The Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programs Unit, or CAAAPU as everyone knows us, is an Aboriginal Corporation which delivers culturally appropriate alcohol and other substance abuse rehabilitation, treatment programs and services to assist the people of Central Australia.


CAAAPU was formed in 1991 to provide a place of health, hope and healing for Aboriginal people suffering the effects of alcohol and substance misuse.


CAAAPU endeavour to provide a safe and effective healing place that equips Aboriginal individuals and families with the tools to lead a healthy, sober, active and productive life by Increasing the recognition of the unique spiritual and cultural strengths of Aboriginal people to assist in healing choices and by providing leadership in the Aboriginal community in the areas of alcohol and other drug dependency.


We operate our programs from a 5 hectare property on the rural outskirts of Alice Springs. The facility is landscaped with native and bush tucker plants providing a peaceful place for clients to heal. Culturally appropriate spaces such as bough shelters and sandpits provide outdoor space for group therapies.


We have been providing residential female and male services for many years, taking clients who are self – referred and clients referred through external service providers such as Alice Springs Hospital, Alcohol and Drugs service, Correctional Services and the Justice system.


Aboriginal people are provided with the tools to recover from Alcohol and Drug misuse, to become stronger, healthier and able to make informed decisions about how they live their lives.