Inhalants Detox Center
Inhalants are solvents which produce vapor that’s then inhaled by drug abusers, and their use is more common that you may think. Surveys performed in the late 2000’s indicate that nearly 30 million Americans, at minimum, have experimented with inhalants at some time or another. Think about this surprising fact: One in five children who reach 8th grade in the U.S. will have already tried some form of inhalant. Inhalants are quickly and depressingly addictive, with glue-sniffers reporting becoming addicted within the first three days.
Problems arising from inhalants
For new users, the effects of inhalants are similar to being drunk on alcohol. The long-term effects can, however, be much more severe. Severe damage to vital organs including the liver, lungs, kidneys and even the heart can occur, along with possible hearing and memory loss, diminished intelligence and bone marrow damage. Let that sink in.
Teens at risk
Unfortunately, the group of people most at risk are children and young teens (7-9th graders according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse). Since the effects of inhalants are relatively short-lived, children at this age don’t perceive the long-term risks associated with the behavior.
Parents are often ill-equipped to deal with this type of situation and are completely lost when it comes to how they will attempt to stop their child’s destructive behavior given that there are so many sources of inhalants available within easy reach.
Like other abused substances, length of use and the strength of the inhalant influence the time needed to properly and effectively withdraw. Inhalants accumulate in the fatty tissue of essential organs and therefore may take a while to be fully flushed from the body’s system.
Though the withdrawal symptoms are typically less extreme than some more serious classes of drugs, the process is often difficult to go through, especially for young abusers.
Clients, along with their family, should recognize that the full recovery process can take longer than initially expected since cravings can often last up to 8 weeks after detox.
In general, most parents of abusers do not have the first-hand knowledge or proper tools to effectively manage the physical and physiological symptoms their child may experience during withdrawal.
Getting the professional help you need for inhalant abuse at a drug treatment center is highly advised for safety purposes and successful, long-term recovery.
Boca Detox Center
When a client arrives at our facility, we perform a thorough physical examination to check for damage to internal organs and for any related current or future mental conditions.
There are no safe alternative medications that could be used to simulate the effects of an inhalant, but we may prescribe supplemental medications in order to deal with the more unpleasant side effects of withdrawal.
Acute side effects should be over within the first week and in some cases sooner. However, this stage is just the beginning of the full recovery process.
Education and therapy
Education is a major part of the recovery process. At Boca Detox, clients work with a group of skilled and caring professionals to learn the risks of inhalant use and tools for building a life without it
In addition to education, ongoing inhalant addiction treatments such as therapy and support groups are part of the recovery program. They help introduce clients to others who have experienced similar issues and build a community to support their recovery goals.