Substance use disorders (SUDs/Addiction) (alcohol and other drug misuse) account for 5.4% of the world annual disease burden. While tobacco and alcohol have been the major legal substances of abuse in India, there has been a rapid and substantial increase in the use of marijuana, newer drugs of abuse (methamphetamine, LSD) and pharmaceuticals.
Adolescents are experimenting with drugs much earlier, placing them at a higher risk for addiction and related harm. Substance use has a substantial impact on not only on the user’s physical and mental health, but also has devastating consequences for the family and society at large. The growing problem of addictions (alcohol, drugs and behavioral health issues like gambling and internet addiction) on the one hand and lack of trained service providers on the other hand, led to a huge “treatment gap”. There is an urgent need to bridge this treatment gap in this specialized area of public health importance.
- Differentiating the various factors leading to Addiction/abuse by integrating hereditary, neurobiological and Psycho-social factors for a holistic approach
- Incorporate Screening and assessment for Alcohol use disorder in the practice
- Increase the ability to decide safe and appropriate pharmacological agents and psychosocial intervention as per the evidence-based practice for alcohol use disorder (AUD)
- Deciding when to refer the patient to an expert
30hrs (24 hrs live sessions by video conference at VKN ECHO + 6 hours self paced e-learning at elearn.vknnimhans.in)
This Professional Development Certificate course has been reviewed and approved by the NIMHANS Digital Academy Board of Studies in 2019.
This programme is conducted in collaboration with State Drug Dependence Treatment Center, Institute of Mental Health, Pt. BDS University of Health Sciences, Rohtak.