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'Rehabilitation' Options.

Entering a rehab is something which many illicit drug users contemplate at one time or another. If you think this might be the option which you are looking for, there are quite a few good rehabs to choose from around Australia. There are several in Canberra, with some specialising in youth, adult, family, etc.

Canberra's two biggest and oldest rehabs are Karralika (run by Karralika Programs inc.) and Arcadia House (run by DIRECTIONS Health Services)

ATODA, the ACT's peak AOD body, has a directory HERE which lists all of the ACT's rehabs and other AOD services.

Please take note: these services are NOT run by CAHMA.


Karralika Theraputic Community provides up to 12 months of residential rehabilitation care, within a theraputic community setting, for single adults and couples with alcohol and other drug dependencies. Education, recreational activities, life skills and accredited training are provided. Counselling and access to specialised services from other agencies is available. Support can be provided to parents who do not have custody of their children. Children, family members and support people can visit residents. Some prescription medications are allowed and residents can now access pharmacotherapies such as methadone and buprenorphine while staying at Karralika. Personal items are searched upon entry to the program.

Karralika is situated in the Tuggeranong region of Canberra (the location is confidential), and admission is arranged via telephone on (02) 6292 2733 (between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday). Cost is 81% of your income. Waiting time varies considerably, but support is offered to people on the waiting list.

Please take note: these services are NOT run by CAHMA.


DIRECTIONS ACT's Residential Transition Service is an 8 week residential transition program, open to single adults, based on theraputic community principles. Residents take part in living skills, theraputic and educational groups. The cost is $220 per week which is non-refundable if you leave early. Assesment and booking is via phone on (02) 6253 3055, between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Other rehabs include:

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.

Program for Adolescent Life Management PALM (Ted Noffs Foundation) Provides up to 3 months residential rehabilitation for young people aged between 13 17 years experiencing AOD issues.

Solaris Therapeutic Community Program (Karralika Programs Inc. and ACT Corrective Services) Provides a therapeutic community approach for adult males in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) with moderate to severe alcohol and other drug dependence.

Karralika Family Program (Karralika Programs Inc.) Provides up to 12 months of residential rehabilitation within a therapeutic community setting for adults with ATOD problems with accompanying children up to the age of 12.

Canberra Recovery Services Bridge Program (The Salvation Army) Provides a residential rehabilitation program for people experiencing AOD and/or gambling dependencies.