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lynda4444

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I am 39 and a stay at home mom. My son just started preschool and I had a still born a few months ago. I started liking the smell of nail polish when I was pregnant and my doctor said it was normal called "FICA". Like some pregnant women like to eat paint chips or dirt. While I was pregnant I only huffed a few times for a few minutes. Since the still born I have an overwhelming guilt that maybe the baby died cause I did that. I did the same with my first baby and nothing happened and after a few months the nail polish did not smell good anymore until I became pregnant again.
Now I am addicted. I can go through 4 bottles of non acetone remover in a night and no matter how hard I try I cant stop. I am disgusted with myself. I am so glad I found this website. I thought I was a freak, bad mother and a waste of a human being.
I live in a nice house, I am attractive and you wouldn't know by looking at me. So when I see other mothers I feel even more crappy cause I feel like they are all perfect and I'm a junky. God, I want this urge to go away. I did it everyday last week and want to tonight. I am on this board hoping to convince myself not to do it. If I can just make it one day at a time. I am in tears now. I wish I could have one of you here to talk to. I want to stop. Any words of encouragement would be appreciated and anyone I could keep talking with would help.
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I'm the same..i love the smell of nail polish, dry erase markers, any gasoline products. sometimes, I stand close to a parked car, with engine turned on, so I can smell the gas emmissions.

I take my nail polish in the bathroom and sniff it. I don't know how to stop...any suggestions
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I highly reccommend the book : Mindful Recovery - a spiritual path to healing from addiction by Thomas Bien and Beverly Bien.  I came across it in the library.  Also regular physical exercise, and throw in some yoga as well.  Your local park and planning commissions may well offer some affordable classes.

When my son died from inhalant abuse ( almost 7 years ago ) I threw in the towel on trying to be smoke free at that time.  I really did not want to live.  But when I realized how it was affecting my health, and I did want to be here for husband, 4 other children and one grand.... well , these were the tools that have really helped me. If money is a factor, you can get good yoga instruction on line at http://www.yogatoday, and invest in a pair of walking or running shoes and get outside at least 4 times a week!  Do not forget to ask for a higher power's help in beating back those urges.  And if you slip, do not use that as an excuse to beat yourself up and throw in the towel.

Next to losing a child, giving up smoking has been the second hardest thing in my life.  My addiction has given me empathy for addicts of any kind. One friend who has quit said that she just told herself when the urge would hit that "It is not an option." Do not give up on yourselves - keep trying.  I wish you luck!

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I've never been addicted to any inhalants. But I do think I can be of some help. Don't think of yourself as a junky or a bad mother because it is a hard thing to stop doing once you've been doing it for so long. But for a moment don't think about yourself. Think about the beautiful son you have. Do you realize how much he will miss you if something were to happen to you? I know he loves you, you seem like a wonderful woman, what's not to love? So please, try to sacrifice what you are doing for him. I'm here whenever you need to talk. I will keep you in my prayers.  Good luck!

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I encourage you to please, please talk to your doctor to see how you can get help and what resources are available to you. Don't worry about being embarrassed, as I'm sure your doctor has heard of far worst things than sniffing nail remover, plus there is confidentiality there that he/she will not break.

Please get help.


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Hey- please refer to a post I made recebtly about PICA and how I think it affects older (simply meaning not the typical teenagers). Basically I feel an iron deficiency has led to urges-- specifically for me to chew on styrofoam when I was a kid not understanding or knowing why. But it did release "fumes" that smelled/taste good. And now I occassionally still like to. So I made a post called challenge stating I was going to be really vigilant about taking my iron supplements too see if it affected the urges. And it did!! But I guess I got over confident and got lax on my iron and sure enough the cravings came back and I gave in. I think I've pinpointed the major problem and am getting used to the idea that perhaps I could use some therapy. I'm a capricorn and have to "get used to the idea"! Lol. Seriously though. I just didn't want to be someone who needs it but I'm realizing that that doesn't really mean anything and I need to be healthy for my family. I've never had kids but I hope to so I want to get a handle on this. The bottom line is, I think there is a physiological reason behind this that eventually damages us psychologically as we struggle with the "why" of what we deem as "bizarre" behavior. When really there is an explanation behind it all. But since its not discussed we think were the only one. But this board proves that we are not! If nothing else maybe we can find strength in one another.
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1angel

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I had gastric bypass surgery almost 3yrs ago. I became anemic about a year after my surgery and I have been huffing nail polish since. I'm working on taking my iron supplements but its hard because I cant absorb nutrients post- op. I'm 40 years old and huffing nail polish. I stop for a little while but I always start again. The only hope I have is taking my iron supplements. I know that once my iron is up the PICA will go away. Has anyone had any serious medical problems because of this.

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Wow- so its really true about the whole low iron/Pica thing??? That's just kind of what made sense through what I was able to decipher from internet research and reading posts on this board. Very interesting. When I was remembering to take my supplements it was like I "forgot" about chewing styrofoam and it would pop into my head hours later but only b/c it got to be such a habit. But it wasn't a craving the way it used to be. Thanks for sharing your story I for one definitely found it very informative.
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I am also addicted and trying to stop. i think im doing good but a year ago same thing happend. I relapsed. I will keep checking this fourm for tips! what helps me is to just stay really buisy-it keeps my mind off it and i dont have time to do it

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Rachel- In addition to this forum, are you taking other steps to quit?  For example, have you reached out to a doctor, spoken to a family member or peer about the issue? 

They could be aware of some resources in your community (counseling groups, others who have overcome addiction) which could prove helpful.

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To all of you - no matter what your addiction is, PLEASE ask for help. Talk to your doctor, parent, church official, SOMEONE. Inhaling computer duster killed my fiance' this past June. This is something I will never get over. Inhaling this type of stuff CAN KILL. It is too dangerous to risk your life - no one should die this way. I hope all of you can find ways to overcome your struggle with addiction before something really horrible happens. Please don't leave your family and friends with all this pain and suffering if something were to happen to you. It's not worth it. I'm always here to talk - that goes for everyone. Good luck to you all...be strong!!   -Kim

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I had gastric by pass surgery 5 years ago and I am just now getting hooked on this new pastime I have found.  I am horrified to read some posts that tell of death from huffing.  I still cannot seem to rid my mind of this need to sniff Windex or amonia or fingernail polish remover.  Gas fumes also smell good to me.  What is wrong with me?  I need to stop this urge before it gets out of control.  I have only been doing this for about a month now.  I sneak sniffs here and there throughout the day.  I make sure nobody see's me!  SO, to look at me you would NEVER suspect that I was a huffer.  When I see other mommies at school where I volunteer I feel crappy about myself too.... just like someone else here said!  WHat happened to me?  Could it be a vitamin defeciency?

QueshiaB

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lv2huff- Per your question about vitamin deficiency you will have to ask a medical professional.  Have you spoken with your doctor at all about the issue? He or she may be able to suggest some resources for you to turn to.

What measures have you taken thus far to get help?

Is there anyone who has been here and can offer advice on steps to take to kick the habit?

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tds

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Please realize this is very dangerous and not just an odd new pastime. As you can see from many stories here on the board, it often leads if not to death then to long term illness or defects of some sort. I think the important thing to do is understanding why you may be doing this. It started rather suddenly right? You mentioned having had the gastric surgery some years ago as well which tells me you are an adult at least. Another board member also had this and had subsequent cravings for nail polish/remover. She sited iron deficiency as the root problem. But was having trouble absorbing nutrients via supplements post op. Another woman experienced cravings while pregnant which obviously is a time when hormones are out of whack in the body. And I myself have always had low iron and have also always had a strange urge to chew styrofoam. Well I'm just figuring out the two are linked. I have been back on my iron daily and my "mouth watering cravings" have all but disappeared!!!!! Its amazing as I did this for more years of my 30 year life than not. If anything the habit of it pops into my mind but not the literal craving. All this to say, there is probably a logical explanation for this so please don't demonize yourself with words like "freak". At the same time, this is serious and if you're not ready to speak with someone directly about it at least start doing research on your end. Ie: you could have your dr check your iron levels and try to go from there. Most importantly, you're NOT alone, its far more common than you think and you're NOT crazy!! There is a reason for this, we just have to figure it out.


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Would like to talk to someone.  My urges for polish are strong.  No matter what I do, I can't seem to stop.

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