Services at Surrey’s new Roshni Clinic will be provided in English, Punjabi and Hindi. (File photo)

Substance use clinic for South Asians opens in Surrey

Fraser Health says new clinic is first of its kind

SURREY — Fraser Health has opened a new clinic to support South Asian people struggling with substance abuse, which is said to be a first for the province.

The Roshni Clinic, which is said to loosely translate to “clinic bringing light,” offers “culturally-tailored” services.

“For the first time in B.C., South Asian British Columbians living in Fraser Health struggling with addictions will have a clinic specifically designed to meet their needs,” said Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy in a release. “Providing culturally sensitive services will help reduce barriers to treatment for people in the South Asian community (and) help overcome the stigma so often associated with addiction and support people on a path to recovery.”

The health authority said the clinic will fill a need, after identifying this population was underserved, and that this new clinic is just one part of its strategy to address addiction in the region.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the new clinic will provide a range of services to support people “at any point in their recovery journey.”

Services will be provided in English, Punjabi and Hindi, and the clinic will offer ongoing outpatient treatment for people struggling with alcohol and substance use.

The clinic’s services will include intake and assessment; medical management of withdrawal symptoms; counselling; relapse prevention; education groups; family education and support; and referrals to community-based resources. To access services, people can refer themselves or can be referred by a doctor, detox centre, hospital or other community agency.

“By making access to these services as simple as a self-referral, we can help increase the likelihood that people will engage in care, and ultimately begin their road to recovery,” he added.

Fraser Health President and CEO Michael Marchbank said staff have expressed that “culturally sensitive care allows them to better engage with clients, and the Roshni Clinic is an initiative that is truly a result of their idea.”

Dr. Nitasha Puri will be the medical lead for the Roshni Clinic.

“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,” said Puri. “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.”

The clinic has opened its doors in the existing South Asian Clinic based out of the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.

Fraser Health also has three Surrey clinics providing first line treatments, including methadone and suboxone. One is located on 135A Street, the second at the Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre and the third at the Creekside Withdrawal Management Centre.

More than 620 people have been connected to first line treatments in Surrey since we enhanced capacity this past January, according to the health authority.



amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Amy on Twitter

Just Posted

Christmas cheer, crafts and music at Chilliwack and Yarrow libraries

Make festive ornaments out of old books while enjoying Christmas music at Chilliwack libraries

Fleeing driver picks fight with Chilliwack police dog, loses

Good dog ‘Griff’ also locates large quantity of what police believe to be crystal meth in Abbotsford

Chilliwack company faces charges for 2017 abuse of chickens

CFIA investigation leads to 38 charges against Elite Farm Services and Ontario-based Sofina Foods

Water-filled ditch had pump going to prevent flooding in Chilliwack

City crews monitoring site on Ashwell Road after heavy rain hit Chilliwack Wednesday

Snow prayers answered as Manning Park ski hill opens Friday

Ski hill will be open seven days a week starting Dec. 14, and cross-country trails as well

Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

‘My life is held in suspension’, says the former Guantanamo Bay detainee

Sissons scores OT winner as Predators beat Canucks 4-3

VIDEO: Vancouver battles back to earn single point in Nashville

Lions announce seven members of coaching staff not coming back for 2019

The operational moves come two days after the Lions announced DeVone Claybrooks as the team’s new head coach

$12K awarded to atheist family who oppose Christmas, Hanukkah in B.C. classroom

Gary Mangel,May Yasue said holidays, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s Day not appropriate in preschool

Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching

Give the gift of nature this holiday season

Please don’t be mad, but I bought you a moose

Aboriginal poet faces backlash for calling out NHL-themed totem poles

Rebecca Thomas says she received backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise

No plans yet for free WiFi on BC Transit buses

BC Transit says they are monitoring the roll-out of free WiFi on Translink vehicles

Some Kotex tampons recalled in Canada and U.S.

In some cases, tampon users sought medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

Most Read