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Do you have a teen
or pre-teen loved one that suffers from drug and/or alcohol abuse?
"Underage drinking presents an enormous public health issue. Alcohol
is the drug of choice among children and adolescents. Annually, about 5,000
youth under age 21 die from motor vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries,
and homicides and suicides that involve underage drinking."
"In 2006, 1.4 million youth ages 12 to 17 needed treatment for an alcohol
problem. Of this group, only 101,000 of them received any treatment at a
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
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HUFFING / TEEN DRUG ABUSE / TEEN ADDICTION
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
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
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 ABUSED?
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
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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