Inhalants are household products such as spray paints or cleaning supplies that can make someone high when they are sniffed or huffed. These products are not meant to be used as drugs, and therefore can be easily purchased in grocery stores, pharmacy or home improvement stores. Inhalant drugs should not be confused with respiratory inhalant medications used to treat conditions such as asthma. As a drug, inhalants are broken down into four categories. Volatile Solvents include paint thinners or removers, gasoline, glue, and the fluid in felt tip markers. Aerosols include spray paints, computer keyboard cleaning products, spray deodorants and hairsprays. Gases include propane, butane, whipped cream dispensers, and medical anesthetics such as ether and chloroform. Nitrites include room deodorizers and liquid aromas.


Spray_Paint_Huffing_Can_Get_People_High_Is_Dangerous Signs that someone might be using inhalants include having sores and burns around their mouth, red eyes, runny nose, bad breath, heightened anxiety, having paint on face or clothing and even appearing drunk. Getting high on inhalants can have both short-term effects including slurred speech, lack or coordination, euphoria, and long-term effects such as liver and kidney damage, nerve damage, delayed behavioral development and brain damage.


Since inhalants are sold as household products, identifying paraphernalia can be difficult. However, depending on the extent of someone’s addiction to inhalants, there might be an excess of empty containers of items such as spray paint or hairspray cans in the trash, recycling or around the home, or an unusually robust supply or “stash” of such items.

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Signs_Of_Withdrawal Withdrawal from inhalants can cause mood swings, irritability, anger, and agitation. When withdrawing from inhalants you may also lack of energy and show symptoms of extreme anxiety and paranoia. Insomnia is also common when withdrawing from inhalants.


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Addicted to Inhalants? Now What?

The best way to treat inhalants addiction is by seeking help. By entering treatment, medical professionals and clinical therapists can determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and help those addicted to inhalants learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to inhalants. Amatus Recovery Centers located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.