Karuna Short Stay Program (Karralika Programs Inc.)

Provides 8 weeks of residential rehabilitation within a therapeutic community setting for single adults and couples with ATOD issues.

Telephone: (02) 6163 0200 (Intake and assessment)
Fax: (02) 6282 7777
Mailing Address: PO Box 2230, Tuggeranong ACT 2901
Email address: info@karralika.org.au
Website: www.karralika.org.au
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

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

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: Transport available
Childcare available: Costs apply
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.


  • Over the phone
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less than 1 hour
  • Includes alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Includes other assessments (i.e. initial screen)

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 dependent upon waiting list and bed availability
  • Transport directly from withdrawal unit to service


Program type: Residential rehabilitation

Model: Therapeutic Community

Duration and intensity: 8-week live-in residential program

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, harm minimisation framework.

Additional program description: Provides first 8-week phase of rehabilitation. The focus includes identifying and beginning to address the underlying reasons for dependence with case work support. Provides the pathway for continued rehabilitation within the Therapeutic Community provided by Karralika Programs Inc. or through referrals to other programs. Individuals are supported and introduced to the Therapeutic Community model, its principles, practices and language and can see the benefits of a residential program. A range of social and living skills development activities are offered with a focus on health, and alcohol or other drug use, skill development and personal growth. Aftercare support is provided at the end of the program.

Additional supports available:

  • Vocational Education (i.e. Support to access education and training)
  • Training and development opportunities to support job readiness following program
  • Recreation and sport (i.e Daily recreation)
  • Emergency relief
  • Living skills (i.e. Daily activities and facilitated groups to build skills and confidence including parenting, health and wellbeing, nutrition, financial skills)
  • Aftercare (i.e. Outreach support when leaving program with a relapse prevention focus)

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

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)

  • Staff undertake cultural awareness training

Tobacco Management

  • Smokefree
  • Screen for tobacco use
  • Provide tobacco brief interventions
  • Provide repeated or ongoing support and/or counselling for smoking cessation
  • Provide smoking cessation support groups
  • Provide access to subsidised or free nicotine replacement therapies
  • Provide access to GPs/medical officers to prescribe NRT
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


Rent & Fees: Rent (fortnightly contribution towards living); upfront fee to be paid prior to admission (Rent in advance)

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

  • ATOD Worker (Clinical and Non-clinical)
  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Other medical practitioner

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, family counselling, supported playgroup)

Other Information

  • Provides support letters for people to access Housing ACT
  • Preparation of reports for Care and Protection
  • Preparation of reports for Courts

Last Updated on September 2016