Withdrawal management (detoxification) includes medicated and non-medicated treatment in a residential or non-residential setting, to help manage, reduce or stop the use of a drug of concern. This type of treatment is not available for people seeking treatment for someone else’s alcohol or drug use). See glossary for further information on withdrawal management.
- One in 10 (10% or 22,331) treatment episodes for a clients’ own alcohol or drug use involved withdrawal management as the main treatment.
- Of these, most treatment episodes were for alcohol (51%) or amphetamines (16%) (tables Trt.3, Trt.24).
In 2020–21, for clients whose main treatment was withdrawal management:
- 3 in 5 (59%) of all people receiving treatment for their own alcohol or drug use were male
- around 1 in 8 (13%) people identified as Indigenous Australians
- over one-quarter (27%) of clients were aged 30–39 and 26% were aged 40–49 (tables SC.18–20).
Among withdrawal management treatment episodes as a main treatment type:
- three-quarters of all treatment episodes for own alcohol or drug use (75%) lasted from 2-29 days, followed by 1 in 8 (12%) treatment episodes lasting 1-3 months.
Over the 10-year period to 2020–21:
- the proportion of withdrawal management episodes lasting 2-29 days rose from 71% in 2011–12 to 75% in 2020–21
- median treatment duration has remained stable at 8 days since 2011–12 (tables Ov.11, Trt.29).