Since OARS began in 2015, we’ve treated patients with opioid use disorder. Through our experience, we’ve learned that many of our patients develop co-dependence on other substance use disorders as well.
National surveys indicate that nearly 21.7 million Americans aged 12 and older have used inhalants at least once in their lives.
Inhalants are products, such as spray paint, markers, glue, and cleaning products, that have mind-altering effects when inhaled. People use inhalants by breathing in fumes through their nose or mouth. While the high lasts for a few moments, people will make it last by inhaling over and over again for several hours.
In the short-term, the health effects of inhalants are:
- Slurred or distorted speech
- Lack of coordination
In the long-term, the health effects of classic inhalants are:
- Liver and kidney damage
- Hearing loss
- Bone marrow damage
- Loss of coordination and limb spasms
- Delayed behavioral development
- Brain damage
If your loved one has a dependency on inhalants, look out for these signs:
- Belligerence or aggressiveness
- Poor coordination
- Slurred speech
- Unsteady walk
- Slow movement or reflexes
- Social withdrawal
If they exhibit any of these signs, seek treatment immediately.
OARS is continuing to expand its treatment services. We’re announcing that we now treat those with inhalant use disorder. Our treatment includes:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- The Matrix Model, which consists of behavioral therapy, family education, counseling, a 12-step component, drug testing, and promotion of non-drug-related activities
- Off-label treatment
- Research continues to advance rapidly, opening the doors to new, effective medical treatments
If you have any questions about our treatment options or want to learn more about getting into treatment at OARS, call us at 724-912-6277. We’re here to answer any questions you have to get help for you or your loved ones.