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jessicab

Registered: 07/17/09
Posts: 1
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I crave pine cleaner as well. I literally clean with it everyday... I have some in a spray bottle that I mist the entire house with. I put it in my laundry, I fill up the sink & tub with hot water and pine cleaner to smell the aroma. I've sprayed down my porch and drenched the cement with it. I catch myself cleaning things that don't need to be just to smell it. I have an addiction, I've never gone as far as tasting it, but have had the urge to. Needless to say, my house is spotless. I've read posts from hundreds of (mostly women) who have the same problem. Most say it is an eating disorder (PICA) which is craving non food items. Although, I don't have an iron deficiency, this did start with my first pregnancy, which can drain your body of necessary vitamins and minerals.

I'm so addicted that I usually can't go through the day without at least smelling it. I have some at work that I pour into a tissue when I can't stop thinking about it. I've never had an addiction with huffing or drugs, but there's something about it. Since the active ingredient is Pine Oil, I finally bought some Pine essential oil and put it in diffusers hoping it would satisfy my craving without harming myself with all the chemicals. I absolutely love the smell, but there is no substitute I still crave it.

It's an obsession I just can't kick. I pour out bottles of this stuff just to smell it. My husband/family is aware, obviously. But they assume it's nothing serious, I've always been a clean freak, but this is truly an obsession. Like others I've heard from, I get a strong urge to chew ice when I smell it, it literally makes my mouth water. I used to dilute it when I'd clean because of the strength of the Pine oil, but now I use it straight from the bottle. I've wanted to boil water and pour in bottles to steam the kitchen with the aroma. Too bad that's extremely hazardous, otherwise I'd be in heaven. I've thought of every possible way to use this product and keep my house wreaking of it. You name it, I'm sure I've tried it. Sounds crazy, I KNOW. I can't help it, unless there's a pine cleaner rehab, this is going to continue. My doctor said it was out of the ordinary but that everyone has a favorite cleaning product and it's nothing to worry about if all I do is enjoy the scent. He doesn't understand the extent of this obsession. I don't get high from the fumes, but I crave the smell. There is something wrong when you "crave" chemicals. I know this, but if I attempted to quit I'd have some serious withdrawls.

prlegl

Registered: 08/03/09
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #32 
Well I noticed just this year that I liked the smell way to much. I love to clean with it but I also spray it on the walls of my shower right before I shower. Then I started making smelly jellies http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://z.hubpages.com/u/136565_f520.jpg&imgrefurl=http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Make-Smelly-Jellies&usg=__3EDKjz9jg4FM7QEsbCXl8ILpuLw=&h=331&w=520&sz=30&hl=en&start=2&tbnid=LbEELFCdsl_KXM:&tbnh=83&tbnw=131&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsmelly%2Bjellies%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den for my candle business. After awhile of loving the smell of pine cleaner, I thought I could make a smelly jelly using real stuff instead of a pine cleaner fragrance (yes someone makes one but it isn't quit the same).

So now I have one sitting next to my computer and for as long as I am at my computer I sit and smell it. I also have one in my car.
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Reply with quote  #33 
Dear prlegl,
 
It seems as though your addiction to pine cleaner is beginning to invade a large portion of your life, as you now create pine cleaner scented 'smelly jellies.' Please do not misread my tone- as I am only extending my personal 'two cents' from what I have gathered from your earlier post. I'm curious to know if you think having pine cleaner scented gel air fresheners in your home and car are signs of your addiction? Consuming yourself with its aroma is extremely dangerous-as I'm sure you know.
 
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selfhelp

Registered: 08/20/09
Posts: 1
Reply with quote  #34 
I used to hate the smell of pine cleaner! Now, I love it!  I am doing what most of you are doing; I love other household scents as well! Also, I like the smell of petroleum(my brothers and sister like it as well) We grew up in a small town where there was a petroleum refinery! The only difference is that I am the only one that in the last two months have been smelling household products!
I used to exercise everyday(for about 2 to 3 hours) and I never had problems with being addicted to anything! All your stories have inspired me to stop doing this! I have come to the realization that I have to replace this habit for a healthy one! Now, I know I have to comeback to exercise again; I do practice Meditation and prayer everyday and I know that has lead me to find a solution(s) and make the decision of directing my stress or dissatisfaction...into something  healthier!
The following bold text I copied from an article at enzinearticles.com
So what is meant by addiction, as far as doctors and medical practitioners are concerned? Basically, when the body or brain is engrossed in an activity, chemicals are released into the bloodstream, and quickly end up with the brain. These chemicals can make a persons' mood change quite dramatically, cheering them up, making them feel happy or good about themselves, distracted from the stresses and strains of life, and generally feeling positive and satisfied. Similar words and concepts used to describe addictions to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. When an athlete runs or exercises hard, endorphins are released into the body and these can actually have the effect of giving the athlete a 'high', making them feel a rush of positive happiness. This can become very addictive, just as the body can become addicted to any chemical introduced to the brain which makes the brain feel good. 
I think moderate exercise or other healthy activity could help with any addiction!
Best wishes for all! 
QueshiaB

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Registered: 06/16/06
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Reply with quote  #35 
selfhelp- Glad to hear stories on the message board have inspired you to stop!  Best of luck and please keep us posted on your progress.
 
Your story of quitting could inspire others on this board and/or your brother and sister.
 
Thanks for your post.

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obama09

Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #36 

OK... THIS IS GETTING TO BE RIDICULOUS!!!! AT FIRST IT WAS PINE CLEANER, I STILL SNIFF THAT ONCE IN A WHILE. I FOUND OUT I WAS PREGNANT IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR, AND AS OF NOW, IM BASICALLY ADDICTED TO SNIFFING ANY AND EVERYTHING!!! PINE CLEANER,  KING SIZE MARKERS, MOTHBALLS, AIR FRESHENER, MONEY, NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINES, WHITE OUT, DEODORANT. ETC.... THE LIST GOES ON. IM NOT DOING IT CONSTANTLY EVERYDAY, CAUSE IM REALLY TRYING TO FIGHT IT!! SO I SNIFF NEWSPAPER THE MOST CAUSE THAT CANNOT DO ANY HARM TO ME.. PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME!!!! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME? THIS IS INSANE!!!


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Reply with quote  #37 
Obama09-

You are clearly not alone in your addiction to inhalants. You like many others who post and visit this board are battling a disease...addiction. It is critical that you contact a medical professional immediately and talk to them about your current situation! Have you been in touch with a doctor or health specialist?

Please remember that there are people out there who can help you! You are not alone!

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obama09

Registered: 02/01/09
Posts: 10
Reply with quote  #38 
I TALKED TO MY PARENTS ABOUT IT, MY BOYFRIEND, AND I TALKED TO MY OBGYN. MY MOM GETS REALLY UPSET WITH ME, BUT BEING AS THOUGH IM OUT ON MY OWN SHE CANT REALLY DO TO MUCH TO PREVENT IT! MY DAD DOESNT SAY TO MUCH ABOUT IT, CAUSE I THINK HE REALLY DOESNT UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF IT! MY BOYFRIEND TELLS ME TO STOP, AND HE DOESNT BUY ANY OF THE HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS THAT HE NO I INHALE. AND MY OBGYN LAUGHED AT ME, AND TOLD ME TO STOP DOING IT! LIKE ITS REALLY THAT EASY!!!! JUST BEING ON THIS SITE MAKES ME WANT TO GO OUT AND BUY THESE THINGS. BEFORE GETTING ON THIS SITE, I WOULD JUST PUT THINGS TO MY NOSE AND INHALE, BUT COMING ON HERE YOU LEARN OTHER WAYS TO DO IT! WHICH IS NOT GOOD IN MY CASE.... =(
I JUST PRAY THAT MY SON IS OKAY..

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QueshiaB

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Reply with quote  #39 
obama09- I understand by reviewing some of the posts you see what other people are going through and what other products are being abused, but do you read posts on the other side of the issue? The people who have lost loved ones? The people who will never be 100% what they used to be due to continuous abuse?

Really don't want to sound like I'm lecturing or coming down hard on you, but inhalant abuse is not a laughing matter. Until you get to a point where you want to quit for you and your son, there's only so much we can do.
Please get help, by utilizing your current resources. Have you talked to your OBGYN about the effects of inhaling chemicals on a fetus? Have you asked your OBGYN for counseling groups or other local resources for people trying to beat an addiction?

Please keep us posted.

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lacedonia

Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 2
Reply with quote  #40 
In 2003, I developed a pine cleaner sniffing addiction. Like many others here, I used cleaning as a pretext for inhaling it every chance I had. Eventually, I just kept a small bottle at my desk and would take discreet sniffs many times during the day. Around the same time, I was struggling with unusually long periods. Since I didn't have medical insurance, the doc I went to opted against expensive tests and put me on birth control pills. The bleeding stopped and eventually the addiction faded.

Fast forward to 2009. Again, my menstrual cycle went haywire - with my period lasting over 3 mos. Very similar to what happened in '03. I finally went to the doctor because my flow went from light to extremely heavy. This time, I did have insurance. My blood test results showed severe anemia with my ferratin levels being so low my doctor ordered me to start iron infusions immediately, which I started this past Monday. And, in the last few months the urge to inhale pine cleaner came back full force. Luckily, I have switched to organic cleansers, so have no pine cleaners in the house (and I steadfastly refuse to buy any)! But, yesterday at Target, I walked down the cleaning aisle and the Pine scent hit me like a pile of bricks! Still didn't buy any, but was very tempted.

So, at least for me, there is a direct correlation between my urge to inhale Pine Sol and my iron levels. I do believe that in '03, I was anemic despite not having the blood test done. I think it is more than coincidence that both times I have suffered prolonged blood loss, with resulting anemia, the urge to inhale Pine Sol has been off the charts. My hope is as I receive more infusions, the urge will again disappear. I hope this helps others out there. If you are inhaling, see your doctor! And, let the rest of us know if there is an iron defficiency connection for you too.
lacedonia

Registered: 11/04/09
Posts: 2
Reply with quote  #41 
Now, if you are simply unable to stop inhaling pine cleaner, with it's detrimental effects on your health, here's a possible alternative. Apparently, you can substitute tea tree oil with far less negative effects and possibly some positive ones! Here's what I found today:

http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/tea-tree-oil-helps-to-get-rid-of-maximum-skin-problems-390232.html

http://www.natural-healthy-home-cleaning-tips.com/natural_home_cleaning_tea_tree_oil.htm

**There do seem to be some potential side effects when applied topically. And, do not use if pregnant!
 http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3X_Tea_Tree_Oil.asp 

I still urge you to see a doctor, but perhaps this can be a temporary solution until you have your appointment and work out a recovery plan with your doctor.
janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 548
Reply with quote  #42 
Please get immediate outside help for any type of inhalant use or addiction.  It only takes ONE time before a person may become permanently disabled or even die.  A friend has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and bone marrow (fatty inner lining of the bones that makes blood cells) damage from huffing at age 12, now in her 30s.  It's just not worth it whether the person enjoys the scent or how the substance makes them feel.  Please do talk with a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) about this destructive behavior. 

A common motto for the 12-step groups is to be mindful of "people, places and things".  That refers to being aware of the 'people' that one hangs around with, the 'places' that they go (staying away from places that may be a trigger such as the hardware store, store aisles with solvents such as those that have automobile items, cleaning products or such), and the 'things' that they do with their time.

Please do not wait to get treatment as no one can predict when it will be too late.  Please be well, and make good choices [smile]
QueshiaB

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Reply with quote  #43 

lacedonia and janesmith- Thanks for sharing! Hopefully others will take heed to your words and get help, or at least speak out about their experiences.


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janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
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Reply with quote  #44 

You're quite welcome QueshiaB!  Hopefully, those that seem to be reaching out for help in this forum have continued doing so and are getting outside professional help.  Please be well!

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Reply with quote  #45 
Anon416-

In regard to your concerns over the most recent posts, I have taken it upon myself to regulate the posts published by coolpinesoladdictyeah which have been crude, offensive, and disrepectful. While this is a forum allowing everyone a platform to voice their views and concerns, such vulgar language and inappropriate content mocking the seriousness of inhalant abuse will not be tolerated. I apologize if such posts have deterred/upset you and I hope you will continue to utilize this board for what it was designed for...an outlet to communicate and share information, past experiences, stories, memories, and questions encompassing inhalant abuse.


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