Huffing has been going on for decades and still goes on today. Although huffing isn’t as “popular” as other street drugs it still exists, and a lot more than the general public knows. Any aerosol can in your home or in any store for that matter is a target for a huffer. Anything with gases under pressure in a container is susceptible to being inhaled by a huffer. A popular aerosol today is “Dust Off” used to remove dust from computer keyboards. It is simply engaged into the mouth or nose to inhale the active gas and the effect gives a person a scrambled and floating mind with distorted sounds and partial and full blackouts. Still as common today as it has been for years is huffing nitrous oxide. Found in abundance in parking lots full of concert goers, at sports venues or in your refrigerator at home, nitrous oxide is an easy and cheap way to get a quick high, especially for the younger crowd with limited money. Sniffing glue or inhaling magic marker fumes gets a similar high and also has been done for decades. Most people notice empty containers of whipped cream, glue containers, any aerosol product and even freon and give it no more thought. Then it continues to happen and the red flags go up. There is a problem. Lies are told when confronted and usually the problem goes away for a while (or hidden). It is the same as any other drug dependency pattern and it is fatal in many cases. Most families never see it coming and don’t realize how much of a problem it really is until they are in a hospital or worse a funeral for their loved one.
Huffing interventions would seem to be a rarity but we still get calls for them constantly. Most times it isn’t the huffing that is recognized, it’s other drugs like pot, alcohol and meth; usually cheaper drugs that are taken along with the inhalants. Then the empty cans, used balloons and containers start to add up. When they disappear into another room you start to hear the sound of the gases being inhaled, you know there is a problem. Handling a huffer in an intervention is always a complex situation and has to be done delicately but persistently. Remember that intervention means to get between someone addicted and the inhalants in order to get them to stop hurting themselves. Meanwhile the need for a fix is overwhelming. There are proper ways to communicate with someone under the influence and craving. Call us for a free consultation day or night! Don’t wait for the problem to get worse. They are at rock bottom, now!
The act of huffing is sometimes known by other names such as Bagging and Gladding. Inhalants themselves are sometimes known as Air Blast,Balloons, Dust Off High Ball, Bullet, Nitrous, Quicksilver, Whiteout, Poppers, Aimies, Whip-Its, Dust Off.