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I've come to the realisation that I'm addicted to multiple inhalents. I cant cope one day without either huffing multiple gas canisters or multiple nos Ballons. I know that inhalents are extremely bad for me and can kill me instantly but the thought of that doesn't seem to bother me that much. I've become so obsessed with feeling 'high' that it doesn't bother me that I could die from it. I don't know what to do anymore. I know I need and should give up but i don't know how. I know I'll never be able to tell my parent because they'll kick me out and I've got no other adult in my life to tell. I don't know what to do with my life anymore.

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Hi there,

Taking drugs can be dangerous for lots of reasons. One risk is that they can become addictive, which means it’s hard to stop taking them. Admitting that you're addicted is a big first step. But after that you may need some professional help to be able to stop.

There are lots of different types of drugs and many are harmful or addictive. There are always risks involved when taking any kind of drug. Some can be dangerous if a person takes too much of it. This is called overdosing. Some drugs might cause dangerous changes to your breathing or heart rate. It’s also important to remember that a drug may not be what it says it is.

Whatever the danger, if you ever feel something has gone wrong after taking drugs then you should call 999 and get help. Talk to Frank has some good advice about what to do in an emergency.

Addiction can be one of the biggest risks of taking drugs. Inhalants are especially dangerous to become addicted to. If you take a lot at once, you could suffocate from not having enough oxygen to breathe. If you feel like you're so obsessed with getting high that you don’t mind if you die, it's important to get some help.

Recognising the negative impacts of the drug you're taking is a really good way to motivate yourself to stop and make a change. Taking that first step to getting some help can be the hardest. Your GP is the best person to speak to about this and can give you the help you need. If you can make an appointment as soon as possible, the better chance you’ll have of recovering.

It may help to think about the situations where you usually take drugs and try to avoid them. Finding new hobbies and interests to take your mind off the drugs can help to stop you sliding back into using them once you start to get through the addiction.

There can be many reasons that people take drugs. That feeling of “high” can be used to mask other feelings such as feeling sad or hopeless. If you think you may be using drugs to help cope with other feelings, it can be useful to talk to your doctor about this too, in case there is more help you need.

Well done for getting in touch. Remember that Childline is always here if you need support.

Take care

Sam

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