Inhalants are usually used by teenagers as inhalants generate the same effects as alcohol. Household products are easily used as inhalants.
Compared to other drugs, abuse of inhalants is much less common and usually happens in isolated places. Nevertheless, inhalants have addictive qualities. Inhalants may be an uncommon drug abuse the danger associated with this addiction should not be disregarded.
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.
The ease of access to inhalants both at home and in shops creates a challenge for those who wish to stop using them.
Chronic inhalant users may develop physical as well as psychological dependency.
What Are Inhalants
Inhalants turn to vapour at room temperature and are usually flammable substances. Inhalants affect the mind as it produces an short-lived effect comparable to that of 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. These substances are more commonly referred to as whippets, laughing gas, huff or at times hippie crack.
Mishandling of home solvents, anaesthetics and gases is part of the abuse of inhalant. Cleaning products and petrol are some of the inhalants that can be used around the house.
Pain consciousness is relieved medically using gases (anaesthetics). Some commonly used anaesthetics include chloroform and nitrous oxide Nitrous Oxide is best referred to as laughing gas and it is usually used by dentists. Most abusers get it from gas that is used in cans of whipped cream.
Amyl nitrite is another common inhalant which is used by patients with heart disease to enhance their blood flow. Because they produce different effects compared to other inhalants, nitrites are sometimes put in their own class.
Some commonly abused inhalants include:
Nitrous oxide ("laughing gas")
Nitrous oxide ("laughing gas")
Computer duster spray
Nail polish and nail polish remover
The Effects And Abuse Of Inhalants
The abuse of inhalants could be undertaken using various techniques, the most frequent on used is 'huffing.' Huffing usually entails soaking a rug in a liquid inhalant, then holding the rag to your mouth after which you will inhale the vapours from the soaked rag. 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.
Alcohol inebriation has been equated with that of inhalant effect because they give similar result, which include weakened judgment or motor function. Inhalants however defer slightly from alcohol as they can cause the user to hallucinate temporarily. Moreover the inhalant side effects last for only a few minutes. Inhalants effects include:
Leading to volatility or irresolute behaviours
Loss of self-control
The teenagers comprise of the largest group of inhalant abusers. In 2012, the usual age of new inhalers was around 17 years.
Due to the dangers that inhalants can cause, any kind of use is classified as abuse. Inhalants usually act as CNS depressants, and higher doses or cases of deep breathing of them could end being a fatal overdose.
Queasiness, tiredness and unconsciousness are some effects accompanied by inhalant abuse, keeping the user in a state of oblivion. Reduced respiration or asphyxiation and heart breakdown is what happens as a result of uncontrollable over-usage of inhalants.
Treating An Inhalant Addiction
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.
Inhalant have an imminent danger to the body of the abuser. In case you or a person you are familiar with is addicted to inhalants, get treatment assistance today contact us on 0800 772 3971.