In 2017–18, the majority of closed treatment episodes for all clients, included:

  • counselling as the most common main treatment provided in New South Wales (37% of episodes), followed by withdrawal management (18%), assessment only (16%), and support and case management only (13%) (Figure 3; Table SE NSW.20)
  • where an additional treatment was provided as a supplementary to the main treatment, other treatment (12%) was the most common followed by counselling (9%).

Over the period 2013–14 to 2017–18:

  • counselling remained the most common main treatment type for all episodes in New South Wales, significantly increasing from 31% in 2015–16 to 42% in 2016–17, then falling to 37% in 2017–18 (Table SE NSW.20)
  • withdrawal management fell from 18% in 2013–14 to 14% in 2015–16, before rising (18%) in 2017–18; overtaking assessment only as the second most common treatment type.
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