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What Is Solvent Abuse?

It has long been known that solvent abuse is rampant among teenagers and young adults and one of the leading causes of death. Teenagers can become victims to solvent abuse only from the products used every day in their own homes. Things such as lighter fluid, deodorant, gasoline, paint thinners, cleaning products and the list goes on and on involving household items that can lead to solvent abuse and death. One of the most popular and well known is sniffing glue.

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Some kids do not ever experience the use of illicit drugs such as marijuana or heroin, but they can obtain an intoxicating high similar to alcohol simply by inhaling products found in their homes. Word of mouth, peer pressure, curiosity, these are three major causes that can begin a spiral of solvent abuse among young people. It is commonly known among teenagers that household products can give a feeling of a “high” that does not have to be paid for like illegal drugs do. This is also a good way for a teen to use something without getting caught... Still, a teen does not seem to comprehend that he or she can and will in all likelihoods be caught because the products can affect the teen in such a way that others will be able to catch on to the situation eventually.

Just because young people are not out buying illegal drugs on the street or drinking alcohol or overdosing on prescription drugs does not mean a change in behavior is not drug-induced. The parents need to delve into the situation, asking hard straight to the point questions on solvent abuse. If behavior points to drug use but there does not seem to be any illicit ones around or involved, then consider the very real possibility of solvent abuse. It is more common than one might think.

Where Can I find a Solvent Abuse Treatment?

There are several places where you can find help for solvent addiction in Canada. There are different settings such as residential drug rehab, outpatient rehab, etc. Is a detox needed? One of our counselors can do an assessment and give you the best option on solvent programs for you or someone you love. Let us help you.

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Sylvain Fournier

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