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Because of how accessible inhalants like paint thinners and aerosol spray cans are and the fact that many adolescents abuse them, some may think it’s impossible to become addicted to inhalants. Though it’s more uncommon than other types of drug addictions, inhalant addiction is very much real and should be taken seriously, which is why Metro Atlanta Treatment offers specialized inhalant addiction treatment in Marietta, Georgia.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the percentage of inhalant users aged 12 or older in the United States has increased from .6 to .8 percent, or from 1.7 million to 2.1 million people in just three years. At our facility, we have treatment options from partial hospitalization to night outpatient treatment with the understanding that every person’s situation is different. Call us to begin outlining your unique plan today.
What Are Inhalants?
Inhalants describe a class of drugs that include any product that is solely inhaled, such as laughing gas or nitrous oxide. While some drugs can be inhaled, they’re not considered inhalants if they can be absorbed any other way. Inhalants typically include a wide range of cleaning and industrial products that can be found at the local grocery store or even at home in the bathroom cabinet, which is why so many young people use inhalants. According to studies, 60% of first-time inhalant users are teenagers.
When individuals breathe in the fumes of inhalants through sniffing or what many people refer to as “huffing,” they feel a short-lived high as a result of the inhalant slowing down brain activity, along with other side effects like dizziness, lightheadedness, and possible loss of consciousness. Because the high lasts just a few minutes, people who abuse inhalants will often huff the product numerous times in a session, which explains how addiction can develop.
Inhalants are typically divided into one of three categories, which include:
- Aerosols: Aerosol sprays are one of the most commonly abused inhalants and often include hairsprays or deodorant sprays, spray paints, and computer cleaning products.
- Gases: These types of products can be commercially produced such as butane lighters and whipped cream dispensers, but can also include forms of anesthesia like nitrous oxide, ether, and chloroform, which are used in medical settings to help patients lose consciousness and/or sensation during procedures like surgery.
- Solvents: These are liquids that become gases at room temperature and include products like gasoline, lighter fluid, and paint thinner, as well as art-related products like glue, felt-tip marker fluid, and correction fluids.
How Inhalants Impact the Brain
While you may think your brain is safe from inhalants because the high only lasts for a few minutes, the unfortunate reality is that addiction can lead to long-term health effects like delayed behavioral development and brain damage from the interrupted oxygen flow to your brain.
Inhalant addiction may also lead to hearing loss, bone marrow damage, and loss of coordination as a side effect of nerve damage. Inhalant overdose is possible and often leads to symptoms commonly associated with other types of drug overdose, such as seizures and coma. In some rare cases, individuals can die when they huff inhalants in what is known as sudden sniffing death, which involves the heart stopping. Because the brain is responsible for so much of your bodily functions, from cognition to communication, inhalant addiction can be incredibly dangerous to your health and your future.
How Addiction is Treated
Just as some people assume inhalant addiction isn’t dangerous, others also assume that they can quit using inhalants on their own. Like all drug addictions, inhalant addiction affects your brain chemistry and withdrawal symptoms will usually occur if you attempt to stop on your own. This also means that even if you stop abusing the inhalant for some time, you may experience serious cravings and relapse.
The best way to treat your addiction is to get professional help from a facility that sees you as a whole person that deserves to heal. At our facility, we treat addiction through brain-mapping and by using our trauma intervention model. Recovery isn’t just getting drugs out of your system—it’s about reshaping your values, gaining healthy coping mechanisms, and being honest with yourself.
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