What is an inhalant addiction?
Inhalants provide the user with a short-lived, mind-altering ‘high’ which mimics the effects of alcohol; leaving the user feeling briefly disorientated and euphoric. If you or a loved one are using inhalants regularly and over a long period of time, and if the volume of inhalant use is dependent on stressors or inhalants are used as a coping mechanism, there is a high risk of inhalant addiction developing. Furthermore, if a person is unable to cut down or stop using inhalants, even though they are fully aware of the negative health benefits or have already suffered negative consequences as a result of using inhalants, this would be considered an addiction. The fact that most inhalants are legal, cheap and readily available either in the home or supermarkets mean that it can be incredibly difficult for a person to overcome an addiction to inhalants without professional assistance.
Signs and Symptoms of an inhalant addiction
As a less well-known addiction, it can be difficult to spot the signs of inhalant addiction without any kind of prior indication that there may be a problem. However, if you have begun to notice different, strange behavior in a loved one, or if you yourself are unsure whether you have become addicted to inhalants, here is a list of common signs and symptoms to consider;
- Do you, or a loved one spend more time alone or isolated themselves in their bedroom, avoiding contact with family and friends who don’t use inhalants?
- Have you noticed a change in behavior in yourself or loved one; more distant, combative, defensive, tearful or disorientated?
- Do you or a loved one feel panicky or anxious at the prospect of spending time away from inhalants, going to places where there are no inhalants or the opportunity to use inhalants?
- Have you, or a loved one become more forgetful, absent-minded and less motivated to take part in activities and hobbies which were important before?
- Have you, or a loved one made attempts to stop using inhalants, but found the cravings to use them too much to cope with, and so continued to use them?
Treatment options for inhalant addiction
It can be incredibly difficult to admit that there is a problem with you or a loved one’s inhalant use is a problem. Brushing the problem under the carpet and trying to continue on, ignoring the problem can be an easy short-term fix, but ultimately the condition will worsen over time and become even more difficult to manage. If you can relate to the signs and symptoms listed above, it is vital that you seek help as soon as possible from a professional treatment center, like Beachcomber. At Beachcomber, we understand how difficult it can be to make the first initial steps, as well as the hard work and determination necessary to go through a treatment program. So, we aim to make all our clients feel as comfortable as possible, embedding empathy, compassion and understanding in all our services, which include;
- Inpatient Residential Treatment
- One-to-one Therapy
- Group therapy
- Family/couples therapy
- Outpatient Treatment
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Meditation Therapy