You will need to explore how alcohol and other drug services can meet the needs of a culturally diverse family. In doing so, you need to:
- Find out whether the AOD service currently has formal policies, practices or strategies to support people from CALD communities in accessing or participating in treatment.
- Find out what CALD services are available to support AOD work with the family.
- Consider how CALD counsellors and AOD services can work together.
- Talk with AOD services about how they will meet the parent’s religious, cultural and spirituality needs throughout treatment.
- Be aware of the potential need to include family members in treatment and recovery plans. (Be guided by parents about this).
- Refer to culturally specific services where possible if the parent wants this. Never assume they do; always check what will help them the most.
- Have a conversation with parents about the way the parents experience stigma and shame from family or community.
Read more about best practice approaches: talking about AOD use and talking with parents and family from culturally diverse backgrounds
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