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Welcome to Centre for Addiction Medicine

  • The De-addiction Centre at NIMHANS was established in 1991.
  • In 1998, the NIMHANS De-Addiction Centre was recognised 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.
  • Centre for Addiction Medicine has expanded into an 80-bed in-patient facility with 10 HDU beds.
  • State-of-the-art “Toxicology lab”, “National Quit Line for Tobacco”, and  “Virtual Knowledge Network-NDA ECHO Hub” are part of this building.

Our Faculty at Centre for Addiction Medicine

Prof. Pratima Murthy
Director NIMHANS
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Prof. Vivek Benegal
HoD, Department of Psychiatry
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Prof. Prabhat Chand
Professor, Centre for Addiction Medicine
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Prof. Arun Kandasamy
Officer-in-Charge Centre for Addiction Medicine
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Dr. Lekhansh Shukla
Assistant Professor, Centre for Addiction Medicine
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Dr. Jayant Mahadevan
Assistant Professor, Centre for Addiction Medicine
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Dr. Venkata Lakshmi Narasimha
Assistant Professor, Centre for Addiction Medicine
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Dr. Gitanjali Narayanan
Additional Professor, Clinical Psychology
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Dr. Shreedevi
Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Social Work
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Our Services

The Centre for Addiction Medicine offers treatment services for persons with difficulties arising from the misuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as behavioural 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.

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