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unexpectedaddict

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That sounds exactly like me.  I have an empty bottle of hand sanitizer that i pour rubbing alcohol into and carry around with me, so you're not alone.  We can beat this.  It'll definitely be hard, but just stopping a little at a time is a great start.

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thats the thing.. i cant stop. i have these cravings. i have to sniff it... ALL THE TIME!!!

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So being a member of the medical field/community, is there any insight you can offer as to why you and many of us feel this way? Is there a physical reason you can point to? A nutrient deficiency? Hormones, anything? There are so many people on this board desperate for answers and who are too afraid to ask their doctors due to the admittedly self-defeating belief that the behavior is just too "weird" and embarrasing. So-- you're the closest we've got!! What might lead someone to do this?
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wow...i cannot believe i have come across this board, and this subject! for the last couple of years i have also been addicted to sniffing rubbing alcohol...i too thought i was the only one, this is just incredible to me...

it is becoming difficult to hide, i prefer the 91% but i will also use the 70% and soak a towel or washcloth with it, then carry the cloth around with me and sniff it as i need to (it lasts a really long time this way). whenever i'm alone (which is often...i'm a homemaker) i have a cloth or towel soaked in alcohol nearby, i will even soak one end of my workout towel in alcohol and take that with me when i go to the gym so i can sniff as i workout. several times my Husband has smelled it on me and made comments about it, i make up the excuse of having insect bites but i know he does not really buy that. how does one go about freeing themselves of this addiction? also how would one become addicted to something like this in the first place? i mean, i've never used any inhalant before...wasn't one of those kids who sniffed glue or anything...so how does this happen?

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wow...i cannot believe i have come across this board, and this subject! for the last couple of years i have also been addicted to sniffing rubbing alcohol...i too thought i was the only one, this is just incredible to me...

it is becoming difficult to hide, i prefer the 91% but i will also use the 70% and soak a towel or washcloth with it, then carry the cloth around with me and sniff it as i need to (it lasts a really long time this way). whenever i'm alone (which is often...i'm a homemaker) i have a cloth or towel soaked in alcohol nearby, i will even soak one end of my workout towel in alcohol and take that with me when i go to the gym so i can sniff as i workout. several times my Husband has smelled it on me and made comments about it, i make up the excuse of having insect bites but i know he does not really buy that. how does one go about freeing themselves of this addiction? also how would one become addicted to something like this in the first place? i mean, i've never used any inhalant before...wasn't one of those kids who sniffed glue or anything...so how does this happen?

As an alcoholic and addict myself who lost a 16 year old son to inahalant abuse let me begin by saying that no one ever intentionally become addicted to anything.  When I was a young man I never said "When I grow up I want to be addicted to Alcohol".  We can become addicted to many things some more harmful than others...food, exercise, shopping and of course substance abuse.  The first step though is to identify and admit that you might have a problem, and it seems from your post that you have certainly taken that first step.  The next is to seek professional help.  A person dealing with addiction alone is in bad company so it is important that you find someone that can help you.  Considering where you are in your addiction finding a licensed councilor or therapist who specializes in addictions would be your next step.  If you have health insurance this would be covered under your behavior health benefit, and if not you could find help from a community mental health agency that would have a sliding fee scale based on your income.  Either way talking with a theapist will help you begin to move toward recovery.  We often say that it is our secrets that keep us sick and you have already taken a couragous step in posting on this site.  Addictions of all kinds are treatable...its just that the medicine is therapy and it really does work.  I've been in recovery for 5 1/2 years now and my life is better today than it has ever been in all of my 50+ years....which is remarkable considering that I have suffered the worst lost...that of losing a child to addiction. Treatment does work!!!!

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I totally understand. I have always liked the smell, and its getting worse. I cant wait to get home and get out some pads and smell them until them are dry. I started back rolling up two squares of toliet pad, and pouring 70% on it and just stiffing away. thats the best way for me, because it seems like i have direct contact. I dont know how to quit, or if i want to..I take the pads to work with me and and the car..but the pads arent enought anymore, unless it put 2 of them together. I just keep a bottle with me at all times. I think about smelling it ALL DAY. 91% is good, but its strong and I cant take it as along at the 70%.


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One of the reasons for the addictive nature of inhalants is the strong association between the "action" and the "effect". The rapid uptake of inhalants into the brain through inhalation is nearly as quick as IV administration. Abusers therefore not only induce chemical changes to their systems but cognitive ones as well (similar to the reason smokers not only crave nicotine but also love to feel and light a cigarette). You must stop this rewiring of your brain ASAP. PS rubbing alcohol is roughly twice as toxic as drinking alcohol and both can cause permanent damage.

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toxguy- Thank you very much for your input!  Hopefully, some on this board will read your words, and heed your advice to stop the rewiring of their brain.


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Nearly all of these substances cause brain damage just about without more ado. Because the fumes go directly to the front of the brain and begin to cause damage. It doesn't take long for inhalants to cause damage that is irreversible.
I suggest you should visit to your nearest rehab centers.
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Alcohol Rehab center is consisting of well trained medical staff specializing in addiction medicine. In the rehab center joint commission on accreditation of healthcare organization meet national standard for providing quality medical care. People should join the licensed rehab center. There are thousand of alcohol addiction treatment centers throughout the whole nation. Rehab centers are those treatment centers that are generally help and give support to those people who are drug adductors there main motive is to make free from the drugs so that they also live in a  healthy and productive life. Rehab centers are the primer and most vital step that should be taken or followed by any nation to make their country free from alcohol and drug addiction. Rehab centers provide the quality and cost effective services to their clients in the rehab center there is a24 hour supervision of the medical staff, nurses, physicians on the patient.

 

http://www.edrugrehabs.com/ 


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Hello, I am new here.

I don't know how to bring this up with anyone I know because of the nature of this.  I do have a friend who is a recovered drug user that I can talk openly with.

The experience scared me and was a negative one for me.  I don't feel any want or need to ever try this again. I am just here because I felt that the experience was tramautic and am worried about after effects or possibly any damage to my brain.

I became scared at one point during the experience, well after the point where I had finished inhaling.  I texted the friend I mentioned above.  She said she had done a lot of harmful stuff in the past but never in her life would consider home inhalants, she was worried about me.  She talked with me while I was scared as we texted back and forth. 

I have never tried drugs or anything in the past.  I purposely inhaled rubbing alcohol for the first time last night I inhaled it straight from the bottle and put it close to my nose.   The euphoric high lasted for about fifteen minutes and then mostly faded off.  However the haziness and unreal sensations lasted longer than that. I felt disoriented.  What I noticed is that i didn't stress nearly as bad but I couldn't concentrate very well, it was like this for a few hours after ward.  I felt so strange.

My friend told me that i probably killed a lot of braincells.  Other than that she stayed postive and knew that I was scared and regretted what I did completely.  I didn't feel normal until a few hours later.

Today I feel foggy, I can't think as clearly as usual and am still slightly disoriented.  I am not here to seek medical advice.  I am just here to try and understand what to expect.  Would anyone say that feeling hazy in your mind is normal for the day afterward?  Is this just the inhalant equivalent of a hangover? 

I don't even have the slightest desire to ever try this again, I feel so ashamed.  I feel a lot of worry and i understand the weight of this. I am not looking to get lectured I just need to talk and tell someone that I went through something that I felt was very scary to me.......

I am worried that I might not think clearly again and I hope I didn't do any permanent damage.  On top of the worries about what may have happened I feel traumatized by what happened.  I was scared and wished that the sensations could all stop shortly after I did it, obviously they didn't.  The experience scared me and it is hard to get it off my mind. I just came here hoping to find someone that can understand that I was scared by it and need to talk about that bad experience.

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I do this as well....I am severely anemic as well...i want to know how that makes us want to sniff chemicals...i also sniff laundry detergent and pinesol.
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justhere- Thanks for your post. Below you will find links to 2 other threads on this message board from past abusers who have since quit. Their respective stories should help shed some light on your question:

http://messageboard.inhalant.org/post?id=4449693


http://messageboard.inhalant.org/post?id=4435141


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Bliss- Thanks for posting.  Everyone's body chemistry is different so what effects you may not effect me in the same way (i.e. anemia).  Best bet is to talk to your doctor or another medical professional about this issue and see what it is about you that makes you want to sniff.
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OMG i thought i was the only one but i see that i am not well i went from 70% gto 91% but i liek to taste it too... I am really anemic and i am not sure what to do any more. I just love the smell and i inhale it through my mouth in stead of my nose cuz it burns. BUt it tastes so good help


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