Teens and Inhalants, continued

drug rehab charlotte ncWelcome back. We are here to talk more about the use of inhalants in teens. Many parents believe that their kids would never use drugs. They especially assume that their children would never use inhalants to get high.

Inhalants are a Problem for Teens | Drug Rehab Charlotte NC

However, many studies show that using chemicals to inhale or snort to get high is prevalent in teens and young adults. It is often considered the drug epidemic forgotten by the world. Though it isn't talked about as much as the opioid or heroin epidemic that is going to today, it is still a serious problem.

Teenage years are difficult for adolescences. It's a time where they're expected to be more responsible, plan for the future, do well at school and yet still somehow manage to act like the child they're not ready to let go of. It's a hard time for parents as well. One thing is for certain, there are professionals out there that can help if you suspect your teen is using.

Below, you'll find street names and types of inhalants most commonly used by teens and young adults.

  • Whiteout: inhalants; isobutyl nitrite
  • Snotballs: rubber cement rolled into balls, burned and the fumes are inhaled
  • Quicksilver: isobutyl nitrite
  • Poppers: isobutyl nitrite; amyl nitrite; methamphetamine
  • Huffing: to sniff inhalant
  • Highball: term for inhalants
  • Glading: to use inhalant
  • Dusting: adding PCP, heroin, another drug to marijuana
  • Bullet bolt: term for inhalants
  • Bullet: isobutyl nitrite
  • Bolt: amphetamine; isobutyl nitrite
  • Bang: to inject inhalants
  • Bagging: using inhalants
  • Air blast: term for inhalants
  • Aimies: amphetamine; amyl nitrite

Side Effects of Long Term Use

  • Visual problems or even blindness
  • Nerve damage
  • Memory loss
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Heart damage
  • Brain damage
  • Bone marrow damage

Side Effects of Short Term Use

  • Uncoordinated movement
  • Slurred speech
  • Severe headaches
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Impaired judgment
  • Hallucinations
  • Feeling intoxicated
  • Feeling disoriented

Signs of Addiction

  • Lying about using inhalants
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to stop abusing inhalants even if the want-to is there
  • Hiding inhalant use from others
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Constant runny nose and cough
  • Focusing all time and attention on inhaling substances
  • Facial rashes
  • Facial blisters
  • Terrible, persistent bad breath
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Outbursts of anger

Addiction to inhalants can happen. According to drugabuse.gov, “It isn’t common, but addiction can happen. Some people, particularly those who use inhalants a lot and for a long time, report a strong need to continue using inhalants. Using inhalants over and over again can cause mild withdrawal when stopped. In fact, research in animal models shows that toluene can affect the brain in a way that is similar to other drugs of use (e.g., amphetamines). Toluene increases dopamine activity in reward areas of the brain, and the long-term disruption of the dopamine system is one of the key factors leading to addiction.”

Drugabuse.gov also states that there are four different categories of inhalants that can be used. Below, you’ll find more information about each.

  • Volatile Solvents - Liquids that vaporize at room temperature, including paint thinners and removers, gasoline, glues, correction fluids, and felt-tip marker fluids.
  • Aerosols - Sprays that contain propellants and solvents such as spray paints, deodorant and hair sprays.
  • Gases - Includes medical anesthetics, such as ether, chloroform, halothane, and nitrous oxide or "laughing gas," and gases found in butane lighters, propane tanks and whipped cream dispensers.
  • Nitrites - Different than other inhalants because they primarily dilate blood vessels and relax the muscles. They include cyclohexyl nitritem in room odorizers; amyl nitrite and butyl nitrite both called "poppers."

We hope this information helps you should you suspect your teen is using inhalants to get high. Getting familiar with all the facts can be a great asset when approaching your child about their drug use. For more info, be sure to visit with our previous blog, here.

If you think your teen is suffering from an addiction, don't loose hope. There are substance abuse treatment programs that can help. Consider the following options for your child:

  • Educational therapy groups
  • Family advising and education
  • Holistic education
  • Individual therapy
  • Recovery planning for relapse prevention
  • Recreational activities
  • Team building

Drug rehab in Charlotte NC isn’t like any other type of rehab your teen will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with drug or alcohol use, in hopes to help them learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:

  • adventure therapy
  • comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • drug testing
  • dual diagnosis
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
  • life skills
  • parental support and assistance

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Legacy Freedom. We are here to help.

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Do you think your teen son or daughter is suffering from an addiction and aren’t sure where to turn next? Regardless of how bad your drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available. You’re not alone in this. Recovery is just a phone call or visit away. Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about drug rehab in Charlotte NC and our highly successful outpatient therapy. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life.

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