Recently, a tragic hit and run accident in Wisconsin took the lives of four innocent victims, three young Girl Scouts and a mother, who were cleaning up litter in a ditch on the side of a road. The 21 year old driver later admitted to the police that he and his passenger had been intentionally using inhalants (also known as “huffing”) prior to the accident. Inhalants are substances that produce chemicals that produce a mind-altering effect when inhaled. Although there are other abused substances that can be inhaled, inhalants describe a variety of substances whose main characteristic is that they are rarely taken by any other method. Most of these chemicals are easily bought over the counter, which lead many to believe that huffing is harmless. But as the tragedy in Wisconsin reminds us, inhalants abuse and addiction is anything but harmless. Read on to learn more about inhalants addiction, including the signs and dangers of inhalants abuse, and see how you can seek treatment for an inhalants addiction at a leading rehab center in Thailand.
Side Effects and Signs of Inhalants Addiction
Inhalants can be breathed in through the nose or the mouth in several ways, including “huffing” (stuffing an inhalant soaked rag in the mouth), “bagging” (sniffing fumes that have been sprayed inside a bag), "sniffing" or "snorting" fumes from containers, inhaling from balloons filled with nitrous oxide, or even spraying aerosols directly into the mouth or nose. Each of these methods causes the chemicals to be quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Then, users experience intoxication and alcohol-like effects, including slurred speech, the inability to coordinate movements, dizziness, and euphoria. They may also experience hallucinations, and delusions. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Because intoxication lasts only a few minutes, abusers frequently seek to prolong the high by inhaling repeatedly over the course of several hours, which is a very dangerous practice. With successive inhalations, abusers can suffer loss of consciousness and possibly even death. At the least, they will feel less inhibited and less in control. After heavy use of inhalants, abusers may feel drowsy for several hours and experience a lingering headache.” Early intervention is the best way to stop an inhalants addiction. Some common signs of inhalant abuse are listed below:
- Paint or other stains on face, hands, or clothes
- Chemical odors on breath or clothing
- Hidden, empty spray paint or solvent containers
- Chemical-soaked rags or clothing
- Drunk or disoriented appearance
- Slurred speech
- Inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, and depression
- Nausea or loss of appetite
If someone you know is exhibiting the signs of an inhalants addiction, reach out to a proven rehab center for help in confronting and supporting your loved one. Remember that inhalants addictions are dangerous and should not be ignored.
Dangers of Inhalants Addiction
Inhalants are found in common household, industrial, and medical products, such as paint thinners and removers, dry-cleaning fluids, degreasers, gasoline, glues, correction fluids, and felt-tip markers. They also include aerosols such as spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays, vegetable oil sprays for cooking, and fabric protector sprays. In addition, gases found in whipped cream dispensers, butane lighters, propane tanks, and refrigerants are also used. Nitrites are a special class of inhalants that directly affect the central nervous system, and although they are prohibited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, they can can be found in retail stores labeled as video head cleaner, room odorizer, liquid aroma, or leather cleaner. The majority of these substances can be obtained easily, which makes it tempting to underestimate the devastating consequences of inhalants abuse. However, most individuals report a strong need to continue using inhalants continuously over several days and often experience apathy, belligerence, impaired judgment, and impaired functioning in work or social situations. Once an inhalant has been used, it will dilate blood vessels, increase heart rate, and produce a sensation of heat and excitement that can last for several minutes. Irregular and rapid heart rhythms can lead to fatal heart failure within minutes of a session of prolonged sniffing. This syndrome, known as "sudden sniffing death," can occur after a single incident of using inhalants by a previously healthy individual. Inhalants abuse can also cause death by convulsions or seizures, choking, asphyxiation or suffocation, or comas due to the brain shutting down. There is also a high risk of fatal injury from accidents, such as the devastating hit and run accident that recently occurred while the driver was under the influence of inhalants.
Treating an Inhalants Addiction
An inhalants addiction is a serious problem with possibly deadly consequences, and treatment should be sought at a rehab center that is familiar with the unique challenges of this addiction. According to Psychology Today, extended treatment that includes cognitive behavioral therapy and/or family therapy can be helpful for both addicts and loved ones. Many treatment centers do not offer specialized treatment for inhalants addiction; however, leading rehab center Dara Thailand has specialized programs, including cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling. These programs empower participants to deal with the issues behind the addiction and to learn coping mechanisms for a healthy, addiction-free life. Located on the island of Koh Chang, DARA Thailand’s premier facilities were converted from a luxury resort into a world class rehab center. Although the facility is located in an exotic location on a beautiful beach with five-star amenities, the price is surprisingly affordable and is in network with many insurance plans.
Affordable Treatment for Inhalants Addiction
Although inhalants addiction is a serious problem, help is available. Are you ready to take the next step for recovery from inhalants addiction? See all that Dara Thailand has to offer by visiting the Dara Thailand page on Rehabs Finder. Click here to download the free Rehabs Finder app now. Rehabs Finder makes it easy to compare rehabs, save your favorites, and even contact the center from within the app. Don’t hesitate to take this life-saving step today!