There’s been a lot of talk in the news recently about hand sanitizer, specifically, how teenagers are using it to get drunk, and then were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning. You could try and write this off as a few kids trying to get high on whatever they could get their hands on, but in the world of addiction, the concept of using a seemingly harmless item to get high is commonplace. In fact, you may have already bumped into this problem in the past.
Ever gone to the hardware store to buy some spray paint? Chances are pretty good that you’ve had to ask a sales associate to get a key because all of the cans are behind a locked wall. Why? Because addicts can use paint to get high; it’s a technique called “huffing,” that involves a paper bag and a can of spray paint.
Addicts will do anything to get high and continue to do so until they get help from an intervention specialist. If a family member or friend tells them that they can’t drink, do drugs or whatever their addiction of preference happens to be, then they will find a way to get the fix that they need, no matter how unconventional. In the case of these teenagers, chances are pretty good that they were just kids trying to break the rules and get a little buzzed. It could be the start of an addiction problem, or a cry for help from a teenager already deep in the addiction process. Most people reading this with think “not my kids”
The fix here is an addict intervention, which is a way for people who are so desperate for their next high to get back to zero and start fresh. Without an interventionist to help guide them on their path — plus the love and support of their family members — they will continue to go down this deep well of despair until things really and truly hit rock bottom. They don’t need to do that, particularly when there are people who can help them get things right.
Watching a friend or family member go through a problem with addiction is not comfortable for anyone involved. But with the right drug intervention techniques and intervention counseling, things can go a lot smoother, making everyone happy in the long run.