Mission Statement, Aims and Guiding Principles

Vision: A community free from the harm associated with alcohol and other drug use

Mission Statement

Improved well-being for:

  1. people experiencing problems with the use of alcohol and/or other drugs;
  2. 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


  • Empowerment
  • Inclusiveness
  • Social Justice
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Humanity

Guiding Principles

  • Sustainability
  • 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.