National Youth Solvent Abuse Program

The National Youth Solvent Abuse Program (NYSAP) is a national residential in-patient treatment program. It is paired with community-level activities aimed at preventing youth solvent abuse. The goal of the NYSAP is to improve the quality of life and the functional abilities of people addicted to solvents.

The program helps First Nations and Inuit youth with ongoing solvent abuse problems by providing:

  • culturally appropriate treatment
  • specialized treatment
  • recovery programs

These treatments help to minimize the negative health effects and risks of solvent use.

Program overview

In Canada, there are youth-focussed treatment centres in all regions. They empower Aboriginal youth through a holistic healing program influenced by traditional Aboriginal values, beliefs and practices.

Centres provide care for youth aged 12 to 25 years. The treatment cycle ranges from 4 months to 2 years depending on the level of addiction. Each centre follows a care approach that includes:

  • pre-treatment
  • treatment
  • post-treatment care

A patient's family is involved in the entire process.

The NYSAP includes an outreach program that educates community workers and families on solvent abuse. It provides follow-up with clients and their families.

National addictions programs

The National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) and NYSAP make up a network of programming that includes:

  • First Nations addiction treatment centres
  • NNADAP community-based prevention programs

Key components of the NNADAP and NYSAP network include:

  • prevention
  • early identification and intervention
  • screening, assessment and referral
  • treatment
  • discharge planning and aftercare
  • performance measurement, research and knowledge exchange

The programs are located in the majority of First Nations and Inuit communities. Related services and information

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