Inhalants are broken down into four categories, solvents, aerosols, gases and nitrites. These drugs are taken by inhaling. Inhalants are various products easily bought or found in the home such as spray paints or cleaning supplies. People don’t typically think of these products as drugs because they’re not intended for getting high but some people use them for that purpose.

• paint thinners or removers
• gasoline
• glue

• spray paints
• aerosol computer cleaning products

• whipped cream aerosols or dispensers (whippets)

• room odorizer
• liquid aroma


What are inhalants?

Inhalants are a drug easily bought at grocery stores, hardware stores, can found in the home, at your office or in the refrigerator. Inhalants are drugs that you inhale to get a short high from. Inhalants are dangerous when misused and can cause a serious addiction.

A popular type of inhalant among teens is spray paint, which they can "huff" for a short lived high.

Is my loved one using Inhalants?

Signs someone may be using inhalants include sores/burns around there mouth, red eyes, runny nose and even appearing intoxicated. If you are worried about a loved one reach out to a recovery specialist today to discuss treatment options.

Glue may seem harmless, but when sniffed it can get young people "high"

Can Inhalant abuse kill you?

Inhalant abuse can cause severe brain damage, kidney and liver failure, and eventually death.

You can inhale or "huff" many household chemicals to get "high" off of. This can cause nerve damage, brain damage, and death.

Short term effects

  •  slurred or distorted speech
  • lack of coordination (control of body movement)
  • euphoria (feeling “high”)
  •  dizziness

Long term effects

  • liver and kidney damage
  • nerve damage
  • delayed behavioral development
  • brain damage

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Withdrawal from inhalants can cause worsening mood swings, irritability, anger, and agitation in many people who are trying to detox themselves from inhalants. When withdrawing from inhalants you may also lack of energy and show symptoms of exetreme anxiety and paranoia. Insomnia is also common when withdrawing from inhalants.

Addicted to Inhalants, Now What?

The best way to treat inhalants addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to inhalants learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to inhalants. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed.


Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

Inhalant withdrawal may include insomnia, mood swings, and agitation.

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