In South Australia (SA) in 2008–09, 55 publicly funded government and non-government alcohol and other drug treatment agencies provided 9,664 treatment episodes. This represented an increase of 6 treatment agencies and 687 treatment episodes from 2007–08. The median1 ages of persons receiving treatment for their own drug use and those seeking treatment in relation to someone else’s drug use was the same as for 2007–08 (34 years and 45 years, respectively).

Alcohol was again the most common principal drug of concern (53%), followed by amphetamines (13%) and heroin (11%).

Assessment only episodes decreased slightly from 30% in 2007–08 to 27% in 2008–09, but remained the most common form of main treatment provided in South Australia. This was followed by counselling (26%), withdrawal management (17%) and rehabilitation (14%).

  1. The median is the midpoint of a list of observations ranked from the smallest to the largest.