Inhalants encompass a wide variety of drugs and household items, from marijuana to leather cleaner, that can be inhaled to get high. Dangerous drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana are all inhalants, but many common household items — spray vegetable oil, nail polish, room spray, whipped cream cans — contain chemical vapors that can have hazardous psychoactive effects on the individual inhaling, or “huffing,” them. Widely used among teenagers, inhalant abuse often begins as an experiment but can start young people on the path to lifelong substance use disorders.

Abusing an inhalant, even once, can be potentially life-threatening. If you struggle with inhalant use or know someone who does, don’t hesitate to call our inhalants hotline. Help is closer than you think — reach out today.

What Is an Inhalants Hotline?

An inhalants hotline is a resource for you to turn to if you need help for an inhalant addiction or have questions about drugs or household items. When you call The Recovery Village’s inhalant helpline, you’ll speak with a compassionate addiction specialist who can help you understand your addiction and move toward drug-free living.

When Should I Call an Inhalants Hotline?

Our hotline can connect you with detox and inpatient treatment, but cannot provide emergency services. If you or someone you know are in a life or death situation, you need to call 911 immediately. Inhalant overdose is called “sudden sniffing death” and can cause heart failure — call for first responders if you see any of the symptoms below in a loved one.

Call 911 right away if you notice these signs of inhalant overdose:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Physical tics and seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

Continued usage of inhalants can cause:

  • Permanent brain damage
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Loss of coordination
  • Long-term memory issues
  • Liver and kidney damage

While “huffing” or “bagging” or snorting inhalants may give you a temporary high, getting high over time can lead to serious health issues. Before this drug usage turns into a substance use disorder call our free inhalant hotline. It’s never too late to turn over a new leaf, and our caring counselors can connect you with expert care and treatment options that work.

What Information Do I Need to Provide When I Call an Inhalants Hotline?

When you call our inhalants 24-hour hotline, our counselors will ask you a series of questions to better understand your current situation and determine which method of treatment matches your needs. How much you explain is up to you, but the more information you can provide, the more we can help. Everything discussed is completely confidential.

Your intake coordinator may ask:

  • Are you in immediate or life-threatening danger because of your inhalant usage?
  • Are inhalants the only drug you use? What else do you struggle with?
  • How many times do you use inhalants per day?
  • Do you suffer from co-occurring disorders like depression or anxiety?
  • Have you ever been to a treatment program before?

Will My Phone Call Be Confidential?

Your call to our hotline is always completely confidential. However, not all hotlines guarantee privacy, so be sure to ask prior to discussing your situation. When you reach out to The Recovery Village, you can rest assured that everything you talk about remains between you and your counselor.

Can I Start Treatment When Calling This Hotline?

Absolutely. Your health is our first priority, and we will do everything we can to get you into the right program within a day of your call. A questionnaire and an insurance verification are required, but after that, you’ll be well on your way to The Recovery Village in no time. When you’re ready to live drug-free, we’re ready to help you get there.

National Hotlines

Emergencies and Crisis Situations

If you suspect an inhalant overdose or are in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. This line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the U.S.

  • 911
  • Available 24 Hours

The National Poison Control Center
If you notice poisoning, including from inhalants, this line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your concerns and guide you in how to proceed in a poisoning case.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicidal thoughts and actions are not to be taken lightly. Someone is always available to talk to you on this 24-hour hotline.

Mental Health Disorders

The National Mental Health Association
If you or someone you know has experienced changes in mood or behavior that could be signs of mental illness, call this line to be connected to someone who can help. Available during business hours.

Drug Abuse and Addiction

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA is an organization here to help you find treatment and services if you struggle with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Call this line 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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