Summary

  • In South Australia (SA) in 2004-05, 46 government-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 7,952 'closed treatment episodes'.
  • More than one-quarter (29%) of closed treatment episodes were for clients aged 20-29 years, and almost one-third (31%) were for clients aged 30-39 years.
  • Male clients accounted for about two-thirds (67%) of all closed treatment episodes.
  • Alcohol (43%) and opioids (21%, with heroin accounting for 13%) were the most common principal drugs of concern in closed treatment episodes, followed by amphetamines (18%) and cannabis (12%).
  • Of all closed treatment episodes, counselling was the most common main treatment provided (25%), followed by assessment only (23%) and withdrawal management (detoxification) (21%).
  • Treatment episodes most commonly ceased because the treatment was completed (56%).