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janesmith

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This is a genuine plea to take control of your life and seek outside PROFESSIONAL help whether you are the person with an inhalant addiction, or your friend or loved one has the addiction.  For those with the addiction(s), field experts have referred to people who quit using substances on their own without professional help as a "dry drunk" since they still have the behaviors of an addict and haven't deal with what may have led the person to try to self-medicate in the first place. 

Please realize that the chemicals in products used for huffing are literal POISONS that were never meant to go through the bloodstream.  My friend actually has a severe BRAIN INJURY from huffing at the age of 12, now in her 30s.  Please at least attend those free 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous to help prevent relapse and support one's sobriety (being sober).  You're WORTH IT!

For AA meetings (and one may attend an "open" meeting if doesn't have a drinking problem):  http://www.aa.org

NA meetings:  http://www.na.org

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

For the relatives and friends of the addict (or alcoholic), please attend *Al-Anon* meetings to get emotional support from others in similar situations and to help realize how to NOT enable the loved one with the addiction.  Dr. Drew Pinsky from Celebrity Rehab has said that loved ones should attend Al-Anon, so that they are being a part of the solution instead of a part of the problem.  Here is the site for more information (and for Alateen, which is affiliated with Al-Anon):  http://www.al-anon.alateen.org (and one may attend an "open" Al-Anon/Alateen meeting if the loved one does *not* have a drinking problem).

For the family and friends of the person with the addiction, you may want to consider a family intervention which is supposed to help break through the denial of the addict.  It is best to do an intervention with the assistance of a Certified Interventionist or at least a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC).  Please know that the addict is usually NOT told of the intervention beforehand, or he or she may not actually show up.  There are no guarantees that the intervention will go as planned, but perhaps it can "plant the seed" and get the person thinking of a healthier way of living.   

There should be consequences put into place if the addict refuses to enter treatment at the intervention as to not "love them to death".  Those consequences may include not paying the addict's rent, not giving them any money, not calling in sick to the addict's boss, removing the addict's pets or such. 

This site has more information about the process of an intervention:  http://www.aetv.com/intervention/learn-more/   

There is a book about the process of intervention, too, but just to reiterate that it's best done with a licensed addictions professional.  The book is called "Intervention:  How to Help Someone Who Doesn't Want Help". 

Please, everyone, be proactive in your recovery and make good, HEALTHY choices in life.

janesmith

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Hoping that people are heeding the warning, and that they're being proactive in their recovery, whether you're the addict or your family member or friend has the addiction!

Missingmybrother

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Janesmith....All of the information you have provided helps and you proactive voice gives me strength in this moment to learn more. And to try to cope with the addiction that killed my brother. I understand everyone's situation is different but the most common thing I keep reading is most familys have no idea that this is being abused by our love one. For my family we thought maybe pain pills. Do you think the abuser has no idea it is deadly or are they to far addicted to even care?? And do you know if this is being discussed in our public school systems?? Praying for answers, missingmybrother
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janesmith

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I just wanted to again give my sincere condolences in the tragic loss of your adult brother.  There is a lot of misinformation out there, in particular, by people telling others that it's not too dangerous or those individuals being unaware that, for example, computer cleaner is NOT just canned air but instead the chemicals are literally POISON that was never meant to go through the bloodstream. 

The school system curriculum is supposed to include teaching about the dangers of huffing/inhalants.  In March, the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition has a week-long project in which they go to various schools across the nation and speak about the risks of inhalant use and awareness about poisons.  Bless you for going to retailers and talking to them about their display of typical products used for huffing!  You really are helping the loss of your brother to not be so in vain.  If we all work together, change can be made, and you're showing that
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Jamesmith..Thank you for your kind words and thought. I feel strongly about informing the retailers and finding out what they tell there employees about people abusing COMPUTER DUSTER. At CVS the store clerk told me they could only sell 2-3 cans at a time but she told me to go to OFFICE MAX and I could buy as many as I wanted there. The manager came over and told me they use to put them in the pharmacy but sales went down. So they put them back out she said she was aware of the addictive poisons and the problems with huffing it . She even told me she turned a man away who was trying to buy 10 at once. She said that's why she only puts 4 on the shelve at once. That did make me feel a little better but she told me that was her store and not all CVS do that. Anymore restrictions would have to come from corporate office. she also said the only reason she knew so much about HUFFING COMPUTER DUSTER was because her son is a Paramedic and told her about the overdose calls in this area. Here in Austin, Tx a Austin City Police officer overdosed from Duster ahd died..in March of this year. I am going to hit up these stores ..blog my progress and write to the Corporate offices and my state reps. Thank you again for all the info you have given...xo
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Dear missingmybrother, I'm so sorry for your loss.  It's a devastating situation that leaves a family with so many questions.  I have a family member who is alive, but for the grace of God, I guess.  She knows she could be dead today, and is sober at this time.  I so wish that the formulation of the duster would be changed.  Why is it so important for the computer duster to be available this way?  There's got to be another way.  I understand that there are many other highs, and inhalants, but this computer duster seems to have a special population of users - that might be eliminated (I could be wrong about this).  My daughter learned of this on the TV show Intervention.  I think this duster is mostly produced in China and Taiwan - and I seriously doubt that anyone there is concerned about how the formulation is affecting the consumers here.  Again, bless you as I'm so sorry for your loss.
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I am sorry to hear about your loss. I have been trying to get my soon to be 19 yr old step son help for his addictions. duster is not the only one, he is a chronic pot smoker, abuses pain medication xanax and others. He wrecked one pickup the night after taking xanax and Loretab,. although he refuses to admit that. He left work drove to a family friends house ( friend of the wife that is in her mid 20's) asking for xanax, I guess hooked up with some from another friend. becausae he wrecked drove the truck home parked it and went to bed. When his mom and I got up we found the passenger side smashed in. He was in bed refusing to get up because " he was up all night" well come to find out ( after calling friends) that he drove past our house to stay at another friends house because he did not feel well. Not buying it vcausae his "dealer" friend was crying on the phone when i called and talked to him. my step son was all made that I talked to his friend, but calmed down after a short period of time.

Within a month of his wreck he had me in a choke hold because i would not let him take the truck ( in my name i pay for insurance and repairs and most of the gas) out, even though he had memory problems. a month after that the same story. this time he had his hands around my throat. I decided to change my life insurance so neither his mom nor him get a penny. My kids are adults and can use the money for my bills and funeral expenses. I know they aren't going to go off in a rage and kill me, but I do believe that he  will some day. He complains of wanting to die however does not want help. Now with all the lies of the past i wonder if this is a way of getting attention from his mom and grandmother.  I am tired of money missing. In the last 14 months we are talking about 2500 dollars and many items that turn up missing. ipods, gps units, tools, cameras. there is no place to put money ( even 20 bucks) in this house cause if he finds it he takes it. it is safer at my job in my locker then home. his behavior had gotten us kicked out of a campground we had our camper at. I am tired, over stressed and broke from his bs. he graduated high school in may and has worked maybe 6 weeks since then, spending time in his room ordering his gf around like she was a slave. Sunday he wrecked another car, this one had full coverage on it, hitting a bridge. Me i think he was either doing something or texting....he said a drunk forced him off the road and he over corrected.  no damage to the passenger side, drivers side looks horrible. there was over 100 feet of guard rail before the bridge he hit, and not one bit of it was hit. I am tired. If i call a counselor i have to do it away from home because I am in his business. the only option i can see at this point is wipe my hands and leave the woman i love, and this house. Leave her to deal w th her problems and go drive a semi. So i don't have to worry about income or a place to stay. I can be far away from here and protect myself from harm or being accused of hurting her. Any other ideas?

oh was told I can not force him into help. if he dont want to get help he is an adult. and he can do what he wants..

Missingmybrother

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Dear Redwolf....I'm am very sad for you and your family. As you have already read my brother died from duster only 71 days ago and my family and I cry every single day. He was 36, professional, father and awesome guy. As his sister I would have given ANYTHING for a chance to help him with his addiction . It might seem like a lot for you to deal with or for his mom to deal with but there are many programs for him to start. And who ever told you that you can't force rehab that's not totally true,,,it depends on the state. Consulting with a local rehab first is what you should do. Maybe an intervention could help, I would even give him the facts of this poison. What happens to an addict that can no longer get pain pills they turn to this 5-7 min high . And it's cheap and they think they are not breaking a law. These cans are 5-7 dollars a piece. And the very next CAN could be his last. My brother was in a car crash 2 years ago which left him with a bad knee. He was put on several different pain meds from 3 different specialist. Due to many financial obligations he didn't take the time to have knee surgery and kept taking pain pills to ease the pain. Well needless to say he got hooked. And when is company transferred him he could no longer get those prescriptions. We are assuming someone told him of this or he saw it being done. Because after his death we found over 50 cans in his house. My family had NO IDEA this is what he was doing.
Redwolf...no can tell you to help or make you do anything. But if you care about you stepson. PLEASE TRY TO HELP...everyday my mom cry and everyday my dad is such pain. Maybe even speak to someone in a church about a support group for the family.and if you do end up hitting the road ...show his mom this forum and tell her everything you have learned I'm sure she will think her son is worth fighting for. Best wishes friend... Praying for answers, missingmybrother

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Hoping that people are heeding the warning, and that they're being proactive in their recovery, whether you're the addict or your family member or friend has the addiction!
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janesmith

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I certainly agree, vntravel123!

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Just *bumping* up this post, especially since the holiday season can be particularly tough for those in recovery and for the families and addicts who are still struggling.  Family get-togethers can be rather stressful for some, and the holidays can be lonely for others, too.

janesmith

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Giving another *bump* to this post for any newcomers or those who need some resources.

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*Bump*

Missingmybrother

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Janesmith...I'm with the BUMP!! This is a great post .....i read it from time to time...usually like this in the middle of the night

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Hugs, Missingmybrother.  I cannot imagine the pain that you go through since losing your brother to inhalant use.  Your continued efforts to educate others about the risks of huffing, and how to get help, are much appreciated.  Bless you for bumping up the thread!!

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