Inhalants are chemicals found in everyday use household items such as aerosol sprays, propane tanks, refrigerant gases, liquid cleaners, etc. Many people unconsciously form a habit of getting a â€˜highâ€™ from these items without even realizing at first. The â€˜highâ€™ from inhalants lasts only a few minutes, so individuals addicted to them usually inhale repeatedly over several hours to keep getting the buzz. The recreational use of inhalers has become a major problem in recent times due to their easy availability.
As soon as a person inhales these chemicals, the lungs help them enter the blood stream instantly, which affects the nervous system and gives the person a sudden feeling of euphoria or joyfulness. This is followed by feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness, and in some cases, loss of sensation or unconsciousness. Long-term effects of inhalants may include damage to nerve fibers, damage to brain cells, liver failure, muscle weakness, aplastic anemia, coma and even sudden death in the case of prolonged or excessive use. Inhalant abuse usually occurs because of the easy accessibility of common household items.
There are some alternate names used for inhalants on the street or online:
If you or anyone close to you needs help dealing with inhalant abuse, get immediate medical help and contact IntoTreatment for support through the rehabilitation journey.