Chloroform is a heavy, colorless liquid that has a sweet, burning taste. When at room temperature it gives off potent ethereal fumes. Chloroform comes in liquid and vapor, both offering the same effects. Since its discover in 1831, Chloroform was used for medical and recreational purposes.
Chloroform was used for the first time as an anesthetic for childbirth and surgery. This drug grew in popularity medically because it acted faster and was eight times more powerfully then ether when used as an general anesthetic. Just as with other anesthetics, Chloroform did not come without hazards; patients were at risk of over dose due to sudden death from circulatory depression. As the rise in anesthetic options grew, the use of Chloroform became limited medically.
Recreational use of Chloroform was as an alcohol substitutes since small quantities produced intoxication and euphoria without morning-after hangover. This drug is still often abused, posing a serious risk to the individuals health and safety. Chloroform can be highly dangerous in amateur hands due to its strength, when ingested orally it can be lethal.
Chloroform Signs and Symptoms
Regular use of Chloroform can result in the individual developing a tolerance, requiring increased doses to acheive the desired effects. The increased dose puts the individual at risk of death due to lethal overdose. As the dose continues to increase, along with the frequency of its use, the individual is too at risk of developing a dependency to Chloroform. When abruptly stopping its use they may be overwhelmed by unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.
Someone abusing Chloroform may carry a vial of the substance and a rag, taking regular huffs of the drug. They will seem intoxicated, may even be sedated for hours. Chloroform will disorient them, making it difficult to walk and talk. If you suspect your loved one is abusing Chloroform seek medical help immediately.
Chloroform Addiction Treatment
Today Chloroform abuse is rare, however it is still present in society. When inhaled at low doses Chloroform has intoxicating effects similar to alcohol without the hang over. Just as with alcohol there is a risk of developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome due to its use. If you are addicted to Chloroform an inpatient or outpatient treatment program may be the best option to help you to get healthy and sober.
Most Chloroform Addiction Treatment programs involve individualized care. Your addiction is unique, as should be your treatment. Each aspects to your treatment plan will be individualized to your personal needs, including a wide array of treatment aspects including but not limited to;
- Group counseling
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Behavioral Modification Therapy
- Chemical Dependency Education