Did you know that there are at least 13 ways to get high without alcohol or drugs? Many products that produce a high can be found in your home and are often easily accessible to your children.
Most parents know to be on the lookout for signs their child is using drugs. Many understand the dangers of using recreational drugs such as cannabis, alcohol, heroin, or prescription medications.
But few know the dangers their kids face when getting high without drugs or alcohol. There are many things right inside the home that can produce a dangerous high but are thought of as safe, everyday items. Many parents are unaware of the risks these items pose.
Statistics show that more and more teens are using legal substances that are a part of our everyday lives to get high. You might have more than a dozen items in your home right now that, when misused, can produce a high similar to what you’d get with street drugs. Some of the legal products kids can use to get high without drugs include:
Even if teens don’t use high doses of these items, they can experience health problems and damage their bodies as severely as they would with any other type of drug abuse.
What are some perfectly legal household items that can be used to produce a high?
Another common way kids get high is by using/abusing alcohol. You might be watching for symptoms of your child consuming alcohol before they can legally do so, and if you don’t see any signs, you assume the best. Unfortunately, underage drinking isn’t the only way for kids to get high from alcohol.
If you have alcohol in your home, consider whether your child is drinking from the bottle and refilling it with another liquid, so the amount of liquor in the bottle appears the same. Kids might also vaporize alcohol and smoke it. They won’t smell as if they’ve been drinking, but they’ll get intensely drunk quickly.
Additionally, kids don’t even need access to liquor to get high from alcohol. Items in your home that can produce a high or drunkenness include:
In addition to producing a high, these substances are dangerous to consume in large quantities due to their ingredients other than alcohol.
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Although the products used to produce these at-home highs might be safe when used appropriately, many are dangerous when used to get high without drugs. Some of the risks associated with getting high without drugs include:
Although it might seem as if using household items to get high is not as dangerous as using drugs, even first time experiences can result in brain damage.
Of high schoolers have tried marijuana
Have reported vaping in the last month.
Of high schoolers use over the counter cough and cold medications to get high.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to produce euphoric effects without drugs. There are ways to produce serotonin, dopamine, and other important brain chemicals without drugs. Many people find that they no longer have a need for a chemical high when they learn how to achieve a healthy rush of dopamine or adrenaline, similar to a high.
These activities can also improve your self-esteem and help you avoid using products that are bad for your health and wellness. They are safe ways to experience a "natural high."
Here's how to "get high" without drugs:
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Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Is This Where Your Teen Goes to Get High?” FDA, 3 Nov. 2018, https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-you-drugs/where-your-teen-goes-get-high.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Synthetic Cathinones (‘Bath Salts’).” Drugabuse.Gov, 2018, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/synthetic-cathinones-bath-salts.
“The National Institutes of Health Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use 2019 Overview.” Monitoring the Future, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2019, deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/162579/FINAL.pdf?sequence=1.