Inhalant Addiction Destroys (and Takes) Lives
Inhalant addiction is a rare but incredibly dangerous disease. Addicts struggle with a dependence upon inhaling things like paint thinner, gasoline, nitrous oxide (often in the form of “whippets,” a street-drug version that comes in refillable whipped cream canisters), glue, computer duster spray, and more. Whippet drug use and other inhalant abuse gives the user a euphoric high, but can also cause a detachment from reality, nausea, and vomiting. In some cases, users can inhale a fatal overdose, which usually occurs due to heart failure, asphyxiation, or a complete inability to breathe on one’s own.
The Signs and Symptoms of Inhalant Abuse
In addition to the potentially fatal repercussions of inhalant use, there are a number of common signs of inhalant abuse that can be a tip-off for the addict’s friends and loved ones. Symptoms like anxiety, appearing drunk, weak appetite, mouth sores, red eyes, a runny nose, strange-smelling breath, or even paint or other substance stains on their person can be dead giveaways. Unfortunately, many of the effects of inhalants are somewhat short-lived, which can make some symptoms hard to spot. Because teenagers are the most common abusers of inhalants, it’s important for parents and teachers to be aware of these signs and take appropriate action should they arise. With vigilance, parents can identify the issue early and help an inhalant addict seek help before it’s too late.
Regain Control With Compassionate Addiction Treatment from RECO Intensive
RECO Intensive is a unique, empathetic addiction treatment center located in beautiful Delray Beach, FL. Our professional team of rehabilitation experts is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care during the difficult transition out of inhalants dependence and into freedom. At RECO, our primary mission is to restore light and color to your (or your loved one’s) life by providing effective treatment in a safe, respectful, and caring environment. We understand the struggle and darkness that is addiction; many members of our team have walked that same road before you.
At RECO Intensive, our first step is to guide clients carefully through the detox process. During this initial phase, you will be monitored by medical professionals to ensure your health and safety. From there, you’ll be offered a variety of treatment plan options, including residential care (living and working your program on the premises), partial hospitalization (for those unable to do full-time treatment), intensive outpatient treatment (for those who don’t need detox), and sober living (secure, drug-free housing, often used in conjunction with an intensive outpatient program). No matter what path you choose at RECO Intensive, we’ll help you stay on the sober path with support groups and resources for long-term aftercare. Call our recovery helpline at (855) 799-1035 today to get started on your journey to sobriety.