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Iwannastop

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Okay, so it all started with soap powder. I've always liked to smell the "dust", or resididual particles that disperse in the air after you've poured a scoop... Recently though (& in my 6th month of pregnancy, I might add), I began to have a stronger urge to smell it, so I begin deliberately shaking the box of detergent or quickly pouring multiple scoops so as to create more of this 'dust' & inhaling as much of it as I could, until I sneezed. These weren't your regular 'achoo' sneezes, no; these were violent, uncontrollable sneezes that wracked my entire body & made my eyes teary & bloodshot. But I must have liked it, because I kept doing it... Then, one day I began to crave comet, so much so that it made my mouth water. It was something about the powdery, chalky, clayness of it. We'll, that & the 'cleaning' smell... Well, it suddenly dawned on me that that particular product was 'lighter', & therefore easier to sniff... & well, it just got worse from there... I did not stop with the soap powder, as I'd discovered that that was a totally different sensation; more...'potent', to say the least. I began inhaling the soap powder orally, but only after shaking it up in a bottle, & pouring out the actual detergent, leaving a fine, powder-like residue. I'd shake this substance out onto my hand & place my mouth over it, then inhale deeply. Once I started getting chemical burns from doing that, I took to brushing my teeth with the soap powder. I know, right?!! But back to the comet... After trying to apply the same oral inhalation tecnique as used with the detergent, I stumbled upon one more cohesive to what I was trying to achieve sensation-wise with the comet. I'd shake some out of the can with my palm pressed up to the holes, only freeing about a pinch, & lick my palm to acclimate my mouth to the taste. Then, using a very skinny straw (like those from a capri sun), I'd quickly suck up the comet & blow the residue out of my mouth upwards, in sort of a french inhale, sniffing it up my nose, then slowly swallowing what had accumulated on my tounge (but fairly quickly, because sometimes that burned also). Then, whatever was left on the rim of the can, I'd sniff up my nose... I find that I'm doing this atleast 5 times a day, maybe more, depending on my stress level, which fluctuates greatly, due to the fact that I am now 8 months pregnant & have 5yr.old twin boys with autism, and a 1yr.old daughter. I don't want to do it, as my tounge & throat have started to develop raw spots, making it hard to eat & I'm sure that none of this is good for my unborn son. I was diagnosed with low iron, & given supplements for it, but find that they aren't much help in decreasing the cravings. I don't know what to do...
janesmith

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Iwannastop - Bless you for posting.  You do have a lot on your plate with twin boys who have autism, a 1 yr old and the pregnancy.  Please get outside professional help not only for you but your unborn child.  What you're doing with the comet and other cleanser is playing with fire and also Russian roulette with your baby's health and development.  No one wants your unborn child to be born with congenital birth defects including mental retardation, know what I mean. 

I would suggest getting the comet and other powder cleanser out of the house without delay.  Perhaps it's like "out of sight, out of mind". 

To search for an online Narcotics Anonymous meeting (and the only requirement with the 12-step programs is having a desire to get sober):  http://portaltools.na.org/portaltools/MeetingLoc/ and can look under "country" at the drop-down bar and click "web" or such. 

For addictions counselors in your locale:  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ and can click one's state of residence on the map.

This other site has "regular" counseling agencies:  http://store.samhsa.gov/mhlocator  and can type one's zip code into search
or click one's state of residence on the map.

For some common mottos pertaining to those 12-step programs:  http://www.royy.com/toolsofrecovery.html

Please decide to take good care of yourself and make good, Healthy choices in life.
softscrublover

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i love to smell cleansers until they make me sneeze , but then i got to the point were i have been snorting it in ! the things that i snort or just sniff are ...

they are my fave's .

any suggestions on how to stop ?

gigi_1970

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Wow I thought I was "weird" and the ONLY person w this addiction. I stared sniffing comet cleanser in 1998 and eating ice. I found out that me eating ice was an iron deficiency. Now that I am reading these post I see that my addiction coincides w my iron deficiency. This has really been helpful. Thanks all!

thesower

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I never sniffed, hated it. I just huffed and inhaled. large amounts of cleaner and thinner. (Read "my story"). I'm 18, and did every chemical possible. I know the street terms.
I tell young people the long term effects and also, how i almost killed myself. while i was high.

comjax

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Since the age of 13 I've been addicted to the smell of comet cleanser and decided to try some and fell in love with the taste but at the same time I was scared out of my mind because I thought ok it's about to make me really sick or it's going to kill me. It didn't make me sick and so I kept eating and sniffing the vapors from the can being shaken. Im 36 and have recently switched to ajax..its so much better...it's gritty and smells awesome. I love to snort it and rub it all over my face and hands. So glad im not the only one.
comjax

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Iwannastop you are not alone. I too have four kids..two with a learning disability and one with autism. It's very stressful and I get it. I snort comet and ajax cleanser everyday and I started eating comet at the age of 13. I love the smell and taste them both
st1llwannast0p

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Sooo, i am back. My name is St1llwannast0p cause i am iwannastop. I never really stopped; it continued up until the birth of my son. I actually felt compelled to tell the OR staff what I was doing, as I'd done it that day after being instructed to not eat anything , in preparation for my scheduled cesarean section. They informed me that they were glad I said something, as I tend to vomit during this procedure , and had I done it that day, surely I would have asphyxiated once it went into my lungs...anyway, my son was born , healthy and beautiful. I continued to eat it , though not as much , and in hindsight I believe thats because I was no longer pregnant and therefore my iron deficiency wasnt afflicting me as severely-that and the secret was out , and i didnt wanna get caught. But then the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life occurred, although comet wasn't directly related. My son passed away in a terrible accident ; where one of my older sons ran water in the bathtub and tragically , he fell in... I found him , unresponsive , and he lost his life after almost 11 months of bringing me loads of happiness. I had the hang of being a mommy by then and it was just refreshing to have him complete our family...well , still having to be a mom to kids with such a high level of need hasnt left me with much time to grieve. So thats when the habit picked back up full speed. He passed in 2012. I started back up maybe 5-6 months after his death , reasoning that it was something we shared, as i started while he was still within me...yeah , ikr ? But thats what i went with , and have been using it as a coping mechanism ever since. 
I've just been living with it to date , a deadly secret that is slowly presenting itself in the form of a wheeze , as I've taking to coupling it with smoking cigarettes, & i feel terrible. I wanna quit smoking and inhaling/eating comet , as its taking quite a toll on my health. I wasn't concerned until now because I wasn't craving it or consuming it as much, but here lately , stress has me believing that this ghastly habit is calming my nerves , which are frayed with my now 9yr old twin boys with autism , whom still do not speak and are not fully toilet trained , +  my 5 year old daughter who...is 5, inquisitive, and just trying to find her way in the midst of all this chaos. Trying times for us all , indeed. Im just venting i think, but i plan to do more than that , as in make a doctors appointment and get my health all the way together. Im supposed to stop smoking this month , and work out and just replace all this ungodly crap with healthier habits...the thing that made me come back here is the fact that I ran out and attempted to purchase more at a corner store which to my dismay only carried a very generic brand that didnt come close to rendering my craving satisfied... I wanna be done SOOO BAD , and I feel I may need help to do it. I want to live long and happy , for my remaining children , and for as long as they need me , if its possible. Continuing would only be a slow suicide. 
And I wanna live , like I've yet to live , not just exist , and miserably so at that. Its affecting my kids' lives as well. And they deserve better. We all do...
Nancyp

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Me too it started with pinesol n xpine than lysol all purpose cleaner ajax dish detergent lemon orange and lime scented than i started to pour pamolive soap on my brillo pad and snifing it each started from cleaning but snifing directly from the bottle that i start creating my own scent with comet mixed with pamolive together gives an amonitated smell the best loved fabuloso too lavender scent but now my craving is the amoniated scent i just now started to tell my therapist about it she told me to get scented lotions and soaps with a less harsher smell but i have of lemon lysol and water bottles with the solution inside i have the all over the house so where ever i go if i decide to sniff i have a bottle close to me also my mix of comet and pamolive in bottles every where in my house too
Nancyp

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I used to like the smell of murphys oil floor clearner too i would dilute it and sniff it as well
Nancyp

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I stopped than relasped
Almightydesirebby

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I love to smell bleach. Somtimes i put it on tissue nd chew it bt i dont know why
janesmith

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Originally Posted by Almightydesirebby
I love to smell bleach. Somtimes i put it on tissue nd chew it bt i dont know why


Please seek outside professional help without delay.  You're playing with fire by not only sniffing the bleach but eating it, too!!

Some people have a mineral deficiency, such as iron deficiency anemia.  Please, however, do NOT start taking iron pills until *after* getting a blood test and the doctor recommending them.  If there is too much iron in the blood, liver (the largest internal organ) or kidney damage may occur.

To search for counseling agencies to talk about the urge to sniff (and/or ingest) chemicals, here is a website:

http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ and can type one's zip code or state of residence into search.

Their toll-free 24/7 *referral* hotline:

1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Please choose to take control of your life and make good, health decisions.
janesmith

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Originally Posted by st1llwannast0p
Sooo, i am back. My name is St1llwannast0p cause i am iwannastop. I never really stopped; it continued up until the birth of my son. I actually felt compelled to tell the OR staff what I was doing, as I'd done it that day after being instructed to not eat anything , in preparation for my scheduled cesarean section. They informed me that they were glad I said something, as I tend to vomit during this procedure , and had I done it that day, surely I would have asphyxiated once it went into my lungs...anyway, my son was born , healthy and beautiful. I continued to eat it , though not as much , and in hindsight I believe thats because I was no longer pregnant and therefore my iron deficiency wasnt afflicting me as severely-that and the secret was out , and i didnt wanna get caught. But then the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life occurred, although comet wasn't directly related. My son passed away in a terrible accident ; where one of my older sons ran water in the bathtub and tragically , he fell in... I found him , unresponsive , and he lost his life after almost 11 months of bringing me loads of happiness. I had the hang of being a mommy by then and it was just refreshing to have him complete our family...well , still having to be a mom to kids with such a high level of need hasnt left me with much time to grieve. So thats when the habit picked back up full speed. He passed in 2012. I started back up maybe 5-6 months after his death , reasoning that it was something we shared, as i started while he was still within me...yeah , ikr ? But thats what i went with , and have been using it as a coping mechanism ever since. 
I've just been living with it to date , a deadly secret that is slowly presenting itself in the form of a wheeze , as I've taking to coupling it with smoking cigarettes, & i feel terrible. I wanna quit smoking and inhaling/eating comet , as its taking quite a toll on my health. I wasn't concerned until now because I wasn't craving it or consuming it as much, but here lately , stress has me believing that this ghastly habit is calming my nerves , which are frayed with my now 9yr old twin boys with autism , whom still do not speak and are not fully toilet trained , +  my 5 year old daughter who...is 5, inquisitive, and just trying to find her way in the midst of all this chaos. Trying times for us all , indeed. Im just venting i think, but i plan to do more than that , as in make a doctors appointment and get my health all the way together. Im supposed to stop smoking this month , and work out and just replace all this ungodly crap with healthier habits...the thing that made me come back here is the fact that I ran out and attempted to purchase more at a corner store which to my dismay only carried a very generic brand that didnt come close to rendering my craving satisfied... I wanna be done SOOO BAD , and I feel I may need help to do it. I want to live long and happy , for my remaining children , and for as long as they need me , if its possible. Continuing would only be a slow suicide. 
And I wanna live , like I've yet to live , not just exist , and miserably so at that. Its affecting my kids' lives as well. And they deserve better. We all do...


I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your precious infant son.  The grief must've been and still must be unbearable.  Please, though, start dealing with the grief and loss in a more positive way, and be kind to yourself by making an appointment with a licensed grief counselor, for instance.

You do have a lot on your plate with the twin boys who have autism and a five-year-old as well.  Please also give your children the gift of a healthy mom by seeking outside professional help.

I'm not sure if you're familiar with the non-profit organization, The Compassionate Friends, but there may be a local support group.  Compassionate Friends is mainly for parents who are grieving the loss of a child, though, siblings, grandparents, aunts, or uncles may attend (perhaps if age-appropriate).  It's *not* in place of grief counseling, though.

Here is their website:  http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Find_Support.aspx

This website may have some local counseling agencies (which may have a licensed grief counselor and/or a certified alcohol & drug counselor/CADC, for instance):

http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov and can type one's zip code or state of residence into search.

Their toll-free 24/7 *referral* hotline:

1-800-662-HELP (4357).

For those who are trying to quit smoking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has some tips (including setting a date to quit and telling others about it) and a toll-free helpline:

http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/index.htm

Here is another government website that provides some tips and strategies for quitting smoking:

https://smokefree.gov/quitting-smoking

Pertaining to the inhaling (and/or ingesting) comet (or other chemicals), there may be a 12-step support group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).  One may attend an "open" AA meeting if there is no drinking problem:

http://www.aa.org/

For those who are trying to quit smoking, there may be a local Nicotine Anonymous meeting, also a 12-step program:

http://nicotine-anonymous.org/find-a-meeting.html

This website has some common mottos pertaining to those 12-step programs, such as "One day at a time," "First things first," and "People, places and things":

http://www.royy.com/toolsofrecovery.html
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