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Inhalant Addiction Treatment

What Is Huffing?

Over one million Americans are addicted to inhalants, with new users starting the dangerous habit every year. Drug users, often called “huffers,” inhale toxic fumes from common household products in order to achieve a state of euphoria. Common signs of inhalant addiction include:

  • Metallic-colored paint specks around the face or on clothing.
  • Skin discoloration or sores on the nose and mouth.
  • Slurred speech and personality changes.
  • A large quantity of paper bags or inhalants stored in the drug user’s room or hidden around the house.

Inhalant abuse can be a particularly deadly and dangerous type of drug use, as the toxic chemicals in household products are known to cause heart, lung, kidney, nerve and brain damage or even death. As such, inhalant addiction treatment is extremely important and time is of the essence when dealing with this addiction. If you or a loved one suffers from inhalant addiction, seek a qualified addiction treatment program immediately.

The Challenges and Dangers of Huffing Addiction

One of the most difficult issues that inhalant addicts deal with is the temptation to return to inhalant use, which is constant due to the ease with which inhalants can be found and purchased. Any hardware store or retail store carries a number of products that can be used to get high. Many inhalant users choose metallic-based paints due to the belief that these products contain a greater concentration of solvents. Stores will limit the amount of metallic paint that they sell to a single customer or ask for identification to prove that the individual is over 18. It’s nearly impossible to control a drug users’ access to huffing materials without first treating the addiction itself.

Inhalant abuse is also a particularly deadly addiction. A user can die after even a single attempt to get high due to failure of the heart or lungs. This is known as sudden sniffing death or SSD, and its prevalence among regular huffers is severe enough to make inhalant abuse more deadly than many other types of drug use. Many inhalant users also use other drugs, which can lead to serious complications.

Treating Inhalant Abuse Effectively

Because of the aforementioned availability of products that can be “huffed” and abused, in-patient treatment is relatively common. Addiction treatment centers that offer inhalant treatment abuse usually offer different types of therapy to their patients in order to directly treat the need to get “high” through inhalants or other drugs. Complete sobriety is recommended, as inhalant addicts are often susceptible to other forms of addiction such as alcoholism. Drug replacement therapy is very rare, as inhalant users suffer from a psychological addiction rather than a physical addiction to their drugs.

Some patients worry about the effects of inhalant abuse treatment on their day-to-day lives, especially when considering an in-patient huffing abuse treatment center. During treatment, a patient may need to miss work or other engagements; however, given the severity of the condition, it is essential to follow a doctor or therapist’s orders, even if this means a loss in income or other consequences.

The cost of inhalant abuse treatment varies from one facility to the next, but free, low-cost, and income-based treatment centers are available. Drug abuse organizations like Narcotics Anonymous can supply inhalant addicts and their families with information about registered facilities that are qualified to deal with the challenges of inhalant addiction treatment. If you or a loved one has a problem with inhalants, contacting Narcotics Anonymous or a therapist, doctor, or other physician with experience in addiction treatment is a great first step.


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