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The first step in beating an addiction to Inhalants is finding treatment. Treating an Inhalant addiction typically involves attending an inpatient rehabilitation center (and often outpatient rehab as well), 12-step programs, support groups, and therapy. It is important to have a substance abuse assessment completed by an addiction professional to determine the appropriate treatment process for each individual.
Some people experience symptoms of withdrawal when they stop taking Inhalants. The type and severity of these symptoms are determined by a number of factors such as the duration of the addiction, the severity of the addiction, whether multiple substances were abused, and the abuser’s mental health and medical history. Inpatient rehab and supervised detoxes can be effective ways to keep someone away from problematic substances and the triggers that may cause them to relapse.
Detox is the first phase in treating someone with an Inhalant addiction. Detoxing from Inhalant abuse may take longer than other substances; chronic Inhalant abusers may need several weeks to fully detox. Inhalants accumulate in the fatty tissue of the brain, heart, liver, and muscles, which is why chronic abusers of Inhalants take longer to fully rid their body of the substances. The detox period allows chemicals stored in the body to be flushed out.
During detox, people getting clean from Inhalants may also experience physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal. These withdrawal symptoms may include:
Most people who stop taking Inhalants do not experience withdrawal symptoms. If they do, their symptoms usually begin to appear around 24 to 48 hours after ceasing use. There aren’t any medications specifically designated to help alleviate the symptoms of Inhalant withdrawal, but doctors may recommend supplements to help with the nausea and sleeplessness.
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An inpatient rehabilitation center can be beneficial since Inhalants are legal and easy to acquire; their accessibility could otherwise be a roadblock to someone looking to quit. However, going through rehabilitation for an Inhalant addiction is generally not the same as the process for more common addictions. It’s recommended that incoming patients have a physical exam in case they have an Inhalant-related health problem, such as liver or kidney abnormalities. The patient should also be assessed for any co-occurring mental conditions.
The mental disorders that develop from abusing Inhalants may require specialized treatment beyond that provided at most drug rehab facilities.
Typical methods of treatment for addiction may be beneficial for someone struggling with an Inhalant use disorder. Inpatient rehabs provide a supportive environment that helps mitigate the temptation to use.
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Ongoing treatment is a crucial tool to prevent relapse. Therapy and support groups are the two main tools used by those who are addicted to Inhalants. The psychological and social problems caused by chronic abuse of Inhalants can be overcome with ongoing cognitive behavioral therapy. This kind of therapy is used to rehabilitate those with an addiction and help them to understand the underlying causes of their addiction.
Support is essential to recovery because people are rarely able to fully recover on their own.
Support groups and family are great resources for people going through treatment. They can provide motivation to stay clean as well as a group of people with whom a newly sober person can relate. Those with an underlying mental disorder may be prescribed medication to help them manage their condition and find successful recovery.
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Recovery from Inhalant addiction is possible through specialized treatment plans, and finding treatment can be easy with the right help. Deciding to get well and break your addiction to Inhalants could be a life-saving decision. If you or a loved one are struggling with an Inhalant addiction, finding a treatment center is imperative to success. Contact a treatment provider now for more information.
Jeffrey Juergens earned his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Jeffrey’s desire to help others led him to focus on economic and social development and policy making. After graduation, he decided to pursue his passion of writing and editing. Jeffrey’s mission is to educate and inform the public on addiction issues and help those in need of treatment find the best option for them.
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