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The grips of drug addiction can affect everyone, no matter age, gender, race, or religion. As a Christian, struggling with the reality of an addictive situation is often difficult, especially when it feels like your faith and your prayers have not been enough.

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While inhalants are not a traditionally popular drug choice among adults, use is actually on the rise. In 2015, 9.6% of those 26 and over have tried inhalants at least once, and in 2008, 32% of adults admitted to the hospital for inhalant abuse were 30 to 44 years old and 16% were 45 or older.

If you have experimented with the pleasurable effects of inhalants, whether for fun or to cope with the stress of life events, you may feel guilt or shame over your substance use habits. You may wish to hide abusive or addictive behaviors, feeling as though you are acting in direct conflict with your Christian beliefs. You may be too embarrassed to admit a problem, or too proud to seek help.

While it is true that prayer and worship are the first line of defense against life challenges, God provides the tools necessary when times get tough. At Road to Freedom, we are able to offer safe and effective rehabilitation in a Christ-centered atmosphere. From faith-based therapy to medical-guided detox, we combine Christian beliefs with proven techniques to guarantee the best chances of recovery. Contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to learn more.

What Are Inhalants?

Inhalant  - Short Term SymptomsInhalants are a broad category of drug, combining a large variety of substances that can be huffed, or inhaled. In general, these items are not designed to be drugs but rather are household tools that contain chemicals that alter mental state when used. The most common classes of inhalants include:

Aerosols: this class includes any substance available in an aerosol spray can, including deodorant, hair spray, cooking sprays, fabric protectors, and more. Aerosols are often inhaled directly through the nose or the mouth.

Gasses: gasses refer to any inhalants that release a noxious gas that can be inhaled, like propane and butane. Some medical supplies, like nitrous oxide, can be breathed in this way. Whipped cream inhalants are also extremely popular, and are commonly called "whippets."

Nitrites: nitrites are often associated with sexual performance, like muscle relaxants. These substances are sometimes called poppers and include amyl, butyl, and cyclohexyl. While not legally sold for this purpose, these chemicals can be found under names like room odorizers and furniture cleaners.

Solvents: solvent inhalants are derived from cleaners and cleansers as well as other substances that can vaporize at room temperature. Common examples include paint thinner, lighter fluid, felt-tip markers, and gasoline. Solvents are generally sniffed from the container or inhaled through a chemical-soaked rag.

While all inhalants have slightly different effects based on style or consumption method, the high from inhaling chemicals is often extremely short in duration, lasting no more than five to fifteen minutes and often less. This is in direct contrast to most drugs, which provide a pleasing high for hours. While better in theory, a short high can lead to repeated back-to-back usage to maintain positive feelings. This style of use can lead to an increased risk of overdose, creating numerous health issues that can lead to hospitalization.

Inhalant Side Effects

Inhalant Abuse - Long TermThe high associated with inhalant use is short and simple, providing a momentary reprieve from life. After a dose, sensations mimic alcohol intoxication, with slurred speech and challenged muscle coordination.

Despite the ease of use, inhalant side effects are anything but innocent. During use and immediately after, the chance of unconsciousness is high, especially as dosages accelerate. Repeated use, especially of more potent chemicals, can be potentially fatal. In the hours following use, some users will feel reckless, euphoric, or uninhibited.

Long-term effects of inhalant abuse can be very serious. The chemicals in inhalants are not designed to be ingested and can cause critical health effects with prolonged exposure. Substances can stay in the fatty tissue of the body for months or even years. Furthermore, inhalant use over time can cause brain damage, making it hard for users to learn new facts, exhibit problem-solving skills, or even hold routine conversations. Chemical inhalation can also cause damage to nerve fibers throughout the body, leading to tremors, seizures, and spasms. In severe cases, these symptoms can cause problems with movement, like walking and bending.

Access to Inhalants

Inhalants are among the easiest drugs to procure. Numerous items around most houses can be used as inhalants, and chemicals can be purchased legally at convenience stores, gas stations, grocery stores, and home improvement stores.

While many drugs are legal only with a prescription or illegal entirely, inhalants are fully legal and are often affordable as well. Many individuals who would like to experiment with drugs find inhalants to be a convenient option.

Signs of Inhalant Abuse

Due to the short duration of an inhalant high, signs can often be hard to identify. Those with an addiction, however, may use frequently while in the company of others in order to keep the high going.

Those who are huffing paint or other chemicals may display symptoms including:

  • Slurred speech
  • Glassy eyes
  • Troubles with coordination
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Irritability, agitation, and mood changes

Signs within the home can be easier to spot, especially for those who live in close proximity to an abuser. If household chemicals are going missing, depleting at a rapid rate, and are being purchased in increasing quantities, abuse may be at hand.

Christian Inhalant Treatment

Inhalant use may not seem like a serious problem due to the legality of substances, but addiction can cause dire health problems that may be permanent. If you or someone you love is abusing inhalants, rehabilitation is a critical step to break the cycle while restoring faith.

We know that forgiveness can be hard, especially for those who feel strongly that their behavior is a sin. At Road to Freedom, we work to move past these feelings, helping patients to forgive themselves and seek forgiveness in the Lord. Throughout this period, we combine clinically-proven tactics overseen by licensed physicians and counselors with prayer and worship services, offering a holistic approach to your healing process.

Detox and Rehabilitation

Detox is the first step in substance abuse recovery. While there are no specific requirements or recommendations for inhalant detox, your journey with us will start in a secure facility that eliminates access to drugs. Medical intervention can keep you comfortable, minimizing withdrawal symptoms and providing a safe place to break free from inhalant dependence.

Once patients are no longer physically dependent on drugs, we will work to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit of those in our care. This process includes counseling sessions, services with religious authorities, Bible study, and more to create an individualized approach to treatment.

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How Christian Care Can Help

Learning to handle your addiction challenges within a Christ-centered lens can be an uphill climb, especially for Christians who feel as if abusing substances means turning away from God. This can be a deeply painful situation, and the emotional and spiritual distress can be a strong driver in continued drug use.

While in our facility, patients will have access to a wide range of faith-based and traditional care models, providing an ideal outlet for everyone who walks through our doors.

We know that the recovery process is different for everyone. In order to accommodate your specific needs and demonstrations of faith, we are able to provide quality care, no matter what you need to succeed.

Life Skills and Coping

Making the transition from inpatient rehab to normal life once more can be overwhelming, especially from those who have spent months or even years in an addictive cycle. At Road to Freedom, we understand this. It is our mission to teach the life skills and coping techniques necessary to help those in need return to a sober and happy lifestyle.

During your time with us, our counselors will work with you to identify the changes in your life that lead to drug addiction, as well as the kinds of healthier coping methods that can replace inhalant use. By delving into the depths of the drivers behind substance abuse, we can help you come to terms with addiction and find a safer outlet in times of trouble, preparing you for life after rehab in the best ways possible.

Care for Your Addiction

When prayer, regular church services, and independent worship aren't helping you cope with the struggles in life, Road to Freedom is here to make a difference. We believe in the strength of the Lord, and that through Him, anything is possible. Instead of redirecting your thoughts and feelings, we will work to strengthen your convictions and help you walk the path of righteousness once more.

Road to Freedom is a faith-based rehabilitation and detox center working with a wide range of addictive and abusive behaviors. We believe in the power of faith in conjunction with medical science, providing a way to incorporate spirituality into the rehabilitation process. Please contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to speak to a member of our admissions team about what Road to Freedom can do for you and those you love.

 

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/inhalants

https://www.acep.org/Content.aspx?id=80796

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