Treatment for Inhalants Dependency

Inhalant abuse is an extremely dangerous form of substance abuse that involves breathing the fumes of a multitude of items, including aerosols, gases, nitrates, and volatile solvents, that are commonly found in houses and workplaces. Also commonly referred to as sniffing, bagging, or huffing, inhalant abuse has been associated with various forms of temporary and permanent damage, ranging from headaches and confusion to blindness, organ failure, and brain damage. Inhalant abuse is most common among adolescents and young adults, but many older adults have also become ensnared by the compulsion to engage in this potentially lethal form of substance abuse.

At Keystone Treatment Center, we understand the many risks that are associated with inhalant abuse, and we recognize the unique challenges that can prevent a person from overcoming this self-defeating behavior. Perhaps more importantly, our decades of experience has prepared us to provide the personalized care and comprehensive solutions that will empower adolescents and adults to successfully pursue long-term recovery.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

When a person has become involved with inhalant abuse, the impact on his or her loved ones can range from confusion to despair. Though inhalant abuse is unfortunately prevalent, awareness of this problem is far from widespread. Thus, discovering that someone you care about has been abusing inhalants can be an overwhelming experience. Thankfully, there are many steps that you can take that may significantly improve your loved one’s chances of overcoming this problem.

  • First, educate yourself about the problem. Learn about the general issues of substance abuse and addiction and get information on the ways that inhalant abuse can affect a person. If you know the specific substance or substances that your loved one has been abusing, research them as well.
  • Next, investigate potential solutions. When a person has developed a problem with inhalants or any other dangerous substance, a comprehensive program that can address the substance abuse, as well as any co-occurring disorders, may be most effective. Research what might work and identify the programs that offer the type of help that your loved one needs.
  • Learn how best to discuss your loved one’s problem with him or her. Is an informal conversation the best way to approach this topic, or should you contact a professional to stage an intervention? As is the case with treatment options, use your understanding of your loved one and his or her problem to determine the best means of broaching the subject.
  • Volunteer to make appointments, provide transportation, attend meetings, and do whatever else you can to eliminate logistical distractions, allowing your loved one to focus on getting into an effective program.
  • Stay involved with your loved one throughout his or her time in treatment. Send letters of support, participate in family programming, and prepare to be an active part of your loved one’s aftercare support network.

Substance abuse is a complex issue that resists simple solutions, and recovery is a long and winding road. Prepare to be a consistent, positive presence in your loved one’s life every step of the way.

Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center

There is no such thing as safe inhalant abuse. Every time that a person abuses an inhalant, he or she risks myriad negative outcomes, including death. It is virtually impossible to overstate the dangers faced by adults and adolescents who do not get effective treatment to curtail their chronic inhalant abuse. Physically, individuals who abuse inhalants may experience problems with coordination, muscle weakness, vision problems including blindness, liver and kidney damage, and cardiovascular distress. Cognitively and emotionally, inhalant abusers are at risk for developing memory impairments, depression, and irreversible brain damage. For those whose inhalant abuse does not end in permanent debilitation or death, experiencing even moderate damage can undermine their ability to perform to their full potential at work or in school, contribute to pursue healthy interpersonal relationships, and otherwise meet the day-to-day responsibilities of daily life.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center

At Keystone Treatment Center, we have earned national recognition and respect for our ability to provide superior comprehensive treatment services for adolescents and adults who are dealing with chemical dependency, gambling disorder, and co-occurring mental health conditions. One of the hallmarks of treatment at Keystone is that each patient follows a personalized course of treatment that has been specifically designed to meet his or her unique needs.

Our emphasis on personalized care is reflected in the number of specialized treatment tracks that we have incorporated into our residential programming. Specialized treatment tracks for adults include Christian, Chronic Pain, Gambling, Methamphetamine Corrections, Native American, and Opioids tracks. Adolescent patients at Keystone have the opportunity to participate in specialized Christian and Native American treatment tracks.

The personalized care at Keystone is provided by multidisciplinary teams of experienced and dedicated professionals, which includes the following:

  • Addictionologists
  • Licensed Addiction Counselors
  • Dietitians
  • Doctors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  • Licensed Mental Health Therapists
  • Medical Technicians
  • Rehab Technicians
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Social Workers
  • Cultural Advisors
  • Pastors

The following are among the elements that may be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan at Keystone Treatment Center:

Medically monitored detoxification: Patients who have been unable to rid their bodies of drugs prior to entering treatment, but who are not in need of acute medical care, may benefit from our medically monitored detox program. Patients who participate in detox at Keystone receive around-the-clock nursing care, and physicians are also available to monitor patient progress.

Medication management: Patients whose inhalant abuse is accompanied by a co-occurring psychiatric condition may benefit from having certain medications incorporated into their treatment regimens. Medication is prescribed only with the patient’s consent and only when determined to be clinically appropriate based on an assessment of the patient’s specific needs.

Individual therapy: All patients participate in individual therapy sessions with a primary counselor at least twice each week. These sessions offer a safe and supportive environment in which patients can process their experiences in treatment, gain greater insights into the impact of their behaviors, and develop the skills and strategies that will support their long-term recovery from the compulsion to abuse inhalants. In addition to meeting with their primary counselor, Keystone patients may also request individual sessions with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member, as needed.

Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of treatment at Keystone Recovery Center. Adult patients participate in three group therapy sessions each day, while adolescent patients participate in three to five sessions per day. A licensed or certified counselor provides direction within the group therapy sessions.

Group topics for adults may include the following:

  • 12-Step Group Meetings
  • Community Group
  • Gambling Group
  • Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
  • Relaxation Group
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Spirituality Groups
  • Topics Group
  • Men’s Topic Group
  • Women’s Topic Group
  • Young Adult Topic Group

Group topics for adolescents may include the following:

  • 12-Step Group Meetings
  • Community Group
  • Exercise Group
  • Experiential Growth Groups
  • Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
  • Recovery Skills Group
  • Relaxation Group
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Spirituality Groups
  • Topics Group

Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy offers an activity-based alternative to more traditional forms of talk therapy. Depending upon their personalized treatment plan, Keystone patients have the opportunity to participate in experiential therapy every day. The following are examples of the types of experiential therapy that are available at Keystone Treatment Center:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cultural activities
  • Pastoral care
  • Recreational therapy
  • Ropes course
  • Social training

Family therapy: To promote healing within the families of our patients, and to help family members prepare to support to their loved one’s recovery from inhalant abuse, Keystone provides a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program, which is free of charge, includes one hour of psychoeducational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer full day programming for family members on Mondays and Tuesdays, and a licensed family therapist is available to conduct therapy sessions with patients and family members as needed.

Study Time (adolescents only): In order to ensure that our younger patients are able to maintain their academic progress while completing treatment, we provide study times, when adolescents meet with licensed teachers who can coordinate their academic work with their home schools to ensure continuity of credits.

In addition to inpatient treatment, adolescent and adult patients who are struggling with inhalant addiction may also participate in partial care / day treatment services and/or intensive outpatient services.

Keystone staff members also work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Discharge planning begins the day a patient begins treatment at Keystone. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. We also offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.

At Keystone Treatment Center, our fundamental goal is to restore the individual to a healthier, happier, and more productive life, free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and destructive behaviors. If you or someone you care about is dealing with inhalant use disorder, Keystone may be the place where the pain of your past struggles is transformed into the promise of a healthier and more hopeful future.

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