When a teenager with a drug problem cannot get their hands on the big drugs like cocaine or heroin, they often look for a high in some other place. One such place is to achieve a high through huffing inhalants. Inhalants are not actually drugs, they are seemingly innocuous household items that can produce a high when their gasses or fumes are inhaled. Some such inhalants are:
- Spray Paint
- Paint Thinner
- Co2 Canisters in Whipped Cream Containers
- Nail Polish
Because these are chemicals and they contain a variety of different chemical ingredients, when a teen inhales them, they experience some form of a high or feeling of euphoria. Unfortunately, because these are chemicals, they can be extremely harmful when they are used in this manner. As a parent, you need to be able to identify when your child is using inhalants so that you can remedy the problem and help your child to become healthy again.
Your child may have things in his or her bedroom that are being huffed without you realizing it. If your child uses paint, paint thinner, glue, spray paint or similar items for craft projects, art or school work, then they may also be potentially huffing or inhaling those chemicals in order to get a high. For this reason, “spotting the drug” is a little more difficult when the substance being abused is an inhalant. Most inhalant products are completely ordinary things that you would find in a home, and many of these things can be purchased by under aged children without a problem.
When a teenager abuses an inhalant, the results they feel will depend on what they are inhaling. A teen might inhale:
Most commonly they will experience psychoactive, mind altering effects allowing them to escape reality. For all intents and purposes they will appear to be drunk. They will be nauseous and disoriented, they will slur speech and may be irritable and lacking complete coordination. These are all symptoms that are going to occur when they are “huffing.” Smell their breath and you will immediately know what they were inhaling, alcohol or otherwise.
Spotting abuse of any drug is going to be difficult, because when your teenager is abusing a substance they are going to go out of their way to hide it from you. What you are probably going to notice is that your teen child is suddenly being more secretive than normal. Perhaps they are being caught in lies, or being caught refusing to let you in their room. Perhaps they are spending more time out of the house, or more time cooped up in the room. These little changes all really add up to something big if your teen is going through a substance abuse problem. Rather than allowing your child to become more secretive or to keep things from you, you are going to need to take this opportunity to get closer to your kid and keep an eye on him or her to look for signs of drug abuse like skipping school, slipping grades, loss of interest in favorite things and so on.
One wrong usage of an inhalant drug and your child can die unexpectedly. There is really no time to waste when it comes to providing your teen with help. You have to be prepared to approach the situation with understanding and care, but you must also be willing to give a little push to help your teen get some help once and for all.
A drug rehab that specializes in inhalant drug abuse and children and teen users is going to be the best place for your child to go when undergoing recovery and rehabilitation for this problem. A long-term, inpatient drug rehab facility is going to help your child or teen focus on healing and recovering without peer pressure and a negative environment pushing your child in the direction of relapse.