Are you curious about poppers? If so, you’re not alone. Poppers, also known as alkyl nitrites, are a group of inhalants that produce a short-lived sense of euphoria and relaxation. While poppers may seem harmless to get high, research has shown they can severely affect the body and mind. In this blog post, we’ll explore what poppers are, how common they are in our culture, the potential for abuse, and their impact on the brain and behavior.
Poppers are liquid chemicals in small bottles or containers that release fumes when opened or uncapped. When inhaled, these fumes produce an immediate euphoria and relaxation lasting for just a few minutes. Although poppers have been around since the 1970s and have been used recreationally in certain circles, they have recently become more popular among young adults as an alternative to alcohol or other drugs.
Poppers are liquid chemicals in small bottles or containers that release fumes when opened or uncapped.
Poppers may seem relatively harmless compared to other drugs of abuse, but research suggests otherwise. Studies have found that long-term use of poppers can lead to physical dependence due to their effects on the brain’s reward system. This dependence can lead to increased use of poppers to achieve the desired effect, resulting in addiction-like behaviors such as cravings and withdrawal symptoms when not taking them. In addition to this potential for abuse, evidence suggests links between popper use and changes in behavior, such as aggression or depression.
Regarding physical effects on the body, long-term use of poppers has been linked to decreased libido, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and even heart attacks. Research has also shown that inhaling large amounts of nitrites, such as those found in poppers, can cause oxygen deprivation, leading to other health risks, including organ damage and even death if inhaled too much.
Overall there is evidence suggesting potential risks associated with using poppers recreationally. It is important to remember that popper use is associated with addiction and long-term health risks if abused. Be aware of the potential for abuse and any physical or mental health risks associated with their abuse. Are you wondering if you or a loved one has a problem with poppers or addiction? Reach out to let us at La Jolla Recovery answer any questions you have, and ask us how to begin a journey toward healing.
By Jace A.