Victoria’s specialist alcohol and other drug treatment services are available to all Victorians regardless of where they live. Around 40,000 Victorians currently access treatment services each year. A broad spectrum of community-based and residential treatment options are provided by a skilled and dedicated workforce that is passionate about providing excellent and effective services to the people who need them.
Alcohol and other drug treatment is delivered through a number of across Victoria. These treatment streams include intake, counselling, withdrawal, rehabilitation and pharmacotherapy. They are also supported by a separate planning function, led by a funded service provider in each catchment.
Overview of Victoria's alcohol and drug treatment system
People can access treatment - counselling, withdrawal, rehabilitation, care and recovery coordination and pharmacotherapy - through Directline or catchment-based intake.
Pathways into alcohol and other drugs treatment
Victorians can enter the alcohol and other drug treatment system through DirectLine or metropolitan and regional catchment-based intake.
Prevention and harm reduction
Prevention and harm reduction aims to prevent the use of illegal drugs and reduce harmful use of alcohol and pharmaceutical medications.
Medically supervised injecting room
The government has introduced legislation for a medically supervised injecting room to be trialled for two years at the North Richmond Community Health centre.
Community-based alcohol and other drug treatment services
Some alcohol and other drug treatment services are provided in the community.
Residential treatment services
Residential treatment options include rehabilitation and withdrawal services, and supported accommodation.
Drug rehabilitation plan
The Drug rehabilitation plan builds on the Ice Action Plan to tackle drug problems in Victoria and meet growing demand for treatment.
Victorian hospital-based withdrawal treatment provides medical supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To reduce harm from alcohol and other drug use and crime, the Victorian Government funds dedicated forensic community-based treatment.
Pharmacotherapy is the use of medication to assist in the treatment of opioid addiction.
Services for Aboriginal people
A range of alcohol and other drug treatment services are provided to Victorian Aboriginal people
Services for young people
Youth-specific residential and non-residential alcohol and other drug services in Victoria help young people to address substance use issues.
Statewide and specialist services
Statewide and specialist services provide treatments that meet the needs of specific populations.
The Victorian Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act 2010 provides for brief compulsory treatment for some people with severe substance dependence.
Family and peer support
Services for families and other support people, as well as peer-support services, help through treatment and recovery.
Reviewed 22 October 2021