Dependence To Inhalants
Inhalants have an effect that may mirror the use of alcohol, and teenagers are the most common users. Household products are easily used as inhalants.
Compared to other drugs, abuse of inhalants is much less common and usually happens in isolated places. Still, there is an addiction tendency attached to the use of inhalant. The fact that addiction to inhalants is not as prevalent as others does not mean that the risk should be ignored.
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. Individuals may have an overwhelming desire to quit using the inhalants they will not be able to do so.
The ease of access to inhalants both at home and in shops creates a challenge for those who wish to stop using them.
It is possible to become physically or psychologically dependant to an inhalant if it is used for a prolonged period of time.
What Are Inhalants
Inhalants are volatile and flammable substances which dispel 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 chemicals are normally known as hippie crack, huff, laughing gas, or whippets.
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Substances Deemed To Be Inhalants
Inhalant abuse includes the abuse of anaesthetics, gases, and household solvents. Anything from cleaning products to gasoline can be a household inhalants.
To medically reduce sensitivity to pain, anaesthetics are gases that can be used. Chloroform and Nitrous oxide are some common anaesthetics. Dentists mainly utilise Nitrous oxide in their profession which is also called "laughing gas". Cans of whipped cream also contain the gas and this is the source for many of its users.
Blood flow is easily boosted in the body system of heart patients using Amyl nitrite, which is a common inhalant. Nitrites act primarily as a muscle relaxant, different from the effects of other inhalants, therefore they are oftentimes subjugated to their own class of inhalants.
Some commonly abused inhalants include
- Spray paint
- Paint thinner
- Nitrous oxide
- Computer based spray
- Computer duster spray
Effects Of Inhalants
While inhalants can be abused through various methods, the most popular is "huffing." The act of inhaling vapours from an inhalant fluid soaked rag involves positioning the rag up to the mouth and breathing in, this is known as "Huffing". Directly from the container, some people inhale the substance through their mouth or nose.
Balloons, rubbers, plastic or paper bags can be used to inhaled this stuff. In an attempt to increase their effects, some of the inhalants are sometimes heated.
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. 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
- Loss of self-control
- Reduced reflex response
Inhalants are most often abused by teenagers. In 2012, the mean age of first-time users was approximately 17 years.
Due to the serious damage, these substances can inflict on the body, any use of inhalants is considered abuse. Inhalants usually act as CNS depressants, and higher doses or cases of deep breathing of them could end being a fatal overdose.
Vomiting, unconsciousness and a hallucinatory state are the signs that usually come before an overdose. The abuser may stop breathing on their own, suffer from heart failure or choke to death as a result of an overdose.
How To Treat Addiction To Inhalants
There is need to undergo treatment for addiction to inhalants under medical care due the rarity of the problem. We have both inpatient as well as outpatient treatment for the victims.
Compared to other drugs, Inhalants can cause significantly severe damage to the body of the user. We can get help on 0800 772 3971 if you need to find treatment for addiction to inhalants or know someone who might.