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Subst Use Misuse. 2011;46 Suppl 1:107-13. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2011.580225.

Residential volatile substance misuse treatment for indigenous youth in Canada.

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  • 1National Youth Solvent Abuse Committee, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


The Youth Solvent Addiction Program (YSAP) was established in 1996 in response to the misuse of volatile substances among First Nations and Inuit youth in Canada. This article outlines the role of Indigenous culture and its intersection with Western approaches to recovery in YSAP's operation of nine residential treatment centers for youth. Treatment practices and client outcome data are used to illustrate YSAP's approach. Limitations of the article are noted.

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