What are inhalants?

Inhalants are solvents and aerosol sprays that are inhaled. Their immediate negative effects include:
• nausea, sneezing, coughing
• nosebleeds
• fatigue
• lack of coordination
• loss of appetite
• decreased the heart rate
• decreased respiratory rate
• impaired judgment.
• amyl and butyl nitrite cause rapid pulse, headaches, and involuntary passing of urine and faeces



Long-term effects may include:
• hepatitis
• disorientation
• violent behaviour
• weight loss
• fatigue
• electrolyte imbalance
• muscle fatigue
• permanent brain and nervous-system damage
• unconsciousness
• death, primarily through suffocation (by displacing the oxygen in the lungs or by depressing the central nervous system to the point that breathing stops)



How do I get help for myself or my loved one?
The first step in getting help is finding out whether you have a problem. A psychologist with specific training in the treatment of addiction can effectively perform a professional assessment, which will identify whether you have an addiction problem, and will recommend the treatment most appropriate for you.
For info on how cognitive-behavioural therapy can help with addiction, click here.
To make an appointment or get advice, contact me here.