Written by Jacqueline Blackwell, Senior Consultant, Public Affairs, Communications & Public Affairs

This morning, we announced that we have opened a new clinic to support people in the South Asian community who are struggling with substance use – the first clinic of its kind in B.C.

The Roshni Clinic, which loosely translates in English to “clinic bringing light”, offers services that are culturally-tailored to the community. As part of the existing South Asian Clinic at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in Surrey, the Roshni Clinic fills a need in service by providing ongoing treatment in an outpatient setting to people who are addressing alcohol and substance use concerns.

Services are provided in English, Punjabi, and Hindi. We know that in the South Asian community, problematic substance use is a concern that is often highly stigmatized, and people do not always know how to seek support for themselves or a loved one. By tailoring the services we deliver to the specific needs of each person in ways that are sensitive to the values and norms inherent in their life and culture, we hope to increase the likelihood that they will begin the road to recovery. A person wishing to access services at the Roshni Clinic can refer themselves, or can be referred by their family physician, detox/daytox centre, sobering centre, hospital, or other community-based agency.

Working together, physicians and staff provide a number of services, including:

  • Intake and assessment
  • Medical management of withdrawal symptoms
  • Telemedicine visits
  • Individual counselling
  • Relapse prevention
  • Education groups focused on sharing information about substance use
  • Family education and support
  • Referrals to other community-based services

The implementation of the Roshni Clinic is one part of Fraser Health’s multi-faceted strategy to address substance use in our region, which includes approaches such as prevention, harm reduction and treatment. The need for a substance use clinic to support the South Asian population in Fraser Health stemmed from a needs based planning process that identified specific sub-populations that were underserved in the community.

Read the full news release here.

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