Teenagers are some of the most frequent users of inhalants which produce an effect similar to consuming alcohol. Inhalants can found in the household therefore making them easily accessible.
Inhalant cases occur in more isolated regions and their abuse is less common than other drugs. Still, there is an addiction tendency attached to the use of inhalant. 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. Individuals may have an overwhelming desire to quit using the inhalants they will not be able to do so.
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.
People who use inhalants can develop a physical and psychological dependence on the substance if taken on a regular basis over a long period of time.
Understanding Of Inhalants
Inhalants turn to vapour at room temperature and are usually flammable substances. Inhalants produce brief mind-altering qualities which mimic alcohol intoxication.
A wide variety of chemicals and anaesthetics come together based on their method of administration usually inhalation. People often refer this substance as whippets, laughing gas, hug or hippie crack.
Abuse of inhalants may consist the use of household solvents, gases as well as anaesthetics. Cleaning products and petrol are some of the inhalants that can be used around the house.
In medical procedures, anaesthetics are gases used for their pain relieving qualities. The commonly known anaesthetics include Nitrous Oxide and Chloroform. 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.
A popular inhalant that has been used to increase blood flow in people with heart disease is amyl nitrite. Because they produce different effects compared to other inhalants, nitrites are sometimes put in their own class.
Some commonly abused inhalants include:
Computer duster spray
The Effects And Abuse Of Inhalants
"Huffing" is the widely used means of misusing inhalants, although there are other ways it can be abused. Huffing holds the rag up to one's mouth, and inhale the vapours after soaking the rag with a liquid inhalant. Directly from the container, some people inhale the substance through their mouth or nose.
The other methods involves inhaling the substance out of a balloon, paper or plastic bag. At times people have heated the substances to be inhaled to enhance their effects in the body.
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 can cause a temporary hallucinatory state like alcohol. Moreover the inhalant side effects last for only a few minutes. Some of the effect of inhalants include:
Leading to volatility or irresolute behaviours
Loss of self-control
The largest group of individuals abusing inhalants are the teens. In 2012, the average age among first-time users were about 17 years of age.
Due to the dangers that inhalants can cause, any kind of use is classified as abuse. Inhaling this substance in high quantity can cause deadly overindulge and it leads to the breakdown of the central nervous system.
The fatal overdose is usually preceded by one losing touch with reality and the episodes of nausea, vomiting as well as unconsciousness. A fatal overdose is usually caused by heart failure, aspiration of the drug may make the user to stop breathing.
Treating An Inhalant Addiction
Inhalant addiction represents a remote form of drug abuse, reinforcing the need for professional management. We have both inpatient as well as outpatient treatment for the victims.
One of the most detrimental substances of abuse to a person's health is inhalants. 0800 772 3971 Ensure you assist yourself or any person suffering from this addiction by providing the right treatments.