Overview of Inhalant Abuse

Addiction to inhalants is a serious problem that affects all aspects of one’s life including family, relationships, work or school, and health. Inhalant drug abuse occurs when someone uses ordinary household products such as glues, hair sprays, paint thinners, cigarette lighters, and a number of other sprays or chemical products in an attempt to get high. This is very dangerous because inhaling any of these products could be lethal at any time. We customize our treatment plans with programs that treat the person as well as all aspects of their lives, including family relationships and getting acclimated back into society. If you are wondering if inhalants have become a problem for you or someone you love, read on to learn about the signs of inhalant abuse and treatment options to help you or your loved one stop huffing, sniffing, or bagging inhalants. Cornerstone Recovery Center provides a safe and comfortable setting for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Please call 1-888-711-0354 or contact us online to speak with an admissions counselor. All communications with our staff are confidential.

Signs of Inhalant Addiction

Inhaling household ingredients to try to get high is very dangerous so it is important to be able to detect the signs of inhalant drug abuse. Inhalants can cause a similar effect to alcohol including drowsiness, lightheadedness, and loss of inhibitions. Continued use can cause dizziness, delusions, hallucinations, apathy, belligerence, and impaired judgment. Inhalants are inexpensive and easy to come by, so they often become a problem for young adults. Here are 10 questions to help you determine if inhalants have become a problem for someone you care about.

  1. Have they started hanging out with new friends?
  2. Have you noticed a drastic change in mood or behavior?
  3. Has their appearance changed; specifically a decline in hygiene or upkeep?
  4. Have they been purchasing an excess of sprays, glues, or other products with chemicals?
  5. Do you recognize a change in eating habits or change in weight?
  6. A loss of interest in hobbies and activities that they used to enjoy?
  7. Do you notice a change in sleep patterns? Sleeping too much or not sleeping at all both are signs to look out for.
  8. Has there been a decline in grades or work ethic, including problems on the job?
  9. Have you recognized an increase in secretiveness or hidden trash?
  10. Does the computer history shows visits to pro-drug or inhalant web sites?
  11. Have they stopped showering, shaving or otherwise taking care of their appearance?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions or are familiar with these signs of an addiction to inhalants, you are in the right place. We understand that dependency can make you feel like you are not in control or like a loved one is slipping away, but there is hope and help is here at Cornerstone.

The Effects of Inhalant Drug Addiction

Inhalant addiction can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Abusing these types of drugs is life threatening and there are serious health risks and side effects that can be permanent as a direct result of abusing inhalers that include hearing loss, irregular heartbeat, rapid heart rate, liver damage, kidney damage, lack of coordination, and brain damage.  Heart failure and death can occur within minutes after inhaling. Abuse of inhalants not only affects health, but negatively affects relationships and jobs as well.  If it comes down to losing a job, that also compromises income. If income is cut off, this can cause legal problems and even more problems with family relationships. Cornerstone Recovery Center treats all aspects of and relating to inhalant addiction, which includes mending family relationships and helping our clients get acclimated back to a normal lifestyle with a job and other responsibilities.

When is it time to Seek Treatment for Inhalant Abuse Addiction?

If these signs of drug abuse sound familiar, you are in the right place and help is available and there is hope.  If you have tried to stop using inhalants and have not been able to stop, you should contact an addiction recovery center like Cornerstone Recovery Center to seek help. We provide a family approach to recovery and we focus on treating all aspects of addiction, including relationships with family and helping clients get acclimated back to everyday living once recovery is complete.  Cornerstone’s family-centered and holistic approach to recovery has been very successful for clients looking to stop using inhalants to get high.
At Cornerstone, we believe that everyone is different and there is no one formula for recovery. That’s why we customize addiction treatment plans for each individual to fit their unique needs and situation. Clients get to help create the unique treatment plan by choosing from the different programs we offer. Treatment usually begins with an inpatient stay at our newly renovated residential drug rehab center on the Intracoastal Waterway and just steps from the beach. Clients who arrive from New Jersey or northern areas like Queens, Suffolk, Rockland, Putnam, and Philadelphia will love the warm weather and tropical breezes.  Clients can then move to our Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Outpatient Program (OP) and Aftercare depending on their individual progress. We also offer relapse prevention services for ongoing maintenance and support. Our staff including our medical director, nurses, behavioral coaches, and therapists all work together along with your family and loved ones to keep you moving towards your goals and have a successful recovery.

Make the Call. . . Get Help for Inhalant Abuse

Inhalant addiction can have negative effects on a person’s physical as well as mental health, and the effects of drug abuse can wreak havoc on your relationships, job and home life. Do you feel that using inhalants is controlling your life or ruining the life of your loved one? There is hope! Cornerstone Recovery Center provides a safe and comfortable setting for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Please call 1-888-711-0354 or contact us online to speak with an admissions counselor. All communications with our staff are confidential.