Do you suspect that you or a loved one is addicted to inhalants? If so, we are here to help you.
Below you will be able to find out what inhalants are, what signs and symptoms to look out for and how it can be treated.
What are Inhalants?
Inhalants can be defined as a class of drugs that are inhaled (sniffed or snorted), which creates an individual to experience a temporary, euphoric ‘high’.
Inhalants come in the form of solvents, nitrates and gases and the most commonly used ones are usually found in most households.
Items such as glue, lighter fluid, nail polish remover, paint thinner; petrol and other related products may all be used as inhalants.
Because the drug is readily available at most times, addiction to inhalants are common. When the drug is not available or the individual tries to stop their own, addicts suffer severe withdrawal symptoms, therefore it is advisable to seek professional help if you suspect yourself or someone close to you to be addicted.
Signs and Symptoms of Inhalants Addiction
There are various signs and symptoms to look for if you suspect an inhalant addiction to be present.
This may range from bloodshot eyes and diluted pupils, loss of appetite, runny noses, impaired speech and hearing, unexplained and rapid weight loss as well as strange behavioural patterns.
Another sign to look out for is to see if there are any paint marks on the body or clothing and check if they smell like chemicals.
Long term use of inhalants can have serious health effects on an addicted individual. These include severe heart; lung and liver damage as well as irreparable brain damage.
Leukaemia and kidney failure can also be associated with an addiction to inhalants as well as death.
Inhalants Addiction Treatment
If you spot or link any of the above symptoms to you or a loved one, then treatment needs to be sought after immediately.
The best way to help someone addicted to inhalants is to place them in a rehabilitation center, where they will reside and receive various medical and counselling therapies which will help them recover from the drug.
The length of stay will vary from person to person and be based on the severity of the addiction. A medical detoxification may also be administered which will help in lessening or removing any withdrawal symptoms that may be experienced.
Once this has been completed, outpatient treatment or secondary care is advised to be taken, which will involve regular meetings and will focus on what was taught in rehabilitation, in more detail.
There are tertiary care facilities available for those looking to continue counselling and therapy, which will help in keeping the recovering addict focused and on the right path.
If you want to get yourself or a loved one into treatment, call us now and we will gladly assist in finding the best one available.
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