The Youth Solvent Addictions Committee restores health and hope to teens & families from indigenous cultures who are struggling to recover from tramua, including abuse of solvents as a recreational drug*. The programme is highly successful, it includes reconnecting with traditional culture and identity, developing academic skills, building physical stength -- and educating the heart. Spirit, Mind, Body and Emotion.
Thus emotional intelligence is a critical ingredient for the youth -- and for the counselors. YSAC provides in-depth emotional intelligence training for counselors and equips them to teach these skills to youth and families. This campaign will expand the training and provide more resources to the counselors.
About YSAC, the Youth Solvent Addiction Commitee
YSAC is a network of 11 First Nation Youth Treatment Centres across Canada plus regional and national representation from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Since 2000 the group has welcomed associated members from the USA, provincial facilities and drug and alcohol centres for youth.
YSAC delivers proactive, social, cultural and evidenced based programs that empower Indigenous families and communities to improve their quality of life.
* What is Solvent Addiction?
Solvent Abuse and or Solvent Addiction and Inhalant abuse are terms that are used interchangeably to describe the practice of purposefully breathing in (huffing or sniffing) the fumes from a variety of common household products, with the intent to get high. This practice is not the same as other forms of intentional pleasure seeking through intoxication; for the simple reason that the products inhaled are not intended for human consumption. Most of the products used are clearly marked on labels as poisons, combustibles or hazardous materials. For this reason the YSAC network supports all prevention efforts that convey the message that inhalants are chemicals never intended for human consumption.