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youme

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having a really hard time

youme

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hello

peterpan0205

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"so how to stop completely is draining me badly since the urge is so desirable."
There is no way to stop compleatly. you will be battiling this for the rest of your life as will I and everyone on this board. If you tell your boyfriend he will probably help you stay away from it-and if he dosnt maybe you should re consider going out with him? JMPO -Rachel (an inhalints abuser for 3 of my 15 years of life) I will post more later I need to go. good luck! my email is all wise open.
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I have a problem and dnt knw wht it's called I dnt inhale alcohol but I do soak tissue in it and chew it &spit it out I dnt drink it but this started so long ago wit the lil alcohol prep pads I use to put them on my tounge and then spit them out as I got older I became addicted whereas I'm buying a bottle every two days and doing this & I'm now currently pregnant I wonder does this harm my bby but I dnt swallow so I dnt think it does it make my nose run and my eyes water but yet tht doesn't stop me someone please help
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hopeforhelp - Thank you so much for reaching out for help.  Please be aware that rubbing alcohol should certainly *not* be ingested or put into the mouth or blindness may occur.  Huffing in and of itself can cause blindness anyway, but please refrain from ingesting it, too.  With your pregnancy, everything that the mom inhales or ingests is going to the baby.  No one wants the baby to end up with mental retardation as a result of the inhalant use.  Please talk to your ob/gyn about the issue, too.

To search for counseling and treatment programs for those with addiction, 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 a free 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (and one may attend an "open" (o) meeting if doesn't have a drinking problem):  http://www.aa.org

This site may have an online AA meeting:  http://www.aa-intergroup.org/directory_venue.php?code=ch    
 
Please do talk with your ob/gyn and seek outside professional help for the inhalant use.  Please make good, healthy choices for both you and Baby
murphy

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Rubbing alcohol is ethyl-alcohol or isopropyl.  Booze is ethyl-alcohol.  Isopropyl is acetone. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15487656

You're an alcoholic?  Alcoholism is a disease of the body, in that we crave it the more we use it and of the mind since it becomes an insatiable obsession along with the insanity to do this when we know it's killing us.  A basic, primitive, human instinct is self-preservation; the need to stay alive.  For an addict, that goes out the window. 

While acetone is not booze, it is vaporous, so you get the same central nervous system depressant as you do with booze, but you take a different route to get there.

You will (no if here) have the same mental and physical problems if you use either, Liver failure, kidney failure, central nervouse system failure, arrythmia, heart attack, stroke, etc...

The cravings and urges will go away.  If you can't wait that out on your own, then a detox is a definite and maybe rehab.  You can get detoxed at any ER.  In rehab, you will not have access to anything for 30 days.  Then you can think clearly and the cravings will be gone.  That's when reality sets in.

What doesn't disappear so easily is the mental obsession that comes with it after the detox and rehab are over.  AA or NA type organizations and meetings can help here because you will learn how to deal with that.

There's no mystery, just accept it for what it is and do what you're doing now, put your hand out for help.  It's out there.

You have to want to quit.  Otherwise, you're lying to yourself and just going through the motions.  It doesn't work if you just want to want to quit.

If you were allergic to peanuts, would you eat them?  Probably not, because they would kill you quickly.

The AMA recognizes alcoholism as a disease.  Just like an allergy to peanuts.  You are allergic to alcohol.  Albeit in a somewhat unique way, but it's the ethyl or isopropyl alcohol that you're craving; your body is needing....just like booze or any other central nervous system depressant; inhalants or painkillers for instance..

You don't have to drink it.  It's absorbing into your blood stream very easily through your tongue.  My guess is you spit it out when the actual alcohol is gone.  When we drink, it absorbs into our bloodstream through the stomach lining.  Your way is more efficient.  And, it's lower in calories and carbs.
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Please also be aware that inhalants are supposed to be even more destructive than alcohol (the beverage) since the the chemicals used for huffing are literal POISONS that were never meant to go through the bloodstream.  Granted, someone who is pregnant should not use ANY outside substances though or there is a risk of congential birth defects as mentioned above.

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rubbing alcohol is a drying agent.  When you sniff the fumes, they enter the nosemouth, and back of the throat and may enter the lungs drying out the mucus membranes.  Over time and continued use, some destruction of the membranes may occur in all these areas, including the lungs.  Once destruction of the lungs and accompaning bronchus have occured, it may never recover leaving you with some very severe upper respiratory disease.  See a doctor or check out rehab for this addiction before you compromise your life any more than you have.
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I crave the smell of isopropyl alcohol. We usually have a bottle in the house for various reasons (masquito bites, scrapes, killing flies etc.) To kill flies, we have a little spray nozzle for the alcohol bottle we buy. This comes in handy for me when I crave it, because I spray it onto my hand and smell it. No, I do NOT do this to get high. I get no sense of high at all, I just love and crave the smell. I smell it AT LEAST 2 times a day, depending on where the bottle is and what I'm doing that day. At this very moment, the bottle is beside me, and I smell it repeatedly (speaking of which, right now). If we run out, I keep telling my mother to buy more. One time, we ran out and I craved it so bad that I tried finding other solutions. I had started smelling nail polish remover to subside my craving. I hated the nail polish remover though, because it made me have a sore throat. Then mom had bought more rubbing alcohol, and I was happy. I don't feel any side effects from rubbing alcohol. I've always loved the smell, ever since my mom would use it to soothe the itch of my masquito bites. Then around age 12 maybe? I started to just smell it from a distance out of the bottle only a few times if I was currently using it. Now, I'm only 14, going on 15, and it's gotten to where I have to put it on my skin (mostly palms of my hands) and smell it very close to my nose. I haven't gotten to the point where I need stronger isopropyl alcohol yet though, I'm still at 70%. Help...?

Tinkaloo

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(Yeah... we just ran out again. Currently smelling nail polish remover to subside craving...)
Tinkaloo

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My mom just got more. Except it's only 50%... and it's not as strong so I use up more and have to smell harder... Why do I crave this smell so much?

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Im sniff 70 % rubbing Alcohol and it scares me i sniff it as much as 5 times a day and for a period of 3 mins a session. i know its bad but i have too in order to go on with my day... im glad i can say it on here - cause only my husband and brother know about it. i thought i was the only 1...


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Tinkaloo and roxychav18 - I am BEGGING you to seek outside HELP for the inhalant addiction before you do any more permanent damage to your brain and/or entire body system. 

 

Alcoholics Anonymous has free 12-step meetings, and one may attend an "open" meeting if doesn't have a drinking problem:  http://www.aa.org

 

To search for 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.

 

Perhaps you have an iron deficiency (anemia) though 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 can result in liver or kidney damage.

 

Please be smart, don't take your health for granted and make good, HEALTHY choices in life

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I am eight month pregnant. The craving started when I was 5 months..It is really hard to beat. I have not sniffed for 2 days now...Horrible cravings..Also because I am in constant pain due to "pelvic girdle pain". My only comfort right now is to read these posts. I really would like an online support group though. Is that available? anywhere?
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Originally Posted by Tinkaloo
I crave the smell of isopropyl alcohol. We usually have a bottle in the house for various reasons (masquito bites, scrapes, killing flies etc.) To kill flies, we have a little spray nozzle for the alcohol bottle we buy. This comes in handy for me when I crave it, because I spray it onto my hand and smell it. No, I do NOT do this to get high. I get no sense of high at all, I just love and crave the smell. I smell it AT LEAST 2 times a day, depending on where the bottle is and what I'm doing that day. At this very moment, the bottle is beside me, and I smell it repeatedly (speaking of which, right now). If we run out, I keep telling my mother to buy more. One time, we ran out and I craved it so bad that I tried finding other solutions. I had started smelling nail polish remover to subside my craving. I hated the nail polish remover though, because it made me have a sore throat. Then mom had bought more rubbing alcohol, and I was happy. I don't feel any side effects from rubbing alcohol. I've always loved the smell, ever since my mom would use it to soothe the itch of my masquito bites. Then around age 12 maybe? I started to just smell it from a distance out of the bottle only a few times if I was currently using it. Now, I'm only 14, going on 15, and it's gotten to where I have to put it on my skin (mostly palms of my hands) and smell it very close to my nose. I haven't gotten to the point where I need stronger isopropyl alcohol yet though, I'm still at 70%. Help...?
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