Inhalant addictions are unlike most other types of substance abuse problems because inhalants aren’t necessarily “drugs.” Instead, they are normal, everyday items that can sometimes even be found around the house. Some commonly abused inhalants include various cleaning products, paint, paint thinner, nail polish remover, and glue. A few others involve gasoline and hairspray. Things like laughing gas can also be abused and fall under the inhalant category. Inhalant addictions are commonly found in younger people, including teenagers. This might be due to curiosity, peer pressure, and the fact that inhalants are easily accessible. Again, any of the types of inhalants people abuse are found around the house. That means that the opportunity to abuse them comes at little to no monetary cost. In other words, inhalants are inexpensive or even free. So, many younger individuals dabble with inhalant use. But, the consequences of that choice can be very serious.
Although numerous teenagers have had a problem with inhalant abuse, many adults also deal with this issue. Sometimes, people who are dealing with a drug addiction problem may have a difficult time getting ahold of their drug of choice. So, they may turn to inhalants just to get some sort of high from them. In any case, despite the fact that an actual drug is not involved, an inhalant addiction is serious.
When a person uses an inhalant, he or she will experience a feeling of euphoria or a high. Users enjoy this feeling as it is pleasurable and allows them to escape from what’s going on around them. This feeling of euphoria is often what causes people to continue abusing inhalants. That’s because the “high” that inhalants produce do not usually last for a long time. Although they are pleasurable, that effect only lasts for a short period. So, users often continue to use the inhalants to keep the experience going.
In many cases, people who abuse inhalants think of it as a harmless way to get high. Unfortunately, many individuals believe that this kind of abuse isn’t as serious or harmful as, say, heroin or alcohol abuse. However, the effects of inhalant abuse can be very dangerous and serious. There are both short- and long-term effects when it comes to inhalant misuse.
The use of barbiturates can also cause some long-term effects. Some of them include the following:
- Memory loss
- Slurred speech
- Heart problems
- Kidney problems
- Sensitivity to sound
- Thoughts of suicide
- Increased irritability
- Liver complications
- Respiratory problems
- Lack of bodily control
- Concentration problems
Addiction impacts people in many different ways. It can cause a lot of issues in a person’s life. It affects people mentally, emotionally, physically, and even financially. No matter what kind of substance a person is abusing, substance abuse needs to be treated professionally. Inhalant addiction is no exception.
When a person is abusing inhalants, he or she will likely grow to depend on the substance. This means that his or her body will get used to the effects of the inhalants. The body will then feel like it needs that substance to operate “normally.” In essence, the body starts to depend on the inhalant. As a result of this dependence, individuals who are addicted to inhalants will need to use the substance more and more to feel “normal.” If they don’t, their bodies will begin to experience what’s called “withdrawal.” The symptoms of this withdrawal can be very difficult to deal with.
They could include:
- Muscle cramps
- Sleeping problems
- Aggressive behavior
- Uncontrollable sweating
- Craving for abused substance
The symptoms of withdrawal can be very uncomfortable. Some are even life-threatening. This is why it’s so important for individuals to get help from a treatment center to get past the addiction problem.
After using inhalants for a long time, people can experience some lasting effects. These effects can be extremely harmful to people’s health and impact them for years to come. Some of the long-term symptoms and effects of using inhalants include the following:
Loss of appetite
Chemical smell in breath
Weakening of the muscles
Sores near mouth and nose areas
It’s important to understand that abusing inhalants can cause consequences that may impact you for many, many years. This is why it’s necessary to seek professional guidance and help in overcoming substance abuse. A detox program can help individuals who want to end inhalant abuse in their lives.
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