Showing initiative to provide longer term rehabilitation to AOD responses
Aboriginal Community Connect provides ‘one-stop’ support for people needing help with multiple issues. As well as treatments to address substance misuse, the service offers support for problems associated with social isolation; poverty and disadvantage; housing; the effects of other trauma; and physical and mental health. ACC offers a range of treatment services including counselling, community residential rehabilitation housing, AOD withdrawal support, therapeutic group work sessions, cultural connection activities, emergency relief, information and education, case management and outreach support. ACC provides support and has offices in the Murray Lands, Riverland, Adelaide and Limestone Coast. ACC believes that to establish connection to communities, the service must walk alongside Aboriginal community members. With this in mind, Aboriginal community members developed the graphics and story of Aboriginal Community Connect “ Shield of Hope” and ‘Kangaroo Life Journey Towards Connection.’
Often at Aboriginal Community Connect we are asked about the respective importance of therapeutic practices and cultural practices when working with Aboriginal people, families and communities. Our answer to this question is simple; an authentic, holistic approach to service delivery in addressing AOD and other issues with Aboriginal people requires a commitment to both. Too often therapeutic and clinical practice is emphasised with Aboriginal clients without the recognition of the importance of cultural practices in engaging with communities, families and individuals. ACC recognises the importance of therapeutic outcomes, but just as importantly that these outcomes cannot and will not be achieved without culturally intelligent practice. Our AOD services delivers its best holistic outcomes when we authentically consider the spiritual and cultural aspects of Aboriginal people. By doing this we ensure we are not giving lip service to the cultural connection that is essential in addressing AOD issues and give equal value to building resilience in clients experiencing dependency and often a range of other complex issues.