What types of treatment for cannabis use do Australians receive?

The main type of treatment received for cannabis use in Australia is counselling, which accounts for 40% of cannabis treatment episodes. This is followed by information and education, which accounts for 21% of treatment episodes. 

In 2013-14, counselling accounted for 40% of treatment episodes for cannabis use in Australia; withdrawal management accounted for 11%; assessment accounted for 12%; support and case management accounted for 11%; rehabilitation accounted for 4%; information and education accounted for 21%; and other types of treatment accounted for 2%.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). (2015). Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services in Australia 2013-14.

Treatment Episode: A period of contact between a client and a treatment provider. Only ‘closed’ treatment episodes are included in the data used here. An episode is closed if there is a change in the principal drug of concern, main treatment, or service delivery setting; if the treatment ends; or if the patient is imprisoned or dies.