The signs and symptoms of inhalant abuse are pretty
clear and tough to keep secret. The extreme signs of
inhalant abuse are brain damage, coma and death. Many
users do not understand that the ultimate tragedy can
come without warning when abusing toxic chemicals. Inhalants
are taken in be breathing in the chemicals from their
containers or through "huffing." Huffing is
a process of soaking a rag in chemicals and placing
the rag over the nose and mouth or even putting the
rag in the mouth to get a stronger effect from the chemicals.
There is little control of dosage levels with inhalant
abuse and abusers routinely get sick and nauseous after
Chemicals that can be abused are found in every home.
Nail polish remover, butane lighter fluid, cooking sprays,
deodorants, fabric protectors, whipped cream aerosols,
spray paint, propane gas, paint thinner, liquid paper
and gasoline are just some of the hundreds of chemicals
and products that can be abused.
Studies show that inhalants are often the first drugs
used by children and do start as early as elementary
school. If your child or loved one has a history of
alcoholism or drug abuse in the family, is susceptible
to peer pressure or has low self-esteem, these could
be early signs of a youth at risk for inhalant and other
If your child or loved one is abusing inhalants, you
may have already come across these signs and symptoms
of using. Chemical smells on clothing or breath are
a sure give-away. Chemicals have powerful odors and
can create sores around the nose and mouth. Paint and
similar chemicals on the face or fingers can be a sign
of abuse as well. Intoxicated behavior such as loss
of coordination, slurred speech, nausea and loss of
appetite can also point to inhalant or other substance
Other signs include noticing a collection of marking
pens, or finding empty spray paint bottles or rags hidden
in closets and other unusual places. It is important
not to stay blind to these signs and symptoms but discuss
inhalant abuse with your loved one. If there is a problem,
it is important to get help as quickly as possible.
Spencer Recovery Centers has helped thousands of patients
recovery from substance abuse including inhalants, street
drugs, prescription drugs and alcohol. Inhalants can
wreak havoc on the mind and body of a young person and
it is critical to stop the cycle of abuse as quickly
as possible. Spencer effectively treats abuse through
a dualistic approach that treats the body and the mind.
Our on staff medical doctor addresses physical ailments
and can prescribe medications if required. Through individual
and group therapy, our staff psychologist and team of
counselors uncover damaging behaviors and examine ways
of identifying and changing thinking patterns.
If you have a loved one who is suffering from inhalant
abuse, please call us right away. We can help answer
any questions you have in one confidential phone call.
Recovery from abuse is possible with the right treatment.
Please call Spencer Recovery Centers today.