Rehabilitation is an intensive treatment program that integrates a range of services and therapeutic activities, including counselling, behavioural treatment, social and community living skills, relapse prevention and recreational activities. 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 Rehabilitation.

In 2021–22, for a client’s own alcohol or drug use:

  • more than 1 in 20 (6.2% or 13,016) treatment episodes included rehabilitation as the main treatment type 
  • the most common principal drugs of concern were alcohol (46%) or amphetamines (34%) (tables Trt.3, Trt.47).

Client profile

In 2021–22, for clients whose main treatment was rehabilitation:

  • two in 3 (63%) people were male
  • over 1 in 3 people were aged 30–39 (32%), followed by people aged 20–29 (25%)
  • around 3 in 10 (28%) of people identified as Indigenous Australians (tables SC.18–20). 

Treatment profile

Among rehabilitation treatment episodes for a client’s own alcohol or drug use:

  • more than 1 in 3 (35%) episodes lasted 1–3 months, while a further 31% lasted between 2-29 days in 2021–22
  • over the 10-year period to 2021–22, the duration of episodes of rehabilitation remained relatively stable, which may be related to rehabilitation treatment programs lasting a set period of time (Table Trt.52)
  • in the 10 years to 2021–22, the median treatment duration for clients’ own alcohol or drug use use was highest in 2016–17 at 53 days and has fallen to 42 days in 2021–22 (Table OV.11).