Spokane, Washington has not historically been a hotbed for inhalant abuse, but, due to an influx of solvent-related treatment inquiries, we have decided to offer an inhalant addiction treatment program. Inhalants are psychoactive substances found in household items like solvents, sprays, and markers that users consume via inhalation to produce a sense of euphoria. Any solvent or chemical that releases toxic vapors is considered an inhalant. Substance abuse using inhalants can cause a number of long-term effects since it is all chemicals. Using inhalants involves breathing fumes from household products such as:
- Computer cleaner
- Bug spray
- Furniture polish
- Nitrous oxide
- Permanent markers
- Correction Fluid
- Air freshener
- Aerosol deodorant
Inhalants cause an intense, short-lived rush of euphoria. Using inhalants causes extreme health, social, and occupational impairments. As a result, users often have extreme fatigue, distorted thinking, vocal tremors and impairments, muscle weakness, anxiety, nausea, poor hygiene, wheezing, dilated pupils, and gastrointestinal problems. Spokane residents who use inhalants generally do so because they are desperate. Users seek inhalants for many of the same reasons people abuse alcohol and other drugs. These include:
- Emotional instability
- Low self-esteem
- Unhealed trauma
- Genetic predisposition to addiction
Titration to Effect: Adjust the Dose Until it Works
Not everyone who uses inhalants becomes addicted, but approximately 10% of users develop a tolerance. Tolerance occurs when a person’s regular dose no longer produces the desired effects. When the drug stops working, a user will increase their consumption and experience withdrawal symptoms when they are unable to get high. Using inhalants while pregnant causes Fetal Solvent Syndrome in infants. Signs of this condition include neurological defects, a distinct, high-pitched cry, feeding difficulties, and disturbed sleep.
Dangers of Inhalant Abuse
The disease of addiction is insidious and life-threatening. We cannot overstate the dangers of inhalant use. Products containing inhalants also contain poison, so your health and well-being are constantly at risk. In Washington, possession of inhalants is illegal if you intend to inhale them. Using inhalants can have the following effects on your health:
- Neurological impairment
- Brainstem dysfunction
- Bone cancer
- Lung cancer
People choose inhalants over other illegal drugs for many reasons. In the developed world, purchasing inhalants is easier than purchasing other illegal drugs. Although inhalants are not regulated by the Controlled Substances Act, it is against Washington illegal drug laws to consume inhalants. Irresponsible sale of inhalants is a jailable offense, but it is often difficult to hold businesses responsible because people who are addicted to inhalants tend to hide their abuse. People who find themselves addicted to inhalants should seek drug addiction treatment immediately. Starting a treatment program is a life-saving decision.
How Do People Use Inhalants?
People who are desperate to get high will always find a way. At Spokane Falls Recovery Center, we help people replace desperation with healthy coping mechanisms, conscious decision-making, and catharsis. Answer some addiction self-assessment questions for guidance about approaching treatment. We offer inhalant addiction treatment that covers all methods of inhalant consumption, including:
Dusting and glading occur when a user inhales fumes from an aerosol cleaner.
Snorting and Sniffing
Snorting and sniffing involve placing the product near the nose and inhaling sharply.
A user huffs a product by soaking a towel in chemicals, placing the towel near the face, and inhaling.
Breathing chemical fumes that have been sprayed or poured into a bag is another way to consume inhalants.
Spraying nitrous oxide (from a canister) into a balloon and breathing in the contents is an increasingly popular way to consume inhalants.
Addiction is a life-threatening condition, so it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Spokane Falls Recovery Center offers the following programs for addiction recovery:
- Court-ordered treatment and legal support
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient treatment program
- Outpatient treatment program
Spokane, Washington residents who find themselves addicted to inhalants can find refuge at Spokane Falls Recovery Center. If you or a loved one has become addicted to inhalants, please call us at 844.962.2775