Summary

  • In Victoria in 2003-04, 143 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies and outlets provided 47,638 'closed treatment episodes'.
  • Just over one-third of closed treatment episodes were for clients aged between 20 and 29 years of age (34%), followed by just over a quarter of treatment episodes (26%) provided for clients in the 30-39 year age group.
  • Male clients accounted for nearly two-thirds (63%) of all closed treatment episodes in Victoria.
  • In Victoria, alcohol (37%), heroin (23%) and cannabis (22%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes.
  • Of all closed treatment episodes in Victoria, counselling was the most common form of main treatment provided (47%), followed by withdrawal management (detoxification) (22%) and support and case management only (13%).
  • Treatment episodes in Victoria most commonly ceased because the treatment was completed (67%).