Summary

  • In New South Wales (NSW) in 2004-05, 287 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 43,079 'closed treatment episodes.'
  • Almost one-third of closed treatment episodes were for clients aged 20-29 years or 30-39 years (32% each).
  • Male clients accounted for about two-thirds (67%) of all closed treatment episodes.
  • Alcohol (42%) and opioids (25%, with heroin accounting for 20%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes, followed by cannabis (17%) and amphetamines (11%).
  • Of all closed treatment episodes, counselling was the most common main treatment provided (34%), followed by withdrawal management (detoxification) (22%) and assessment only (16%).
  • Treatment episodes most commonly ceased because the treatment was completed (55%).