Drug & Alcohol Services

Karralika Therapeutic Community Adult Program


PO Box 2230, Tuggeranong ACT 2901

(02) 6185 1300

1800 152 772



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About Us

Provides single adults and couples with alcohol and other drug dependencies with residential rehabilitative care within a therapeutic community setting. Following the treatment clients are able to receive further support through the provision of Transition programs and outreach. Also takes clients from the ACT who are on a stable opioid replacement.

Established in 1978, the Karralika Therapeutic Community Program offers a comprehensive program for people with alcohol and other dependence, using the therapeutic community approach to treatment. In simple terms this approach uses ‘community as method’ where members of the community support each other to fully participate in the community and achieve the goals of lifestyle and self-change.

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About the program

Treatment is provided within a safe environment, free of alcohol and non-prescription drugs and is based on the belief that a person’s dependence on alcohol or other drugs is symptomatic of underlying personal difficulties. We provide an environment that not only assists people to overcome their dependence but also assists in the development of positive life skills to help them choose a better life and continue their recovery journey.

Our program focuses upon individual personal growth to replace alcohol and other drug dependence. It includes life and job skills training, individual case management and recovery goal setting, along with group work and access to specialist services from other agencies. We can support the diverse and often complex needs of each resident within the Therapeutic Community. That is why each resident has a personal plan and case worker, and the resources and tools to support their own treatment goals.

Preparation for future employment and lifeskills training are important components of the program. Clients have the opportunity to learn new skills to support their growth and potential employment opportunities when their treatment program ends and they return to the community.

Staff work within a creative and innovative therapeutic environment and are skilled in clinical practices and present strong role models for clients in treatment. Our multidisciplinary team is professionally trained in the treatment of those with alcohol and other drug dependencies and some have lived experience. We also have staff with qualifications in psychology, nursing, counselling, addiction studies and other related disciplines.

Our team offer alcohol and other drug information, support and case management to parents who do not have custody of their children and assist with supported access visits through our Child and Family Services Program.

To view the adult therapeutic community program facilities SEE HERE.

Residents being in Karuna, an 8 week program to begin to identify and address the reasons for their dependence, before moving into the next stage of their treatment program within the Karralika Therapeutic Community. However Karuna is also a short-stay residential program where clients take part in group and individual case management sessions, creative therapies, parenting, and healthy eating and active lifestyle programs. Karuna aims to empower clients to make informed choices about a range of ongoing treatment options as part of their recovery journey which may include an staying with us longer in the Therapeutic community, be referred to another agency, or supported return to the community through our Outreach Program.   Some men may be eligible to move into the Nexus Men’s Halfway House program.

Our staff can also support the children and extended families of clients not residing in the Therapeutic Community with counseling and supported access visits.