Summary

  • In New South Wales (NSW) in 2003-04, 259 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 42,529 'closed treatment episodes'.
  • One-third of closed treatment episodes were for clients aged between 20 and 29 years of age (33%), followed by almost another one-third of treatment episodes (31%) provided for clients in the 30-39 year age group.
  • Male clients accounted for over two-thirds (68%) of all closed treatment episodes in NSW.
  • In NSW, alcohol (41%) and heroin (21%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes, followed by cannabis (16%).
  • Of all closed treatment episodes in NSW, counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided (29%), followed by withdrawal management (detoxification) (23%) and assessment only (22%).
  • Treatment episodes in NSW most commonly ceased because the treatment was completed (51%).