Inhalant abuse treatment can help to reduce the harmful affects to one’s physical and mental health.
If you look around your home or office, there are probably dozens of products that can be abused as inhalants. Hair spray, shoe polish, cleaning fluid, cooking spray, felt-tip markers, glue, correction fluid … more than 1,000 items have been identified as being used as inhalants.
Inhalants are found in most homes. Almost everyone, even children, have access to products that can be inhaled. And unlike drugs or alcohol, inhalants can be purchased legally and cheaply by anyone.
These everyday products are inhaled by breathing in their toxic fumes through the mouth or nose. Dangerous chemicals move rapidly through the lungs and into the bloodstream, producing a brief but intense high that may last only a few minutes. Many users prolong the experience by repeating the inhaling process over and over.
A study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 20 million people in the U.S. have used inhalants at least once in their lives, and many of them do so believing that inhaling is safer than using other mind-altering drugs.
But that’s not the case. Inhalants can kill you. Even healthy people who are using inhalants for the first time can be victims of Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. This lethal condition causes cardiac arrest as toxic chemicals in the inhalant causes the heart to beat rapidly and erratically.
Death can occur within minutes. Butane, propane and certain aerosols are the substances most likely to cause Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.
There are many other psychological and physical dangers associated with inhalant use. Short-term effects include mood swings, violent behavior, nausea, dizziness, numbness, headaches and blackouts.
Over time, people who abuse inhalants may experience long-term damage to the heart, brain, lungs, liver and kidney, as well as bone marrow damage and hearing loss.
There and four main types of products that are used as inhalants:
People who abuse inhalants normally use one of these three methods:
Our recovery centers in Florida, Texas, California, and Colorado are the ideal place to seek residential treatment for your inhalants abuse problem. Our inpatient programs offer the best and safest treatment approach for inhalants, with 24/7 care and supervision in an environment where you do not have access to products that can be used as inhalants.
At all our rehab centers, we conduct a thorough, comprehensive assessment of your physical and mental health before putting together an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific situation and needs. As part of this process, we determine whether you may suffer from anxiety, depression or other co-occurring mental health disorders that could contribute to your substance abuse. And in the case of inhalants, we also look for health-related issues caused by your use of inhalants that may require special attention while you are in treatment.
If you have been using inhalants for very long, you likely need to go through a medical detox program to rid your body of the effects of the inhalants. This process can take a bit longer than a detox for other drugs because the chemicals in the inhalants have built up in your organs and tissues and it takes time to flush them all from your body.
After detox, we begin to address your psychological dependence on inhalants with therapy and counseling. Using evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and group and one-on-one counseling, we treat your co-occurring disorders and educate you on the dangers of using inhalants. We provide aftercare support to help you avoid relapse and stay off inhalants for good.