Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 427-

Message from the president, Indian Psychiatric Society


MSVK Raju 
 President Indian Psychiatric Society, President SAARC Psychiatric Federation, President Elect Association of Industrial Psychiatry of India, Consultant in Psychiatry, Prashanti Clinic, Mohammadwadi, Pune, Maharastra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. MSVK Raju
President Indian Psychiatric Society, President SAARC Psychiatric Federation, President Elect Association of Industrial Psychiatry of India, Consultant in Psychiatry, Prashanti Clinic, Mohammadwadi, Pune, Maharastra
India




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Raju M. Message from the president, Indian Psychiatric Society.Indian J Psychiatry 2018;60:427-427


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Persons who use various substances singly or in combination, are known to have many psychosocial problems. After a substance takes charge of their life, their life situation gets further complicated by problems created by drug seeking and drug -taking behaviour. Management of substance abuse and dependence therefore, will need a comprehensive package of psychosocial and psychopharmacological interventions to bring these individuals back from the brink.

There is much evidence now that shows that psychosocial measures are effective in helping an individual in identifying the fact that persistent use of substance is a powerful adversary working against their progress in life; in generating and sustaining motivation to mount an effective assault on the adversary.

I am extremely happy that our Society took the initiative in forming guidelines for psychosocial therapies for substance abuse. I congratulate Dr. Pratima Murthy and her team for bringing up a lucid and informative treatise. I place on record congratulations to Dr. T.S.S. Rao, Editor, IJP and his team for publishing this treatise at a very short notice. Most psychiatrists and mental health professionals would find it quite useful to have this book at hand. This treatise should be available in every library dealing with mental health and addictive disorders.