Understanding What Acetone Abuse Is
To most, common household products like nail polish remover are just that. However, there are many young teens who begin experimenting with “huffing,” or sniffing, common household items to get high. Nail polish remover is one of the common substances abused, as it is typically readily available, easily obtained, and does not typically arouse suspicion. Acetone abuse is simply the inhaling of acetone, which is found in nail polish remover. Those who abuse the substance can inhale the object while using a plastic bag, drenched cloth, or directly from the bottle.
Many of those reported to huff acetone are aged 12-13. A small percentage of teens report trying huffing at least one before they enter their sophomore year of high school. The factors surrounding huffing are in line with most substance use disorders. Those who experiment with huffing are sometimes honestly experimenting, but others who eventually develop substance use disorders huff acetone to numb mental pain.
Using acetone and other solvents as an escape can be deadly and cause permanent damage to the brain and vital organs. Those who become addicted to huffing allow substances inhaled to be stored in fat tissues of the body. Many vital organs are fatty and will store solvents and acetone. Akin to many other addictive substances, acetone huffing eventually develops a tolerance within the body, forcing users to consume, or huff, more acetone.
Nail Polish Remover Abuse Signs
Identifying the early signs of acetone abuse is critical to prevent permanent damage. The sooner one receives treatment for acetone abuse, the easier it is to circumvent permanent damage to the brain and vital organs. Use the following red flags to track down possible nail polish remover abuse and contact Harbor Village right away:
- Disappearing nail Polish Remover
- Excessive Interest in Nail Polish
- Throat and Nasal Irritation
- Chemical Odor on Breath or Clothes
- Spots or Sores Around Nose and Mouth
- lack of Eating
- Inability to Sleep
Many turn to huffing to escape depression, anger, or self loathing. When inhaled users feel lightheaded, euphoric, and lifted, which may help ease their stress and emotional anguish. The easiest way to treat acetone and solvent abuse is to get treatment.
Many huffers don’t consider their activities significant enough to merit treatment, but beyond the need for addiction therapy, to help users deal with their underlying emotions constructively, as opposed to turning to addictive substances, those who enroll in acetone and solvents addiction treatment are able to confront the underlying causes of addiction and resolve the direct problems forcing them to use nail polish remover as an escape.
Solvent Effects & Symptoms
Prolonged use of solvents will cause addiction, if not physically, those who engage in huffing become psychologically addicted to the substance as a source of relief. Addressing addiction in acetone and solvents addiction treatment will ensure users don’t rely on nail polish remover as a source of escape. Learning to become an effective communicator is one of the goals of treatment, which allow patients to recover and cease huffing altogether. When caught early enough, those who are prone to huffing avoid permanent damage and don’t transition to other addictive substances.
Solvents are included in a drug class called inhalants which include paint thinner, spray paint, airplane glue, rubber cement, shoe polish, air freshener, lighter fluid, deodorants, spot removers, permanent markers, and hair spray. Specialized programs like glue sniffing addiction treatment and sniffing gasoline addiction treatment are available.
Keep an eye out for the following addiction effects and symptoms of acetone and solvents:
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Chronic Headaches
- Damage to the Eyes
- Difficulty Speaking
- Memory Loss
- Inability to Pay Attention
Solvent Abuse Effects on the Body: Sudden Sniffing Death & Syndromes
The unintended side effects of solvent abuse are life threatening. Getting help for huffing disorders is imperative to avoid development of the following syndromes and severe health complications. Other solvents may cause additional conditions and medical afflictions:
Hypoxia-Induced Heart Block: Lack of oxygen causes heart blockages
Sudden Sniffing death Syndrome: Rapid, irregular heartbeat, heart failure & death.
Myocardial Fibrosis: Heart attack induced by thickening of blood or blockage
Perioral Eczema: Unsightly facial, bumpy rash
Bone Marrow Suppression
Leukemia: Cancer of the blood
Ataxia: Inability to control bodily functions
Cerebral Atrophy: Brain shrinks in size
White Matter Degeneration
Psychosis: Loss of touch with reality, hallucinations
Acute Renal Tubular Acidosis: Over accumulation of acid in the body
Getting Acetone Addiction Treatment In Time
As outlined in the unintended consequences of acetone and solvent use disorders, it’s critical to get help immediately before the manifestation of several disorders. Knowing when to get help can save your life, or the life of a loved one. Getting help is easy with acetone and solvents addiction treatment. During treatment recovering users are treated for their substance use disorders and are taught constructive alternatives to relapse with huffing.
Recovering patients will learn to become effective communicators, participate in multidimensional therapy, and participate in holistic healing exercises to help unearth the underlying causes of addiction and achieve mental and emotional peace.
Harbor Village creates fully customized treatment plans for each client, and completely cures multi substance use disorders. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get help. By enrolling into acetone and solvents addiction treatment immediately recovering users avoid having to live with a lifelong syndrome or condition precipitated by huffing.