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How is Inhalant Addiction Treated?
There are currently no medications that are known to effectively treat inhalant use disorder. Instead, treatment programs usually involved psychotherapy, group therapies, and support programs to assist in recovery.
Treatment approaches for inhalant dependence may include:
- Detoxification. Treatment centers will often require that users undergo a detox period to remove the inhalant chemicals from their bodies. During this detox period, some users may experience withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, depression, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and irritability.
- Physical assessment. Because inhalants can cause severe and potentially life-threatening health problems, exams should be conducted to look for evidence of underlying physical conditions.
- Psychological assessment. Inhalant abuse often goes hand in hand with abuse of other substances. Mental health issues such as major depression or anxiety disorders are often present, as well. These problems should be treated alongside treatment for inhalant abuse.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This type of psychotherapy helps inhalant users to recognize the triggers that prompt their substance abuse. The therapy also focuses on developing strategies and techniques for dealing with those triggers when they occur. CBT can be effective at preventing relapses once the patient has begun to abstain from drug use.
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