Department of Psychiatry and De-addiction Centre, AIIMS Rishikesh
Drug Treatment Centre (DTC) at AIIMS, Rishikesh is being run since August 2019, as part of the program implemented by National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) AIIMS New Delhi under the support and supervision of Drug De-addiction Program, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and Government of India. Through this initiative, DTC provides drug treatment services for all types of drug users in keeping with the established standards of care and treatment. It has dedicated outpatient as well as inpatient services to provide care to patients with substance use problems by trained health professionals (counsellor, nurse, and doctor). Most of the patients also require consultation from other specialists, which is also arranged appropriately. Additionally, the DTC team is involved in various community based activities to improve awareness. DTC at AIIMS Rishikesh has laboratory facilities in collaboration with the department of Biochemistry to screen for addictive substances
Through this centre, treatment services which are provided include:
• Psychosocial interventions- support and counselling services
• Pharmacological treatment
The medications are provided free of cost to the public and the expenditures are borne by the Government of India under the scheme. To curb the usage of drugs among the people of Uttarakhand and provision of continuity of care to its patients, AIIMS Rishikesh has launched a public helpline. The department of Psychiatry runs a dedicated de-addiction OPD along with the provision of other IPD and CL Psychiatry services to persons with substance related problems. At present, an average of 20-25 patients visit the Drug Treatment Centre daily. Majority of the patients are either dependent on alcohol or opioids. There are facilities available for the management of other drugs and substances too. Patients in need for acute management including detox for various substances get admitted in the psychiatry ward where there are separate and dedicated services for drug de-addiction.
DTC is adamant to help its patients in every possible way. For a better insight and provision of comprehensive treatment to its patients, DTC has a dedicated team of mental health professional and include Medical Officer, Psychiatrists, Counsellor and Nurse.DTC Team details