8 Types of Depression You May ...

Types of Depression! Does depression have types? According to WHO (World Health Organization), India is the most depressed country in the world. The shocking statistics from WHO suggest that there is a lack of awareness in the country and the stigma associated with it is very high. Majority of people know what is depression but […]

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Why Some People Are More Prone...

It may seem freaky, bizarre to some, but yes it is true- many people around the world are prone to depression! It’s not just us who are telling but also research findings have proved it. “The prevalence of depression globally has been increasing in recent decades ranging from 20% to 25% in women and about […]

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How I got addicted to Alcohol?

Hello, this is Raajan Vasudev Menon from Bangalore. I am a recovered alcohol addict who’s just out of a rehab centre. I like to share my story to all, especially parents on- how your alcohol practice may affect your children’s life. There is no confusion from where to start with. For every annual leave, I […]

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Depression or Sadness- how do ...

Nobody would welcome the feelings of dejection or sadness, but feeling low can sometimes feel like a  normal emotion, and a natural response to disappointment or loss. But it is vital to note that if this sadness persists for a long duration of time, it can be devastating. However, depression is a mental health condition […]

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Why is Overcoming Alcohol Addi...

Alcohol addiction does lead to bad behaviours and is dangerous. But why is Overcoming Alcohol Addiction So Hard? “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction” – Gene Tierney Overcoming Alcohol Addiction is Hard- why? A person may not admit he is an alcoholic as he starts out seeking or experiencing a sense of […]

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What is sniffing addiction?

Sniffing addiction Cadabams

Sniffing is an act of inhaling substance right from the container of the substance. Sniffing involves either pouring or spraying a substance on a cloth and holding that soaked cloth to the nose or placing it in the mouth. And bagging is where fumes from the substance are trapped in a bag and then held to the face so that the fumes can be inhaled. So basically they’re all an act of drawing up smell through the nose but not just any smell but concentrated chemicals found at homes, household cleaners, stationary shops, etc. that are cheap and easily accessible legally.

what is substance abuse?

These substances are known as inhalants. They are a myriad and assorted group of chemicals whose vapours or smell can be inhaled in order to produce mind-altering effects. A vast majority of these products easily available and are commonly found in homes, stores, etc. These substances contain a distinguished high when inhale. These products were not designed to cause addiction or to even induce intoxicating effects.

Inhalants mostly found in homes have volatile solvents and aerosols. Volatile solvents are nothing but liquids that when kept at room temperature, vaporize. They include:

  • Degreasers are grease stains cleaning agents used in the kitchen
  • Paint thinners or removers are used to clean off or dissolve paint
  • Correction fluid, they are whiteners used to correct mistakes in writing.
  • Felt-tip marker fluid, they are highlighters, to highlight a text.
  • Lighter fluid, they are fluids used to refill lighters.
  • Electronic contact cleaners, they are used to clean electronic devices.
  • Glue, used for crafts and art projects.

Aerosols are found in sprays and are most commonly abused inhalants. Theys include:

  • Spray paints
  • Fabric protector sprays
  • Hair or deodorant sprays
  • Vegetable oil sprays
  • Whipped cream aerosols
  • Aerosol computer cleaning products

Addiction is characterized by a compulsive habit formed due to rewarding stimuli that has an ill effect on an individual. Inhalants are on a rapid widespread amongst the teenagers and young adults because of its easy availability and low cost. Most teens and adolescents engaging in this behaviour is an outcome of a maladaptive coping strategy in order to combat various stressors in life (academic pressure, family conflicts, peer pressure, mental health problems, etc)

When used and taken at higher concentrations these inhalants, substances and chemicals can induce and cause nausea, memory loss, emotional disturbances, violent behaviour or psychosis. A common ingredient found in these inhalants is toluene, which is an aromatic hydrocarbon which causes intoxication similar to alcohol intoxication when sniffed or inhaled. Abusing these inhalants over a long period of time can cause irreversible brain damage.

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