Karralika Therapeutic Community Adult Program (Karralika Programs Inc.)

Provides up to 12 months of residential rehabilitation within a therapeutic community setting for single adults and couples with ATOD problems.

Telephone: (02) 6185 1300 / 1800 1 KARRA  (1800 1 52772)
(02) 6169 3200
Mailing Address: PO Box 2230, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Email address: info@karralika.org.au
Website: http://karralika.org.au/services/karralika-therapeutic-community-adult-program/
Location: Confidential
Parent organisation: Karralika Programs Inc.

Access Information

Maximum waiting time for service: 

  • Waiting time varies, support is provided to people waiting to enter the program

Pre-Treatment support:

  • Support available while on the waiting list
  • Assessment
  • Counselling
  • Phone support
  • Case management
  • Active referrals and support to access other services
  • Face to face engagement with Intensive Early Birds for local ACT residents

Target Group:

  • Adults
  • Men, women and couples (including same sex couples)
  • Accepts both ACT and interstate residents, however ACT residents get priority

Documentation required:

  • Identification
  • Other types of documentation may be required including those above

When and how to access:
Operating hours: program operating hours are 24 hours a day (7 days a week), office hours are 9am – 5pm (Monday – Friday)
Ways to access: By appointment only
Disability access: Accessible toilets and doorways
Referrals accepted from: Self, another service, Courts
Transport assistance available: Transport can be arranged from ACT withdrawal programs
Other access information: Requirement to complete a withdrawal program, some medication exclusions will be assessed on application for admission and access will be refused to an intoxicated person. Access may be provided to people who are stable on a maintenance dose of opioid pharmacotherapy. For further information, see http://karralika.org.au/on-pharmacotherapy-maintenance-and-need-a-treatment-program/


  • Assessment required
  • Over the phone
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less than 1 hour
  • Includes alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Includes other assessments

Treatment Plans

  • An individualised treatment plan will be developed

Admission Requirements for Residential Services Only

  • Mobile phone stored during stay
  • Searching for possessions
  • Possessions stored during stay
  • Confiscation and disposal of alcohol, other drugs and tobacco
  • Admissions are available twice a week


Program type: Residential rehabilitation

Model: Therapeutic Community

Duration and intensity: Up to 12 months (not including aftercare) through a staged approach.

Not able to consume alcohol or other drugs while in program: No alcohol or other drugs to be consumed during program, certain prescription medications allowed.

Philosophical approach: Therapeutic Community; belief that a person’s dependence on alcohol and drugs is a symptom of underlying personal difficulties; harm minimisation framework.

Additional program description: The program provides comprehensive care focused on the individual and their personal growth to replace alcohol and drug dependence. The program has four stages: assessment, Karuna/induction, treatment/commitment and transition. Key components of the program are individualised case management, therapeutic and educational groups, skills development and planned aftercare.

Additional supports available:

  • Support to access BBV and STI screening
  • Work and Development Program: ACT and NSW programs
  • Readiness for employment training provided
  • Vocational education (i.e. Access to education and training where available)
  • Recreation and sport (i.e Daily recreation)
  • Emergency relief
  • Living skills (i.e. Daily activities and support)
  • Aftercare (i.e. Outreach support is provided)

Aftercare and exit of service

  • Documented exit plan
  • Aftercare support available
  • Relapse prevention
  • Phone support
  • Links with community self-help groups (e.g. 12 step)
  • Active referrals and support to access other services

Harm reduction initiatives

  • Harm reduction drug education and strategies (i.e. safer injecting information)
  • Opioid overdose prevention and education

Mental Health

  • Assessments include a mental health component
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Relationships with Mental Health ACT (i.e. Maintaining joint management, consultation and liaison advice)
  • Staff have a mental health training
  • Partnerships with mental health services

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Staff undertake Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness training
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander services in-reach
  • Partnerships: supported access to Winnunga health services

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Staff undertake cultural awareness training

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Provide access to subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapies including multiple types of NRT
  • Provide access to GPs/medical officers to prescribe NRT patches or other smoking pharmacotherapies
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


Rent & Fees: Rent varies and is based on approximately 80% of Centrelink payment. Upfront fee to be paid prior to service admission.

Others: Support can be provided to access Centrelink and there is an exemption from requirement to be looking for work with Centrelink while engaged in program.

Staff available

  • AOD Worker (Clinical and Non-clinical)
  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Other medical practitioner
  • Administrator
  • Executive
  • Manager
  • Clinical Services Director/Quality and Clinical Services Officer

Help for Families & Carers

  • Information, education and counselling is offered to families and carers
  • Contact with family and carers while on program (i.e. Visiting days, supported playgroup)
  • Family support groups
  • Counselling for family and carers (i.e. Referrals to partner agencies for counselling)

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Alexander Maconochie Centre

  • Referrals are accepted from Community Based Corrections as part of a persons parole conditions

Other Information

  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
  • Preparation of reports for Care and Protection
  • Preparation of reports for Courts
  • Preparation of reports for Corrective Services
  • Reunification planning for families
  • Day and night leave provided for service consumers who have reached agreed milestones

Last updated on October 2017

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