Named because they are ingested via inhalation through the nose or mouth, inhalants include a wide variety of chemicals whose fumes can produce a high when they are breathed in. Common inhalants include nitrous oxide, nitrites, glue, spray paint, lighter fluid, gasoline, and shoe polish. Addiction to inhalants is uncommon, though it can occur with repeated use. Perhaps more dangerous, however, are the effects of inhalant abuse. Nausea, vomiting, loss of motor control, and organ damage, including brain damage, are all possible effects of inhalant abuse. Unfortunately, inhalant abuse can also be fatal with death coming either from suffocation or from “sudden sniffing death,” wherein an otherwise healthy person dies after a single incident of inhalant abuse.
At the White Deer Run Treatment Network, we recognize the dangers associated with inhalant abuse, and we are proud to provide a range of comprehensive rehab options that can help individuals in Pennsylvania remove the influence of these dangerous substances from their lives.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a loved one who is struggling with inhalant abuse can be profoundly difficult and emotionally exhausting. While it may feel as though there is little you can to do help, the following are actually a number of steps you can take to encourage your loved one to seek treatment:
- Research inhalant abuse and research your loved one’s inhalant(s) of choice. Learn to recognize the symptoms of inhalant intoxication and talk with mental health professionals about things you can do to help your loved one.
- Consider various addiction rehab centers and find a few that may be a good fit for your loved one. Feel free to contact staff at each treatment center and discuss their rehab programs.
- Remain in open communication with your loved one. Share your concerns with your loved one as openly and nonjudgmentally as possible and reassure him or her of your care and compassion. You are likely one of your loved one’s best sources of support, so it is important to continue walking alongside him or her as best as you can.
- If your loved one decides to enter into an addiction rehab center, make yourself available to help with logistics. Offer to set up appointments with treatment center staff and accompany your loved one to those appointments.
Why Consider Treatment at the White Deer Run Treatment Network, in Pennsylvania
If left untreated, inhalant abuse can have profound and negative effects on a person’s life. Poor performance at work, possibly resulting in demotion or job loss, financial difficulties, and legal troubles are all possible. Furthermore, relationship strain, divorce, and social isolation can result from inhalant abuse, as can organ damage, cognitive impairment, and even death. Inhalant abuse has the potential to be a severe problem in a person’s life, but fortunately there are reputable addiction rehab centers that offer treatment options specially designed to help people overcome this dangerous behavior and live to the fullest of their potential.
Types of Treatment Offered at the White Deer Run Treatment Network
The White Deer Run Treatment Network is composed of 16 treatment centers throughout the state of Pennsylvania that provide comprehensive care for people who are struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. We offer a full spectrum of care that includes medically-monitored detoxification, residential rehabilitation, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, traditional outpatient programs, and halfway houses. These programs are staffed by teams of dedicated and compassionate professionals, including physicians, psychiatrists, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), counselors, therapists, technicians, and other specialists.
Each of our rehab centers specializes in providing a certain set of services that may include those described below. The White Deer Run Treatment Network as a whole provides a number of interventions that may be included in a person’s individualized treatment plan depending upon each participant’s needs. These interventions may include the following:
Detoxification: Often the first step in a substance abuse treatment plan, detoxification is the process of ridding one’s body of substances of abuse. Medically-monitored detox at the White Deer Run Treatment Network helps individuals withdraw safely from substances under the supervision of an experienced medical team who can monitor each participant’s progress and administer medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Many of our programs also support participants with counseling sessions during detox on an as-needed basis. Generally, detoxification is not required for people with inhalant use disorders.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy is a key rehab method used at the White Deer Run Treatment Network. During individual therapy, participants meet one-on-one with their primary counselor or therapist and discuss issues that have emerged during treatment. Individual therapy allows participants to engage in more in-depth processing than is often possible during interventions like group therapy. It also gives participants a chance to bring up issues that may not be appropriate for a group setting.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are an essential feature of treatment at the rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network. Ranging from process groups to topic-focused groups, this intervention gives participants a chance to support and be supported by each other, to share common experiences, and to practice new skills in a safe environment. Group sessions may be led by clinical technicians, counselors, and therapists and cover a wide range of material based on group members’ rehab needs.
Family therapy: Families can often be a powerful ally in a participant’s recovery process, but we also recognize that each person’s family and family relationships are unique. As such, our addiction treatment centers provide family therapy sessions to our participants based on individual need and each participant’s wishes. Family therapy, which is led by a trained counselor or therapist, provides an opportunity for families to come together to discuss unhealthy relationship dynamics, codependence, and other issues that may be preventing family members from supporting each other. In addition, family therapy allows family members to process the effects of inhalant abuse and how it has impacted the family as a whole.
At our addiction rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania, we understand that lasting recovery is a long-term process, and we provide comprehensive continuing care options to give each person who comes to us the best possible chance for success. Our staff members work closely with each treatment participant to create a discharge plan that will maximize his or her ability to continue to build upon the progress he or she made during rehab. We understand that overcoming an inhalant use disorder, especially if it is present alongside a co-occurring mental health disorder, can be an immense challenge. However, with the help of the White Deer Run Treatment Network family, it is possible to overcome the cycle of addiction, learn to manage the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health disorder, and take the first steps towards a brighter, substance-free life.