The risk of developing a physical dependence on inhalant is low but people may become psychologically addicted quite easily. When a person is addicted to inhalants, they cannot stop using them. Like many drugs, there is a process of withdrawal the body has to go through. To suddenly stop confuses the body and even puts it at risk for shutting down when a drug is stopped suddenly. Find out why inhalant detox support is important for a healthy recovery and how to get it.


Withdrawal symptoms may be a combination of physical and mental sensations. They may be mild, but they may be more severe like seizures. It is common to find severe withdrawal symptoms that include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Runny eyes or nose


Withdrawal symptoms present within the first 24 to 48 hours after last use. Duration and severity vary also but most people experience the worst symptoms in a week. Cravings and depression may last longer, depending on the person.   users often have psychological withdrawal for months after quitting. This is considered PAWS, or post-acute withdrawal syndrome, which can last up to two years as the body and brain adjust to not having drugs in the system. 


A precise inhalant withdrawal timeline is important to know, but it varies per person. The person’s body will experience similar symptoms but on varied timelines. Some things to consider include:

  • Specific products or type of inhalant used
  • Frequency of use
  • Whether the person abused inhalants with other drugs
  • Mental health and medical history
  • Gender
  • Bodyweight

Some of the following will help you think about the timeline for detox. Within 48 hours, a person will experience symptoms of withdrawal. This includes psychological symptoms like anxiety, cravings, insomnia, and irritability. For the next five days, it is possible to experience depression, anxiety, or insomnia. Following that, cravings may linger but will lessen with time. Detox is an important time for you to adjust to the lack of presence of drugs in the system. 

Treatment Options

Detox support is critical for people with inhalant abuse in their background. Coming to rehab is a tough decision, but necessary, for healing. To detox alone can lead to relapse, harmful physical effects, or feelings of depression that can lead to deeper mental health issues. Treatment for inhalant addiction starts with medical detox, followed by various therapies to support a person in finding support throughout the process. Going through detox is only the first step of many in recovery from inhalant abuse. A treatment center can provide healthy options for learning how to navigate recovery like a pro. 

A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. We teach people how to live a sober life through programs, therapeutic support, and evidence-based therapies. Our recovery program is staffed by people who understand the power of addiction. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702