Inhalants cause effects which match those of alcohol and they are more often abused by teenagers. 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. Still, there is an addiction tendency attached to the use of inhalant. The fact that addiction to inhalants is not as prevalent as others does not mean that the risk should be ignored.
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. Sometimes, the user may be unable to stop using the drug even if they have a large desire 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.
Severe addiction can result in the frequent users to develop both psychological and physical dependencies.
What Are 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 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.
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Substances Considered Inhalants
Abuse of inhalants may consist the use of household solvents, gases as well as anaesthetics. The household inhalants could range from cleaning products to the abuse of gasoline.
Pain consciousness is relieved medically using gases (anaesthetics). Some very popular anaesthetics include the Chloroform and Nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is popularly referred to as "laughing gas" and is often used by dentists. Most abusers get it from gas that is used in cans of whipped cream.
Amyl Nitrite is also a common inhalant that can be made use of to enhance the blood flow in those having heart disease. Nitrites have at times been considered to be in their own class of inhalants since they act mainly as muscle relaxants, quite distinct from the other inhalants.
The commonly used inhalants are
- Paint thinner
- Spray paint
- Lighter fluid
- Nitrous oxide ("laughing gas")
- Nitrous oxide ("laughing gas")
- Nail polish and nail polish remover
Inhalant Effects And Abuse
The most common method of taking inhalants is by huffing although other methods are also used. Huffing refers to soaking a rag in liquid inhalant then placing it on the nose or mouth and inhaling the vapours. From its container, some of these substance are somewhat inhaled into the body through the nose or mouth.
Balloons, rubbers, plastic or paper bags can be used to inhaled this stuff. To boost the effect of inhalant, some users apparently heat the substance before using them.
Alcohol inebriation has been equated with that of inhalant effect because they give similar result, which include weakened judgment or motor function. Short lived hallucinations are some of the differences between inhalants and alcohol. However, in a matter of minutes, inhalant effects disappear out of the body. Some of the side effects of inhalants are
- Loss of self-control
- Limited reflexes
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 serious damage, these substances can inflict on the body, any use of inhalants is considered abuse. Inhalants usually act as CNS depressants, and higher doses or cases of deep breathing of them could end being a fatal overdose.
This is usually preceded by the user experiencing nausea, vomiting, and unconsciousness or user losing touch of reality. The drug can cause the user to stop breathing on their own or a fatal overdose can generally result to heart failure and asphyxiation.
Treating An Inhalant Addiction
Addiction to inhalant is an uncommon substance dependence which highlights the need for treatment by professional. 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. 0800 772 3971 Ensure you assist yourself or any person suffering from this addiction by providing the right treatments.