Teen Addiction Treatment – Inhalants Addiction/Huffing

Introduction to Huffing
Huffing is an increasingly common abuse behavior. Huffing is often associated with teens and young adults. It is considered a drug abuse and an addiction, due to the severe side effects, potential for death, and addictive nature of the behavior. Huffing, huffing abuse, and huffing addiction, is also known as inhalant abuse or inhalant addiction. Huffing is the intentional inhalation or breathing – in of chemical vapors to achieve an impairment or altered mental or physical condition. Abusers inhale vapors emitted from a variety of substances. Chemical vapors used as inhalants can be found in over 1,000 common household products. Common products are products which emit aerosols, gases, and nitrites. Addiction treatment is the most preferred approach for huffing and inhalant abuse or addiction.

Huffing and the Need for Addiction Treatment / Inspirations Teen Rehab

Huffing by teenage adolescents, is a growing concern for parents, educators, addiction treatment professionals, and our nation. In an effort to save teenager’s lives, the addiction treatment community, mental health professionals, and the medical community, strongly encourage parents, teens, and families, to seek the assistance of addiction treatment centers, as a solution to the problem, abuse, and addiction to huffing.

Inspirations Teen Rehab offers an addiction treatment program consisting of an individualized addiction treatment plan for adolescents, as well as their nationally renowned “Sober Life, Sober Choices” Program.

Inspiration’s Huffing Rehab or Huffing Treatment is a four-phase approach:

Phase 1: Intervention
Phase 2: Addiction Treatment with a minimum 90 day individualized treatment plan
Phase 3: Sober Life, Sober Choices
Phase 4: Aftercare and Case Management

Death from Huffing aka Sudden Sniffing Death (SSD)

Death from huffing / inhalant abuse can occur after a single use or after continued use. Sudden sniffing death (SSD) may result within minutes of inhalant abuse from irregular heart rhythm leading to heart failure. Other causes of huffing and inhalant death include asphyxiation, aspiration, or suffocation. A huffing abuse or addict, who is suffering from impaired judgment, may also experience fatal injuries from motor vehicle accidents, sudden falls, or other unexpected life threatening injuries.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Report Series, Inhalant Abuse, 10 May 2007

Who Abuses Inhalants? Who is Huffing?

According to the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, the number of new inhalant abusers rose approximately 158 percent from an estimated 392,000 in 1990 to 1,010,000 in 1999.

The primary user group was composed of 12 to 17-year-olds–over 636,000 had tried inhalants for the first time in 1999. This number is more than double that of the 18- to 25-year-old user group (276,000.) Almost 17 million individuals have experimented with inhalants at some point in their lives.

Huffing and Inhalants are the fourth most abused substances in the United States among eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders; alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana are the top three, according to the 2000 Monitoring the Future Study.

By the time adolescents reach the eighth grade, one in five has tried huffing and inhalants at least once. Prevalence of lifetime huffing abuse has consistently been higher among eighth graders than among tenth and twelfth graders.

In 2000, 18 percent of eighth graders, 17 percent of tenth graders and 14 percent of twelfth graders admitted to huffing inhalants at least once in their lifetime.

Statistics showing higher lifetime huffing among eighth graders may be due to the fact that frequent huffing and inhalant abusers typically drop out of school and consequently do not participate in the tenth and twelfth grade surveys.

How is Huffing Abuse?

Huffing with inhalants occurs when inhalants are breathed in through the nose or mouth in a variety of ways. Huffing abusers begin by inhaling deeply; they then take several more breaths. Abusers may inhale, by sniffing or snorting, chemical vapors directly from open containers or by huffing fumes from rags that are soaked in a chemical substance and then held to the face or stuffed in the mouth.

Other methods of huffing include spraying aerosols directly into the nose or mouth or pouring inhalants onto the user’s collar, sleeves, or cuffs and sniffing them over a period of time (such as during a class in school).

In a practice known as bagging, fumes are inhaled from substances sprayed or deposited inside a paper or plastic bag. Alternatively, the fumes may be discharged into small containers such as soda cans and then inhaled from the can. Huffing users may also inhale from balloons filled with nitrous oxide or other devices such as snappers and poppers in which inhalants are sold.

Signs of Huffing Abuse

• Drunk or disoriented appearance
• Paint or other stains on face, hands, or clothing
• Hidden empty spray paint or solvent containers and chemical-soaked rags or clothing
• Slurred speech
• Strong chemical odors on breath or clothing
• Nausea or loss of appetite
• Red or runny nose
• Sores or rash around the nose or mouth

” Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Report Series, Inhalant Abuse, 10 May 2007.Huffing is an addictive behavior and a growing addiction among the adolescent/teen population. Seek professional assistance immediately. Inspiration’s Teen Rehab specializes in residential adolescent addiction treatment with individualized treatment for “huffing” abuse and/or addiction. A call today can save your teen’s life.

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