Treatment

In 2016–17, assessment only was the most common type of main treatment in South Australia (40% of episodes), followed by counselling (25%), and withdrawal management (16%) (Figure 19; Table ST.5). Other treatment (10%) was the most common type of additional treatment, followed by counselling (8%), and withdrawal management (2%).

Over the 5 years to 2016–17, the proportion of closed treatment episodes where assessment only was a main treatment type fluctuated, with a high of 44% in 2013–14 and a low of 39% in 2014-15. Over the same period, counselling has steadily increased from 20% in 2012–13 to 25% in 2016–17. The proportion of closed episodes where assessment only was the main treatment remained considerably higher in South Australia than the national average (from 17% to 16%) (Tables SE SA.20 and ST.2). As noted previously, this high proportion of closed episodes for assessment only treatment is attributable to assessments provided under the Police Drug Diversion Initiative.

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