In the Northern Territory in 2008–09, 21 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 3,757 treatment episodes. This represented 1 extra treatment agency and around 50 extra treatment episodes compared with 2007–08.

The median 1 age of persons receiving treatment for their own drug use was 31 years. The median age of people seeking treatment in relation to someone else’s drug in 2008–09 was the same as for 2007–08 (32 years).

Alcohol accounted for 71% of treatment episodes in 2008–09, followed by cannabis (11%) and opioids (9%, with morphine accounting for 7% of all principal drugs of concern).
The most common form of main treatment provided was assessment only (33% of episodes), followed by counselling (17%), withdrawal management (detoxification) (15%) and rehabilitation (14%). The proportion of counselling treatment episodes decreased from 21% of episodes in 2007–08 to 17% in 2008–09.

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