Whippets, the recreational misuse of nitrous oxide from whipped cream canisters, cause short-lived euphoria, dizziness, and hallucinations, potentially leading to addiction and serious health risks like oxygen deprivation and brain damage. Despite its safe medical use in sedation, nitrous oxide’s easy availability has made it popular among teenagers for recreational abuse. Classified as inhalants, whippets differ from other drugs by cutting off oxygen supply to the brain rather than stimulating the brain’s reward center, making them highly susceptible to abuse due to their brief high. The recreational use of whippets, involving inhaling nitrous oxide through methods like canisters or balloons, poses significant dangers, including memory loss, coma, and even death, due to oxygen deprivation and increased carbon dioxide levels in the brain.

While the exact effects on the body are not fully understood, it is known to diminish sensory perception and alter emotional responses, potentially leading to lightheadedness, hallucinations, and delusions. Despite some beliefs that whippets are less harmful, they can lead to serious long-term effects or even death, sharing side effects similar to those of alcohol but with distinct impacts on memory, intelligence, and concentration.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

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    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

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    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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