Summary

  • In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 2004-05, 9 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 4,213 'closed treatment episodes.'
  • Almost two-fifths (38%) of closed treatment episodes were for clients aged 20-29 years, and more than one-quarter (27%) were for clients aged 30-39 years.
  • Male clients accounted for over two-thirds (70%) of all closed treatment episodes.
  • Alcohol (43%) and opioids (29%, with heroin accounting for 27%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes, followed by cannabis (19%) and amphetamines (8%).
  • Of all closed treatment episodes, counselling was the most common main treatment provided (28%), followed by withdrawal management (detoxification) (27%) and assessment only (19%).
  • Treatment episodes most commonly ceased because the treatment was completed (57%).