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‘Chroming’ is when a person inhales solvents or other household chemicals to get high. There are short- and long-term effects of chroming, including serious health issues and addiction.

This can help if:

  • you want to know what chroming is
  • you want to know the effects of chroming
  • you’re worried about your own, or someone else’s, chroming habit.
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What is chroming?

‘Chroming’ is when someone inhales the fumes from petrol, paint, glue or other things (normally, stuff around the house) that have chemicals in them, as a way to get high. These chemicals all act as depressant drugs, which means they slow down messages sent to and from your brain.

Chroming is sometimes called huffing or sniffing.

What does chroming do to you?

Chroming makes you feel:

  • drowsy
  • relaxed and happy
  • excited, fidgety or restless
  • uncoordinated
  • less inhibited about taking risks.

It also has physical effects, including:

  • runny nose or nosebleeds
  • a persistent cough
  • glazed or bloodshot eyes
  • headaches.

If you inhale chemicals too often over a long period of time, there could be permanent long-term side effects, such as:

  • brain damage
  • damage to your internal organs
  • changes in your thinking patterns
  • anger problems
  • addiction.

How do I know if I’m addicted to chroming?

Chroming is addictive. If you do it a lot, you’ll start to feel terrible when you don’t do it. Signs of addiction include:

  • nausea when you don’t do it
  • anxiety and dizziness when you don’t do it
  • feeling depressed and annoyed all the time
  • feeling like you need to get high to feel ‘normal’.

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important that you talk to a doctor or a drug counsellor. They’ll be able to help you put in place some strategies to stop the withdrawal symptoms and make it easier to quit.

What can I do now?

  • Talk to a doctor or a health professional about your chroming habit.
  • Read more about coping skills.
  • Try ReachOut Nextstep to get the help that’s right for you.