Vision: A community free from the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use
Improved well-being for:
- people experiencing problems with the use of alcohol and/or other drugs;
- people impacted by the alcohol and/or other drug use of another.
Abbreviated Mission: To improve the well-being of people affected by alcohol and other drug use
- Social Justice
- Evidence based
- Culturally informed and responsive
- Flexibility in service delivery
- Leadership through partnership and collaboration
Cyrenian House acknowledges that there are high rates of people who experience problems with the use of alcohol and/or other drugs and at the same time experience mental health issues. Cyrenian House therefore expects co-occurring disorders to be the norm rather than the exception. In service provision Cyrenian House strives to provide the best standards of practice to address both issues.
- To minimise harm caused by alcohol and other drug (AOD) use through the promotion of goals of abstinence, reduction in use, safer using practices and safer sexual practices.
- To promote greater understanding of behaviours and strategies that lead to best possible mental health (MH) outcomes
- To increase consumer understanding and awareness of addiction and dependence.
- To increase consumer understanding and awareness about co-occurring AOD and MH issues
- To foster growth of positive living skills, self-esteem and widen choice.
- To improve communications and relating skills.
- To contribute to an improvement in physical and mental health.
- To refer consumers to appropriate community based support.
- To reduce criminal behaviour.
- To reduce the harm associated with AOD use in the wider community.
The above aims are informed by the following understanding:
- Drug use can be a complex problem affecting and being affected by the many social systems within which individuals live.
- Different philosophies and interventions are appropriate for different consumers and thorough assessment and treatment matching is necessary to ensure best outcomes.
- To achieve best outcomes for consumers, physical, mental, psychological and spiritual health all need to be addressed.
- Recovery within the alcohol and other drug context is an ongoing process and positive benefits are achieved even in failed attempts at reduced use.
- Upon achieving reduced alcohol and/or other drug use consumers often require further support to maximise well being.
- Within the mental health context recovery is recognised as an individual experience and services should always be negotiated and provided in partnership with the consumer.
- Referral to other services should be made where appropriate in order to meet consumer needs in an appropriate and timely manner.
- Consumer confidentiality is guided by The Privacy Act 1988, the Australian Privacy Principles 2014 and the organisation’s Duty of Care Statement.
- As recovery may be a lengthy process and treatment interventions expensive, consumers should be actively encouraged to access community based self help groups as a foundation for continuing progress.
- Collaboration and partnership with other services is essential to ensure that consumers have easy access to services outside the agency’s field of expertise.
- Programs should always be a balanced and comprehensive response to the complex needs of the consumer.