Summary

  • In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 2003-04, 8 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 1,318 'closed treatment episodes'.
  • Over one-third of closed treatment episodes were for clients aged between 20 and 29 years of age (39%), followed by over a quarter of treatment episodes (26%) provided for clients in the 30-39 year age group.
  • Male clients accounted for under two-thirds (63%) of all closed treatment episodes in the ACT.
  • In the ACT, cannabis (30%), alcohol (22%) and heroin (20%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes, followed by amphetamines (18%).
  • Of all closed treatment episodes in the ACT, counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided (47%), followed by withdrawal management (detoxification) (36%) and rehabilitation (13%).