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QueshiaB

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lat- Thanks for your post. You say you can't seem to stop. What have you tried to stop in the past? Have you ever received professional help, or talked to a medical professional about it?


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I am not proud of this but, I am addicted to sniffing nail polish.

I'm so addicted, I have a bottle of it at work, in my car, sometimes in my purse and will pull it out throughout the day whenever I urge the smell.  I sniff polish several times a day every single day. This is NOT normal and is a scarey thing for me to even admit.  Can you imagine, a person driving smelling nail polish?  Or a person at work with a bottle of nail polish near their nose?  WTF. Its a scarey funny that I know has to be taking several negative affects on me.

I've probably been officially addicted for 1 year now.  I'm 29, am a mother, and who works at a very professional and corporate enviroment. 

I just wanted to share my experience with huffing on here because it's a dark secret of mine that I am not proud of and I want to let others know who are addicted that they are not alone.

I do plan on quitting for sure by the end of this year.  I hope I stick to it and will try with my all to stop this sick, strange, addictive behavior all together.   

Good Luck to anyone who shares the same urges and struggles.  All I can say is try to quit, this is bad for us.


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I haven't received counseling but I have decided to go back to church and am trying to read mindful recovery a spiritual path to healing from addiction.
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I too, had gastric bypass. I know my iron is low and have been trying to get that up along with my vitamin intake. 
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Nailpolish- Thanks for sharing your story and encouraging words to others. Sniffing nail polish doesn't have to be your deep dark secret. As you start your road to quitting, please consider telling someone (doctor, family, friend, etc.) as having moral (and professional) support should make it easier.
 
Please keep us posted on your progress.

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It's now almost 2 months since I wrote my 1st entry.

I'm still sniffing nail polish and I feel like I cant stop.  I'm getting really scared and unhopeful that I can actually quit by the end of this year. 

It smells so good, I'm so ashamed of myself but I cannot control it.



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Hi Nailpolish,  Im glad somebody wrote.  I'm having the same issue as you.  I'm gonna try stay away from polish this weekend.  At least thats my goal.  I dont have any in the house and I don't plan on buying any. Wish me luck.

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Nailpolish & lat- There are a lot of people on this board going through the same thing as you.  Though they may have abused a different product, it's the same (difficult) issue of trying to stop.
 
Have you all reached out to anyone on this board?  Outside of this board, have you talked to anyone in your personal lives about your problem (i.e. doctor, family, friends, etc)?
 
You can do it!!
 
Anybody else have any advice? Encouraging words?

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i am actually consuming the nail polish. started off with sniffing when pregnant with twins. so easy to hide as nail polish in car, bag etc is ok to normal people.
But I am anaemic.. and maybe this is why. i must get into taking some supps to stop this. thank god this site is here. felt so low and freaky. what are the side effects of this/ do not sniff it. i eat it.. lick it off the brush.. and I have fav brands too.. and stick to clear so it wont show up on my teeth. its nice to do.. but i know it must make me ill inside.. is eating diff to sniffing??
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Bikerplaymate-

Whether you are sniffing nail polish or eating it- you are exposing your body to dangerous toxins and chemicals that will severely complicate your health both physically and mentally! Unfortunately I'm not sure which 'method of ingestion' will cause the most damage, but it's safe to say that either way is NOT SAFE and potentially fatal.

I found a reliable website that can offer you a more in depth look into the various chemicals and toxic ingredients found in nail polish, and how each can effect your health if ingested, etc. http://www.pureknowhow.com/content/effectsnailpolish.php

Let me know if you have any questions. I hope this is helpful.

Are you seeking medical advice for your anemia? If not I encourage you to do so. A health professional can help you determine what exact vitamins/nutrients your body is lacking and help you choose the best supplements or vitamins available to build up your immunity and nutritional health.

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oh wow!  I too have this same issue.  It started with my third pregnancy... I became addicted to smelling cleaning products.. especially scrubbing bubbles bathroom wipes.  When I got pregnant for the 4th time...  it went from scrubbing bubbles... to super glue... to nail polish.  My 4th is now 7 months old and for the life of me.... I CANT stop sniffing.  I too have bottles next to my bed... in my car...  I sneak around smelling them all day long... and its not just a short smell.... I will hold the bottle under my nose for a good 30 seconds at a time.  I would love to know if anyone has any valuable info as to what this might be???
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thankyou - that web page is in my favourites.. shockiong..
will try to sort my iron levels as I kNOW now there is alink.. maybe the ice thing is a part of that.

but its so hard.. because if having a bottle hanging around is no thing for a woman, it makes it easy to conceal. I will try harder tho.. but ladies.. you are not alone. lets all try to help one another. i thought i was the only person that did this. but knowing its linked to iron levels, helps.. but does not excuse it.

i will regard it as a class A.. but cant tell my family about it - as tried before, they think its a joke!! But I dont want them to think I am a junkie!!x
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bpatino & Bikerplaymate- Have you all tried talking to your doctor or OB/GYN about this? They should be able to use their medical background and insight on your personal medical history to help shed some light on the situation. 


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Nailpolish
Hello, I hope you've had some success since your last post. Its been about a yr maybe longer since my last post and I'm still huffing nail polish. I've gotten progressively worse and my body has built up such a tolerance that I sometimes huff 10 bottles at a time(I've been huffing nalil polish for about 3yrs). I no longer sniff the bottle but I pour the polish into toilet paper and huff the fumes to get a greater affect. I use to believe that I hated the high and just wanted the smell. That may have been the case in the beginning but I know now that Im totally seeking a high. I've made up my mind to get professional help. I thought telling my family and friends would help me stop but putting it all out there just made it much more easier to do it. People really dont think this is a big deal. There's not a lot of research for long term affects and not being an adolescent really makes it hard to be taken seriouly. I tell myself because Im using the DBP, toulene, and formeldahyde free formulas that its not so bad, but deep down I know this has gotta be soing some serius damage to my body. Im dreading going to my doctor and trying to convince him I need help, but Im doing it sometime this week. Just writing to you I feel a weight lifting off of me. I wish you and all the others struggling with this addiction a speedy recovery and good health.
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I am reading these entries and I am just amazed!!! I mean jaw on the floor can't believe it amazed! I am severely anemic so much so that several doctors wanted me to have a partial hysterectomy because my iron is so low I sometimes literally faint when I have my period and stand up quick. The doctors said I would feel better if I no longer had my cycle, but I don't want to lose my natural hormones, (listen to me I'm doing something so bad and I am worried about my hormones) I always thought that, that blood was already dead blood and did not really count but I have such a low red cell count I get affected by the loss alot. I know it's crazy, but even more crazy is I have always loved the smell of nail polish and when I get my nails done the fiber glass fumes I like them. My brother resurfaces fiberglass pools and I love the smell of his chemicals in his work truck. He thinks I'm absolutely bonkers (everyone else HATES that smell). For some reason lately I have switched from markers to nail polish. I always felt like a freak with those jumbo magic markers all over the place in my desk in my purse in my side draw by the bed. And they had to be certain brand, if they did not have that chemical smell they where no good. The only time I did not like the smells was both of my pregnancies! I had to take so much iron and my prenatal vitamins had iron on top of that, I was the picture of health when pregnant. Well except for the constant vomiting Yuck!!! Smells would make me vomit, well everything made me vomit when preg. and not just in the a.m. after I adjusted to the morning sickness I started night sickness. Ever hear of that it's lovely you finally stop puking in the morning to switch to nights. I was the only person in my family who lost weight when pregnant but after the sixth month I finally began to gain. Sorry I am so long winded but - You get the picture- so now I am not taking iron wondering why am I so hooked on sniffin nail polish I stumble upon this board and I am awestruck! Is anyone who post about the link between anemia and this strange habit in the medical field I really would love to know where I  can read actual medical papers on this link. Please I need to understand I hate this habit but I love that smell. I hate it......I'm sure everyone here understands!

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