Other main treatment

Other main treatment types are modes of treatment that do not fit the descriptions of the main treatment types. Examples of other main treatment types may be living skills classes, outdoor therapy, relapse prevention and safe using or drug use reduction education and support.

In 2020–21,

  • Other treatment accounted for 8.3% (22,177) of all treatment episodes.
  • Of these episodes, 24% (5,304) reported other treatment as an additional treatment (tables Trt.4, Trt.61).
  • Most other treatment episodes for a clients’ own alcohol or drug use were for alcohol (35%), amphetamines (26%) or cannabis (16%) (tables Trt.4, Trt.61, Trt.63).

Over the 10-year period to 2020–21:

  • for clients receiving treatment for their own alcohol or drug use, other treatment episodes lasting one to 3 months increased from 9.3% in 2011–12 to 33% in 2020–21, while episodes lasting one day fell from 37% in 2011–12 to 16% in 2020–21
  • the proportion of other treatment episodes for someone else’s alcohol or drug use that lasted 2-29 days fell from 40% in 2011–12 to 26% in 2020–2, while episodes lasting one to 3 months increased from 15% to 41% since 2011–12
  • median treatment duration for other treatment ranged from 5 days to 43 days for all clients over this period (tables Ov.11, Trt.68).