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What Causes Inhalant Addiction?
Most young people who begin abusing inhalants report that peer pressure was the primary factor that drove them to try the practice for the first time. Once use of the substance begins, it’s relatively easy for the user to continue to abuse inhalants. Unlike most illicit drugs, inhalants are generally legal, easy to obtain, and relatively inexpensive.
Continued use of inhalants can lead to dependence and addiction. Physical dependence occurs when the inhalant causes changes in the user’s brain chemistry; these changes produce withdrawal symptoms when the user stops using the inhalant. Some substances also cause the user to build a tolerance to their effects, causing the need for increased use to produce the pleasant effects of intoxication. Toluene, for example, has been shown to produce tolerance within three months of consistent use.
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