Summary

  • In the Northern Territory (NT) in 2003-04, 19 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 2,692 'closed treatment episodes'.
  • Over one-third of closed treatment episodes were for clients aged between 30 and 39 years of age (38%), followed by nearly a quarter of all treatment episodes (24%) provided for clients in the 40-49 year age group.
  • Male clients accounted for nearly two-thirds (64%) of all closed treatment episodes in the NT.
  • In the NT, alcohol (77%) and cannabis (8%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes, followed by amphetamines (5%).
  • Of all closed treatment episodes in the NT, counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided (25%), followed by assessment only and information and education only (24% each).
  • Treatment episodes in the NT most commonly ceased because the treatment was completed (63%).