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huffington

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I've been sniffing/huffing since I was a teenager. Of course, then, I was ONLY doing it because I truly LIKED the smell of the things... moth balls and markers were pretty much it for a long time. Oh, and if we went to the gas station, I loved the smell of the gasoline.

I didn't do it FOREVER, and when I was a senior in college, my allergies were insane, and nothing worked, until I sniffed rubbing alcohol for a couple of minutes, and I guess it shocked the nerves in my nose, but it stopped itching, and my allergy symptoms stopped... it also didn't hurt that I genuinely liked the smell of it. I didn't get high, and many years later when I would still sniff the rubbing alcohol, I only liked the smell of it, and HATED the side effects of dizziness and headaches. I've always hated the getting "high" part of huffing.

After a certain point in my adult life, (early 20's through now... 26), I still don't like the "getting high" or the headaches associated with huffing, but I still LOVE the smell of nail polish remover (which I've stopped sniffing completely... yea me!), rubbing alcohol, and moth balls (which I've told myself that as a reward for good behavior, I can sniff once a week ONLY!). The only thing left is the rubbing alcohol which is the worst :-(

I got a cold over a week ago, and I haven't "sniffed" rubbing alcohol for 9 days now! Obviously, I don't hesitate to get a whiff of it if I use it for something else, but I haven't done my ritual, shake the bottle, open the cap, and sniff for about  30 seconds, close the cap, shake it up, open the cap, sniff, etc(I used to do this ritual probably 10 to 20 times in a "sniffing" session)... in 9 days, which is awesome for me. My allergies aren't acting up, which is good because the reason I got hooked on sniffing rubbing alcohol again recently has been because of my allergies.

I have, however, been sniffing these new tennis balls my boyfriend bought like CRAZY! We had to buy them to use in the laundry, so they've lost some of their smell and appeal, so hopefully, I will stop that soon.

I also LOOOOOOVE Tea Tree Oil... it has such a pungent aroma, and I haven't heard anything from anywhere that it is dangerous to inhale. I wish someone knew!

Thanks for listening, everyone
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I share the same problem and I will pray for the both of us!

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In regards to Tea Tree Oil I found this:

Tea tree oil works as an expectorant when inhaled or taken internally and has a soothing effect; therefore, it can be used for throat and chest infections, and clearing up mucus. It is also effective against earaches, cystitis, and gingivitis. Inhaling steaming hot water with 5 drops of tea tree essential oil added can not only soothe coughing and plugged noses, but doing so at the start of the infection might stop it from spreading. For sore throats, gargle with 6 drops of tea tree oil in a glass of warm water.

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http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g2603/is_0001/ai_2603000122

If you're looking for something to help you kick your addiction switch to Tea Tree Oil in hot water...
You do want to put it in the hot water though. As far as I know essential oils should not come in direct contact with the skin or mucus membranes (ie your nose). But it is still pungent when used in hot water. It won't make you high, it will smell good and help your allergies or congestion. I think that wins hands down.

I hope that helps. Be patient with yourself.
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Anyone else out there with any advice on how to kick this habit??


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Hey guys,
I'm new to this thing, so I'm just going to try it out I was trying to look if there were any harm in sniffing tea tree oil and came across this site.

I'd like to share my story with you all and hopefully give some advices?
Anyway...It started when I was about 13, when my dad and I painted our house.
This was when I realised I just LOVED the smell of paint. I used to stick my nose against the freshly painted wood such as furnitures and doors everytime I came back from school.
When the paint smell had slowly worn off, I found other alternatives such as correction fluid, newspapers, turpentine (FROM THE PAINTING!) and even these "paint" markers that were sold here. I also loved the smell of gasoline when I passed those gas stations, I would slow down just to take a sniff.
Slowly, I just got more and more addicted and needed to huff atleast a few times a day. I would huff for like 20 seconds, get away and then do it again.

I hadn't gotten any reactions or side effects, well I don't think I got "high", until 2 years later.
I just LOVED the smell and couldn't stop. I'd waste correction fluid and markers just to huff.
2 years later, I started to feel very dizzy, my nose started to itch and tickle, it would get red, and hurt alot more when I sniffed these "paint markers".
I got into a state of depression and anxiety and wanted to commit suicide...YES I KNOW, something I thought that was SO SMALL could change me so vastly!
I did not realise what I was becoming, I was losing my education, my family, my friends because of my personality, and how I had become. I would yell instead of talk, get irritated or upset/angry so easily and just wanted to be isolated.
This had gone for about more than a year, until I started hearing things about Inhalant abuse.
The first thing I heard in my science class was that correction fluids could destroy the membranes in ur nose and the cartilage in the middle would ware off. This means that you'd have one big nostril, instead of two.
Then I heard more about this when a drug prevention organisation visited our school.
All the symptoms and effects of inhalant abuse had matched with what I've developed over the past few years.
I read more and more about inhalant abuse, and seriously got freaked when I read about the "sudden death".
I realised...ALL these years I've been sniffing and huffing, I COULD HAVE DIED JUST RIGHT THEN AND THERE!
Oh, and I forgot to mention, my appetite had died, and my organs started to hurt...
So yea... I finally decided to do something about it.
Luckily, there were no more paint cans, turpentine left in the house..and I FORCED myself to throw away all the "paint markers" and correction fluid I owned. This was really really hard to do, but I JUST DID IT.
However, this wasn't it, I was really tempted to buy them again. Even now, I still sniff correction fluid... but by God's grace, it's down to probably once a month HEHEEE..yes I prayed about it too.

Anyway, so that was my story...I know it is really hard to break the habit, but you just GOT to do it.. and slowly.. you'll see.. you won't crave it as much .. just throw it all away. No matter it is a moth ball, tennis ball, marker, paint can, rubbing alcohol, nail polish...WHATEVER u sniff... just THROW IT AWAY. and if this isn't possible.. use less of it.. or tell somebody to hide the object for you.
If it's nail polish (something you will DEFINATELY use), try buying other types that have a NICE flower scent in it or something.
HELP YOURSELF to help your precious body...don't destroy it.
We all understand it is probably now a physical thing...you just have no control over it...but you CAN do other things to stop yourself like putting it offsite..OR occupying yourself by doing other things like sports/hobbies.
This would put your mind off it.

Lastly, I have found another alternative that is much healthier and much more pleasant. It has the same "high" effect and is addictive aswell....TEA TREE OIL. so good! ahhaha
well yea...Tea tree oil isn't actually bad for you, it's infact GOOD for you.. what I do is I use tea tree oil face wash, so that I can always sniff it.
the oil to burn is also OK but i'm not sure, as all burners should not be SNIFFED. It's not good for the membranes. But yea guys... just try tea tree oil.. it really does help .. and it's not bad at all
Alright, I'm out...I've typed way too much..I'M SORRRYYY

GOOD LUCK!!! X
Dan920

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The Good Times Gonna Come...

Inhalants in my opinion are the easiest yet hardest to give up...

Yes doesnt makes sense but oh well...

If there is nothing to inhale you simply just WONT do it.

Soon you will forget totally about it...

But thats the problem..
There is ALLWAYS something to inhale...

Not much help i no.
But i felt like sharing it

I wish you luck...

Dan <33
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Hey, first post, so....

I was interested if anyone of you believe that there may exist a predisposition to inhalant abuse.  In the two examples provided above, it appears that the involved parties simply enjoyed the smell of certain chemicals.  It later evolved into seeking out those chemicals for the resulting "high."

I remember a conversation with my sister when we were really young.  She told me that she really liked the smell of gasoline. Now, as far as I am aware she has never abused inhalants in any way but...  In all honestly, chemicals like gasoline, white-out, permanent marker, finger-nail polish remover all do have that slight intoxicating smell for me too.  I have never used these chemicals in any way other than their prescribed uses, but I am curious what do you think? Do certain people, or everyone for that matter find these scents enticing?  Or, are we getting slowly addicted to these substances in our day-to-day encounters and, therefore, long for another opportunity to be exposed to these chemicals?


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i have been huffing since 5 i love sharpies its awesome


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zahyne- How did you get started at such a young age?  What makes these markers so "awesome" to you?

Did you know sniffing markers is considered inhalant abuse? Some common harmful effects associated with inhalant abuse include a depressed central nervous system functions, inefficient respiratory process, lower volume of inhaled oxygen, irregular heart rhythm, reduced cognitive abilities (to name a few)...

With all this said, sniffing sharpies is not an awesome idea!
  

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Jamal,

Obviously from your post on cleanser you do have a brain, so why do you write stuff like this?

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"i have been huffing since 5 i love sharpies its awesome"
Zahyne? What are you insane? (and no I didn't mean to rhyme there)
Huffing, Sniffing, Snorting anything is not a good idea, It's a bad idea, it can kill you, or it can eventually shrivel your brain to a raisin and thats it, you have trouble walking, talking and even thinking, didn't you read my story? my posts? don't you have any second thoughts? What is life worth to you? what is your brain and body worth to you?

Because I've been sniffing and huffing (once), I've suffered things that have never completely come back, and something thats permanent, Here is what I sniffed and the effects it left on me to this day:
Rubbing Alcohol, Hand Sanitizer, Sharpies and Air Freshener, I had a can of duster but I steered clear from the gases as I knew they were deadly, and that the smell... was menacing.

Now I've lost some of my sense of smell, When we were in my science class doing a lab for acids and bases, and when everyone tried smelling the ammonia and it burned their nose, I was the only one, who could deeply smell it, and have my nose closer to it, without freaking out like the rest of the people, although ammonia may be slightly harmful too.

I now have reduced cognitive abilities, Somewhat slightly, I'm lucky however that I didn't die, and I'm still intelligent enough to get the rest of my life together, I've been taking this neural supplement, like Neuro PS and Focus Factor and it helps, it's helped me recover some, but I still have this odd obsession (I have both obsessive-compulsive disorder and Aspergers syndrome) about eventually the day when I'll be able to regain anything and all that I lost, since we are nearing the day when we can repair the brain using stem cells or something else, Already they're finding that we can use stem cells from the adult bone marrow instead of from fetuses, which gets rid of that controversial wall that's been holding us back from doing more research.

And looking back, if I had the choice to not do it, I wouldn't have, I've smoked very very potent marijauna for 2 years, and let me tell you that was extremely mild compared to what inhalants can cause and what they've done.

"zahyne- How did you get started at such a young age?  What makes sharpies so "awesome" to you?

Did you know sniffing markers is considered inhalant abuse? Some common harmful effects associated with inhalant abuse include a depressed central nervous system functions, inefficient respiratory process, lower volume of inhaled oxygen, irregular heart rhythm, reduced cognitive abilities (to name a few)...

With all this said, sniffing sharpies is not an awesome idea!"

Exactly it's not, and never will be. Inhalant abuse came from when most drugs are illegal and inhalants are just everywhere, I MEAN EVERYWHERE!!!

Inhalants are worse than almost any other drug... and every day when theres more deaths, we see exactly why. criminalizing drugs and the drug war isn't getting us anywhere, it's just created more crime. Humans are curious, they want to alter their mind, experiment with different states of consciousness and thinking, when you take that away, they try to find other more dangerous ways of trying to get those substances or they resort to something far more deadly.

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Well now I'm back in the struggle with inhalants again, this time butane lighters and aerosol cans, my life is on the line with a knife slowly scraping away at it, and even if that line doesn't get cut in half by the knife, it ends up completely mangled and ragged.
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Hi, I too am new at this and am not sure I share this problem... Lately after going on a cleaning binge in my home I can't stop using pine sol.  I just love the smell.  But now my family say they can't stand the smell and give me a hard time using it.  I then just put it on a paper towel and occ. smell it.  Well smell it before I go to bed...  what do you think...

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"ok so i have been inhaling for about 6-7 months. Really, it started because I really LOVED the smell of rubbing alcohol. I can relate because IT IS SO HARD to give up. But I through away all my bottles, because i told my bf that i would stop (he quit smoking weed for me) :] and then...i got a hold of the spray paint collection in our basement, and realized that i love the smell of spray paint as well. I gave up that, too. Then from that I went to nail polish, and that was probably the hardest to give up, (i only have clear because i bite my nails, no need to have a huge collection(x_x)  I threw that away last week and i have not inhaled since!! but really, it's ridiculous because in pre-calc we have a dry erase marker/dry erase board activity and it was so hard not to inhale the fumes....

so i'm thinking i'll try this tea tree oil :]"

Well.. I liked the smell of rubbing alcohol, and after smelling it a few times, I would feel dizzy and such, not really a pleasant effect to use as an inhalant, but thats actually isopropyl alcohol poisoning.
I also figured that in aerosol cans they have 3 or 4 common ingredients:
*butane
*isobutane
*hydroflourocarbon
*propane
These gases are used to propel the spray from the can, and are quite toxic when inhaled, often these are abused.

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Well now I'm back in the struggle with inhalants again, this time butane lighters and aerosol cans, my life is on the line with a knife slowly scraping away at it, and even if that line doesn't get cut in half by the knife, it ends up completely mangled and ragged.
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The only thing I've huffed is Dust Remover.

It gives your body the feeling of liquid fire just rushing through after the big whiff.

It took me quite a few months to tear myself from it. I used to do it almost 6-7 times a day.

Don't give up hope. If you really want to quit, it will happen.
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Unfortunately I relapsed on 2 butane lighters walking home from school one day, no actually before that it was a couple aerosol cans that I had around the house.

"The only thing I've huffed is Dust Remover.

It gives your body the feeling of liquid fire just rushing through after the big whiff.

It took me quite a few months to tear myself from it. I used to do it almost 6-7 times a day.

Don't give up hope. If you really want to quit, it will happen."

You know that rush of liquid fire is actually suffocation right? sometimes when I stand up too quickly I get that feeling in my feet except much milder, and the time those kids were bagging air freshener and I inhaled it for a few seconds I felt the same thing, plus this weird robotic feeling and stuff.


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Well now I'm back in the struggle with inhalants again, this time butane lighters and aerosol cans, my life is on the line with a knife slowly scraping away at it, and even if that line doesn't get cut in half by the knife, it ends up completely mangled and ragged.
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