Inhalant addiction is more widespread and dangerous than most people know. Inhalants are incredibly easy to obtain and can cause serious addiction. They pose an even greater threat to teenagers since they often use inhalants before moving on to harder, more addictive narcotics. Currently, there are more than 1,400 items available that are considered inhalants. Some of the devastating side effects that may result from abusing inhalants include the following:
- Damage to central nervous system
- Loss of hearing
- Bone marrow damage
- Limb spasms
- Cardiac arrest resulting in death
Inhalants are exceedingly dangerous since most people don’t actually view them as a serious potential threat, along with the fact that they’re commonly abused by younger people who have easy access to them. Many young adults think they’re invincible to the dangers of inhalants and want to appear “cool” in front of their peers, mistakenly believing that nothing will ever go wrong. Little do they know, their bodies can only withstand so much of these types of chemicals before it starts to fail, and can literally kill them.
What is Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome?
Young children can literally die the very first time they experiment with an inhalant. Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome can occur with a variety of inhalants, but is predominantly associated with abusing the chemicals found in aerosol products, electronics, butane, and air conditioning coolant. Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is typically linked to cardiac arrest. The abused inhalant makes the heart beat erratically and rapidly, leading to cardiac arrest.
Some short-term effects of inhalant abuse include the following:
- Severe Mood Swings
- Abdominal pain
- Muscle weakness
- Violent uncontrollable behavior
- Slurred speech
- Feeling of numbness
- Visual impairment
- Impaired judgment
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Lack of coordination
- Visual disturbances
Once you develop an addiction to a certain substance, you begin to slowly lose control over both your body and will. In fact, the only thing you do care about is getting high. As a result, this will inevitably destroy your relationships with your family and friends and eventually the will to live. Keep in mind that relationships are one of the most important parts of life itself. So, if you lose them one by one, where does that leave you? Lost, broken-hearted, and in dire circumstances. Not only will you lose the trust of your loved ones by continuing your addiction, over time they could be irreparable.
A number of people, especially younger people, abuse inhalants instead of drugs like cocaine and heroin simply because they’re cheaper. However, inhalants still cost money and start to add up over time. Also, if you’re getting high before, during, and after work; sooner or later your boss will start to notice and will be forced to take action, which could result in getting fired. Without a job, you literally have no money. If you are addicted to inhalants and somehow manage to hold onto your job, you’ll be forced to hide your addiction, use sneaky tactics, and likely tell lie after lie about your behavior and whereabouts. You will lose all self-respect for yourself and in time, you’ll probably get fired anyway. You’re next problem will be trying to land another job, which is difficult if you’re still abusing, plus the fact that your previous boss is very unlikely to give you a good recommendation.
Have you experimented with huffing inhalants? Are you a full-blown addict? No matter what stage you’re in, help is available and getting clean is a real possibility. Don’t let inhalant addiction ruin your relationships, career, and your life. You can regain your health and get back to a drug-free lifestyle. Seek the help you need today.