Inhalant Abuse and Treatment in Texas

Inhalants are often viewed as not dangerous; however, this is far from the truth. Inhalants, like glue or condensed air, can be highly addictive and incredibly hazardous to your health. Inhalants, among other things, can cause instantaneous death and permanent brain damage after only a single use. If you’re ready to overcome your addiction and beat inhalants once and for all, contact us today. Our inhalant abuse treatment program is one of the best in the country, and we’re here to help you recover on your terms.

Research shows that more than 22.9 million Americans have experimented with inhalants at some point in their lives.

Inhalant abuse comes in many different forms, but usually involves using household solvents, gases and propellants, or volatile nitrites, in ways they were never intended to use. Unlike other drugs, you do not need a prescription from a doctor or a drug dealer to inquire inhalants.

Examples of Commonly Inhaled Substances

  • Glue
  • Spray paints
  • Markers
  • Inks
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Lighter fluid
  • Gasoline
  • Propane
  • Nail Polish remover
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Whip cream

The list goes on and on. There are more than 1,000 products that abusers inhale to get high. Street names for inhalants include “gluy,” “huff,” and “rush.” A “whippet” is when someone inhales the gas from an aerosol can. Whip cream cans are popular for this reason. Nitrite inhalants are commonly referred to as “poppers” or “snappers.”

Inhalants are easily accessible. This makes them popular among young people who do not have access to other substances. A survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found in 2010 that 793,000 people ages 12 or older tried inhalants in the previous year. Of them, about 68 percent or 542,412 were under the age of 18.

Inhalant Addiction and Abuse

When inhaled, the chemical fumes enter the lungs and then the bloodstream. The chemicals travel to the brain and other parts of the body. Inhalants create a quick rush, and an instant high. The effects only last a short period of time. To prolong this high, users inhale frequently to maintain this feeling, which increases the danger of this type of substance abuse.

The gas is inhaled in a number of ways:

  • Sniffing or snorting fumes from containers
  • Spraying aerosols directly into the nose or mouth
  • Sniffing or inhaling fumes from substances sprayed or placed into a plastic or paper bag, known as “bagging”
  • “Huffing” from an inhalant-soaked rag stuffed in the mouth
  • Inhaling from balloons filled with nitrous oxide

These numbers show us that while many people need help, not everybody is ready to find a solution for addiction. But before considering whether you need a substance abuse recovery program, it’s important to ask yourself: do you or your loved one feel the need to change the following things?

  • The way you deal with stress.
  • How you think about yourself.
  • Who you allow in your life.
  • What you do in your free time.

Now is the time to seek help. Call us today.


Inhalant Abuse Signs and Symptoms

The Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that 676 persons were seen in a sample of U.S. emergency departments in 2001 because of inhalant problems. Of these, 10 percent were ages six to 17, 33 percent were ages 18 to 25, 10 percent were ages 26 to 34, and 47 percent were aged 35 or older.

It’s important to be aware of the signs of inhalant abuse, especially if you have a young person in the household. If you notice changes in your child’s behavior, pay close attention to the following signs.

Short-term Effects of Inhalant Abuse

  • Runny nose
  • Red noses or mouths
  • Mouth sores
  • The odor of the inhalant on their breath
  • Paint stains on their clothes or bodies
  • They also may seem dazed, drunk, anxious or excited
  • Nausea and lack of appetite
  • Changes in behavior
  • Worsening grades
  • Poor hygiene
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion and poor concentration
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Hostility
  • Paranoia

Long-term Effects of Inhalant Abuse

Some of these effects can be reversed over time and unfortunately, some can’t.

  • Problems with your coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dementia
  • Damage to the central nervous system
  • Disorientation

Detox and Withdrawal During Inhalant Abuse Treatment

As with all addicting substances, once a dependency is formed, there is a detox and withdrawal process. It is important to be medically detoxed if suffering from addiction. Withdrawal from inhalants will cause some of the same symptoms as illicit drugs.

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Panicky
  • Depressed
  • Cravings for inhalants

The detox and withdrawal of inhalants will be a painful experience, however, it is necessary. Undergoing inhalant abuse treatment in Texas is manageable, with help from our staff.

The Fight Against Inhalant Abuse

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition

The NIPC was founded in 1992 in Austin, Texas by Synergies, a non-profit corporation based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The NIPC grew from a state-wide prevention project in Texas called the Texas Prevention Partnership. This is a public-private effort to promote awareness and recognition of the under publicized problem of inhalant use.

NIPC works with state agencies, schools, businesses, trade associations, media, civic organizations, law enforcement, Poison Control Centers and interfaith groups throughout the country to educate and devise multifaceted awareness and prevention campaigns designed to educate youth and adults about the debilitating effects of these dangerous gateway drugs. NIPC also provides in-service training for educators.

Alliance for Consumer Education

The ACE nonprofit organization that was founded in 2000 by the Consumer Specialty Products Association, the premier trade association, represents the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution, and sale of consumer products.

ACE was created to educate consumers on the proper use, storage and disposal of household and institutional products. One of their main prevention programs is focused on Inhalant Abuse. ACE operates in an educational environment to develop new curriculum, awareness campaigns, and training materials tailored to parents, teachers, and students across the country.

Get Inhalant Abuse Treatment Today

Inhalant abuse is a sizable problem among young people and adults today. Few treatment facilities are able to provide help and services for this population. At Willow Springs, we have the resources available to get you or your loved one the help you need. A good first step is to call us, at no cost to you, so we can tell you more about our inhalant abuse treatment programs, which might be covered by your insurance.

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