EFFECTS OF INHALANT ADDICTION ON THE BRAIN AND BODY
Your lungs are full of delicate blood vessels that absorb the oxygen in the air you breathe. This oxygen is carried to your muscles, organs and brain, where it plays a vital role in nearly every task in your body. When you inhale other gases or vapors, the blood vessels in your lungs absorb harmful ingredients like ethanols or nitrites. These ingredients typically have one of two possible effects. First and most commonly, they can act as an asphyxiant, interrupting your body’s oxygen supply and causing a decrease in mental activity since your brain needs oxygen to function. In other cases, the inhaled substance can be a nervous system depressant, which means that it sends chemical signals to slow down brain activity similarly to alcohol or benzodiazepines. Both asphyxiants and depressants result in a high that dampens the senses, dulls the mind and numbs the body.
When it comes to long-term abuse of inhalants, the plain truth is that the inhaled chemicals are considered poisonous. Even without overdosing, these drugs can result in permanent brain and nerve damage and can be deadly without warning. Cutting off the oxygen supply to your brain kills irreplaceable brain cells, and can cause seizures or comas. When you use inhalants, you are exposing your body to extremely harmful chemicals that damage your whole body and not just your brain.