Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services across Australia provide a broad range of treatment services and support to people who use alcohol or drugs, and to their families and friends. This report presents information for 2018–19 about publicly funded AOD treatment service agencies, the people they treat and the treatment provided.
In 2018–19, 1,283 publicly funded alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services provided just under 220,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 137,000 clients. The four most common drugs that led clients to seek treatment for their own drug use were alcohol (36% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (28%), cannabis (20%) and heroin (5%). Almost two-thirds (64%) of all clients receiving treatment were male, and the median age of clients was 34 years.