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Huffing Addiction

People with a huffing addiction use fumes, gases and chemicals to get their high. But in using these as drugs of choice, they are gambling with their health and even their life. The ingredients are inexpensive and easy to find, which only makes it harder to cut down on the use of these chemicals.

Adults and children alike inhale fumes to get high. If huffing abusers happen to be driving, they also cause accidents while they're high. Many innocents have perished in crashes that were caused by addicts driving after huffing.

Huffing various inhalants is done for a buzz, but when the chemicals are abused, there can be prolonged problems. Some of the chemicals include fingernail polish, wax removers, glue and spray paints. If they are used repeatedly, they can cause:

  • Brain damage
  • Hearing loss
  • Liver damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney damage
  • Death

Correction and cleaning fluids include Trichloroethylene, which can lead to almost any of the possible effects above. Gasoline and glue contain hexane, which may cause blackouts and limb spasms, and eventual death. Gasoline also contains benzene, which, when abused, may lead to an increased risk of developing leukemia, as well as injury to the bone marrow, toxicity of the reproductive system and death.

Gas cylinders and whipped cream can dispensers include Nitrous Oxide, which can lead to damage of the bone marrow and heart failure leading to death. Freon, used as an aerosol propellant and a refrigerant may cause respiratory obstruction, liver damage and Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome. This is brought on by the way Freon cools the passages of the airways quickly.

Cigarette lighters and their refills contain Butane gas, which can cause an increase in heart rate, possible ending in death. Nitrite inhalation enlarges the blood vessels as it increases heart rate, and initially this may lead to dizziness and headaches. Adults are often the inhalers of nitrites since they enhance sexual performance and pleasure. The ill effects on one's heart make the temporary high very dangerous.

Prolonged huffing with the use of chemicals and inhalants can cause the heart to beat in an irregular manner, leading to heart failure and imminent death. This is especially dangerous if the user huffs aerosol chemicals, propane or butane. Whether you're an adult or a child, the effects are the same.

If you breathe in higher inhalant concentrations, you may suffocate to death. This occurs because the levels of toxic vapors replace the oxygen in the lungs and the brain, causing the cessation of breathing. All chemicals used in huffing are very toxic to the organs of the body. Repeated huffing causes major damage in the brain, nervous system, liver, lungs and heart.

Inhalants have shown themselves to be very addictive, even though some people still feel that they are not. The compulsion is there after someone has sniffed inhalants for a time. Detox treatment by professionals is very important before organ damage occurs. Withdrawal symptoms are severe, and you need to be monitored if you are undergoing withdrawal. Therapy and treatment will help to decrease the chance that you will relapse into addictive huffing. Follow-up treatment will help to keep the rate of relapses lower.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

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