Policy & Issues

More facilities for VHS de-addiction centre

Actor-director Mouli felicitating R. Mani, junior specialist in psychitary at VHS at a function in Chennai on Sunday. ( From left) S. Janaki, Medical Superintendent, Lakshmi Vijayakumar, psychiatry head and E.S. Krishnamoorthy, VHS honorary secretary are in the picture. Photo: M. Karunakaran  

More facilities are proposed at the de-addiction centre at Voluntary Health Services (VHS), E.S. Krishnamoorthy, VHS Honorary Secretary, said on Sunday.

Addressing a function to mark the 18th anniversary of the VHS-Rajaji Centre for De-addiction, Dr. Krishnamoorthy called for support to expand facilities at the centre, which had pioneered a family-based integrated rehabilitation programme, and relied a lot on philanthropic assistance.

According to Dr. Krishnamoorthy, an integrated approach was the key to successful rehabilitation as drugs alone could not treat alcohol addiction. Pointing out that the underlying reason for addiction was often the need to fill some void in life, he emphasises the importance of self-actualisation in life —something that was different from material gains.

Lakshmi Vijayakumar, Head of Department of Psychiatry and De-addiction, VHS, said the most distressing feature of increasing incidence of alcohol use was the dramatic lowering of the age of initiation into drinking. R. Mani, junior specialist, VHS, said the psychiatry wing had treated 5,583 general psychiatry cases last year of which 196 patients presented with addiction to alcohol.

Chief Guest for the evening actor-director Mouli said alcohol is never a solution to financial or other problems in life. Engaging in some other activity was one way of avoiding the temptation to drink, he said.

Writer Sivasankari, managing trustee of the Agni Trust, called for curbs on commercials that glamorises alcohol and other substances. She cautioned youth against aping the wrong role models.

B. Srinivas, dermatologist, Chitra Ramani, donor and S. Janaki, VHS Medical Superintendent participated.

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