Over 130,000 Australians received treatment from 796 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment agencies in 2015-16. The principal drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of treatment episodes), amphetamines (23%), cannabis (23%) and heroin (6%). The alcohol and other drug client group is an ageing cohort with a median age of 33 years in 2015-16, up from 31 years in 2006-07.

  • Cat. no: WEB 196
Findings from this report:
  • Counselling & assessment, support & case management, & withdrawal management remain the most common types of treatment

  • Around 1 in 7 clients (14%) were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

  • Alcohol was the top principal drug of concern that led clients to seek treatment across most states, except for SA & WA

  • The principal drugs that led clients to seek treatment were amphetamines, cannabis and heroin