What exactly constitutes inhalant use disorder? Simply put, this situation takes place when a person breathes in the toxic fumes of household products and chemicals. In other words, individuals who suffer from this problem use inhalants as a recreational drug (or a replacement for more hardcore drugs). (Let’s also not forget that spray paint and markers are ridiculously cheap and available everywhere.) Various practices associated with inhalant use disorder include “glue sniffing” (a reference to snorting a variety of desk product like glue, white-out, or paint thinners) and “huffing” (putting a chemical in a paper bag and breathing in the concentrated fumes). Unfortunately, due to their affordability and availability, inhalants are commonly abused by teens and young adults. Let’s take a closer look and find out how you can tell if someone is abusing these deadly substances.
Symptoms of Inhalant Use Disorder
In a terrifying twist, some inhalants can cause death after the “first try” due to the potency and toxicity of these deadly gases and fumes. Medical professionals have deemed inhalant use disorder as one of the most dangerous forms of substance abuse for this reason alone. Here are some symptoms of this problem:
- Use of inhalants longer than intended
- Struggling to cut down on inhalant sue
- Spending too much time trying to retrieve the inhalant
- Severe cravings for these chemicals
- Drop in social integration and academic performance
- Exhibiting behavioral and physical changes
- Inhalant tolerance
How to Tell if Someone Has This Problem
In the case of teens and young adults, some of the side effects of inhalant use disorder (or any other form of drug abuse and addiction) may be identical to the common problems faced during adolescence. If you believe your child, your spouse, or friend is using these dangerous chemicals, you should never be confrontational, or you may risk alienating the abuser (which will only hurt them even more).
Here are some symptoms that are identical to teenage and young adult problems:
- Changes in social and interpersonal relationships
- Sudden changes in friendship circles
- Frequent fights and arguments with family members and friends
- Moodiness and anxiety
Now, here is a list of symptoms that are not similar to teen and young adult problems:
- Sudden periods of intoxication
- Strange chemical fragrances on the clothes, skin, and hair
- “Glue sniffer’s rash” (scabs along the nose and lips)
- Strange stockpiles of glue bottles, markers, and other obvious containers
Seeking Treatment for Inhalant Use Disorder
Inhalants are dangerous and tragic additions to the world of drug abuse and addiction and can cause permanent damage to the minds of you and your loved ones. If you have become dependent on these toxic drugs or have a friend or loved one who is frequently inhaling these chemicals, it is time to take back control with the help of Asana Recovery today. Our lineup of healthcare specialists and counselors are prepared to help you lie a happier and healthier life. Overall, the process of withdrawal and detox and the long road through rehabilitation can be testy and (at some times) painful, but the process will be worth it in the end. Always remember that.
Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.