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There has been a significant increase in the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in India in the past few decades, and is a matter of growing public health concern. Today, alcohol/other drug dependence is recognized as a disease that progresses from bad to worse, and can prove to be fatal due to various complications. However, it is also recognized as a treatable disease, that can be successfully controlled with timely appropriate treatment.


The De-addiction Center of Father Muller Medical College Hospital was established with the aim of providing quality treatment to individuals abusing alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Since its inception in 1992, the Center has been providing clinical services, follow up and community outreach services. Manned by an expert team of De-addiction treatment specialists, the Center functions round the clock, with an average of 700 patients in a year availing the treatment services. In addition, the De-addiction Center has been involved in conducting research in various issues pertaining to substance use and its treatment.



Services Available



De-addiction Unit:  


·        Inpatient facility for males: Vailankanni ward has been offering De-addiction services for male patients from the last twenty years, which involves a comprehensive treatment program based on a multidisciplinary approach (detailed below).   

·        Inpatient facility for Females :  The inpatient facility for females is a recent addition to the De-addiction Unit, which was started in May 2011. To many people, the word “alcoholic”, still suggests someone who is a weakling or outcast, and when applied to women, this misconception remains particularly strong. Most of the society tends to tolerate male drinking to some degree or the other, but by and large, still recoils in distaste from a woman who is in the same condition. Even more tragic is that the woman alcoholic herself often shares this bias. Thus, for the woman who drinks, the burden of guilt is often doubled. But, the fact is that alcohol dependence is a disease that happens irrespective of gender, age or socioeconomic status. We believe that everyone who is affected by this disorder has a right to professional treatment. The 10-bedded ward for female patients in the De-addiction Unit exclusively caters to the specific treatment needs of women dependent on alcohol and other drugs.


 Treatment Program:  Our one-month residential treatment program comprises of the following services: 


·        Hospitalization and detoxification : This involves medical help to handle withdrawal symptoms and other health problems caused or worsened by alcohol/drug use, and takes about 5-7days. 


·         Psychological therapy : 




       This involves helping the patients understand the nature of the disease of drug dependence, the recovery process,and the lifestyle changes that need to be made. The one-month program includes lectures, counseling sessions, group therapy, yoga, meditation, and regular interactions with members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). In addition, the patients are also taken to AA meetings in Mangalore in order to  encourage and consolidate sobriety as a way of life.  





·        Group therapy : In this, the counselor guides the group with the immediate and primary objective of helping the members to develop insight into self, as well as the impact of their behavior on others. The members of the group are encouraged to share, listen, and respond to other members, thereby breaking down denial, and enhancing motivation for positive behavior change.





·         Family counseling :  




      Alcohol/drug dependence affects the entire family. Thus, family involvement and counseling is an integral part of the treatment plan. Recovery requires that the family members learn how to communicate with each other and deal openly with their feelings.  Family counseling sessions are conducted twice a week to enable family members to understand the disease of dependence, recognize its impact on the individual and family, and make efforts towards recovery.   


·        Recreational activities  : The Unit also provides facilities for a variety of indoor and outdoor games as a way of promoting psychological and emotional well being, thereby serving as a valuable adjunct to treatment. 


·         Follow up services :




       A very important issue in ensuring maintenance of treatment gains following discharge from the treatment facility is regular follow up of the patients. Regular follow up sessions are held in the Outpatient Clinic of the Hospital, and in the De-addiction Center, which involves a medical evaluation for physical problems, and a detailed assessment and counseling aimed at relapse prevention.This includes handling high-risk situations, modification of daily lifestyle (time management, occupational functioning), and dealing with any continuing stressors in the patients’ lives. Obtaining family feedback and family counseling is an integral part of follow up, to maintain a regular liaison between the family and the Center.


Other services: 


·        Education and training : The Center also provides De-addiction training for graduate and postgraduate students in the various disciplines such as Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatric Social Work.  

·        Community outreach : This involves early case finding and treatment referrals, and raising public awareness on the dangers of alcohol/drug abuse, and the treatment services available.   


Staff :



Our residential program offers the services of a multidisciplinary team of competent professionals, comprising of a Psychiatrist, Counselors, Social Workers, members of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), and Nursing Staff, skilled in their area of specialization and deeply committed to their mission.


The team: 



·         Dr John Mathai, Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry

·         Dr Krishnamurthy, Professor, Department of Psychiatry

·         Dr Denzil Pinto, Professor, Department of Psychiatry

·         Dr Safeekh A.T., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

·         Dr Siddharth , Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry

·         Dr Prasanthi Nattala, Professor, Department of Psychiatric Nursing

·         DR .K.K Shetty ,Visiting Psychiatrist



·         Mr Shripathi Bhat

·         Mrs Clara D’Cunha

·         Ms Carol


Clinical Psychologist:  

·         Ms Neethi


Nursing Staff: 

·         Mrs Irene Lobo, Ward In-Charge

·         Mr Deepak

·         Mr Pradeep

·         Mr Ashok

·         Mr Roshan


Research :



Over the past years, the De-addiction unit has undertaken several research projects contributing to a better understanding , and management of, substance use disorders: 


·        Effect of motives on past 30-day alcohol consumption, among alcohol dependent individuals in an addiction treatment facility (Nattala, Bhattacharya, & Agnes)

·        Patients’ and caregivers’ reports of the reasons for relapse among alcohol dependent individuals: a qualitative study (Joju Augustine, 1998);

·        Perceived stress and coping behaviors of wives of alcohol dependent individuals (Blessy Prabha B.O., 2002);

·        Knowledge, attitude and practices related to tobacco chewing among college students, with a view to prepare a self-instructional module (Jasmine Ceceilia Crasta, 2004);

·        Effectiveness of planned teaching program on alcohol use disorders for college students (Hareesh K., 2005);

·        Effectiveness of a planned teaching program on drug use disorders among preuniversity students (Shivakumara J., 2005);

·        Effectiveness of prayer on the attitude of alcohol dependent patients towards their family (J. Motcha Mary, 2007);

·        Effectiveness of mindfulness meditation on the quality of life of alcohol dependent individuals in a selected De-addiction Center, Mangalore (Beena Antony, 2009).


Contact Us: 



De-addiction Center (Vailankanni Ward)

Father Muller Medical College Hospital

Kankanady, Mangalore 575 002

Phone: 0824-2238055, 2238249, 2238000, 2436301; Cell: 9845459205 




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