What is Gasoline Sniffing?

Gasoline Sniffing is a popular form of inhalant abuse. When gasoline fumes are inhaled the person quickly become intoxicated. Many people abuse gasoline to relieve themselves from daily stress or to fill in the gap of boredom. Their choice to abuse gasoline puts them at great risk for serious health issues and dependency. Sniffing gasoline can be lethal, having already taken the lives of many people around the world.

The Effects of Gasoline Sniffing

Intoxication from gasoline sniffing is very similar to that of alcohol, this is because the lead and hydrocarbons in gasoline depress the central nervous system. Large amounts of lead cause the intoxication to produce hallucinations. Within five minutes of sniffing gasoline and the person will become intoxicated and within just 1 minute the person will experience a wide array of effects. The gasoline fumes enter into the longs, enter into the blood stream and straight to the brain.

Common effects from Gasoline Sniffing include::

  • Euphoria
  • Numbness
  • Disorientation
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Slowed down reflexes
  • Increased libido
  • Dizziness
  • A feeling of lightness
  • Disassociation with the environment
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Impaired decision making
  • Muscle weakness
  • Increased chattiness and extroversion

Gasoline Sniffing Drug Use

Gasoline sniffing is purely for recreational purposes. The inhalation of substances such as gasoline is for the user to get high, a way to escape from the pressures of their life, pain either physical or emotional and to reach a feeling of euphoria. Gasoline sniffing is very popular because it is easily obtained and produces a wide variety of desired effects within minutes.

Most do not begin sniffing gasoline with the intention to do it long term. The effects become a desire of the person, cravings begin and before they know it the are sniffing gasoline on a regular basis. A dependency on gasoline sets in and the individual is unable to stop its use on their own due to strong withdrawal symptoms that send them back to gasoline sniffing for comfort.

Signs of Gasoline Sniffing

People who regularly take part in gasoline sniffing may exhibit many of the following symptoms :

  • They have a gasoline aroma on their clothes and breath
  • Body tremors
  • Clumsiness and poor coordination
  • Mood swings
  • Periods of depression
  • Paranoia
  • Aggression
  • Personality changes
  • Memory loss and blackouts
  • Loss of appetite
  • Secretive behavior and lying
  • Criminality
  • A rash around their nose or mouth
  • Inability to sleep
  • Always tired
  • Periods when they are extremely talkative
  • Loss of employment
  • Unable to meet family and social commitments

Symptoms of Gasoline Sniffing Withdrawal

Gasoline sniffing withdrawal symptoms vary with each individual person. Factors such as type of gasoline, how often and the persons size can determine the withdrawal they will experience. Common symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Irritability
  • Mental fogginess
  • Mood swings
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Gasoline Sniffing Addiction Treatment

Gasoline sniffing can cause major damage to the brain and other vital organs. People who abuse gasoline should seek medical treatment immediately to avoid any further mental or physical damage. A treatment facility will help the person to stop sniffing gasoline and develop the tools that they will need to maintain their sobriety.

The patient will be detoxed from gasoline, cleansing their body of its chemicals and toxins. The patient will be treated for any medical conditions that may have occurred as a result of gasoline inhalation. Psychotherapy will allow the patient to identify the dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors that lead to gasoline sniffing and change them to ones that promote healthy, sober living.