"NOS" or "Nitrous oxide" addiction refers to the compulsive use of nitrous oxide, which is a colourless, odourless gas commonly used as a mild aesthetic or pain reliever in medical and dental procedures, as well as a recreational drug.

In the year ending June 2022, 3.9% of 16-24-year-olds reported using nitrous oxide, equivalent to about 230,000 people.

There are a variety of dangers when using Nos including damage to the nerves in the spinal cord, weak limbs, stiff muscles and bladder issues.

If you are concerned that a loved one may be suffering from Nitrous Oxide addiction speak to a Treatment Advisor today for a free assessment.


While nitrous oxide is generally considered safe when used under medical supervision, excessive and repeated use of nitrous oxide can lead to physical and psychological dependence requiring a Nos detox programme, as well as serious health problems. Nitrous oxide abuse can cause oxygen deprivation, leading to symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and confusion.

Chronic abuse of nitrous oxide can also cause nerve damage, leading to numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, as well as other neurological problems. Prolonged use of nitrous oxide can also cause a deficiency in vitamin B12, which can lead to anemia, nerve damage, and other health problems.

Signs and symptoms of nitrous oxide addiction may include an intense craving for the drug, compulsive use, withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit, continued use despite negative consequences, and neglect of personal and social responsibilities. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, seeking help from a medical professional or addiction specialist is important to address the underlying causes and develop an effective treatment plan. You can contact our fully trained Treatment Advisors to establish the right treatment pathway.