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Everything You Need to Know About Inhalants Detox

In the U.S., almost 22 million people 12 and older have used inhalants at least once, including about 13 percent of 8th-graders. Inhalant abuse is hazardous for adolescents and adults — even a one-time use can cause death from cardiac arrest or suffocation. Regular use can seriously damage the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. Although inhalant addiction is rare, it can happen if use is long-term. It’s crucial to stop using inhalants, but this shouldn’t be done at home due to withdrawal symptoms. You can find a rehab center with inhalant treatment programs near you.

Zinnia Healing offers treatment facilities for drug addiction in various areas. Learn more about our substance abuse services and locations on our website.  

What are inhalants?

An inhalant is anything people breathe in to get intoxicated (“high”). According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), inhalants are defined as “invisible, volatile substances found in common household products that produce chemical vapors that are inhaled to induce psychoactive or mind-altering effects.” While many things can be inhaled, only those that can’t be used in any other way to get high are called inhalants. For example, you can inhale alcohol, but it’s not considered an inhalant because you can drink it to get drunk.

Inhalants are inhaled or breathed into the nose or mouth using various spray cans, containers, and balloons. Some ways people use inhalants include bagging, huffing, inhaling, sniffing or snorting, and spraying chemicals. While inhalants are readily available commercial products, they have a few common street names. These include bold, laughing gas, poppers, rush, snappers, whippets, and others.

Most common types of inhalants

Inhalants are chemicals found in a wide range of household, industrial, office, and medical products. They’re typically separated into the following four categories:


Solvents are liquids but differ from other fluids because they turn into vapor at room temperature. They include:

  • Dry-cleaning fluids
  • Degreasers
  • Paint thinners and removers
  • Gasoline
  • Lighter fluids
  • Glues
  • Correction fluids
  • Felt-tip markers


Aerosols are spray cans or bottles that contain solvents. Unlike other inhalant containers, these have propellants. Some examples of aerosols are:

  • Spray paints
  • Fabric protector sprays
  • Hair sprays
  • Deodorant sprays
  • Vegetable oil sprays
  • Computer cleaning products


Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) is the most abused gas inhalant. It’s used for surgical anesthesia, whipped cream containers and racing cars. Other examples of gasses include:

  • Anesthetics (ether, chloroform, halothane and nitrous oxide)
  • Refrigerants
  • Butane lighters
  • Propane tanks
  • Whipped cream dispensers (“whippets”)


Nitrites are in their own class because they directly affect the central nervous system (CNS). Although some nitrites serve a medical purpose, substance abusers primarily use them to enhance sexual feelings rather than mood. They’re illegal but are often sold in small brown bottles disguised as other products.  Common nitrites include:

  • Medical diagnostics (amyl nitrite)
  • Leather cleaner
  • Liquid aroma
  • Room odorizer
  • Video head cleaner

How inhalants affect your brain and body

Inhalants should not be used for any reason other than what the product was initially intended for. Whether you use inhalants once, short-term or all the time, you risk serious physical and mental health problems. Failure to live a sober life or get substance abuse treatment is detrimental to your overall well-being.

Some of the potential health effects of inhalants are as follows:


  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Euphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Lack of inhibition
  • Hallucinations/delusions
  • Headaches
  • Heart failure
  • Sudden sniffing death 


  • Bone marrow damage
  • Brain damage
  • Limb spasms
  • Liver and kidney damage
  • Low birth weight pregnancy
  • Pneumonia
  • Vision and hearing problems

Because inhalants are usually common everyday products, it’s not illegal for anyone to buy them for their intended use. However, most states have enacted laws against selling to minors. As with types of substance abuse, inhalant addiction can lead to detrimental consequences, from physical to mental health issues.

Related reading: Understanding the connections between mental health conditions and substance use disorders

Inhalant abuse and addiction

Many people use inhalants to get high because they’re easy to get. You don’t need a prescription because they’re commonly found around the house or in hardware stores. Unfortunately, there’s a risk to using inhalants, whether all the time or just once. In addition, it may be rare to get addicted to inhalants, but the risk increases with long-term use. 

Inhalant addiction is a substance use disorder (SUD) that ranges from mild to severe. SUD happens when you continue to use a drug to the point that it causes problems. This can negatively impact every aspect of your life, from overall health to home to work or school.

We understand the struggle people go through when dealing with substance abuse. That’s why we offer a range of treatment plans. Don’t hesitate to contact us for information about how our inhalant detox center can help you. 

Inpatient and outpatient treatment options for inhalant addiction

Some treatments are available if you or a loved one has a substance abuse disorder. While more research is needed to find effective treatments, behavioral therapy is often used to help people recover from inhalant addiction.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of approach that focuses on helping patients to cope with situations that cause them to use inhalants. They learn how to recognize when this happens and use alternative methods to avoid them or better deal with them without drugs.

Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications for inhalant treatment. However, drugs (e.g., benzos) may be prescribed to help as you go through the detox process. Intensive inpatient treatment is the preferred method. Intensive outpatient treatment may be an option for those with a strong support group of non-user family members.

What does it mean to go through detox at a treatment center?

The problem with quitting inhalants is that you may experience withdrawal symptoms. Your body must learn how to function without the substance. The most common withdrawal symptoms and side effects from inhalants include:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood changes
  • Nausea
  • Sleeping problems
  • Sweating
  • Tremors

The difficulty you or a loved one will go through when quitting any drug depends on the type of substance, how frequently it’s been used and for how long. While going through detox for some drugs can be life-threatening (e.g., alcohol addiction), inhalants are less severe.

Medical detoxification (detox) is “a set of interventions aimed at managing acute intoxication and withdrawal.” The medical detoxification process is one used to help treat people with substance abuse disorders and drug addiction. This is done at addiction treatment centers that can be found near you.

Related reading: 10 most common barriers to seeking treatment for substance use disorder

A drug rehab center is only a phone call away

Substance abuse is a serious matter. Whether your history of the use of inhalants is once, long-term or somewhere in between, you put yourself at risk. Even though they may not be illegal, inhalants still have the potential to lead to inhalant addiction, damage to vital organs, and even death. Withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous, so seeking professional help at a rehab center or detox facility is crucial.

Are you or a loved one in need of inhalant addiction treatment for this type of substance abuse disorder? At Zinnia Healing, our personalized medical detox programs are designed to help people like you. We have an inhalant detox center near you, so call (855) 430-9439 to learn about our treatment services.