5 Things to Know about Huffing

If you think injecting or smoking illegal substances are the only things you should warn your kids about or look for in signs of addiction, you're not entirely correct. Illegal drugs are commonly smoked, injected, or even snorted depending on the drug in question, but sometimes all it takes is a can of gasoline or a bottle of household cleaner for your kids or loved ones to get high. They do this by engaging in an act called huffing. It's dangerous enough to kill you, and it's an ever-growing trend for young people and their friends who are looking for a quick high.

The problem with huffing is that someone can do it using almost anything, and it can be done almost anywhere. It's a high that doesn't take a lot of money to achieve, and it's a high that requires no drugs or other illegal substances. It's done using anything you find under the kitchen sink or in the garage. Its easy accessibility makes it such a temptation for people who want to seek a high. It's common in young people and those without access to the funds to purchase more expensive highs using drugs. If you're not familiar with huffing, make it a point to educate yourself right now.

What Is Huffing?

Huffing is the act of inhaling substances to gain a euphoric high, similar to using drugs. Inhalants are everywhere, and it's easy to access them no matter where you live or what you do.

  • Aerosol sprays
  • Chemicals
  • Paint and paint thinner
  • Nail polish remover
  • Lighter fuel
  • Amyl nitrite

These are just a few of the most common things people use to huff. Huffing directly affects the brain by bringing chemicals to the brain that cause the feeling of being high or exceptionally happy and relaxed. This process is simple. Someone needs only find a way to inhale the fumes that come from any of these agents, and they are instantly high. It's why painters and those who work with chemicals wear face masks.

Essentially speaking, huffing uses chemicals to stop the flow of oxygen in the body. It actually stops and changes the heartbeat pattern of the person huffing. It's dangerous, deadly, and it's not a joke. Unfortunately, many kids assume this is a safe way to get high since it does not require the use of illegal drugs, injections, or even smoking. This very common misconception kills people.

Inhalant Abuse, Effects, and More

Huffing is dangerous, and there are numerous effects associated with inhalants. This is a harmful and potentially deadly way to get high, and you need to know what it means in terms of abuse, effects, and much more.

The Effects of Huffing

The effects of huffing your kids or loved ones might find exciting last only a few minutes. The feeling of euphoria that comes after inhaling chemicals lasts a short time. The nose bleeds, brain damage, and death is a lot longer lasting. People who huff are likely to develop nosebleeds that don't subside, but that's just the start.

  • Nausea
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Lung problems
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Loss of strength
  • Damage to brain tissue
  • Loss of ability to walk
  • Loss of ability to think normally
  • Brain damage
  • Mental damage

Finally, huffing can have some other much more serious consequences, too. You can die from huffing the first time you try it. You never know how your body will react to this kind of high, and it's never worth the risk. Inhaling chemicals can cause an instant heart attack that kills you. If it does not kill you, it will cause long-term health problems. Huffing chemicals can cause you to suffocate inhaling. Is that worth the risk?

Inhalant Addiction

Inhaling dangerous chemicals into the body is an addictive process. The effects are so short-lived that many people find they want to do it more and more. The more you do it, the more you need to achieve the same high you did the first time you tried huffing. The more you need, the more you become addicted to the process of inhaling dangerous chemicals.

Long-term huffing can cause your body to become dependent on the substance. You can no longer control your need to huff household chemicals. Once you can no longer control your need to use this substance, it's considered a form of substance abuse. Substance abuse is a health issue most people cannot overcome without medical help, therapy, and a lifelong commitment to recovering from addiction.

5 Things to Know about Huffing

Inhaling chemicals is dangerous, and there are a few things you need to know about this dangerous trend. These facts, statistics, and unknown factors might make you consider locking up your household products if you suspect your kids huff. If nothing else, let these serve as motivation for you to sit your kids down and talk to them about the dangers of this type of substance abuse.

Millions of Kids Huff

According to research, more than 2.1 million teens and pre-teens use inhalants as a casual way of becoming high. That's one out of every five kids who are old enough to go to school, and many of those kids are not even in their teenage years when they first try huffing as a way of getting high. The same research states that many children who huff, or have at least tried it, state that they were in elementary school when they began inhaling chemicals for the first time. Imagine a child of only 10 huffing.

Inhaling Can Make You Deaf

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One of the most common side effects of inhalants is the loss of hearing. Did you know that people who become addicted to this kind of high can lose their hearing? Toluene and trichloroethylene are ingredients found in chemicals such as paint, glue, and cleaning fluids. They also cause hearing loss.

Huffing Is Done More Than One Way

Inhaling can be done through the nose or the mouth, but both methods are equally dangerous to kids and adults. While it might be more dangerous in certain situations to huff one way or the other, the effects are still the same. The chemicals are sent directly to the brain, and they cause the body to stop working as it was meant to work. Damage is immediate. It does not require an addiction for this type of drug abuse to cause long-term health problems in those who use inhalants as a way of getting high.

Inhaling Kills Brain Cells

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Drugs affect the brain cells, and many people joke that their brain cells will die if they use drugs. This is true, and it's even more prevalent in kids who use huffing as a way of getting high. The problem with inhaling chemicals is that it immediately affects the brain. The brain cells begin dying right away. It doesn't require months or years of abuse to kill brain cells. These chemicals are going directly into the brain and causing cells to die immediately.

Inhaling Chemicals Increases Depression

Depression is another serious health problem that affects millions of people in the United States alone. When you suffer from depression, you might feel hopeless, unable to find any reason to get out of bed, and you may have no motivation. Your body hurts for no reason. You cannot find joy in anything, and it doesn't matter if you have the best life imaginable with nothing to worry about. You simply cannot find happiness. Depression can cause you to do horrible things, too, such as consider suicide or even attempt suicide.

When you inhale chemicals into your body, you increase your risk of developing depression. Even when you are not using inhalants, your previous use affects your body, your brain, and your mood. You feel sad, hopeless, and as if you have no reason to live. This can cause you to develop additional addictions as well. It's not uncommon for people who suffer from depression to seek help by using alcohol or drugs thinking it will help them feel better.


When your kids are born, you lock cabinets and move cleaning supplies and other household products to higher shelves. You know that they are dangerous, and the warning labels tell you to contact poison control right away if your kids come into contact with everyday cleaning solutions and household products. You take every precaution to make sure your small children do not accidentally come into contact with these things, and that's a habit you should not change just because your kids grow older.

These household items are always dangerous, and it doesn't matter how old your kids are. Talk to them about the dangers of inhalants. Make sure they are comfortable coming to you if their friends or peers want them to try it, or they are using it in front of your kids. Your kids need to know that their lives are forever affected even if they try inhalants one time. Talk to them, and keep the dialogue open while also keeping the household items out of reach and locked up.

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