Our Approach To Recovery
The organisation of Karralika Programs supports individuals and families experiencing alcohol and other drug dependence to choose a better life through residential and community-based treatment programs.
Our focus is person-centred, helping you to identify and understand the reasons for your alcohol and/or drug use in the past, and working with you to help you achieve your personal recovery goals.
But what is “recovery”?
In the Therapeutic Community model of treatment, recovery is the multidimensional learning about oneself behaviourally, cognitively and emotionally to achieve and sustain positive living. For Karralika Programs this means supporting you in an active process of discovery to develop a sense of hope, a sense of meaning and purpose for your life, a sense of community and belonging and a sense of positive identity and pride.
The principles upon which Karralika Programs supports recovery are: self-determination, empowerment, holistic, wellbeing, connectedness, harm minimisation and positive living
Here are some definitions, with similar principles, coined by leading alcohol and drug organisations:
Anex: Recovery is a voluntary self-determined process toward wellbeing through minimisation or cessation of drug-related harms. This involves fostering healthy supported connections, such as with self, family, peers and community, and is premised upon fair access to pre-requisites for wellbeing.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
UK Drug Policy Commission: recovery is voluntarily sustained control over substance use which maximises health and wellbeing and participation in the rights, roles and responsibilities of society.
Betty Ford Institute Consensus Panel: a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterised by sobriety, personal health and citizenship.
Our approach to rehabilitation
Karralika Programs offers programs underpinned by the Therapeutic Community theory, model and method. Our programs include a combination of one-to-one case management, educational and therapeutic groups, creative therapies, Healthy Eating and Acting Lifestyles (HEAL), relapse prevention and SMART Recovery. Read on for further information.
Vision, Philosophy and Values
Karralika Programs Inc sees the potential in every individual – employees, clients and stakeholders and seeks to consult and engage individuals in all aspects of its operations.
Our commitment to meeting the needs of clients and their families is resolute. We are skilled in what we do, and we work with others to bring a holistic and considered approach to each situation and each person. We actively empower and enable individuals to advise, co-design and refine services, programs and operations so their fullest potential might be realised.
Our work is underpinned by the following values:
Trust and integrity form the foundation of all our dealings. We will be professional, forthright and accessible ensuring our actions
are fully transparent, accountable and congruent with our mission and total value system.
We believe in the self-worth and dignity of all people. Our relationships are non-judgmental, respectful and positive. We act with
empathy, accepting and valuing diversity – cultural, religious, gender, disability and in life experience – in those we support and
Quality and Accountability
Our services are evidence based, best practice and of a consistent high quality. We hold ourselves transparently accountable
to quality standards in all aspects of our work. We are committed to our staff and their professional resilience, growth and
development by investing in continuous professional development, supervision and health and wellbeing programs and services.
We use our resources wisely to fulfil the vision and mission of the organisation and the clients we seek to serve.
Agility and Responsiveness
We work from a person-centred approach that is agile and responsive to changing needs and circumstances. We consciously
seek to evolve our service model to meet the diverse needs of the communities we support through consultation, research and
innovation. We offer a range of approaches and work collaboratively with the individual to create effective solutions that meet
their specific needs.
We are accountable and transparent in all our actions and every aspect of our business. We demonstrate strength, vulnerability
and commitment; role modelling the process of empowering, enabling and engaging our people and clients to fulfil their potential.
We are strategic in our thinking, sharing our knowledge and skills with others to bring about change in a dynamic and ever changing environment.
Collaboration and Support
We seek and engage in opportunities for collaboration to improve client outcomes in every aspect of our business. We believe
collaboration will lead to better coordinated and innovative services, maximising resources to effectively support individuals,
families and communities. We will support clients, their families and our staff to identify opportunities for us to acquire new
skills, capacity or services through collaboration with other agencies, institutions or providers.
We believe that a person’s dependence on alcohol or other drugs is a symptom of underlying personal difficulties. Our staff aim to provide a safe and caring environment to deliver programs that assist individuals to develop life skills, challenge behaviours and attitudes and learn the tools and information needed to support recovery.
Our programs are accessible to individuals from different cultures, languages and backgrounds and are able to support people with complex needs and mental health conditions. Our staff respect diversity, lived- and life-experiences, and are qualified and caring.
We are committed to providing quality services to our clients and their families in a way that meets their needs, is aligned with our core values, and reflected in our programs and policies. This commitment is formalised in our Client Bill of Rights and our Consumer Participation and Engagement Strategy and underpinned by our Clinical Governance Framework.
Karralika Programs is committed to reconciliation, acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land and pays respect to elders past and present.
Karralika means ‘on a height’ or ‘on a hill’ which is where the original Karralika Homestead was built. Our logo depicts two faces, drawn with a single unbroken line demonstrating our holistic and collaborative approach to support people with alcohol and drug dependencies to move beyond their addiction. It reflects our staff innovation, drive and dedication and the personal and connected approach we take in support each and every person to choose a better life. The image suggests the continuous forward-motion of the journey with Karralika Programs on the road to recovery.
Governance and Funding
Karralika Programs Inc. is a community-based fir purpose organisation, with a board of directors.
Karralika Programs Inc. acknowledges the State, Territory and Federal government agencies providing funding for ongoing programs and specified projects including: ACT Health, Australian Government Department of Health, Australian Government Department of Social Services, and NSW Ministry of Health. Karralika Programs also receives funding through the Capital Health Network (ACT Primary Health Network) and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.
Other sources of support come from philanthropic donations, sponsorships and fundraising activities, and other community grants. If you would like to find out more about how you might be able to support us.
Karralika Programs Inc is incorporated under the ACT Associations Incorporation Act 1991. It is a public benevolent institution, a charitable institution and an approved gift fund and is exempt from income tax. Karralika Programs Inc. is accredited by the Quality Improvement Council. The Karralika Therapeutic Community and the Solaris Therapeutic Community are certified by the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association, the national peak body for therapeutic communities.