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Lalalady-

Thank you for coming forward and sharing your story. I have located two recently published scientific articles that seem to support a link between low iron (anemia) and inhalant use and would like to forward them on to you. They are only available via a server requiring a monthly subscription, but I have them saved to my computer and can email you full text copies immediately!

Feel free to message me your email/contact info via the message board or my email address at AJones@ConsumerEd.org. I Hope you find these medical journal articles helpful!

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I've been reading this post for sometime, but this particular topic caught my eye.

I, myself, is addicted to sniffing nail polish, but it gone from sniffing to actually eating it (clear polish). I feel as if I'm a freak when I do this, but it calms me down. I feel so stressed most of the time, but eating it makes all my problems go away for a brief moment. I want to tell somebody, yet I'm afraid to tell them about this.

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well its a new year...and I have started eating polish again..when i run out.. i eat my twin girls stuff.. they think they are losing them!!

What i can say is that it is linked to low iron.FOR SURE. Because when I start doing this... I forget to take my tablets or i have run out.

i am going to buy some next week. But its a pattern of behaivour that doesnt stop when u take the first iron pill. iron takes ages to be absorbed and get your levels to a higher normal level.

i must try to be diligent with my taking the supps..and to stop eating the nail varnish as a quick fix. its secretive and dangerous.

i need support to deal with this..almost daily. maybe someone can start a facebook page. we  need daily support. even on here?? I'm  eating a bottle a day.. but even when levels are stabilising (iron wise) itsd a habit thats hard to break..especially as its not an illegal substance. befor e you eat/ huff/ sniff or lick.. try and get on line!!!!

i still chew ice constantly. but its the same dog different fleas!!
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Originally Posted by inhalhell1
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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YOU ARE NOT THE SAME. You have this particular experience in comon with some one else. Everyone is different... everyone!
I guit smoking after 25 years simply because I wanted to.
However that's how I "roll". Some struggle for years & never are able to quit. Really, it's all in what you desire, and do not desire to do. The excuses are also part of the addiction. I sniffed PAM cooking spray, paint 7 a couple of other things a few times as a teen. I stopped after a friend of a friend died from sniffing hair spray for the first time.
I feel very lucky that I was able to stop so easily.
Some people would feel guilty because their friend, that they turned on to huffing turned on his friend to huffing and his friend died. The reason I don't is that ultimately, we all make our own decisions.
Suggestions: If you don't want to do it, then don't.
But, if you do want to do it you should strive to be the best at it that you can possibly be and never stop striving to better. Your brain, your body or society will let you know when it is time to stop. The question you have to always ask is can I suffer the concequinces... successfully?
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mika26 & Bikerplaymate- Thank you both for posting. Have either of you told someone about this? Whether it's a doctor, family member, school official and/or friend, it is definitely worth telling someone. 

Bikerplaymate your idea of setting up a virtual support group (either through this board or Facebook) is a good one. But it's also important to have a support system of peers you can call, go visit, or someone you see who is able to keep an eye on you. In other news, glad to hear you realize what triggers your actions to eat polish and are working to control them.

mika26 you're not a "freak". Please don't be afraid to share this with others. There are many stories on this board from people who were ashamed or just didn't want to tell anyone. When they finally did they realized it was a very helpful step to let someone else in. You mentioned you're stressed most of the time. Have you talked about feeling stressed with anyone else? Have you tried other, healthier ways to relieve your stress?

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DEMOCRAT- Thanks for sharing your story, and sorry to hear about the loss of your friend's friend. You're right in people are different, their bodies, their ways of thinking, etc so what works for you may not work for me.

Also, thanks for bringing up the question of consequences. A lot of times people don't realize consequences until it's too late. Hopefully through this message board and people who share stories like yours, people can realize the seriousness of the issue of inhalant abuse and get help in their respective communities.

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For everyone sniffing or eating nail polish or inhaling any chemical vapors, please get immediate outside help!  You apparently need help from a medical doctor if having a problem with iron deficiency (anemia), a registered dietician (RD) since we get nutrients from the food that we eat, as well as professional help from a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) for the inhalant use.  Please don't delay in getting the help from a licensed professional since a person may become permanently disabled or even die after "just" one time. 

** With regard to anemia, please do NOT start taking iron pills until AFTER getting a blood test and the doctor recommending them as too much iron in the blood may result in liver (the largest internal organ) or kidney damage.

A friend has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other permanent damage including to her bone marrow (fatty inner lining of bones that makes blood cells) from when she huffed at age 12, now in her 30s.  Please try to "quit while you're ahead" and don't purchase products that are possible triggers.  If you must attend a formal reception such as a wedding, for example, perhaps get one's nails done at the beauty salon and do *not* keep the product in your house.  It is very similar to someone with an alcohol addiction and that particular person not keeping alcohol in the house.  The motto of the 12-step programs such as 'Alcoholics Anonymous' (AA) is to take "one day at a time" and perhaps even one part of the day at a time. 

Another motto of AA to help with sobriety is to be mindful of 'people, places and things'.  That refers to paying attention to the 'people' that one is with, the 'places' that he or she goes (such as *not* going to the hardware store or not going to the beauty supply store) and the 'things' that one does with his or her time.  If really needing products for the household, perhaps make a list for the store and consider the more earth-friendly ones, however, even those are *not* supposed to be inhaled.  Please do talk with a licensed therapist or addictions counselor since inhalant use may be both physically and psychologically addictive.  It's not in your head, and you can recover and become a productive member of society too.  Please work hard, and talk with a professional about the problem that you're having.  Please do be well, and make good, *healthy* choices.
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Originally Posted by mika26 you're not a "freak". Please don't be afraid to share this with others. There are many stories on this board from people who were ashamed or just didn't want to tell anyone. When they finally did they realized it was a very helpful step to let someone else in. You mentioned you're stressed most of the time. Have you talked about feeling stressed with anyone else? Have you tried other, healthier ways to relieve your stress?
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I haven't talked to anyone about my "situation". My family is so into themselves as well as when something , such as tragic eventful moment, happens they "push" it on the back-burner. Plus, being in college is a a major part of my stress. I tried a few ways to relieve it, but they don't calm me down like nail polish and nail polish remover does. I know this is bad and I'm willing to get help.......I just don't know where to start. 
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mika26,

Hugs.  The first step to getting help is admitting that one has a problem in which you seem to have done.  Being willing to get the help is about half of the battle, so you're certainly going down the right path.  Perhaps you can talk with a licensed therapist at a nearby outpatient counseling facility or someone in "student services".  It would probably be a better idea to enter an inpatient (residential) program since the products used for the inhalant use are so readily available.  Depending upon how long you have used any type of inhalant (not to cause a panic), it may be recommended that you go to a substance abuse detox facility for a few days since inhalant use can be physically addictive, and withdrawal symptoms may occur and medical supervision should thus be provided. 

Please, however, do talk with a counselor (regardless of whether at an inpatient or outpatient program) about your behavior to start addressing the issues which may have led you to begin using any type of substance to cope to begin with.  Perhaps you can consider taking a medical leave from school while getting the professional help that you so desperately need.  The medical leave may be from depression, anxiety (since you said that you have a lot of stress) or such, and one will need some type of medical documentation such as from a licensed physician (doctor).  Please do *not* delay in getting the outside help as one can die or become permanently disabled after "just" ONE time of use.  Please take good care of yourself.
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mika26- I'll give you the same advice I just wrote to a college freshman on this board. Being in college you should take advantage of what services are offered to students. For example, visiting a counselor on campus or if there's a hospital near it would be worthwhile speaking with a medical professional.

Also, please don't give up on your family before you even try. It won't be easy, but you may be surprise on the outcome. I've talked to a few people who just knew the worst would happen and assumed friends wouldn't want to talk to them or family would be mad, but it was the opposite. Friends wanted to learn more and what they could do to help out, family members may have been disappointed but quickly got over it and appreciated the honesty.

Lastly, we usually recommend people who want to do independent research by state to check out Substance Abuse  Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment site: http://dasis3.samhsa.gov.


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Reply with quote  #42 
I don't believe we are freaks.  I can go days without the polish.  Then I get bored or lonely and start up.  Would like to chat with Bikerplaymate and Mika26. 
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lat - (I realize that I'm neither people that you referred to.)  You are NOT freaks at all.  A person with a substance abuse problem, including inhalant addiction, has an actual dependence to the substance, and most people need outside professional help to get and remain sober.  Please feel free to search this website for counseling and treatment programs (and some treatment centers have state and/or county funding for those without health insurance):  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

For free 12-step support groups - Narcotics Anonymous:  http://www.na.org

Alcoholics Anonymous:  http://www.aa.org and one may attend an "open" meeting if doesn't drink.


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Hello everyone I'm 20 and I have 2 kids and I'm currently pregnant I'm 33 weeks and I'm addicted to nail polish remover its so hard to stop I read about the low blood that is me, but I always liked it before I always had low blood. I had low blood before my kids and lower after due to c sections and surgery...I had to get blood transfusions and now I'm addicted HARD...I feel bad because I'm pregnant but my son came out fine and I think I'm harming my baby but I tell myself that I'm not because its going inside of me...I have non acetone nail polish remover and my husband tries to hide it and I find it...I now put it on tissue and smother my face with the smell. I love all chemical smells especially magnum markers they smell great...I don't think I could stop and I do it only like one or two times a day because I'm pregnant...
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nailpolishremover - Thank you for posting.  Please, it is a *must* that you get outside professional help, especially before the inhalant use causes such serious congenital birth defects as Mental Retardation.  Anything that the mom-to-be ingests or inhales goes to the unborn child.  Even if you have to enter inpatient (residential) treatment, please do that!  The health of your baby is at risk.

Please take a look at this site which has counseling and treatment programs for those with addiction problems, and some may have state and/or county funding for those without health problems:  http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ and can click one's state of residence on the map and continue to search.

The chemicals in products used for huffing are actual *poisons* that were never meant to go through the bloodstream.  They can also be physically and/or psychologically (mentally) addictive which is why you may have still had a problem even before the low blood.
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