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Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs

About treatment

Treatment for alcohol and other drug issues involves a range of interventions including screening, opportunistic and brief intervention, assessment, individual treatment planning, case management, counselling and referral for detoxification, residential rehabilitation or other appropriate services.

Clients presenting to alcohol and drug services are assessed for the severity of drug use, motivation to change and treatment needs. Assessment includes decisions about the type of treatment and support to be provided, and indicates whether it is appropriate to refer an individual for further treatment and support. Referral may be for detoxification, rehabilitation, mental health, psychosocial or psychiatric interventions, self-help groups, medical specialists or general practitioners. 

Queensland Health supports a range of dedicated alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment services and programs delivered by government, non-government and community-based organisations. Programs include opioid treatment, needle and syringe distribution, drug withdrawal, counselling, hospital consultation and liaison services and rehabilitation.

Queensland Health works closely with key partners from other government agencies, non-government organisations, community controlled organisations, private sector, and education and research centres in the delivery of alcohol and other drug treatment programs and services. 

Within the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Branch, the Treatment Team provides leadership and expertise in the delivery of alcohol, tobacco and other drug services, managing and developing information and reporting systems, workforce development, and encouraging partnerships and networks.

Statewide services are also provided by the Drugs of Dependence Unit which monitors the use of controlled or restricted drugs.

Further Information

Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Services
Alcohol, tobacco and other drug treatment and counselling services are provided in local communities throughout the State. For more information, or to locate your nearest Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug service or opioid treatment service, visit About us.

Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Treatment Programs
For more information about treatment programs visit the Treatment Programs.

For Health Professionals
Information for health professionals working in the alcohol, tobacco and other drugs field including clinical guidelines, protocols, resources, research, training and education is provided at the For Health Professionals.

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Last Updated: 06 May 2009
Last Reviewed: 06 May 2009