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Inhaled Substances - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Inhaled substances are volatile substances that produce chemical vapors capable of inducing a mind-altering or psychoactive effect. The video lessons in this chapter explore inhaled substances to look at their history, effects and dangers. You can learn about use, abuse, tolerance, withdrawal and overdose of inhaled substances. The lessons also examine warning signs associated with a person who might be at risk of inhalant dependence, as well as prevention and treatment programs available for inhalant abuse.
In addition to watching short and engaging videos in this chapter, you can take lesson quizzes designed to test your comprehension of the materials. Each quiz offers links that take you back to specific topics within the videos. Also, if you have any questions about this chapter, instructors are available to offer assistance. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to identify:
- The history of psychoactive inhalants
- Types of inhalants
- The acute/chronic effects and dangers of inhalation
- Patterns of inhalant abuse
- Signs and symptoms of inhalant dependence
|Types of Inhalants||Examine the types of inhalants, including volatile solvents, aerosols, gases and nitrites.|
|The History of Psychoactive Inhalants||Explore the history of psychoactive inhalants.|
|Effects & Dangers of Inhalant Use||Analyze the dangers and acute/chronic effects of inhalation.|
|Patterns of Inhalant Use||Study patterns of inhalant use, abuse, tolerance, withdrawal and overdose.|
|Signs & Symptoms of Inhalant Dependence||Learn about the general warning signs that might indicate someone as being at risk of inhalant dependence.|
|Inhalant Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs||Take a closer look at prevention and treatment programs for inhalant abuse.|
1. Types of Inhalants
The abuse of inhalants, such as volatile solvents, aerosols, gases and nitrites, is a dangerous practice. This lesson discusses the different types of inhalants and how they are abused.
2. The History of Psychoactive Inhalants
Inhalants have been used throughout history in order to achieve an altered state of consciousness. This lesson will briefly outline the use of inhalants from ancient times to the abuse of modern day chemicals.
3. Effects & Dangers of Inhalant Use
A quick high is not the only result of inhalant use. Abusing inhalants has both short-term and long-term effects. These effects can even damage the body permanently or result in death.
4. Patterns of Inhalant Abuse
Behavior patterns are present in all parts of our life, so it comes as no surprise that inhalant use involves patterns of behavior as well. These patterns include experimental use, inhalant abuse, tolerance, overdose, dependence, and withdrawal.
5. Signs & Symptoms of Inhalant Dependence
Inhalant abuse is a serious problem in the United States, especially among youth. This lesson will discuss some general warning signs and symptoms indicating someone may be abusing an inhalant.
6. Inhalant Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs
Programs for inhalant abuse include prevention of the problem, treatment when it does occur, and support for recovering abusers. Learn more about these programs as you explore this lesson.
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