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patricia

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Hi, everyone. I'm new to this board. I know that mostly, it is concerned with young people and teenagers who are addicted to inhalants, but I want you to know that  I am a  woman in her 40's who has been addicted to correction fluid for about five years. It comes and goes. I'm still struggling with it; I had stopped for a month or so but yesterday I spent almost the whole day sniffing it. I have a particular brand that I prefer (won't mention it here) that gives me that special burning feeling and sweet smell. Not only do I crave the smell and the high, I also love flaking the dried paint from the brush and bottle rim. I'm going into some detail to demonstrate how strange and ridiculous these addictions can be; they go beyond reason. I am a college- educated woman who understands very well that I can die suddenly. Last night I had heart palpitations. I don't know if that was just from emotional panic and shame or really from the side effects of the toluene. I was really scared, but morning came and I seem to have been given another chance.
Funniest thing: when I was a teenager and  young adult, I was convinced that I'd never be addicted to anything because I don't smoke, rarely drink and hate needles and pills. I am a "square". But this "innocent" addiction found me one day, just by accident when I was using the fluid to correct a paper. I'm grateful to have been given this day for another chance at  letting this go and getting control of my life. Thanks and all the best to everyone else, young and old, who  is dealing with this problem.

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Patricia, I am in my early 40's and have recently found myself sniffing acetone. It's easy to get at any drug store, so cheap. I have a bottle right by my computer right now. I HATE that I have become addicted to this stuff, but I love the way it smells. I haven't really noticed any side effects from it, except that I'm more tired than normal. Just wanted you to know that you are not alone and we can all stop this addictive stuff with a little will power and alot of prayer.

patricia

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Thanks, acetonelady. I also believe we can overcome this. One of the toughest things is  how easily we can buy these substances: they're not illegal, there's no social stigma like walking into a liquor shop day after day. Just anyplace you find stationery supplies or any Rite-Aid, supermarket... that makes it so easy to slip.  It is really hard to believe that sudden sniffing death could happen to me or you... but it can. Some of the stories on this board are tragic reminders, and I'm coming back here to read them whenever I feel the craving.
tntholder

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My daughter is 32 and is inhaling duster, as a mother what do I do?  How do I get her help?

QueshiaB

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tntholder- Thanks for your post. The most important thing for you to do for your daughter is to sit her down and talk to her about the effects inhalant abuse has on the body.  Let her know it is not just a teen problem and she needs to take it seriously.

Talk to a doctor and see if there are any counseling groups or treatment resources he/she would recommend.

Please note because she is an adult the decision to get help will ultimately have to be made by her.  You may also want to speak with some of her friends and see if they are aware of her abuse.  If her peers confronted her about the issue in addition to you that may serve to take her problem more  seriously.

I hope this helps initially.   

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Hi. Two weeks ago my fiance was found dead. He had been inhaling computer duster. This was something NO ONE was aware of and we are all left in shock and with so many unanswered questions. I cannot begin to tell you how broken my heart is and how unbelieveably awful I feel. Jarod was my entire life, and now he's gone and I don't know what to do. We had so many plans for our future...finding our own "home", getting married next year along with an awesome honeymoon, starting our own family and growing old together. Now, none of that will happen. I am so angry and hurt all at once. His parents lost their ONLY CHILD. This hurts more than anything I've ever felt. Please PLEASE help others you know that have this problem, and TALK to EVERYONE about this problem, for it is not only in teens...Jarod was 26. He died the day before his college graduation. I'm so numb. He shouldn't have died this way - and neither should anyone else. Jarod was one of the smartest guys I have ever met. He graduated with honors. I'm sure he really didn't think anything bad would happen to him, he just needed that high.

LET'S STOP THIS HORRIFIC ACT - ALONG WITH ALL OTHERS. WE DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS DOING THIS UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT. I NEVER WANT ANYONE TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS PAIN AS I WILL ENDURE FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE NOW...

Thank you for listening, and for those of you who are struggling with any addiciton, PLEASE DO NOT BE ASHAMED TO ASK FOR HELP. IT IS BETTER THAN LOSING YOUR LIFE.

Stay stong...
QueshiaB

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Jarods_fiancee- I'm terribly sorry to hear about your lost.  You seem like a strong woman, so I know you will get through these very tough times. 

Also, we appreciate you being selfless during your time of mourning to take the time to get on our message board and warn others about real life effects of inhalant abuse.

Thank you for sharing your story, and I'm sure I speak for everyone on this board when I say we will keep you, your family and Jarod's family in our thoughts and hearts. 

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