Specialist alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services are part of a comprehensive approach to reducing demand in Australia—1 of the 3 pillars of harm minimisation that underpin the National Drug Strategy 2017–26.
AOD treatment services provide a broad range of services and support to people affected by substance use. Clients accessing these services commonly experience multiple episodes of treatment spanning several years.
Using the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services National Minimum Data Set, this report looks at the service use patterns of clients who received treatment from publicly funded specialist AOD treatment services between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2018, for 3 client cohorts:
- continual service users (2,436 clients or 3%)—clients who received at least 1 closed treatment episode in each collection period between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2018
- episodic service users (24,089 clients or 30%)—clients who received at least 1 closed treatment episode in 2014–15, and at least one other closed treatment episode in at least 1 (but not all) of the 3 years after that
- transitory service users (54,423 clients or 67%)—clients who received at least 1 closed treatment episode in 2014–15 only.