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Anyone addicted to sniffing solvents is severely endangering their lives. |
Sniffing solvents is the process in which an addict inhales the fumes of a chemical substance in order to receive a pleasurable feeling. This pleasurable feeling is called a 'high' and is similar to the 'high' experienced when smoking Marijuana or taking narcotics.
The list of solvents that addicts use to obtain this 'high' varies considerably, but the most popular chemicals consist of glue, gasoline, butane gas, aerosol sprays, bathroom cleaners, and paint thinner.
An addiction to solvent sniffing is most prevalent in teenagers and young adults. They are introduced to solvent sniffing by friends, who tell them that solvent sniffing is 'fun'. Let untreated, the person is at risk of dying from Sudden Sniffing Death.
There are numerous symptoms associated with sniffing solvents:
* Initial high and feeling extremely drowsy after the 'high' has worn off
* Blurred vision
* Decreased breathing rate
The success of the treatment methods available depends upon the addict's compliance. Generally treatment consists of:
* Abstaining from the solvents
* Enrollment in a drug rehabilitation program
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