Citation: Phishy. "Drowning in a Binge: An Experience with Inhalants (exp10679)". Erowid.org. Jul 8, 2019. erowid.org/exp/10679
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I did ether during the summer before my sophomore year, which was a pretty shitty time for me. I was depressed constantly and I had a tendency to lie in bed in the dark all day and night, listening to nothing but NIN's 'The Downward Spiral' over and over. Anyway, I hadn't done any drugs at this point in my life, and I stupidly figured that inhalants would make the pain go away for a while.
There was some substance in our house that had ether in it, and some salycylic acid, and I figured that was good enough. I went to my room and held the bottle up to my nose and started huffing the vapors. The smell was kinda metallic, but very sweet and (at least in my opinion)pleasant. A little like Vicks Vapo-Rub, if you know what that is. I sniffed at it until I felt my head go kinda light and cloudy, and even though it was difficult to make myself stop sniffing, I laid back and watched the wall. Pretty soon I had a mild feeling of euphoria, and my vision was altered a bit. The wall seemed as if it were partially liquid, or as if the paint hadn't dried and was spiralling around. Purplish spots blotted my eyesight and my head felt as if it were full of helium, but being crushed by lead at the same time. This effect remained the same for little while, but eventually I came down and felt a nausea I never imagined possible. My head was pounding and I lay on the floor and curled up into a ball until I finally passed out. When I got up, I had an incredible craving to do it again, and I did later that day. I kept this up every day for two or three weeks, until I finally poured the foul shit out and stopped.
It's not a pleasant experience in my opinion, especially the aftermath, and the addiction is a crippling feeling.
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