Mission Statement, Aims and Guiding Principles

Mission Statement

The WA Council On Addictions (trading as Cyrenian House) provides services with the aim of promoting improvements in the wellbeing of:

  1. People experiencing problems with the use of alcohol and/or other drugs;
  2. People who are impacted upon by other people experiencing problems with the use of alcohol and/or other drugs

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.


The aims of the above programs are:

  • To minimise harm caused by drug and alcohol 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 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, increase of self esteem and widen choice.
  • To improve communications and relating skills.
  • To contribute to an improvement in consumers physical and mental health.
  • To refer consumers to appropriate community based support.
  • To contribute to a reduction in criminal behaviour.
  • To reduce the harm associated with alcohol and/or other drug use within the broader community.

Guiding Principles

The above objectives are informed by the following understanding:

  • Drug use can be a complex problem affecting and being affected by the many social systems individuals operate within.
  • To achieve the best outcomes in terms of recovery, physical, mental, psychological and spiritual health all need to be addressed.
  • Recovery within the drug use context is an ongoing process. In the recovery continuum positive benefits are achieved even in failed attempts at obtaining reduced  drug use. Upon achieving reduced use the consumers often require further support to maximise well being.
  • Within the mental health context recovery is recognised as an individual experience.  Services should be provided in partnership with the consumer to achieve the most positive mental health state for the consumer.
  • Different philosophies and interventions are appropriate for different consumers. Thorough assessment of consumers is necessary to ensure that they are correctly matched to programs. The agency’s methods and expectations are disclosed to allow the consumers to negotiate the most effective service for them. Referral to other services is made where appropriate.
  • Consumer confidentiality will is guided by The Privacy Act 1988 and the organisations by duty of care
  • As recovery may be a lengthy process, and treatment interventions expensive, consumers are actively encouraged to, where appropriate; to access community based self help groups as a foundation for continuing progress.
  • It is beneficial to establish and maintain a network of relations with other services to assist consumers with problems outside the agency’s field of expertise.
  • Programs should always be balanced and comprehensive response to the complex needs of the consumer.