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Inhalant Addiction

What are Inhalants?

Inhalants, like aerosol spray cans, markers, shoe polish, glue, cooking spray, and air conditioning refrigerant are typically household products that can be used to produce a high by inhalation. The inhaling, or huffing, can cause hallucinations, slurred speech, loss of muscle control, feelings of euphoria and other drug-like effects. The thing that makes this type of substance abuse so dangerous is that many people don’t see the harm in it, because the substances are legal, common among the household and so readily available.

Teens especially are becoming physically and psychologically addicted to inhalants. Inhalants are often among the first drugs that young adolescents abuse. In fact, they are one of the few classes of substances that are abused more by younger adolescents than older ones. Inhalant abuse can become chronic and continue into adulthood.

Inhalant AddictionInhalant Statistics

More than 22 million Americans age 12 and older have used inhalants, and every year more than 750,000 use inhalants for the first time. [1]

One in five students in the United States has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she reaches eighth grade, according to the NIPC. [2]

Inhalants Addiction – Signs & Symptoms

The chemicals found in solvents, aerosol sprays and gases can produce a variety of additional effects during or shortly after use, including impaired judgment and functioning, dizziness, drowsiness, lethargy, muscle weakness, euphoria, confusion and delirium. Long-term symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Disorientation
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Some users die suddenly from inhalants, which can happen even the first time experimenting with inhaling. Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome happens most often because of stress on the heart. There is no warning before death occurs, and it doesn’t matter if a person has huffed many times before, or if it is their first time.

Inhalant Withdrawal

Clients addicted to inhalants may require artificial ventilation or other types of intensive medical support during the detox phase. Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Psychosis
  • Hallucinations
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Headaches

Inhalant Addiction Rehab

If you or a loved one is abusing inhalants, it is critical that treatment is sought immediately. Inhalants are dangerously toxic and can cause immediate, irreparable damage. Contact DARS today to get the help you need, and get on the road to recovery today.


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(1) NCBI
(2) ABC News