Inhalant Detox in Charlotte
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People who are addicted to inhalants may think that they don’t need to detox or go to rehab. Because inhalant abuse is less common than other drugs and is widely known as having less dangerous repercussions, people don’t think using inhalants to get high is an issue. However, inhalants do have addictive qualities and shouldn’t be overlooked just because their effects are less potent.
If you or someone you love is addicted to inhaling household solvents, gases, or anesthetics, Freedom Detox is here to help with our personalized program. Believe it or not, inhalant abuse does have long-term effects that negatively impact the body, and in 2011 there were over 10,000 visits to emergency rooms for inhalant abuse. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2.1 million people in the United States reported using inhalants in the last year. You are not alone in your struggles. Let us help you toward a healthier life.
Who Uses Inhalants?
Inhalants as a “drug” are extremely prevalent and easily accessible, as they’re typically found in most homes. They can be anything from gasoline to cleaning products, and are inhaled to produce short-lived, mind-altering effects that are similar to those of alcohol. Because they’re easy to find and use, many inhalant addicts are teenagers.
60% of first-time inhalant users are teenagers, and abuse is more common among younger teens – studies suggest that between 9.1% and 12.6% of eighth graders use inhalants.
What’s so dangerous about teenagers abusing inhalants is that over time, inhalants can cause permanent brain damage. Young peoples’ brains are still developing, which can make the damage even more severe. Fortunately, Freedom Detox offers treatment plans for teenagers that include skill-building and life coaching.
Classes of Inhalants
Inhalants typically include solvents, gases, and anesthetics. Some common anesthetics include nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” typically used by dentists. Nitrous oxide is also used in whipped cream cans.
Classes of inhalants that are often abused, especially by younger people, include:
- Paint thinners
- Dry-cleaning fluids
- Lighter fluid
- Correction fluids
- Felt-tip marker fluid
- Nail polish
- Nail polish remover
- Electronic contact cleaners
- Spray paint
- Hair spray
- Deodorant spray
- Vegetable oil sprays
- Aerosol computer cleaning products
- Butane lighters
- Propane tanks
- Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”)
- Whipped cream dispensers (commonly referred to as "whippets")
- Video head cleaner
- Room odorizer
- Leather cleaner
- Liquid aroma
Dangers of Inhalant Abuse
While inhalants produce temporary side effects that may be perceived as positive, such as euphoria and excitability, their long-term effects can seriously damage the user’s body. Inhalants are a central nervous system depressant, and high doses can result in a fatal overdose.
Other dangers include liver and kidney damage, hearing loss, bone marrow damage, nerve damage, and delayed behavioral development.
If you wish to seek help for yourself or a loved one, now is the best time to call Freedom Detox. Our Gastonia inhalant detox team provides a safe environment for clients to detoxify their bodies in, and our trained medical staff is onsite and ready to assist should any issues arise. Though inhalants may seem tame compared to other drugs, addicts will still go through a challenging withdrawal process, and need to be closely watched.
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