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What is Inhalants Withdrawal Detox?

While the withdrawal symptoms of inhalants may not be as serious as those of other drugs, they are still not something to be taken lightly. This is because, unlike other drugs, inhalants are most popular with young teenagers. These young users are more likely to become addicted, and thus have more serious withdrawal effects of inhalants.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we treat all kinds of addictions and their effects, including the withdrawal symptoms of inhalants. Read on to learn about what items are used as inhalants, the effects they can cause, and treatment options for you or your loved one.

Understanding Inhalants

The word inhalants do not refer to every single drug that can be inhaled. Instead, it refers to substances that people take only by inhaling them. These substances are often common household items, so they are easily purchased by teenagers looking for an easy way to get high. And they are often overlooked by parents because they are not drugs. Common inhalants include:

  • Normal household products, such as paint thinner, dry cleaning fluid, whipped cream dispensers, lighter fluid, correction fluids, felt-tip markers, or glue.
  • Aerosols, such as air fresheners, spray paint, hair spray, computer cleaning sprays, or vegetable oil sprays.
  • Gases, such as gasoline, lighter fluid, butane lighters, or propane tanks.
  • Anesthesia, such as ether, chloroform, or nitrous oxide.

Teenagers who are using inhalants rarely call them by their actual names. Instead, they refer to them with slang terms. These can include “bold,” “laughing gas,” “poppers,” “snappers,” and “whippets.”

Inhalants Abuse

The withdrawal symptoms of inhalants can be hard to imagine because inhalants are often such common household items. Just because something is common and easy to purchase does not mean it is not dangerous or cannot be used to get high. Inhalants have substances in them that cause mind-altering effects. People use inhalants by breathing in the fumes through their nose or mouth. This can be done in a few different ways including:

  • “Sniffing” or “snorting” fumes straight from the inhalant’s container.
  • “Dusting,” which is spraying aerosols directly into your nose or mouth.
  • “Bagging,” is sniffing or inhaling fumes from inhalants that have been sprayed or poured inside of a bag.
  • “Huffing,” which is putting an inhalant-soaked rag in or on your mouth.
  • Inhaling by putting the inhalant, usually nitrous oxide, inside of a balloon.

Because inhalants are absorbed by the lungs, the chemicals that cause the high end up in your bloodstream very quickly. After just a few seconds, you will experience a high that is like being drunk. These symptoms can include slurred speech, lack of coordination, a feeling of pleasure or intense happiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. In some cases, users can hallucinate and have delusions.

Signs that Someone is Using Inhalants

Due to the fact that inhalants are common, everyday items, it is not always easy to tell if a loved one is using them. However, there are some signs that you can look for that can point to inhalant abuse. These signs can include:

  • Their breath or clothes smell like chemicals.
  • They cough or have a runny nose all the time.
  • They have dilated puppies or watery eyes.
  • They seem to be tired all the time for no reason.
  • They hear or see things that are not there.
  • They hide empty containers in their room or in the trash.
  • They have unusual mood swings or are often angry for no reason.
  • They do not eat as much or as often.
  • They are often nauseous, vomiting, or have lost a lot of weight in a short period of time.
  • They have paint or strange stains on their face, hands, or clothing.
  • They often have a rash or blisters on their face.

Seeing just one of these signs may not mean that your loved one is abusing inhalants. But if you see more than one, there is a good chance that they are experiencing the withdrawal effects of inhalants and need help.

Inhalants Withdrawal Detox Effects

When you use inhalants, the high that they produce only lasts a few minutes. This often leads abusers to use inhalants repeatedly over a few hours so that they can make their high last longer. This is the most dangerous part of using inhalants. Continuing to use them many times over a short period is what leads to the withdrawal effects of inhalants.

Users risk passing out, having seizures, and in serious cases heart issues that can lead to death. And once a user stops inhalants after a stretch of repeated use, abusers will experience a withdrawal of inhalants for up to several hours that can include sleepiness, vomiting, and a headache. Once a person has become addicted, they can experience the withdrawal of inhalants if they stop using them. These symptoms can include nausea, problems sleeping, mood swings, and sweating.

Long-Term Health Effects of Inhalants

The short-term withdrawal effects of inhalants are not the only danger these substances can have to a user. The chemicals in inhalants that cause the high are dangerous to a user’s health.

If abused for long periods of time, inhalants can cause a dependency or addiction just like any other drug. They can also cause serious long-term health issues. These can include liver damage, kidney damage, hearing loss, bone marrow damage, and nerve damage. Because inhalants are typically used by children and teenagers, these long-term health effects can cause many years of serious medical issues.

Mental Illness and Inhalants Withdrawal Detox

The mental effects of inhalant use are a little different than with most drugs. This is because inhalants can cause nerve damage in the brain from repeated use. Since users are typically young and their brains are still developing, this damage can have serious long-term effects.

This damage can make it hard for users to learn new things, have simple conversations, and even cause issues with mood swings or depression. It can also lead to delayed behavioral development, which can make teens and young adults more likely to try risky things, including drinking alcohol or trying other drugs.

Treatment Options for Inhalants Withdrawal Detox

When it comes to abuse and withdrawal of inhalants, there are a few different treatment options available to help you detox and get over your addiction. The most successful treatment for the withdrawal effects of inhalants is therapy. Both one-on-one sessions and group sessions are often used to maximize the benefits.

Two specific types of therapy that you may use in your treatment plan are cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, and contingency management, or CM. CBT helps clients take a look at their thoughts and behaviors to recognize what situations lead them to use inhalants. Then they are given tactics to help them to deal with and avoid these situations. CM, on the other hand, uses small incentives such as cash or vouchers to reward clients for good behaviors.

How to Get the Help You Need

The first step in your journey to beating your oxycontin addiction is simple: contact us. At Resurgence, we pride ourselves on building an affordable, personalized recovery plan for each client – without sacrificing quality. Our free insurance verification allows us to help you figure out exactly what your insurance will pay for.

We accept most PPO insurance as well as private forms of payment for treatment. We will also communicate with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive every benefit that you are entitled to. You can complete a simple form right from our website or call us directly.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we believe that our environment is just as important as your treatment plan. That is why we have built our luxurious locations in peaceful, safe neighborhoods, with plenty of open space for healing and reflection. Our warm, sunny weather and proximity to beaches and parks mean that, when you are ready and able, you can enjoy being outside.

Our specially prepared nutritious meals help to support your total physical recovery. No matter what led you or your loved one to abuse inhalants, you do not have to deal with the withdrawal symptoms of inhalants alone. Let us help arm you with all the tools and resources that you need to be successful in overcoming your addiction.

Call us today to get started on your road to a drug-free life.

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