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stanla8310

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Can someone tell me how to stop huffing rubbing alcohol?  Are you suffering from this addiction?  How has this addiction affected your life/health?

janesmith

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Hugs.  You are very brave to ask for help.  Inhaling any types of fumes can be extremely destructive to the brain and entire body as well as cause death even after "just" one time.  That is not taking into account how flammable that products are used as an inhalant.  A lot of people that use drugs (especially inhalants) or alcohol need professional help to deal with the issues that may have led them to self-medicate to begin with.  Please make an appointment with a licensed counselor as soon as possible.

To search for treatment facilities and outpatient counseling:  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ (and some programs offer state and/or county funding if the person doesn't have health insurance).

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has free 12-step meetings for those wanting to get sober:  http://www.aa.org (and one may attend an "open" meeting if doesn't have a drinking problem).

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) also has 12-step groups and the only requirement is wanting to stop using drugs (or alcohol):  http://www.na.org
justcantquit

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you can do it! i dont have alot of time to type right now but believe me when i say this...I huffed rubbing alcohol for yearssssssss on end. I havent huffed god knows how long, the thought doesnt even cross my mind. make sure you iron levels are normal (hemoglobin at LEAST 12) and that you eat right and sleep well. it all helps. I can clean with it now and not get the urge like i used to. (read some of my stories on here, youd be suprised at my level of addiction) but now i am completely free, and my quality of life is sooo much better.

stanla8310

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Thanks for your words---I have inhaled rubbing alcohol for more than five years now.  I wake up in the morning and sniff the bottle and I also pour alcohol on a tissue and inhale it by breathing it in through my mouth or nose.  I do this throughout the day at work.  I know this is so stupid and crazy, but I do it because for some reason I like the way it relaxes me.  I am concerned about the health effects.  Did you experience any health complications throughtout your years of huffing?  I think I am losing my hair because of this---My hair has always been thick and long, now, it is thinning out.  I do not want to go completely bald---I am trying so hard to stop---but I wake up craving rubbing alcohol. The 70% is not strong enough for me anymore, I need the 91%.  I am looking for a strategy to stop. 

thatguy411

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What you are experiencing, my friend, is a placebo effect.  There is 0% chance of getting a substantial high from rubbing alcohol and still remain alive.  The only way for alcohol (ethanol/drinkable alcohol) to get you drunk is for your liver to process it and distribute it through your body.  The type of alcohol that is used for "rubbing" is not the same kind and thus is horribly toxic, but yes you can still get a horrible poisonous "buzz" from it.  It's like getting bashed in the head.

But yeah, I've spent an entire class trying to sniff alcohol to get high.  No dice.

EDIT: Sorry for not being helpful.

I suppose a good enough method would be telling yourself you are receiving no benefit at all from sniffing alcohol.  Zero.  Now yes, you do not really benefit from watching TV or the like but humans must do something to occupy their thought process at all times, it's the way we are.  So think of it as an annoying habit like TV, just find something even remotely different to do.

And nah you probably won't get too messed up by sniffing alcohol.  You could possible damage your nasal passages quite a bit or maybe acutely affect your brain, but I'm pretty sure none of your symptoms are from inhaling alcohol.

janesmith

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There isn't a placebo effect with inhaling rubbing alcohol or any types of chemicals.  This site has an answer from an M.D. (medical doctor) about the dangers of inhaling the rubbing alcohol including damage to the lungs, brain and nerves:  http://www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/69120.htm  Please be well. 

spurdy777

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I also huff rubbing alcohol and still can't figure out why.
It makes me a little lightheaded but that's it...I can hold my breath and get the same effect.
I love the smell and the warmth it creates throughout my torso and face. I tried straight acetone too but it wasnt as satisfying as the alcohol.
My iron levels are good ...so what gives?
Why is smelling alcohol so addictive?
I know I'm damaging myself...I'm already dealing with cirrhosis. ..I have to stop but I'm so good at lying to myself.
I mean I HUFF it too..I breath in deep until I feel the burn in my lungs,right out of the bottle.
Its a whole other brand of alcoholic,I swear.
AD

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I thought that I was the only one. I have to smell rubbing alcohol all the time. I have been doing this for years and yes I have try to quit,but no luck. I just don't know what to do anymore. Please help
aekidd

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I never thought I’d ever be in this position. Back in high school I used to sniff/huff rubbing alcohol. It was a phase and I got over it. Fast forward 15+ years and here I am, sniffing/huffing isosopryl alcohol again. December 2017 was when things went downhill for me. I became depressed as big changes were happening in my family and at work. I don’t know how it started again but I resulted in inhaling rubbing alcohol. I do in the morning, during work, throughout the day and before I go to bed..I crave for a hit. I work in a hospital and alcohol prep pads are within arms reach. Pockets always have at least 6. I excuse myself into the staff rest room or an empty exam room to take a hit. I spend more than 10 mins at a time in the bathroom at home taking hits. I have a tiny spray bottle at home which I squirt into my bath towel and huff it. It’s been 8 months.. I’m noticing it that I’m huffing much more. I go through one standard rubbing alcohol bottle a month at home and at the same time probably over a 100 alcohol prep pads at work. I tend to notice that I get headaches at night, not sure if there’s any relation...I can sleep for hours if I don’t have to be anywhere else. I’m taking maintenance medications for depression as well as other maintenance meds. I get a quick high/euphoric feeling each hit.. then I’m good for another 30mins or so until I do it again. It’s bad, Im addicted to huffing. I can’t talk to anyone about it. I reply on here to seek what others have to say....the chances of finding a resolution is most likely slim..but airing this out on here is a start... btw, I’m a physician to makes matters worse.
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