Learn More About inhalants
What Are Inhalants?
There are hundreds of kinds of inhalants people use to get high. Inhalants can be classified into four major groups:
Volatile solvents are the most commonly abused type of inhalants. Examples of solvents used as inhalants include benzene, toluene, xylene, acetone, and hexane. Products such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint thinners, hobby glue, correction fluid, and felt-tip markers contain different solvents.
Examples of aerosols include hair spray, spray paint, and cooking spray. Other examples include pressurized liquids or gases such as fluorocarbon and butane. Some aerosol products also contain solvents.
This group of inhalants includes some medical anesthetics, such as nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas), chloroform, halothane, and ether. This group of inhalants includes commercially available products, such as butane lighters and propane tanks.
This group includes amyl nitrite, butyl nitrite, and cyclohexyl nitrite. When people use inhalants, they breathe in the vapors through their nose or mouth in several different ways:
When administered, the chemicals enter the bloodstream within minutes, and the high that is felt is similar to alcohol. Users feel dizzy, have slurred speech, and feel tremendous euphoria. The high produced from inhalants lasts only a few minutes, and users will use inhalants over and over again to feel that high.
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Signs and Symptoms of Inhalants Addictions
Long-term inhalant use can have some dire consequences. Inhalants are usually made up of multiple chemicals, some of which leave the body quickly, while others are absorbed into fatty issues in the brain and central nervous system. One of the essential fatty acids inhalants affects is myelin which helps nerve fibers carry messages to the brain. Inhalants break down myelin, and it causes those messages not to be efficiently transmitted. This can result in users experiencing spasms and tremors. Some people may have difficulty walking, bending down, and even talking.
Inhalants also create a condition known as brain hypoxia, where brain cells are damaged from a lack of oxygen. People can experience memory loss and impaired movements depending on the brain areas affected. Long-term inhalant addiction can also result in damage to the heart and liver as well as overall muscle weakness. Frequent long-term use of certain inhalants can cause a permanent change or malfunction of peripheral nerves, called polyneuropathy.
According to information provided by Cleveland Clinic, the common signs and symptoms of inhalant addiction include the following:
- Chemical odors on the breath or clothes
- Paint or other stains on hands, fingers, or clothes
- Changes in behavior, including apathy (lack of interest)
- Significant decrease in appetite and weight loss
- Sudden change in friends and hobbies
- Rapid decline in school performance
- Poor hygiene and grooming habits
- Slurred speech
- Runny nose or nosebleeds
- Ulcers or irritation around the nose and mouth
Other symptoms also include:
- Poor concentration
Inhalant addiction can be identified through urine testing, which shows elevated liver enzymes. There are other specific urine tests that can detect toluene, benzene, and other substances. Additionally, blood and other tissues can be tested for inhalant vapors and gases through a technique called gas chromatography.
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Casa Serena's Inhalants Rehab Program
If you are using inhalants over the long term, it is absolutely critical you find professional help as soon as possible. While time is of the essence in finding an inhalants rehab, you need to take time to research the rehab that best fits your needs. You need to find a rehab that features detox, multiple levels of care, and aftercare programs that provide the extra support you need as you transition back into your normal daily life. For years, Casa Serena has been a top-tier women’s rehab in Santa Barbara, CA.
Our rehab for inhalants features a sub-acute medical detox program that will help you manage the withdrawal symptoms of inhalants in a safe, secure, and clean environment. Our expert medical team utilizes medication management, nutritional therapy, exercise therapy, and other interventions. The goal of our women’s detox program is to get you to a physically and psychologically stable state.
Since your needs in treatment are unique, our women’s inhalants rehab features multiple levels of care you meet those needs. We offer residential treatment as well as a variety of outpatient programs such as intensive outpatient (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHP), and traditional outpatient. You help you better transition to your normal daily life after treatment; Casa Serena offers a Sober and Supportive Living Program, a Lifetime Aftercare Program, and an Alumni group to connect you with past graduates of our inhalant rehab.
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