An Addiction To Inhalants
Inhalants are usually used by teenagers as inhalants generate the same effects as alcohol. Inhalants are often found within the household and easy to acquire.
Inhalant cases occur in more isolated regions and their abuse is less common than other drugs. Nevertheless, inhalants have addictive qualities. Despite the fact that it doesn't occur too often, you shouldn't assume that addiction to an inhalant cannot happen.
People are generally considered to be addictive to inhalant if they are unable to control use despite knowing the negative consequence and health effects. To stop abusing inhalants those with an overwhelming desire to drop the habit find it near to impossible.
It is not easy for a addict of inhalants to give up on their own as it is very easy to access inhalants around the home and in public area such as stores.
Chronic inhalant users may develop physical as well as psychological dependency.
Inhalants are flammable substances which evaporate at room temperature. Inhalants usually result in brief mind-altering side effects similar to the experience from consuming alcohol.
Inhalants are part of a broad range of chemicals as well as anaesthetics which are grouped together due to a common mode of administration; inhalation. Whippets, laughing gas, huff or hippie crack are the common name for this substance.
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Examples Of Inhalants
The misuse of household solvents, gases and anaesthetics are also included in inhalant abuse. Anything from cleaning products to gasoline can be a household inhalants.
In medical procedures, anaesthetics are gases used for their pain relieving qualities. Some well-known anaesthetics are nitrous oxide and chloroform. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is usually used in dental procedures. The gas is used in cans of whipped cream, most abusers access the gas from this.
Amyl nitrite is another common inhalant which is used by patients with heart disease to enhance their blood flow. Nitrites main function is to be a muscle reliever which makes them subject to their own category of inhalant, this is what differentiates its effect from other inhalants.
The commonly used inhalants are
- Paint thinners
- Lighter fluid
- Lighter fluid
- Spray paint
- Computer based spray
- Nail polish and nail polish remover
The Effects And Abuse Of Inhalants
While inhalants can be abused through various methods, the most popular is "huffing." Huffing refers to soaking a rag in liquid inhalant then placing it on the nose or mouth and inhaling the vapours. 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 boost the effect of inhalant, some users apparently heat the substance before using them.
Inhalation intoxication could be compared to alcohol intoxication due to the similarity of the resultant side effects; for instance impaired judgment as well as motor incoordination. Inhalant can bring momentary illusionary state just like alcohol. In addition, inhalants effects only last for a few minutes. Here are the inhalant consequences
- Leading to volatility or irresolute behaviours
- Loss of self-control
- Reduced reflex response
The largest group of individuals abusing inhalants are the teens. In 2012, the average age of those trying inhalants for the first time was 17 years.
Due to the serious damage, these substances can inflict on the body, any use of inhalants is considered abuse. Inhaling this substance in high quantity can cause deadly overindulge and it leads to the breakdown of the central nervous system.
This is often heralded by the user losing touch of reality and experiencing squeamishness and vomiting and eventual unconsciousness. The drug can cause the user to stop breathing on their own or a fatal overdose can generally result to heart failure and asphyxiation.
The Treatment Of An Addiction To Inhalants
There is need to undergo treatment for addiction to inhalants under medical care due the rarity of the problem. People suffering from an addiction to inhalants have both inpatient and outpatient treatment options available for them.
Inhalant have an imminent danger to the body of the abuser. In case you or someone close to you is experiencing inhalant addiction, it is recommended that you find help on 0800 772 3971.