Inhalants are usually used by teenagers as inhalants generate the same effects as alcohol. Household products are easily used as inhalants.
Abuse of inhalants is not as prevalent as other drugs and it's often common in remote regions. Nevertheless, inhalants have addictive qualities. The risk posed by inhalant addiction should not be ignored just because this abuse is the least common.
A person is addicted to inhalants when they are unable to control their inhalant use even when they are aware of the negative health effects associated with them. To stop abusing inhalants those with an overwhelming desire to drop the habit find it near to impossible.
The ease of access to inhalants both at home and in shops creates a challenge for those who wish to stop using them.
Those who use inhalants over a prolonged period of time can end up having physical and psychological dependence to it.
Understanding Of Inhalants
Inhalants are volatile and flammable substances which dispel at room temperature. Inhalants usually result in brief mind-altering side effects similar to the experience from consuming alcohol.
Inhalants are made up of a large group of chemicals and anaesthetics which come together through inhalation. People often refer this substance as whippets, laughing gas, hug or hippie crack.
Anaesthetics, gases and solvents used in the house are some of the commonly abused inhalants. The household inhalants could range from cleaning products to the abuse of gasoline.
In medical procedures, anaesthetics are gases used for their pain relieving qualities. Some commonly used anaesthetics include chloroform and nitrous oxide Dentists mainly utilise Nitrous oxide in their profession which is also called "laughing gas". Most abusers get it from gas that is used in cans of whipped cream.
A popular inhalant that has been used to increase blood flow in people with heart disease is amyl nitrite. 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.
Some common inhalants include:
Nitrous oxide ("laughing gas")
Computer duster spray
Nail polish and nail polish remover
Inhalant Effects And Abuse
While inhalants can be abused through various methods, the most popular is "huffing." Huffing holds the rag up to one's mouth, and inhale the vapours after soaking the rag with a liquid inhalant. Other abusers usually inhale the drug directly from the container through their nose or mouth.
Balloons, rubbers, plastic or paper bags can be used to inhaled this stuff. To intensify the effects, some people are reported to have heat these substances before inhaling them.
Due to similar effects, such as impaired judgment or motor function, inhalant intoxication has been compared to alcohol intoxication. Inhalants can cause a temporary hallucinatory state like alcohol. The effects of inhalants also last for a much shorter period. Some of the effect of inhalants include:
Loss of self-control
Inhalants are most often abused by teenagers. In 2012, the average age among first-time users were about 17 years of age.
Any use of inhalants is usually taken to be abuse due to the attendant serious damage that they could have on the body. Inhaling this substance in high quantity can cause deadly overindulge and it leads to the breakdown of the central nervous system.
Queasiness, tiredness and unconsciousness are some effects accompanied by inhalant abuse, keeping the user in a state of oblivion. The abuser may stop breathing on their own, suffer from heart failure or choke to death as a result of an overdose.
The Treatment Of An Addiction To Inhalants
A rare form of substance dependence, highlighting the need for professional treatment are inhalant addiction. Persons who are addicted to inhalants may choose to receive treatment for the addiction as either inpatients or outpatients.
One of the most harmful substances of abuse to a person's health are inhalants. We can get help on 0800 772 3971 if you need to find treatment for addiction to inhalants or know someone who might.