Inhalant addiction is most common in pre-teens and teenagers who use a range of common household products and inhale the dangerous chemicals that they produce. This process is known as ‘huffing’ and the danger lies in the fact that they are so easily available to young children.

What are Inhalants?

Inhalants are common household products that are inhaled and sniffed to produce a high or rush. The most commonly abused inhalants are glue, spray paint, aerosol deodorants, cleaning fluids and correction fluid. The chemicals that are released from the substance when sprayed into a paper bag are inhaled by the addict. Huffing involves soaking a piece of cloth in the substance and placing it into the mouth and inhaling the fumes.

The Effects of Inhalant Abuse and addiction

Inhalant abuse starts with a feeling that is similar to alcohol use. There is a temporary high and a rush of well being as the heart rate increases and the blood pressure is raised. The immediate effects of inhalants on the body can be a loss of coordination and consciousness, together with an intense headache, nausea and stomach pain.

If you suspect that your child may be using inhalants then the most common physical signs of inhalant abuse are:

  • Slurred speech and a sense that the child is not able to focus on what they are saying
  • An usual odor on the clothing or breath. There will be a chemical smell on ​the person who is abusing inhalants.
  • A runny and red nose as well as bloodshot eyes is a definite sign that your loved one has a possible addiction to substances.

Inhalants are extremely dangerous because they cause great damage to the central nervous system and can have a lasting negative effect to normal growth and mental development. There is no time to wait if you suspect that your child is abusing inhalants. Statistics released by The Whitehouse paper on drug policy show that over half of all teens have tried inhalants by the time they reach the 12th grade. Over a million American children tried inhalants in 2010 alone.

Action Against Addiction – Where To Get Help

As a parent or guardian you are not only responsible for your children’s actions but for ​getting them the help they need to fight an addiction to inhalants. Your call to A Center for recovery could be the most important decision that you make for the health of your child. We are able to help you assess your child in a confidential and non-intimidating way and to find a treatment program that will be able to help your child.

A Center For Recovery is able to help you find the best addiction treatment facility in your area. Our helpline counselors are able to help you because they have been through rehabilitation and are able to understand what you and your family are going through.

We have a number of excellent resources for you if you’re ready to take action against your addiction and make positive changes in your life.

Understanding the reasons for your addiction and how to effectively fight the urges of your addiction is fundamental to maintaining long term sobriety and is a crucial aspect of any kind of alcohol and drug treatment programs. A Center For Recovery is a valuable resource for friends and family looking for answers and advice on substance abuse, drug and alcohol treatment programs and ​addiction treatment centers​ by state: Call us on (800) 444-1014.

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