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rattus

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Registered: 12/29/10
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so i thought i was one of very few whom can't stop huffing. i'm glad i found this site, maybe it'll help me with my recovery. 
I started inhaling rubbing alcohol about 3 years ago. i found out about it when i ran out of weed and was desperate to get high. i picked up a bottle of rubbing alcohol and haven't put it down since. and not a day goes by where huffing doesn't cross my mind. when i run out of rubbing alcohol, i usually sniff markers or nail polish remover or whatever i can find. sometimes i even taste it, even though its in small amounts, i know it's extremely bad for my health. i talked to my sister about it when i had first started, and she didn't say much about it and i recently told my friend about it, hoping he would try to help me, instead he actually went to the store with me and bought a bottle and we both huffed in my room. i feel like if i were to tell any more of my friends and family they just wouldn't know what to do to help. i never really came to terms with my addiction until recently, before it was just something i did secretly. i feel really stupid and guilty when i find myself in the bathroom at a party or at a friends house looking for their rubbing alcohol to huff or even to steal. i have always had strong will power but with huffing it's different, its almost as if its the center of my life. even though i'd like to stop, it's hard for me to see an end to this addiction. well thats pretty much it, thanks for reading, anyone out there have a similar story?
janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
Posts: 547
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Thank you for reaching out and for realizing that getting into recovery can only help and enhance your life.  Products used for huffing may be physically and psychologically addictive, too.  Those in the substance abuse counseling field have said that an addiction is NOT actually about willpower but that it is an actual disease that requires the proper treatment and continued support if even from a 12-step group such as Narcotics Anonymous and/or Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Please take the next leap and call a counseling (outpatient) or treatment facility to help you on your path to sobriety (being sober).  Some people who have quit using drugs and/or alcohol but who haven't entered treatment or attended 12-step meetings have been referred to as a "dry drunk".  That term pertains to the person not really dealing with any of the issues that may have led that person to want to self-medicate in the first place. 

This site has counseling and treatment programs (and some offer 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.  The toll-free phone number to call:  1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

To search for (free) NA meetings:  http://www.na.org/index.php?ID=home-content-fm

For AA meetings (and one may attend an "open" meeting if doesn't have a drinking problem):  http://www.aa.org/lang/en/meeting_finder.cfm?origpage=29 

This other site has some common mottos pertaining to thsoe 12-step programs such as "One day a time", "First things first" and "People, places and things":  http://www.royy.com/toolsofrecovery.html    

Please do take good care of yourself and make good, healthy choices in life. 
Arlene

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Registered: 12/31/10
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Hi, I understand. I'm addicted to the smell of rubbing alcohol. I don't want to stop. I think about it everyday. I'm more intrigued why I do it. I don't get high, I love the smell. I search it out everywhere. Does anyone have answers? I'm embarrassed about this and I can't ask my doctor.
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janesmith

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Thank you for posting, Arlene.  No one can know why a person starts huffing.  Perhaps it is to self-medicate or try to relieve stress.  Some may begin inhalant use to try to be accepted by their peers.  Inhalants are not only psychologically addictive but also physically addictive, and perhaps the physical addiction is part of why the person keeps inhaling the fumes. 

Please do NOT feel ashamed or embarrassed about getting outside help.  Inhalants are a drug, too.  The difference with inhalant use, however, is that the products used for huffing are actual POISONS that were never meant to go through the bloodstream.

This site is supposed to have online Narcotics Anonymous meetings (though 12-step groups are not in place of addictions counseling):  http://portaltools.na.org/portaltools/MeetingLoc/ and can go to Country and then click "web" for online meetings.

This other site has online meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous (and one may 'attend' an "open" meeting if doesn't have a drinking problem):  http://aa-intergroup.org/

To search for counseling (outpatient) and treatment programs (and some offer 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.

Just to repost the site that has some common mottos associated with those 12-step programs:  http://www.royy.com/toolsofrecovery.html

Please decide to take control of your health and life and seek outside professional help.  You know what they say about New Year's is "A new year, a new you"  
Arlene

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I don't see the seriousness of this issue yet, I guess. I'd feel so out of place at a meeting. I don't have a wrecked family because of rubbing alcohol or a ruined career. I crave the smell, it's so enticing. But I can't relate to the high or anything of that nature. I love the smell. I dunno, does this sound familiar to anyone?
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janesmith

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Whenever a person inhales fumes or chemical vapors is actually VERY serious.  The permanent damage and even death can happen after the very FIRST time of use.  Someone may have an addiction or "dependence" to a substance but still be working at a full-time job, caring for a family, and by all outward appearances, seems to be a functioning member of society.  However, some individuals are what is referred to as a "functioning addict" or "functioning alcoholic".  I'm not sure if you have a real addiction, but a certified addictions counselor may assess your behavior and symptoms to find out the best way to help you.  Please consider talking with a licensed counselor just to discuss your situation further. 

janesmith

Registered: 10/16/08
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I wanted to also provide links for online meetings:

Narcotics Anonymous:  http://portaltools.na.org/portaltools/MeetingLoc/ and can go to "Country" and then click then use the drop-down bar and click "web" for online meetings.

Alcoholics Anonymous (and one may 'attend' an "open" meeting if doesn't have a drinking problem):  http://aa-intergroup.org/  
rogers

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My addiction to smelling rubbing alcohol came after a nurse put a alcohol pad to my nose  after my surgery back in 2005. A nurse put the pad to my nose because I was feeling like I had to vomit.It stop the nausea but started a very bad habit.  Every since Ive been addicted.I also experience very bad headaches .I havent sniffed alcohol in days and I still have the headaches.What should I  do Im scared.
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janesmith

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rogers - Thank you so much for posting and sharing your story.  You are certainly NOT alone and there is help out there for those who want to get well in which it seems as though you do.  Please continue reaching out for help and talk with a certified addictions counselor so that you may deal with what may have led you to want to start huffing in the first place. 

To search for counseling (outpatient) and treatment programs (and some 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.  The toll-free 24-Hour helpline for some resources:  1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Those 12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) have free self-help groups for those who have a desire to get sober:

http://www.na.org

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

This site has some common mottos pertaining to those 12-step programs such as "One day at a time", "First things first" and "People, places and things":  http://www.royy.com/toolsofrecovery.html

Please make the next move and talk with a licensed professional.  Wishing you much health and wholeness, and please make good, healthy choices in life.
johnposey

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Originally Posted by rogers
My addiction to smelling rubbing alcohol came after a nurse put a alcohol pad to my nose  after my surgery back in 2005. A nurse put the pad to my nose because I was feeling like I had to vomit.It stop the nausea but started a very bad habit.  Every since Ive been addicted.I also experience very bad headaches .I havent sniffed alcohol in days and I still have the headaches.What should I  do Im scared.
yea thanks for sharing.  im not addicted to rubbing alcohol, but im addicted to huffing gas. if you want my opinion here it is, i think you should, of course, start the 12 step program. and when your by your self or just when your really feeling like you want to huff something just tell your self NO!!! every morning when i wake up before i even get out of my bed i tell my self just for today i will not huff gas. and that is my very first motivation of each day. it really truly helps me. alot. all you got to do is be willing to try your very hardest. no matter what some one else says you will not relaps. try not to put your self in any situation that you could end up huffing in.

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Arlene

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Rogers, I completely understand. I am not ready to quit and I'm not sure how serious my "problem" is, but I had a similar experience when my sister put rubbing alcohol on an open cut of mine above my lip. How has rubbing alcohol affected your life?
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rattus

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i'm fully aware of it's dangers but thats not what i care about when i'm huffing, i just want to keep going
janesmith

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rattus - Thank you for posting.  It's good that you know its dangers, and perhaps considering those risks can help you seek professional help while you're not using.  People tend to have their own "rock bottom" and for some, unfortunately, it is too late and the person has either died or has become neurologically (brain, spinal cord, nerves) disabled as with my friend who has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or even getting other organ damage. 

If you're wanting to get outside help, this site has counseling (outpatient) and treatment programs (and some offer 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.  A toll-free 24-Hour helpline for some resources:  1-800-662-HELP (4357). 
Arlene

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Has anyone else read craving rubbing alcohol is linked with low iron levels? Does anyone else have information on this?
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janesmith

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Arlene - It seems as though some believe that people may have a craving for non-foods if they have a mineral deficiency such as low iron.  Please, however, do NOT take iron supplements before getting blood work per your doctor's request as too much iron in the blood may cause liver (the largest internal organ) or kidney damage.

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