Inhalant Addiction Treatment in Cincinnati
Helping Clients Throughout Ohio Heal
When it comes to drug addictions, many people do not consider inhalants. Due to their accessibility and lower risk of addiction, inhalants often aren’t taken seriously. But inhalant addiction is real, and the only way to heal from it is to seek professional rehab. At Cedar Oaks Wellness Center, our team in Cincinnati offers specialized inhalant addiction treatment. Whether you or a loved one are addicted to huffing paint thinner or sniffing glue, you can expect to receive individualized, compassionate treatment from a team that understands what you’re going through. We offer evidence-based therapies and have resources for family members who want to support their loved ones, too.
What are Inhalants?
Inhalant abuse describes the inhalation of a volatile substance in order to intentionally achieve a high, or altered mental state. While other types of drugs can be crushed into a powder and snorted or inhaled, inhalants specifically describe a class of drugs that can only be inhaled, whether through sniffing, huffing, or “bagging,” which involves inhaling fumes from substances inside plastic or paper bags. Many people abuse inhalants because the chemicals are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, where they can reach the brain and produce immediate effects like light-headedness, loss of consciousness, and more.
Inhalants are also widely abused because unlike drugs like fentanyl and heroin, they’re easily accessible, as they include more than 1,000 household and other common products.
Common types of abused inhalants include:
- Aerosols: Aerosols are sprays that can contain propellants and solvents, such as spray paint, hair and deodorant sprays, vegetable oil cooking sprays, fabric protector sprays, and whipped cream dispensers.
- Gases: Many abused gases include household or commercial products that can be found at stores and in kitchen cabinets. These can include propane, butane, cooling system fluids, and medical anesthetic gases like chloroform, ether, halothane, and nitrous oxide.
- Nitrites: While most inhalants are used to alter one’s mood or state of consciousness, nitrites are often used as sexual enhancers and can include butyl, amyl, and other nitrites sold in small brown bottles labeled as “leather cleaner” or “liquid aroma.”
- Volatile solvents: These inhalants come in liquid form but vaporize at room temperature. Commonly abused volatile solvents include glues, felt-tip markers, paint thinners and removers, gasoline, and dry cleaning fluids.
Signs of Inhalant Addiction & Abuse
If you’re concerned about your loved one, it can be helpful to recognize the signs of inhalant abuse and addiction so you can get them the professional help they need. Because most inhalants acts on the central nervous system, the signs of a high can be similar to alcohol or opioid abuse.
Common signs of inhalant abuse include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Paint or chemical smells on clothing or breath
- Stains from paints or solvents on hands, clothes, and face
- Rash found around the mouth and nose
Additionally, a person who is addicted to inhalants may be hiding the evidence. Empty cans, bags, tissues, and used rags are signs of possible drug addiction. People with inhalant addictions may also withdraw from their relationships and lie about their addictions or where they’ve been.
Finally, you or a loved one may have an inhalant addiction if withdrawal symptoms appear after a period of time without using. Some of these withdrawal symptoms include a rapid pulse, panic and anxiety, hallucinations, shaking or tremors, and sweating. Sometimes a person in withdrawal may experience seizures.
Long-Term Effects of Inhalant Abuse
Abusing inhalant chemicals over a long period of time can lead to several serious and potentially life-threatening health problems, including:
- Central nervous system damage
- Weakened immune system
- Heart arrhythmia
- Impaired coordination
- Memory loss
- Impaired cognition
- Vision loss
Why Do I Need Help?
You may think you can quit your addiction on your own, or that your loved one can stop abusing inhalants any time they choose. However, medical care should be sought for inhalant addiction, as the withdrawal process can be just as dangerous as withdrawing from opioids or cocaine. Rehab can also help struggling individuals change their habits and learn healthier coping mechanisms so they don’t have to turn to inhalants in times of distress.
Cedar Oaks Wellness Center has programs to help you at every stage of your recovery, including a detox program, medication-assisted treatment, evidence-based therapies, and relapse prevention. Our team of experts can closely monitor you and help you manage your withdrawal symptoms, then get you started in our rehab programs once you’ve detoxed. Recovery isn’t easy, but we can give you the comfort and support you need.
Take your first steps toward sobriety today—call us to learn about the inhalant addiction treatment we offer in Cincinnati at (513) 780-5201. We’re proud to serve clients throughout the state of Ohio.