Inhalant Addiction Treatment Overview

Like anybody searching for a way to stop abusing substances, you first have to admit you need help and accept it. Depending on the severity of your substance abuse, you could go to an intensive outpatient or inpatient program followed by attending support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous. Studies show that the more involved your treatment is, the better off you will be on your road to recovery.

What age groups are abusing inhalants?

Inhalants, even though less popular than traditional street drugs, are still abused, especially by younger people, and can create an addiction. They are also extremely dangerous. Adolescents and teenagers most commonly abuse inhalants because it’s a quick, strong, and convenient high that can be purchased in most stores. Most abusers don’t have classic drug withdrawal symptoms, and if they do, the symptoms present themselves within the first 24 to 48 hours after the last use. Such withdrawal symptoms include:

  • mood changes
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • sweating
  • insomnia

When you’ve made that decision to get help and go to treatment depending on how long you have been using and how much, you may need detox treatment. There aren’t any medications specifically designated to help alleviate the symptoms of inhalant withdrawal, but doctors may recommend supplements to help with nausea and insomnia.

There are many drug or alcohol abuse treatment programs that are not equipped to deal with the complexity of problems that the inhalant abuser presents. Chronic usage of inhalants causes many psychological and social problems. Because of the damage neurotoxic chemicals cause to the brain, it may be wise to consider the regular, chronic inhalant abuser as having a dual diagnosis of chemical dependency and mental illness. The usual approaches and techniques used in typical alcohol and drug treatment may do just fine, but a host of other specific issues must also be addressed.

What are the effects of inhalant addiction?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), most inhalants affect the central nervous system and slow down brain activity.

Health damage from long-term use could be:

  • liver and kidney damage
  • hearing loss
  • bone marrow damage
  • loss of coordination and limb spasms (from nerve damage)
  • delayed behavioral development (from brain problems)
  • brain damage (from cut-off oxygen flow to the brain)

Inpatient treatment facilities are highly recommended after detox because there is a high chance of relapse if one does not quickly get help and support since, just like alcohol, inhalants can be easily purchased at every corner store.

Inhalants can be a number of products easily bought at the corner store and found in the home or workplace. Some of these products include cleaning products, markers, glue, spray paints, computer cleaner, and aerosol dust cleaner. These products aren’t usually thought of as drugs because getting high is not what they are supposed to be used for. This is why younger kids and teens mostly use inhalants because they are easier to obtain than other drugs.

Garden State is Here to Help You

The “typical” 28 day or short-term treatment stay is most likely too short a time to realistically expect change. One of the reasons for this is the prolonged time that inhalants stay in the body. Treatment time may be uncertain and typically requires many months, depending on the user. Intensive aftercare, ongoing treatment, and follow up is essential to rebuild life skills and re-integrate the addict with school, family, and community, and that’s exactly what you can expect from Garden State Treatment Center.

Garden State Treatment Center is an outpatient and partial care addiction treatment facility that offers nuanced levels of care for individuals struggling with the horrors of substance abuse. It is our explicit goal to help addicted clients rebuild their lives from the inside out and reintegrate themselves back into society. Clients receive both individual and group therapy sessions at Garden State Treatment Center. These therapies each have the multi-faceted goals of resolving traumatic events, peer support, and long-term relapse prevention.

The most important thing you can expect from your Garden State Treatment Center Treatment experience is that you will emerge from it transformed, stable, and ready to begin a lifetime of recovery.