Teen Huffing/Inhalant Abuse refers to teens ingesting toxic products such as spray paints, cleaning products, glues, or other household products, in order to obtain a high. One of the great dangers of this kind of drug abuse is of course these substances are not meant to be ingested by humans in anyway, and therefore teens are putting themselves at great risk for unpredictable negative effects. Teen Huffing/Inhalant Abuse is usually done by younger teens.
Teen Huffing/Inhalant Abuse Symptoms
Teens may carry out huffing in different ways, in order to inhale the toxic substances. Teens may directly sniffing a substance; sometimes, they’ll soak a rag with the chemical and inhale the fumes from it; and other times teens might spray the substance into their noses. Some of the most commonly abused substances include:
- spray paint
- shoe polish
- cleaning supplies
- other household products
Because the effect only lasts a few minutes, teens will often huff several times in repetition, in order to prolong their high. This of course makes teens even more vulnerable to adverse side effects of the chemicals.
The high that these substance produce is similar to that of alcohol, which is they depress the nervous system. More specifically, some of the symptoms teen huffing/inhaling abuse may have include:
- lack of inhibition
- slurred speech
- feelings of happiness and pleasure
Some of the negative physical effects which huffing can cause include:
- irregular heartbeat
- brain damage
- hearing loss
- vital organ damage
- and even death
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Huffing/Inhalant Abuse Treatment
For our teen huffing/inhalant abuse treatment programs, we support teens to end their drug use, and then address teens’ unique needs in holistic ways, and provide support for teens to make positive changes in their lives.
Effective teen huffing/inhalant abuse treatment must begin with teens ending their huffing behaviors and we support them physically, mentally, and emotionally, throughout this process, in a safe and effective manner. Beyond this, our treatment is designed to help teens evaluate what kinds of deeper emotional struggles are present, which have led to and/or aggravated their drug use. For many teens, substance abuse results from a combination of factors, which usually include some sort of underlying stressors which have gone avoided or unaddressed. By helping teens to identify process these deeper struggles, we can help them to address their drug use on a deeper level, which in turn makes their recovery and sobriety much more meaningful and sustainable. Along these lines, at Paradigm San Francisco we also help teens to recognize and implement new healthy behaviors into their lives, which will improve their overall quality of life. These things might include implementing healthy stress reduction techniques as well as adjusting false belief systems which have caused a low sense of self-worth. By approaching treatment in this holistic way, teens are able to recover and heal at the deepest level possible.