Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 432-

Message from the Chairperson, speciality section on addictive disorders


Pratima Murthy 
 Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS),Bangalore - 560 029, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Pratima Murthy
Professor of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS),Bangalore - 560 029, Karnataka
India




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Murthy P. Message from the Chairperson, speciality section on addictive disorders.Indian J Psychiatry 2018;60:432-432


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Murthy P. Message from the Chairperson, speciality section on addictive disorders. Indian J Psychiatry [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Jul 13 ];60:432-432
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Early in my professional work as a psychiatrist working in addiction, while I was speaking at a programme organised in the community, an individual in his forties asked me, “Why didn't someone tell me all this about addiction earlier. Had I known all these facts, I might never have started”. This question often reverberates in my ears and has been an impetus to work more intensively in this area.

The conceptualisation of addictive disorders has undergone a substantial transformation in the last few decades. We better understand why certain individuals are more predisposed to develop addiction once they use substances; we know that addiction rarely occurs alone and that several psychiatric disorders and temperamental characteristics often co-exist; we are aware of the risks that substance misuse poses to physical, psychological, social and community well-being; we are also aware of the intimate relationships between substance use and socio-cultural and socio-political contexts.

The field of addiction has expanded from chemical addictions to a wide range of behavioural addictions- technology, gambling and gaming, sexual addictions- to name a few. While pharmacotherapy in recent years has become a valuable tool in the management of several addictive disorders, it remains that the mainstay of effective management includes at its core, various forms of brief and intensive psychosocial interventions for persons with a wide range of substance use as well as behavioural addictions.

This volume brought out by the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) as a supplement of Indian Journal of Psychiatry outlines a wide range of psychosocial interventions in addictive disorders and will be a valuable asset in clinical practice.

I would like to express my special thanks to the office bearers of the IPS and particularly the editorial team of Indian Journal of Psychiatry, specially Dr. T.S.S. Rao for supporting this initiative and to the Speciality Section on Addictive Disorders Co-Chair Dr Debasish Basu, Convenor Dr Atul Ambekar and other members for their active role. The co-editors Dr Subodh B.N. and Dr Gitanjali Narayanan have made immense efforts to make this volume comprehensive, practical and meaningful for practitioners of diverse health disciplines to provide comprehensive psychosocial care to persons with addictive disorders.