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Athma De-addiction Centre
Athma De Addiction Centre one of the service units of Athma was established in 2008 with the mission of giving hope to the suffering families due to alcoholism. ATHMA has a full-equipped de-addiction centre with a residential care capacity up to 40 patients. It has a well experienced medical staff and offers de-addiction programs. Athma aimed to provide de-addiction treatment and rehabilitation with holistic treatment approach combined with pharmaco therapy and counseling.
The treatment procedures include exclusive intensive program Detoxification individual & group therapy relaxation techniques with yoga meditation individual follow up and management of co-morbid psychiatric illness. Over the past decade ATHMA has one of the highest success rates in de-addiction and many success stories of the cured persons from ATHMA will stand testimony to this fact.
Strong association with Alcohol Anonymous group (AA is an International organization with chapters all over the world that works with the local de addiction Centres) and one centre is the recognized head office of Trichy Inter group

what we offer

Athma De-addiction Centre is equipped with well trained and dedicated team that includes Psychologist, Psychiatric social workers, Family Therapists, Yoga Therapist and Staff Nurses. A team of therapists work together in treating patients and they offer individual therapy, group therapy and family & marital therapy to the patients. Cue Exposure Therapy, Bio Feedback & Brain Polarizer therapy.

Key Features of Athma De-addiction Centre

  • Service unit of the hospital
  • 24 Hrs. Emergency Care
  • Monitored by the team of psychiatrists
  • ICU with ventilator and facilities to manage emergencies
  • Withdrawal complications such as withdrawal seizures, delirium tremens (Confusion & disorientation), and physical effects of withdrawal will be taken care of immediately.
  • Success rate with more than 60%, less dropouts and relapses.
  • Regular Follow up

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Rationale of the De-addiction Centre

The word "Alcoholism" should be cautiously used, it refers to damage whether mental, physical or social, resulting from excessive consumption of Alcohol and it is acknowledged by the American Medical Association as a disease because it has a characteristic set of signs and symptoms and a progressive course.

Person who drinks large amounts over a long time period, has difficulty cutting down, acquiring and drinking alcohol takes up a great deal of time, alcohol is strongly desired, usage results in not fulfilling responsibilities, usage results in social problems, usage results in health problems, usage results in risky situations, withdrawal occurs when stopping, and alcohol tolerance has occurred with use.

Alcohol abuse is a major public health problem globally. It is a causal factor in more than 60 major types of diseases; these majorly include several types of cancer, hemorrhagic stroke and hypertensive heart disease, cardiovascular diseases, liver cirrhosis and neuropsychiatric diseases.

Heavy drinking is alarmingly on the rise among young people and adults in many countries. An increasing proportion of children experience alcohol and drunkenness at early ages. Alcohol drinking is associated with a weaker probability of employment, more absence from work, as well as lower productivity and wages. The overall value of production lost to harmful alcohol use is estimated in the region of 1% of GDP in high- and middle-income countries.

Globally, alcohol consumption results in approximately 3.3 million deaths each year (WHO Global Status Report on alcohol and health, 2014). It is the third largest risk factor for disease and disability in the world. In 2010 it was responsible for 4.9 million deaths and 5.5% of the total DALYs lost worldwide, according to Lancet's Global Disease Burden study. Since it is a leading risk factor for death among the economically and socially productive age group of 15-49 year old men, it has grave implications in terms of a society's over all development.

According to WHO, about 30% of Indians consume alcohol, out of which 4-13% are daily consumers and up to 50% of these, fall under the category of hazardous drinking. Another worrying trend from India is that the average age of initiation of alcohol use has reduced from 28 years during the 1980s to 17 years in 2007. In India alcohol abuse also amounts to huge annual losses due to alcohol-related problems in work places. Nearly 25% of the road accidents are under the influence of alcohol and it is also a significant risk factor for increased domestic violence. So far alcohol has not been considered as a public health problem and no alcohol control policies are in place from public health point of view.

Many people drink alcohol for the effect that alcohol has on the central nervous system. It is both a depressant and a stimulant, and drinking can result in feelings of euphoria, disorientation or a pleasurable release of tension. Some new drinkers may use alcohol as a way to escape or cope with problems. Alcohol may temporarily relieve stress and focus attention elsewhere, but the problems remain well after you stop drinking.

Today alcohol is widely available and aggressively promoted through TV, film, radio, ads, and the Internet. This normalization makes alcohol use socially acceptable. Alcohol is pretty easy to get, even for teens. Family and friends are the primary sources of alcohol for kids who drink, whether knowingly or unwillingly. Local alcohol retailers may also accept fake IDs for underage drinkers. So relatively speaking and in comparison with other illicit activities, alcohol is accessible to most anyone.

There was a marked variation between World Health Organization sub-regions on average volume of alcohol consumption and patterns of drinking; particularly the average volume of drinking is high in India. In India, health loss from alcohol will grow even larger, unless effective interventions are implemented to reduce these habits.

Symptoms of Alcohol intoxication

  1. Inappropriate behavior, impaired judgment, hypersexual or aggressive behavior

  2. Slurred speech

  3. Unsteady gait

  4. Incordination

  5. Impairment in attention and memory

  6. Stupor or coma

Symptoms of Alcohol abuse

  1. Recurrent excess of alcohol intake leading to impairment in social or occupational function

  2. Frequent Legal problems when ever alcohol is consumed.

  3. Hazardous drinking like drunken driving, sexual harassment ect.,

  4. One of major obligations is missed like work or school or home.

The withdrawal manifestations are

  1. Increased pulse rate > 100/min

  2. Sweating

  3. Increased hand tremor

  4. Insomnia

  5. Nausea and vomiting

  6. Anxiety (panic attacks)

  7. Psychomotor agitation

  8. Transient visual or auditory hallucinations

  9. Seizures

When can we say a person needs treatment for his Alcohol Dependence

  1. Tolerance

  2. Withdrawal

  3. repeated attempts to cut down

  4. Increasing amounts of alcohol

  5. Increasing time spending for search of alcohol or its intake

  6. Social occupational impairment

  7. Health setbacks following alcohol intake still continuing If a person dependent on alcohol there is 25% chance that his son in future will become dependent. Alcohol acts as positive reinforcement, hence if a person under stress consumes alcohol acts as reliving factor. Alcohol relieves social anxiety , depression temporarily but in long run cause it.

Psychiatric manifestations in Alcohol dependent persons

  1. Depression

  2. Suicide

  3. Anxiety disorders like Panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, GAD

  4. Sexual dysfunction (Erectile dysfunction)

  5. Sleep disorder

  6. Psychotic disorders with delusions

  7. Psychosis with hallucinations

  8. Delirium

  9. Dementia

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