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Manda

Registered: 02/23/07
Posts: 1
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i know somebody that huff's the computer duster all the time.  I have looked on the internet for information about the effects that it has on the body but, it just seems like nobody knows anything about it.  I would love to find out just exactly what it does to the body, brain, ect.  And if it has any long term effects?!?

QueshiaB

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Registered: 06/16/06
Posts: 676
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Inhalants affect your brain. Inhalants are substances or fumes from products such as glue or paint thinner that are sniffed or "huffed" to cause an immediate high. Because they affect your brain with much greater speed and force than many other substances, they can cause irreversible physical and mental damage before you know what's happened.

Inhalants affect your heart. Inhalants starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly--that can be dangerous for your body.

Inhalants damage other parts of your body. People who use inhalants can lose their sense of smell; experience nausea and nosebleeds; and develop liver, lung, and kidney problems. Chronic use can lead to muscle wasting and reduced muscle tone and strength.

Inhalants can cause sudden death. Inhalants can kill you instantly. Inhalant users can die by suffocation, choking on their vomit, or having a heart attack.

 

Some long term abuse of inhalants can result in serious harm to vital organs in the body, including the brain, heart, kidneys, and liver. The vaporous fumes can change brain chemistry and may permanently damage the brain and central nervous system. They can cause abnormalities in brain areas that are involved in movement and high cognitive function. Frequent, long-term use can cause a permanent change or malfunction of nerves, called polyneuropathy. Certain inhalants can also cause the body to produce fewer of all types of blood cells, which may result in a disorder called aplastic anemia.

Other symptoms seen by long-term inhalant abusers include weight loss, muscle weakness, disorientation, inattentiveness, uncoordinated movement, irritability, and depression.


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Debra122

Registered: 03/16/07
Posts: 3
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I'm so glade that you posted this because i am someone who can't stop huffing house hold cleansers like comet and ajax and i want to stop but the cravings are strong

Sniffer07

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 12
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i am so glad u posted this also so i can start trying to stop sniffing those para-dichlorobenzene  fumes but i dont know how...lately i have been doing ok..i have not brought any..so i dont know


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metalhead666kc

Registered: 01/25/10
Posts: 2
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ihave been sniffing for a long time its a long process im on day 24 but i had to restart i started to drink its a long process and some days are bad but you will appreciate i think i will i have already noticed a little difference
metalhead666kc

Registered: 01/25/10
Posts: 2
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i think im gonna go into rehab though its hared to function without it
janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 544
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metalhead666kc, Thank you so much for reaching out and admitting that you have a problem with inhalants, and congratulations on having 24 days sober even though it's been a struggle.  Going into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is a fantastic idea since most people need help from professionals such as a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) in order to 'get into recovery' and become sober.  The chemicals used for inhalant use tend to be both psychologically as well as physically addictive, so some may need to spend a few days in a detox center and get monitored by medical professionals before going to the rehab facility, but it may be much safer for the person.  Just fyi that there are drug and alcohol rehab programs that have funding for those without health insurance. 

Here is a website to search for treatment programs:  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 544
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catfree, I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your daughter, Johanna.  Thank you so much for posting about her and what you've been dealing with, too.  Your story can really help to save another person's life and quality of life.  My sincere condolences go out to you and your entire family, including those precious kids.

My friend has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other permanent disability such as bone marrow (fatty inner lining of the bones that makes blood cells) damage from huffing at the age of 12, now in her 30s.  In addition to the neurological problems including poor balance and coordination, severe dizziness which can feel like the flu, trouble with speech and articulation and Nystagmus (quick, involuntary eye movement) from damage to the cerebellum (part of the brain that controls balance and coordination) and the nystagmus making it difficult for her to read words and focus her eyes on objects, she also has a grating at the back of her neck when nodding her head up and down due to the bone marrow damage.  We've sent out letters about the permanent damage to various school districts.  Perhaps you can do that as well.  Please be well.
chickenbeans

Registered: 03/20/10
Posts: 3
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i have a question. i had huffed bout a 2 days days ago and ive been feeling kinda dizzy. i hav huffed bout 4 times in my life and this is the 1st time felin like this. i want to kno if there is a good chance it will go away and ill feel normal. i ensure u i am done with huffing because this isnt becoming a great experience. and im a little worried. please let me kno
janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 544
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chickenbeans, Bless you for wanting to stop huffing.  Please, though, call your doctor or even call 9-1-1 to be taken to the emergency room at the local hospital, if no one is around to take you if still feeling dizzy and such.  I'm not sure if you would benefit from oxygen and other routine tests at this point, but "better to be safe than sorry" as they say.

Please also consider getting treatment as huffing can be both physically as well as psychologically addictive.  There are treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient, that may provide funding for those without health insurance:  http://findtreatment.samsha.gov/

Please take good care of yourself, and make good choices in your life.
catfree

Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 12
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chickenbeans:  Janesmith was right-on with her reply. The moderator noted all the effects of huffing.  The biggie is the addiction part.  The mind plays tricks on you, you think you are NOT addicted and can stop at any time.  STOP NOW, don't do it even one more time.  You will assuredly end up like my daughter, dead with a grieving family with many questions and no answers as to why? This isn't an emply threat.  It is exactly like playing russian roulette witih a loaded gun.  You just don't know when the next huff will cause your heart to stop. 

mothball

Registered: 12/27/09
Posts: 44
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to sniffer07 i am also addicted to para dichlorobenzene fumes. It does alot of damage to the body. Hope u let them go i know its hard but great luck
hufhufgive

Registered: 04/23/10
Posts: 3
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So im 22 i was introduced to the duster about 4 years ago.  ive been off and on since then.  these days im up to 2 or 3 cans a day i can feel the effct on my heart rate more and more each day.  I always find myself comparing myself to that intervention show where the young girl was huffing alot..  i mean what are the odds that my heart will stop... seriously.  I would like to hear from some one who knows first hand about the effects.  I already know i'm toying with deaTH but I need some info straight from the horses mouth.  please

janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 544
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hufhufgive - Thank you so much for posting about what you're going through.  That episode of Intervention with Allison did show her huffing a lot, however, she is just one person.  Inhalant use is like playing "Chemical Russian roulete" as no one knows when his/her last time will be that they do not get "Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome" which is actual cardiac arrest, or the heart literally stopping, leaving the person dead or if the huffing will cause a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as with my friend who huffed at age 12, now in her 30s.  In addition to her having trouble with balance and coordination from damage to the cerebellum (part of the brain) while trying to walk and doing other types of things, she also has severe dizziness which can feel like the flu and has a nystagmus (quick, involuntary eye movement) also due to the damage to her cerebellum, and the nystagmus makes it hard for her to read words and focus her eyes on objects.  Other real risks including seizures, limb spasms, hearing loss, other organ damage such as to the heart/liver/kidneys and death.

Please get some outside professional help before it's too late and you seriously end up with a TBI, liver failure, going deaf or cardiac arrest.  This site has counseling and treatment program information:  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

For a free 12-step support group meeting - Narcotics Anonymous (NA):  http://www.na.org

Alcoholics Anonymous:  http://www.aa.org and one may attend an "open" meeting if doesn't drink.

Please be well and take good care of yourself.  You're worth it!
jbjoey

Registered: 02/09/10
Posts: 31
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Originally Posted by catfree

chickenbeans:  Janesmith was right-on with her reply. The moderator noted all the effects of huffing.  The biggie is the addiction part.  The mind plays tricks on you, you think you are NOT addicted and can stop at any time.  STOP NOW, don't do it even one more time.  You will assuredly end up like my daughter, dead with a grieving family with many questions and no answers as to why? This isn't an emply threat.  It is exactly like playing russian roulette witih a loaded gun.  You just don't know when the next huff will cause your heart to stop. 

I lost my son, 24, in january after 3 weeks of huffing duster.  only child.  devestated family with many questions and no answers.

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