What is a Therapeutic Community?
A ‘Therapeutic Community’ or TC is a residential program where residents share the goal of learning from experiences of living and working together as a community. This is referred to as a ‘living Learning situation’ and is the main means for promoting personal change. In the TC, residents and staff participate in the management and operation of the community, contributing to a safe learning environment where change can occur. Residents learn how to change their thinking and behaviour by working with each other and with the staff.
Is this a detox program?
No. The Karralika Therapeutic Community is not a detoxification facility. Individuals, couples and families come to our residential rehabilitation programs drug free (other than prescribed medications) and alcohol free. Many clients will have had to participate in a detox program provided by another service before they will be accepted into our programs.
Do I have to be drug free to be in your programs?
Yes you need to be free from alcohol and illegal drugs to participate in our programs.
Participants of the Sober Driver Program and REVERSED courses must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when attending the session. Participants will be breathalized before the course and will be excluded if they have a postive reading.
What if I am on methadone or buprenorphine?
If you are on methadone or buprenorphine as part of an Opioid Maintenance Treatment program you can apply for admission to any of our programs. From July 2013, Karralika Therapeutic Community can also support adults established on a maintenance program, and who wish to participate in the live-in rehabilitation program. For more information read on here Karralika Pharmacotherapy Client Information Sheet or call our Intake Officer.
I live outside the ACT can I join one of the programs?
Yes, you can participate in one of our residential programs even if you normally reside outside of the ACT.
Can my children be with me while I am staying at the residential rehabilitation facility?
The Karralika Child and Family Services Program enables parent/s participating in the residential rehabilitation program to have their children (up to the age of 12 years) living with them. The Program offers individual support to address the alcohol or other drug dependency but also focuses on the family relationship.
Can people who don’t have court orders get into the rehabilitation program, the Sober Driver Program or the REVERSED course?
Absolutely. All of Karralika Programs Inc. programs are voluntary and individuals can self-refer for assessment. However some adults will be required to participate under court order.
Who is REVERSED for?
REVERSED is an alcohol and drug awareness course for adults who have been charged with a drink or drug driving offence in the ACT since 25 November 2011 and have been (1) charged with the same offence before or (2) had a mid to high range blood alcohol content level.
REVERSED is a 6-hour course approved by Road User Services in the ACT and you’ll need to complete this course in order to maintain or regain your licence.
Do I need to stay at the residential program for the full 12 months?
Overcoming dependency will not happen overnight and requires a change of thinking and behaving that takes time. The Therapeutic Community model works and is life changing. The Karralika Therapeutic Community Adult and Child and Family Program progresses through a series of phases up to 12 months. A shorter program of 8 weeks (Karuna) provides adults with the opportunity to experience the benefits of a residential rehabilitation program, before making a decision to continue on for the remainder of the Therapeutic Community program, or consider moving into the Men’s Halfway House or return to the community with the support of our Outreach program. Our focus is to help clients find the right supports and other services to help them continue with their rehabilitation journey after they complete their treatment program with us.
How can I get onto a program?
First you need to make contact with Karralika Programs Inc. Intake Officer on 02 6163 0200 who can provide information about our programs and schedule a time for an assessment. Our Intake Officer will ask a series of questions to understand more about you, your dependence history and which program would best suit you. They will assess your eligibility for one of our programs and discuss the next steps. Take the first step and call us.
Applications for the Sober Driver Program or REVERSED are available by contacting the coordinator on 02 6163 0200 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have a mental health condition or other complex need – can I still come to your program?
Yes. Our programs and staff are able to support people with complex needs to address their alcohol and drug dependence. Residents with low literacy, Acquired Brain Injury and Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for example are supported with additional resources and tools to help them participate effectively in the program and achieve their treatment goals. Supports might include being able to spend some time in a quiet place, using tailored print resources including group handouts and worksheets, having additional time to complete homework or individual tasks, accessing additional support from staff and senior peers, additional one to one staff time and instruction, and using voice recorders or voice recognition software for example.
Adults with low to moderate mental health conditions who are, or can be, stable on medication are able to participate in our programs. Karralika Programs Inc. works closely with Mental Health ACT and health professionals to ensure the continued health and safety of our clients while they are participating in our programs.
Are the programs free?
No. Although our programs are supported by funding from Governments, all clients are expected to pay affordable fees for board and lodging within the residential rehabilitation programs (Karralika Therapeutic Community Adult Program, Karuna Short-stay Program and the Child and Family Services Program) or the community-based settings provided through the Nexus Program. You can find out more about our fees when you contact the Intake Officer on 02 6163 0200.
Are the services confidential?
Yes. Information collected by the organisation is confidential. Karralika Programs Inc. complies with the Privacy Act in relation to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. We do provide de-identified data on program occupancy to our funders and to the National Minimum Data Set for broader service planning across the country but client names are definitely not included.