Individuals who seek to escape reality can do so in
a number of ways. Children who are at risk for drug
use often use inhalants before alcohol and other drugs.
Studies conducted by the National Institute on Drug
Abuse have found that six percent of children have used
inhalant products at one time or another by the time
they reach the fourth grade. As children reach school
age, they are exposed to learning how to abuse many
different common household products. Some children abuse
inhalants as a social activity with friends, out of
peer pressure or to escape feelings of anxiety. Although
inhalant use seems to peak out around the seventh through
ninth grades, abuse can become habitual and can lead
to psychological dependence. There are basically four
different categories of inhalants that are abused. The
categories are solvents, aerosols, gases and nitrites.
They are called inhalants because the only effective
means of delivering the mind altering dosage is through
breathing in the fumes of these chemicals.
Solvents give off toxic fumes when exposed to air.
They are cheap, easy to find around the house and used
quite often. They include nail polish removers, degreasers,
paint thinner, gasoline, model or airplane glue, liquid
paper correction fluid and marking pens. These products
are inhaled directly from their respective containers,
placed in a bag and inhaled or soaked into a rag and
placed in and on the mouth and nose. The process of
inhaling is called huffing, snorting, sniffing or bagging.
Aerosols are another category of inhalants that are
usually inhaled directly from the canister. Aerosols
can contain volatile solvents or gases and are used
as propellants. Gold and silver spray paints are popular
for the chemical toluene that they contain. Certain
types of shoe-shine sprays, deodorants, hair sprays
and cooking sprays are all popular aerosol inhalants
that can be abused.
Gases are another category of inhalant products that
range from medical anesthetics to household products.
From ether and chloroform to nitrous oxide found in
whipped cream dispensers, some inhalant products are
illegally diverted and sold on the street while others
are found in the refrigerator. Other easy to find gases
that are used as inhalant products include butane lighters,
propane tanks and refrigerants.
Nitrites are a special type of inhalant product that
is primarily abused for sexual enhancement. Nitrites
cause a warm flush when inhaled by dilating blood vessels
and relaxing the muscles. Known as "poppers"
nitrites are sold as room deodorizers and are also prescribed
for heart pain. Drugs like amyl nitrite are diverted
from legitimate sources and sold as street drugs.
There are literally hundreds of chemicals, gases, aerosols
and nitrites that can be abused for their mind altering
properties. There are, however, less options available
for recovery. Spencer Recovery Centers have been treating
clients for inhalant and other substance abuse for over
12 years and have a very successful recovery rate.
If you suspect that your child or loved one is abusing
inhalant products it is important to get treatment before
any more damage can be done. Call Spencer Recovery Centers
today to find out more about our comprehensive program
that treats the mind and body of an inhalant abuser.
The call is completely confidential and toll free so