Huffing Paint


Huffing is slang for the abuse of inhalants. Those individuals who abuse inhalants use a variety of substances, which can range from illegal drugs to household cleaning products, which are relatively inexpensive and easy to access. The huffing of paint has become increasingly popular among teens for the instant high that they get, and also the accessibility of this product.

There are many who think that the huffing paint is not as serious as huffing other substances, such as illegal drugs. The truth is, the chemicals found in paint affect the brain much faster and stronger than many other substances, causing great health problems and serious risks, such as coma or even death. It is incredibly important for parents, teachers, and caregivers to recognize the signs of huffing.

Signs of Huffing Paint


Some of the signs to look for if a parent, teacher, or caregiver suspectís an individual might be huffing paint are:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Red, runny nose
  • Odd behavior, almost like the individual is drunk
  • Chemical-like breath
  • Paint on nose, hands, or mouth
  • Paint in odd places, like the bedroom, bathroom , or car

The effects of huffing paint can be destructive and long-lasting if not dealt with right away. These effects can be both physical and mental. It is important that parents, teachers, and teens are all educated on the harmful effects of huffing paint. Some of the physical effects include:

  • Heart problems
  • Kidney and liver failure
  • Damaged or loss of smell
  • Lung problems
  • Continuous nose-bleeds and nausea
  • Coma
  • Death

There are also extreme mental side effects that come from huffing paint. The mental side effects include:

  • Depression
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Apathy
  • Quality of school work becomes deficient
  • Hyperactivity
  • Violent or uncontrollable behavior

Treatment for Huffing Paint


Because the most common ages of huffing are between twelve and eighteen years old, there is hope in the fact that this harmful behavior can be dealt with and treated at an early age. Types of huffing treatment include:

  • Inpatient treatment: depending on how serious the huffing addiction is, parents or caregivers may want to consider admitting their child or loved one to an inpatient treatment facility. Doctors and specialists are on hand 24/7 to facilitate the withdrawal process, which can often take weeks or months. Counselors are there to help stabilize patients mentally and walk them through the recovery process one step at a time.
  • Individual/Group Therapy: These types of therapy can also be very beneficial to those with a huffing addiction. In group therapy, it is often valuable for individuals to be around others who have the same addictions and problems that they are experiencing.
  • Medication: Medications can help with the negative side effects that so often accompany huffing, such as depression or anger-issues.

It is also important for parents, teachers, and teens to remember that education and knowledge on the subject of huffing are key factors in preventing this type of behavior and abuse.