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released: 12 Dec 2011 author: AIHW

In South Australia in 2009-10, 59 publicly-funded government and non-government alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 9,092 treatment episodes. This was an increase of four treatment agencies but a decrease of 572 treatment episodes from 2008-09. Alcohol was again the most common principal drug of concern (56%), followed by amphetamines (11%) and cannabis (10%). Counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided in 2009-10 (accounting for 27% of episodes) a change from recent years, in which the predominant treatment type was assessment only.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-255-1; Cat. no. AUS 148; 16pp.; Internet Only

Highlights

In South Australia in 2009–10, 59 publicly-funded government and non-government alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 9,092 treatment episodes. This was anncrease of four treatment agencies but a decrease of 572 treatment episodes from 2008–09. The median1 ages of persons receiving treatment for their own drug use slightly increased (35) and those seeking assistance in relation to someone else’s drug use decreased (41) in 2009–10. Alcohol was again the most common principal drug of concern (56%), followed by amphetamines (11%) and cannabis (10%). Counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided in 2009–10 (accounting for 27% of episodes). This was followed by assessment only (26%), withdrawal management (19%) and rehabilitation (11%). In the previous two years assessment only (27% in 2008–09 and 30% in 2007–08) was the most common form of main treatment provided in South Australia.


 1 The median is the midpoint of a list of observations ranked from the smallest to the largest.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Alcohol and other drug treatment services in South Australia 2009-10: findings from the National Minimum Data Set (NMDS). AIHW bulletin no. 96. Cat. no. AUS 148. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 17 April 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420904>.