INHALANT ADDICTION TREATMENT
What is Inhalant Addiction?
Inhalant addiction occurs when a person sniffs everyday household items in order to get high. The fumes of the substance flow through the mouth or nose by huffing, sniffing or snorting depending on what’s inhaled. Unfortunately, not all teens and adults realize the dangers of inhaling because the high achieved lasts a few minutes. Thus causing the person to continue inhaling in order to stay high.
13.1% of those who abuse inhalants reported starting by the 8th grade.
Access to these inhalants is easy for teens whether the products are in the home or bought in a store. Aerosol spray items are hair and deodorant sprays, computer cleaning products, spray paints, and vegetable oils. They contain propellants and volatile solvents. Gases used for inhaling include butane lighters, propane tanks, and whipped cream dispensers. However, products such as ether, chloroform, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) are also abused inhalants.
Nitrites come in the form of leather or video head cleaner, liquid aroma, and room deodorizer.
Volatile solvents are products like white correction fluids, dry-cleaning fluids, felt-tip marker fluid, gasoline, glue, and paint thinners or removers.
Drug abuse impacts every socioeconomic background. But according to drugabuse.gov, inhalant abuse occurs due to child abuse, low G.P.A., and dropping out of school. Therefore, it is wise to pay attention if you suspect your teen or loved one may have an addiction. Even if your family appears to be “normal” drug abuse may be present. So learning the signs and symptoms of inhalant abuse empowers you to help your friend or relative.
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What Are the Symptoms of Inhalant Addiction?
Like any drug, inhalants cause a person to show signs and symptoms of its use. Some of the signs and symptoms are short term while others are long term behavioral, mental, and physical damage.
Mental Inhalant Addiction Symptoms
The mental symptoms affecting inhalant abusers are:
Anger- a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
Anxiety- a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease.
Depression- feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
Irritability- the quality or state of being irritable
Restlessness- the inability to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.
These symptoms make it difficult for the person to continue with normal daily activities. Loss of enjoyment in the presence of family or friends who don’t inhale could occur. The user’s life grows more dependent on getting and remaining high in order to function.
Physical Inhalant Addiction Symptoms
The physical symptoms of inhalant abuse turn a once happy and thriving individual into a shadow of their former self. The physical symptoms mentioned on drugabuse.gov include:
A drunk or disoriented look– caused by hallucinogenic effects from the drug
Slurred speech- Inhalants affect motor function, which can cause slurred speech
Nausea or dizziness- Various chemical additives can cause this reaction
Decreased appetite- Inhalants can also cause weight loss
Runny eyes and nose- this can be caused by the effects of huffing gases
Inhalant abuse disrupts the life of the user and those around them. But stopping the cycle of inhaling is easier said than done since withdrawal symptoms trigger the user to get a fix.
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Treatment for Inhalant Addiction
Partial Hospitalization Treatment
In a Partial Hospitalization Program, a person will go to the treatment facility on a daily basis to receive care. This treatment includes individual therapy, group therapy, as well as having medical oversight. For those that need plenty of accountability and are in the early stages of recovery, this is an ideal option. Partial Hospitalization Programs can be short term or long term, depending on the needs of the person.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
An intensive Outpatient program involves a patient completing care while living either at home, or while residing in in sober living facility. The person will attend groups for several hours each day, while beginning to reintegrate back into life as a sober member of society. This treatment option can be a good idea for those who have already completed a higher level of care, or those who need low amounts of accountability.
Sober Living facilities are not treatment centers. Rather, they are sober environments in which a person can live while addressing their addiction. Sober livings don’t provide therapy, but will generally perform regular drug testing, and will ensure that the resident is attending recovery groups, such as AA or SMART recovery. A person can combine sober living with treatment to ensure full accountability through the process.