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Why Do People Use Inhalants?

Inhalants are a reoccurring danger in young adults. Although adults use them many of them start using as children. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people who use inhalants are in the lower grades of high school although the statics might go much younger. People who use inhalants actually breath in toxic substances to get high. This dangerous practice is affects the brain and almost every system in the body.

People Use Inhalants Because:

They are cheap

Inhalants are one of the least expensive drugs on the market. Most of the time several hits cost only a few dollars.

They are readily available

Most inhalants may be purchased at local grocery stores and pharmacies. They are household cleaners, paint thinner, markers, and even whipped cream dispensers. Although stores are alert to large purchases of these items, they are easy to acquire from a variety of outlets.

They can be purchased by anyone

In most locations, there are no age restrictions on purchasing most inhalants. There are a few like superglue have recently come under stricter guidelines but for the most part these chemicals can be purchased at any age.

They have some pleasurable effects

Some people think that their effects are pleasurable. The ones that they seem to enjoy are:

  • People feel exhilarated
  • They feel confused
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychotic reactions
  • Dizziness

What is Wrong with Using Inhalants?

Unfortunately, inhalants are extremely dangerous. Although not as popular as the larger more illegal drugs, they are still killers. After frequent use, they cause brain damage and severe side effects such as:

  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Headache
  • Long term damage to nerves and nerve casings
  • Long term brain damage including memory problems, permanent confusion, and inability to problem solve

These long term effects do not include the possibility of dying due to the inhalants. You can die from:

  • Asphyxia
  • Suicide
  • Suffocation
  • Choking
  • Injuries due to confusion during the high

The chance of sudden death is also extremely high when someone is using inhalants.

Seeking Treatment for Inhalant Use

Although there are not many inhalant specific treatment facilities, there are some facilities that do take inhalant patients. Unfortunately, due to an abnormally long detoxification rate (30 to 60 days) inhalant users suffer from an extremely high relapse rate. This relapse rate could be due to the length of detox or due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. Most of the symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tremors
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Headaches
  • Psychosis

These symptoms can last for only a few days or as many as two months. Most people who are addicted to inhalants remain addicted until they receive comprehensive long term treatment and counseling.