- The De-addiction Centre at NIMHANS was established in 1991.
- In 1998, the NIMHANS De-Addiction Centre was recognized as the Regional Centre for the Southern Region by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
- A separate building was commissioned in 2002.
- A separate facility for women with substance use was opened in 2014.
- It has now expanded into a 80 bedded in-patient facility with 10 HDU beds.
- A state of art “Toxicology lab”, “National Quit line for tobacco” and “Virtual Knowledge Network-NDA ECHO Hub” are part of this building.
The Centre for Addiction Medicine offers treatment services for persons with difficulties arising from the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs as well as behavioral addictions. The clinical services include out-patient consultations and inpatient treatment for substance use disorders: alcohol, nicotine (smoking and chewing tobacco), cannabis, opioids (including cough mixture and pain medicines) and other drugs; as well as for behavioural addictions (gambling, Internet, sexual addiction)
Building Capacity for Quality Care
The VKN NIMHANS ECHO Centre for Addiction Medicine is a pioneering initiative that combines the expertise of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) with the innovative ECHO model. This center focuses on enhancing addiction treatment by providing virtual training, mentorship, and support to healthcare professionals across the globe, ensuring that evidence-based practices in addiction medicine are accessible and widespread. Through collaborative learning and technology, it strives to improve the quality of addiction care worldwide.