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 (9.8% or 20,509) treatment episodes for a client’s own alcohol or drug use involved withdrawal management as the main treatment
- of these, most treatment episodes were for alcohol (58%) or amphetamines (17%) (tables Trt.3, Trt.24).
In 2021–22, for clients whose main treatment was withdrawal management:
- almost 3 in 5 (58%) of all people receiving treatment for their own alcohol or drug use were male
- one-quarter (25%) of clients were aged 30–39 and 27% were aged 40–49
- around 1 in 8 (14%) people identified as Indigenous Australians (tables SC.18–20).
Among withdrawal management treatment episodes as a main treatment type:
- seven in 10 treatment episodes (70%) lasted 2–29 days, followed by 1 in 7 (14%) treatment episodes lasting 1 day
- over the 10-year period to 2021–22, median treatment duration has remained stable at 8 days since 2012–13 (tables Ov.11, Trt.29).