Inhalants can enter the bloodstream in a very short amount of time through the lungs. The substance will then get distributed to organs in the body, such as the brain. After a few seconds, the user may feel intoxicated and feel a high due to the chemical’s reaction with the body. This feeling is similar to that of alcohol consumed in large amounts. Inhalants are highly addictive as they help users feel a sense of euphoria, adrenaline, and help them forget about their pain.
What are Inhalants?
Inhalants are a type of substance that is volatile, and can produce chemical vapors. People inhale these vapors in order to experience pleasure and euphoria as it can induce a psychoactive effect. The main form of consumption of inhalants is consuming them through sniffing or breathing it in. Categories of inhalants include aerosols, nitrites, gases and volatile solvents.
As intoxication from inhalation typically only lasts for a short amount of time, users sometimes choose to frequently breathe in these inhalants over the course of a day. This is extremely dangerous. When constantly inhaled in high amounts, users may lose consciousness and may even die. Users may also feel a headache after sniffing inhalants.
What are the Side Effects of Inhalant Addiction?
No matter what drug, drug consumption will lead to side effects. Side effects may vary for each individual. Generally side effects of inhalants are:
- Unclear or slurred speech
- Aggressive behavior
- Dazed appearance
- Splitting headaches that last for prolonged periods
- Impaired judgement
- Reduced cognitive ability
- Rashes on the surface of the skin
- Rapid heartbeat or heart failure
- Slowed breathing
- Damaged nervous system
Consumption of drugs are dangerous, and may impact the health of the user in the long run.
Understanding Inhalant Overdose
Chronic use of inhalants will lead to a very negative impact on the user’s body. Such long-term effects of inhalants include:
- Impairment of memory
- Damage to the bone marrow
- Diminished intelligence
- Mental disorders like depression
- Permanent damage to the liver, kidney, heart and lungs
- Brain damage
- Damage to the bone marrow
- Heart failure
- Loss of hearing
- Inability to coordinate body
With prolonged usage of inhalants, permanent damage may result in the user’s organs and body. For users who are able to overcome their addiction, short-term effects may gradually fade away.
How to Treat Inhalant Addiction
Inhalant addiction treatment often includes going for an inpatient rehabilitation program, therapy, attending support groups and more. Recommended treatment approaches will differ person by person, and should be determined by an addiction professional. The professional will also take into account different factors, such as how long the user has been addicted and the user’s health or medical history.
Why Work with Spark To Recovery?
Here at Spark To Recovery, we have a team of professionals that are able to help recommend the best treatment approach for users who seek help, and support them in their track to recovery.
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