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) 6185 1300 or 1800 1 KARRA / 1800 1 52772 (Intake and assessment)
Fax: (02) 6169 3200
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 depending on bed availability, support is offered to people waiting to enter the program

Pre-Treatment support:

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

Target Group:

  • Adults
  • Men, women and couples (including same sex couples)
  • Men, women and couples with children (children up to the age of 12 years) through Family Program
  • 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 can be arranged from ACT withdrawal programs. Transport to appointments whilst in program is provided.
Childcare available: Childcare for accompanying children in Family Program is provided by external registered provider. Subsidised childcare fees apply.
Other access information: Requirement to complete a withdrawal program.

Some medication exclusions apply and will be assessed on application for admission.


  • Assessments required
  • Over the phone
  • Appointment required
  • Takes less that 1 hour

Specialist ATOD assessment includes:

  • Comprehensive alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment
  • Comprehensive mental health history
  • Basic Physical health & medical history
  • Social and family history
  • Domestic and family violence screening
  • Criminal and legal history
  • Risk assessment
  • Initial screen

Treatment Plan

  • An individualised treatment plan will be developed

Drug Testing

  • Drug testing is conducted as part of treatment; the tests are conducted in-house/on-site by program staff or conducted by pathology laboratories
  • Types of testing used include urine drug screening and breath alcohol concentration by Alcohol Breathalyzer

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 (Adult and Family programs and Nexus Men’s Program) 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. Individual treatment plans are developed. Access to health and medical services are facilitated. Individual treatment plans and goal setting is established. Clients are assigned a case manager, participate in groups and one-on-one sessions. 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:

  • Work and Development Program: ACT and NSW programs
  • 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)

Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Support

  • Referrals to access screening, treatment and ongoing monitoring for viral hepatitis with external providers,
  • Referrals to access screening & treatment for sexually transmitted infections with external providers
  • Provides safe sex information

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

  • Harm reduction drug education and strategies (i.e. safer injecting information)
  • Opioid overdose prevention and education sessions (one-on-one to clients who are identified at risk)

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 Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services

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 including multiple types of NRT
  • Provide access to GPs/medical officers to prescribe NRT
  • Service has a workplace tobacco management policy


Rent & Fees: Upfront fee (program fees) to be paid in advance prior to service admission. Rent (fortnightly contribution towards living) varies and is based on approximately 80% of Centrelink payment.

Others: Support can be provided to access Centrelink and seek 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 Director/Quality and Clinical Services Director

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 April 2019

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