Utah Inhalant Addiction

Definition

Although there is no drug classification for inhalant substances, they are referred to as a group of drugs that are inhaled in the form of a gas or solvent. Inhalants are often used by spraying or placing into plastic bags, empty aluminum soda cans, etc., and held over the mouth and nose while inhaling. Other ways of use include inhaling directly from an open container, or dousing a rag with the chemicals and holding over the face. Unfortunately, inhalants are readily available or can be found from just about anywhere. From your very own home and/or garage to the local hardware store, there are literally hundreds of different over-the-counter and sanction free alternatives for the inhaler to use to achieve the desired “high”. The users high is best explained as feelings of lightheadedness, pleasure, giddiness, euphoria and an overall state of wellbeing. At the same time, if the user inhales an excessive amount of product; the user will experience a loss of motor coordination, state of confusion and make impulsive and reckless decisions. Inhalants are primarily household products or chemicals such as: 

gasoline, freon gas, permanent markers, vegetable cooking spray, hair spray, BBQ grill igniter fluid, rubber cement, paint thinner, spray paints, helium, computer keyboard cleaner, turpentine, shoe polish, airplane (super) glue, degreasers, spray deodorant, asthmas inhalers, nasal and analgesic sprays, spot removers, spray starch, lighter fluid, room freshener, nail polish remover, acetone, dry cleaning fluids, pure toluene, carburetor cleaner, engine cleaner, WD-40, engine performance enhancers, propane, butane, whipped cream (nitrous oxide), lacquer and lacquer thinner, ether, chloroform, aerosols and other common household cleaning, cooking, or general purpose chemicals.

Besides rapidly depleting your brain cells, inhalants are very dangerous in nature and cause frequent deaths due to asphyxiation from vomit, suffocation from using chemicals in combination with plastic bags, sudden heart attacks, explosions from highly flammable chemicals, and instant freezing of the respiratory system (from high pressured storage tanks). These types of symptoms are very similar to that of carbon monoxide poisoning.


Signs and Symptoms of Use

Common signs of an inhalant addiction are:

  • Manipulative behaviors
  • Rashes or blisters around the mouth and nose  
  • Constantly coughing and/or choking
  • Complains of headaches
  • Could be using to cope with and self-medicate existing mental illness
  • Appears agitated or has angry outbursts
  • User has little to no social lifestyle and tends to isolate often
  • Has trouble with sleeping
  • Empty aluminum cans, bags, etc., with a solvent smell or traces of paint
  • Bizarre stains on face around nose and/or mouth
  • Loss of perception and orientation to time
  • Struggles with making responsible decisions
  • Personal hygiene and general appearance is lacking
  • Frequently sniffing as if they have a cold or allergy
  • Has the appearance of looking/acting drunk
  • Sweat may smell of actual chemicals being inhaled
  • Severe bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Eyes appear red, watery, glassy or glazed over
  • Dilated pupils
  • Slowed thinking process and memory loss
  • Prone to injury or tripping/stumbling and falling often
  • Smell like gasoline, solvents, or chemicals 
  • Used plastic bags around the areas where they spend time
  • Fainting
  • Seems fatigued or always tired
  • Odor of chemicals on clothing, hair, or hands
  • Nosebleeds or runny nose
  • Slurred speech and erratic behaviors

Common symptoms of an inhalant addiction are:

  • Brain damage
    • Central Nervous System damage
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Deep burns on the tongue, nose, throat and mouth areas
  • Frequent sniffling or runny nose, such as with allergies or a cold
  • Frequent nose bleeds
  • Loss of appetite
  • Impaired judgment 
  • Reproductive damage
  • Heart palpitations
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Halitosis
  • Psychosis
    • Delusions
    • Paranoia
    • Hallucinations
  • Rash on face around nose and mouth 
  • Agitation and angry outbursts
  • Dizziness
  • Cancer from carcinogenic particulates
  • Unsteady and uncoordinated movements
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Tiredness
  • Calcium blockage on neurons
    • Stimulates cell death (Apoptosis)
  • Muscle twitches, nervous tics and spasms
  • Pneumonia
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Loss of sight or hearing 
  • Permanent damage to the central nervous system 
  • Liver and kidney damage/failure 
  • Consistently developing or permanent brain damage
  • Symptoms that resemble Parkinson’s disease
  • Premature Death
  • Overdose Symptoms
    • Excessive toxins in lungs and therefore bloodstream
    • Unconsciousness 
    • Mixed other central nervous system depressants together
    • Choking on vomit
    • Sudden heart rate increase until heart completely stops
    • Respiratory failure
      • Lack of sufficient oxygen
      • Brain stroke or death
    • Loss of sight, hearing, touch and/or becomes unconscious
    • Heart Attack
    • Stroke
    • Sudden inhalant death
      • Heart attack
      • Choking on vomit
      • Death

Treatment for Inhalant Addiction

If you or a loved one has a life threatening inhalant addiction, you must seek after immediate professional treatment help. The first step you are going to want to go through is a “social detoxification” which involves placement in a residential inpatient drug treatment program relying heavily on the staff and group family for support and guidance. This is done to ensure a physical separation between you and the inhalant(s) are secured. You will give your brain and body the necessary rest it requires to function properly again. This will also allow time for you to become aware of your triggers and reasons behind huffing. You will also be able to further develop new alternative healthy coping skills and explore your underlying and mental health issues.

To finally recover from your inhalant addiction, you must undergo an outpatient aftercare program to ensure accountability and to keep you healthy and on the right track. Upon successful completion of both inpatient and outpatient programs, you can expect to continue to regularly attend 12-Step meetings found locally within your community. You might find yourself living in a monitored environment such as sober living. Zion Recovery Center is able to provide these different levels of care and is an expert provider when it comes to inhalant addiction treatment. We develop a personalized and individual relapse prevention and safety plan dealing with the thoughts, behaviors and feelings associated with inhalant addiction. On average, our clients successfully complete their inpatient residential stay in 60 days and our outpatient treatment program within 90-180 days. If a Zion Recovery Center client desires to move into sober living, we are willing to help them through every step until this occurs. Zion Recovery Center’s promise is backed with a lifetime guarantee. Call for immediate help with an inhalant addiction today. 
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