The condition called Sudden Sniffing Death can occur after just one use of a highly concentrated use of the gas, often with a bag over their head or a mask. This can cause the heart to stop within moments, leading to death.
Inhalant Abuse Facts
The inhalant category of recreational drug abuse is experiencing a new wave of popularity. Using common household products makes the practice on inhalant abuse one that impacts kids and teens primarily. Adolescents seeking high-risk behaviors that are typically fueled by teens on YouTube videos may be drawn in on a dare or simply out of curiosity. Often, these teens are not informed about the dangers that inhalants pose to their health and wellbeing.
Of all the inhalants being abused, the nitrous oxide category is the most popular. Other inhalants of abuse include Dust-Off, Freon, glue, spray paints, gasoline, lighter fluid, vegetable oil sprays, felt-tip marker fluid, paint thinner, butane lighters, and leather cleaner.
Treatment for Nitrous or Whippits Abuse
When someone has acquired a habit of using whippits or nitrous oxide they are placing their health at serious risk. What may seem to be a fairly harmless recreational high can pose devastating health risks, many of them permanent. In some instances, nitrous abuse can even result in death.
Depending on the degree of whip-it abuse, the individual will benefit from either an outpatient or residential addiction treatment program to help them overcome the psychological addiction to this dangerous substance.
Addiction is always related to a need to escape one’s reality, to exchange reality for an altered reality. A treatment programs can guide the person toward understanding what underlying issue or issues may be driving the repeated use of whip its, to discover why they feel the need to escape their personal reality.