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How to recognize inhalant abuse and why early intervention is so important. Retrieved from: http://www.drug-rehabilitation.com/inhalants.htm

Inhalant drug use can be very damaging to youth, producing both physical and psychological damage. When entering into treatment, it is important that the youth is medically examined to help determine the severity of damage to the youth the drug has caused. As many drug rehabilitation services do not allow individuals with inhalant abuse into their treatment facilities because recovery is such a difficult and individual process, it may be difficult for youth to find the support that they need for recovery. Detox is necessary before treatment can begin and those who seek out treatment must be ready for a long process ahead of them. Individuals who use inhalants may use a variety of substances to produce the desired effects and will have a short attention span and difficultly with complex thinking, thus making therapy difficult over long periods of time (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2003).
As some of the highest risk factors for use of inhalants in youth involved family dysfunction, it is essential that the family is part of treatment (National Inhalant Prevention Coalition). Treatment of parental substance abuse may also be necessary in conjunction with the youth treatment as well as educating the parent on proper parenting/bonding skills to improve the parent-child relationship.
It is also important to educate and prepare the youth for relapse as it is a common occurrence in treatment of inhalants. Overall, education should be given to youth in a preventative manner to keep them from initiating use of inhalants and to prove that they are highly dangerous substances.