Teenagers are some of the most frequent users of inhalants which produce an effect similar to consuming alcohol. Household products are easily used as inhalants.
Compared to other drugs, abuse of inhalants is much less common and usually happens in isolated places. Nevertheless, inhalants have addictive qualities. Inhalants may be an uncommon drug abuse the danger associated with this addiction should not be disregarded.
A person is addicted to inhalants when they are unable to control their inhalant use even when they are aware of the negative health effects associated with them. Sometimes, the user may be unable to stop using the drug even if they have a large desire to do so.
It may be difficult for someone with a severe addiction to quit on their own with the availability of inhalants at home and stores.
Those who use inhalants over a prolonged period of time can end up having physical and psychological dependence to it.
Inhalants are volatile and often flammable substances that turn to vapour at room temperature. Inhalants produce brief mind-altering qualities which mimic alcohol intoxication.
Inhalants contain a variety of different anaesthetics and chemicals which come together differently due to the method of admission; inhalation. These substances are more commonly referred to as whippets, laughing gas, huff or at times hippie crack.
Abuse of inhalants may consist the use of household solvents, gases as well as anaesthetics. Household inhalants may include cleaning products, gasoline and anything in between.
To medically reduce sensitivity to pain, anaesthetics are gases that can be used. Chloroform and Nitrous oxide are some common anaesthetics. Nitrous oxide is commonly used by dentists and is best known as laughing gas. Most abusers get it from gas that is used in cans of whipped cream.
People with cardiovascular problems sometimes use amyl nitrite to increase blood flow and this gas is also used as an inhalant. Since their key function is to relax muscles, nitrites have a different effect in comparison to other inhalants in the same class.
The commonly used inhalants are:
Nitrous Oxide, laughing gas
Computer duster spray
Effects Of Inhalants
Different methods are used for inhalants abuse, with "huffing" being the most common. Huffing holds the rag up to one's mouth, and inhale the vapours after soaking the rag with a liquid inhalant. In some cases, direct inhalation through the mouth or nose right from the container is also done.
They could also be inhaled out of a plastic or paper bag containing or alternatively from balloons. To intensify the effects, some people are reported to have heat these substances before inhaling them.
When a person is under the influence of an inhalant, they may experience poor motor function and inability to make rational decisions, not different from when somebody is under the influence of alcohol. Short lived hallucinations are some of the differences between inhalants and alcohol. However, in a matter of minutes, inhalant effects disappear out of the body. Some of the effect of inhalants include:
Loss of self-control
Most addicts of inhalant are teenagers. In 2012, the usual age of new inhalers was around 17 years.
Any inhalants use is perceived as abuse partly due to the severe destruction on the body that these substances can cause. Inhaling this substance in high quantity can cause deadly overindulge and it leads to the breakdown of the central nervous system.
This is usually preceded by the user experiencing nausea, vomiting, and unconsciousness or user losing touch of reality. A fatal overdose is usually caused by heart failure, aspiration of the drug may make the user to stop breathing.
The Treatment Of An Addiction To Inhalants
Emphasising on the necessity for expert therapy measures, inhalant abuse is an unusual way of substance addiction. We have both inpatient as well as outpatient treatment for the victims.
Inhalant have an imminent danger to the body of the abuser. We can get help on 0800 772 3971 if you need to find treatment for addiction to inhalants or know someone who might.