Summary

  • In South Australia (SA) in 2003-04, 53 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 7,613 'closed treatment episodes'.
  • Nearly one-third of all closed treatment episodes were for clients aged between 30 and 39 years of age (31%), followed by just over one-quarter of all treatment episodes (28%) provided for clients in the 20-29 year age group.
  • Male clients accounted for over two-thirds (67%) of all closed treatment episodes in SA.
  • In SA, alcohol (47%) and amphetamines (17%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes, followed by heroin (15%) and cannabis (10%).
  • Of all closed treatment episodes in SA, counselling and assessment only were the most common form of main treatment provided (23% each), followed by rehabilitation (21%) and withdrawal management (detoxification) (20%).
  • Treatment episodes in SA most commonly ceased because the treatment was completed (49%).