Named because of their method of ingestion, inhalants are a class of substances that produce pleasurable effects when inhaled. Some of the more common inhalants used include glue, shoe polish, gasoline, lighter fluid, and spray paint. Although withdrawal symptoms are rare, inhalant use is a dangerous activity that can be fatal even during a person’s first episode of use.
Fortunately, Wilmington Treatment Center has helped individuals with inhalant use disorders for over 30 years. Located in beautiful coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, our friendly, compassionate staff are committed to helping each person in our care find freedom from inhalant abuse and live the life that he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When a loved one is struggling with inhalant abuse, some things that you can do to help include:
- Research treatment centers, talk with admissions staff about their programs, and make a short list of a few centers that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Learn about your loved one’s inhalant of choice, and learn to recognize the symptoms of use and intoxication.
- Keep an open line of communication with your loved one and let him or her know that you are aware of his or her struggle. Try to remain as patient, open, and nonjudgmental as possible during this conversation, and reiterate your care for your loved one and your desire to support him or her. If your loved one is receptive, consider discussing the list of possible treatment centers that you researched with him or her.
- When your loved one decides to enter treatment, do your best to facilitate the process by coordinating with treatment center staff, accompanying your loved one to appointments that may be scheduled, and helping with logistical issues that may arise. During your loved one’s time in treatment, remain an active source of support for him or her.
- Do not neglect your own health. Remember to take care of yourself by enlisting the support of family and friends and making time for hobbies and other activities that give you energy.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
Although inhalants may seem less dangerous than drugs such as heroin or cocaine, they are very dangerous in their own right. If left untreated, inhalant abuse can produce many of the same devastating consequences in a person’s life as other drugs. Long-term abuse can strain a person’s relationships and cause poor performance at work. Inhalants are also especially dangerous due to the risk of Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome even in individuals who were relatively healthy or who do not have a long history of abusing inhalants. Fortunately, with care at a comprehensive treatment center, it is possible to take back one’s life from the grip of inhalants and mitigate many of these negative consequences.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives, free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that we can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming employs the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our center to recover from an addiction to inhalants, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances, such as inhalants, can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of their substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation programming.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our center and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction to inhalants can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experiences had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to inhalants often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington, however, patients are part of a community that is united in the front against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons, are but a few examples of those we are make available to our patients:
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle-aged adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of an inhalant addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of inhalants or other substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Recreational Therapy Program that allows patients to participate in activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in physical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction to inhalants has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program. Offered each Saturday and Sunday, this program allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction to inhalants. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of the treatment that will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care about leave an addiction to inhalants in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs met.