensure you assist yourself or any person suffering from this addiction by providing the right treatments.