Support and Treatment

Cultural specific services and appropriate service delivery is vital in regards to treatment options for Aboriginal people and communities. This can include integrated practices, traditions and activities that are based within Aboriginal cultural values, spirituality and beliefs. Aboriginal ways of working can be very different to mainstream ways of working, particularly in regards to building trust, rapport and building and maintaining relationships in general. This may include the involvement or support of families and communities of people who are misusing substances.

Aboriginal people must have ownership over the ways drug and alcohol issues are addressed within their communities. Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS's) or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS's) are based on a holistic model to address the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.

Some of the treatment services available are: