February 01, 2010 08:42 PM by Jennifer
Tonight’s special episode of Intervention on A&E takes an in depth look at huffing, a dangerous addiction that is affecting millions of teens and adults each year. Keep reading to hear stories of this surprisingly legal drug.
Huffing is when people use household inhalants to get high. Over 2 million kids in the United States are abusing household inhalants every year, and many times they go unnoticed.
In this episode, we meet Allison, who was featured on a previous episode of Intervention, who was high 24 hours a day due to inhaling canisters of air used to clean electronics. Her addiction was so bad that her mother thought she was going to die when she noticed that Allison had not showered in days, had a filthy apartment and slurred her speech. Luckily, Allison’s mother noticed the problem and sought help through an Intervention on A&E.
But some are not so lucky. Next we learn about Kyle, a teen who loved his family and loved to play football.Â His father, Jeff,a police sargeant, and his mother, Cathy, a nurse, never imagined that a drug could be entering their house without them even noticing.Â Kyle’s father, who builds computers as a hobby, purchased cans of computer duster and they ended up missing. His son and his brother claimed that they were spraying each other with them, and when his father replaced them, he had no idea what was actually going on. Kyle was inhaling the canned air, and symptoms of the addiction that surfaced seemed like normal occurrences.
Kyle thought it was just canned air that he was inhaling, he was unaware that there were chemicals in the cans.Â He had vomiting, and complaints of his tongue hurting. Â Jeff and Cathy did not realize it at the time, but the pain in Kyle’s tongue came from the freon in the dusting can. By the time they realized what was going on, it was too late. Kyle was found dead in his room with a can of air between his legs, the straw dangling out of his mouth.
Next we meet David, a teenager who started out inhaling air dusting cans as well. Attracted by the cheap high that it gave, it was easy to obtain because buying the inhalants are not only cheap, but they are also legal.
Adding to David’s addiction was the fact that he came from a broken home, and his will to live was diminishing. But no one noticed the addiction because it is so easy to hide.
Jason, however, the next person the episode talks about, was a shy child who wanted to fit in with his friends. One of Jason’s friends introduced him to inhaling gasoline. When his mother smelled gasoline on his clothes one morning, she forced him to go to counseling. When he came home from his second session however, no one thought it would be his last.Â He admitted to one of his friends that he was screwing up alot, and he wanted to change. That night, he ended up dying from huffing.
Allison was one of the lucky ones. Her mother got her the help she so desperately needed, and because of that she is alive today. But as I said before, some are not as lucky , and everyday more and more teens become addicted to this easily obtainable substance. Hopefully this episode was an eye opener for you, because I know it was for me.
Photos courtesy of: A&E