Inhalant Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Users most commonly “huff” the inhalant, they soak a rag in the liquid then cover their nose and mouth and inhale the vapors. They may also be “bagging” or inhaling the gas from balloons, plastic and paper bags. The effects usually only last a few minutes but have been compared to alcohol intoxication. They may also be “sniffing”. With this method of consumption the user simply inhales the vapors directly from open containers. Users often have sores around their mouths and a smell of chemicals on their clothes or breath. They may display red, runny eyes or nose and paint stains on their clothes.
Some users may fall or pass out while intoxicated which helps identify the inhalant addiction. If they do pass out then they need to be taken to a hospital immediately so that doctors can do their best to help the heart and clear airways. Unlike other drugs, inhalant use does not show up on drug test. However, noticing the addiction is fairly easy.