Characteristics of Users

Parents frequently deny the possibility that their child has used inhalants. Children without support systems and positive coping mechanisms frequently look to inhalants as a method of escaping their problems. Youths who use inhalants often exhibit the following characteristics:

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Users often do not believe that known detrimental effects of risky behaviors will apply to them.


Transient abusers have a short-term history of abuse:

Chronic abusers have used for years.

Chronic abusers of inhalants usually starting using inhalants early in life, but instead of moving on to other drugs, choose a certain inhalant as their drug of choice. For example, they may choose to use only gold spray paint.