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:
- Emotional stress
- Sometimes a crisis has recently occurred either at school or at home.
- Dysfunctional Home
- Frequently one or both parents use alcohol or drugs.
- Risk taker - Youths
are frequently risk takers and use inhalants even though they have heard of
the detrimental effects. Typically, they do not believe the effects will apply
- Low self esteem
- These individuals have a low opinion of themselves and are often vulnerable
to peer pressure.
often do not believe that known detrimental effects of risky behaviors will
apply to them.
Transient abusers have
a short-term history of abuse:
- Transient social abusers
tend to be preteens or teenagers who use substances in the presence of others.
Legal problems include minor offenses while intoxicated.
- Transient isolate abusers
are in the same age group but tend to abuse solvents while alone. This group
is unlikely to have legal problems.
Chronic abusers have
used for years.
- Chronic social abusers
tend to be in their 20s and 30s and have used substances in the
presence of other for years. Legal problems include misdemeanors.
- Chronic isolate abusers
are in the same age group, but abuse drugs while alone. Legal problems include
significant offenses including assaults.
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.