What the Future of Mental Health and Addiction in India Looks Like Post-COVID-19
The second National Conference on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, popularly known as the COVID-19, was held in Hyderabad recently. The conference saw discussions from experts from across the country on how to strengthen mental health and addiction services in India. Following the conclusion of the conference, there’s been some concern about whether policymakers will act on the recommendations that have been made to them by mental health advocates and professionals over the last few days. In this article, we consider what the future of mental health and addiction care in India might look like under the new government’s leadership.
Roughly 39 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder in 2015, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. While it’s unclear exactly how many individuals had an illicit drug or opioid problem, the numbers are likely staggering. People tend to talk about these issues as if they were something that happened long ago, but mental health and addiction disorders still plague millions of people all over the world every day.
Section 1:Overview of the bill
The Central Government is mulling over a new piece of legislation that seeks to overhaul addiction care, specifically mental health and substance abuse treatments. The bill, titled The Compulsory Treatment for Substance Dependence Bill or COVID-19, will establish treatment centres across major cities with 24/7 services by trained professionals who can provide care to people with substance use disorders. It also mandates insurance companies to cover these costs. This means that more people will be able to access quality treatment facilities at affordable rates. In fact, it’s estimated that 1% of all medical expenses will go towards treating people with addiction issues. This alone could change lives—not just save them. With easy access to quality care, many patients may find their dependence on substances reduced.
As per estimate from WHO (World Health Organization), 2% of global GDP is spent on treating people with substance dependence. However, according to one study conducted by UCL (University College London), as much as 8% of GDP goes into alcohol consumption alone.
Section 2: What this means for drugs addicts
Drug addiction, also known as drug dependence, is characterized by an intense craving for drugs. While these cravings are emotional at their core, they often manifest as physical sensations that can be alleviated with a hit. However, over time, repeated drug use leads to changes in brain chemistry that result in loss of control over drug use despite negative consequences. This is when someone becomes addicted to drugs. When treatment begins, it’s important to understand how addiction works, so you can avoid relapse. The following information explains how addiction develops and what you need to know about it to recover from drug abuse.
How Does Addiction Develop? There are two major theories about why people become addicted to drugs: one focuses on your personal characteristics, and another on your environment. Here’s a look at each theory: Personality theory : Some researchers believe that some people have certain personality traits or tendencies—such as impulsive behaviour—that make them more likely than others to become addicts.
Section 3: Benefits to Drug Rehabilitation Centres.
One significant benefit that has been added to drug rehabilitation centres is that they can now have a licence to prescribe drugs to addicts. This will help them monitor patients who have relapsed or have been treated previously to guide them towards sobriety. There are many examples of how recreational abuse of drugs can lead to addictions which may be hard for an individual to overcome alone. Without proper guidance, professional help and training, addicts will not be able to keep themselves clean and will relapse easily. Drug rehabilitation centres offer support systems, therapy sessions as well as medical supervision so that people suffering from addiction can get back on their feet.
Drug rehab also offer support systems for family members of addicts so that they too can deal with their problems effectively and move on with their lives. Such programs often involve counseling sessions where family members learn to deal with their emotions, as well as learning ways to communicate better with each other while supporting each other during difficult times.
Section4: Negatives with the bill
Although COVID-19 has been met with praise from many, it is not without its shortcomings. Chief among these are a lack of funding. The bill does not specify how money will be allocated to states for implementation or how much each state will receive. This could lead to some states receiving more money than others, creating a disparity between those who can afford treatment and those who cannot. The bill also does not address what happens if an addict relapses after completing treatment; there are no incentives for continued sobriety after completion of rehabilitation programs.
These oversights aside, COVID-19 is a massive step forward for addiction treatment in India. It will provide addicts with more options for treatment, as well as more flexibility when it comes to addressing their individual needs. Most importantly, it recognizes that addiction is a disease rather than a moral failing, furthering our society’s understanding of recovery.
Section 5: The Challenges Ahead
The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) is already planning for a post-Covidien future. In an interview with The Quint, James Madhavan—CEO of ADIC—stated that his organization would continue to exist, will possibly move out of its current location at 1 Safdarjung Hospital, but has no plans to change its branding. With COVIDIEN’s era now over, ADIC can begin charting a new course. But what does that look like? How will it operate? And how do we plan for a post-Covidien world? Here are three possible scenarios.
Possible Scenario #1: A New Name and More Freedom:
One possibility is that all existing COVIDIEN products could be branded under ADIC. If so, then ADIC might consider adding some of its resources into each product as well; for example, maybe someone who wants to purchase one of these devices could also be offered a free appointment with an Indian mental health professional as well. This scenario would give consumers more freedom in their purchasing decisions, while still ensuring they have access to information about their purchases.
Possible Scenario #2: Different Branding with Same Mission:
Another possibility is that ADIC may decide to brand its products differently than COVIDIEN did. For example, possibly instead of including COVIDIEN on every single device sold by ADIC, there could be a different name or logo used. As long as there was still enough information on each device to ensure people knew where to go if they had questions or concerns about their purchases, then ADIC should be able to maintain its mission regardless of any branding changes.
Possible Scenario #3: ADIC Dies Out Completely:
Finally, it’s possible that COVIDIEN may not want to sell off its assets completely. Instead, perhaps Coviden decides to keep certain brands for itself and sell others off. In such a case, ADIC might cease operations entirely—after all, without any funding from COVIDIEN, there wouldn’t be much point in keeping things going anyway. That said, I don’t think anyone involved with ADIC expects anything like that to happen. To me, it seems far more likely that Coviden will simply choose to brand everything under its name rather than selling off individual brands. That way, even though ADIC won’t receive any direct funding from COVIDIEN any more, it will still be able to serve as a resource for patients and families seeking treatment options related to mental health and addiction issues.
Section 6:Examples around the world
Creative Writing Project Reports Around The World: Creative Writing Project Reports gives you examples to help you in writing creative writing projects. It is a very fascinating book that includes project reports submitted by students who have done creative writing projects under different teachers all over the world. Some teacher comments have also been included, which helped me in understanding how my teacher would react to my report and how to improve it, if any improvement was required. This book has given me many ideas for future creative writing projects. I am convinced that after reading it you will get inspired to do your creative writing project. So let’s go through it now.
One of my favourite topics was communication skills because I think strengthening our communication skills is one way we can build better relationships with others and make our life easier at work or at home. It starts with page 23 where an American student called Taylor talks about using text messages as a tool to communicate with her parents when she wants something from them like money or advice.
In conclusion, mental health is an important topic that needs to be discussed more openly. As we know, suicide is a leading cause of death among youth under 25, and depression is a major contributor to suicide. The government was right to launch a nationwide campaign on COVID-19. However, as part of these efforts, there has to be more education and research into public perception of mental health disorders for us to see a true shift in attitudes towards mental health issues. Only then can we say that there has been real progress made in our society’s understanding of mental health and its treatment. Only then can we say that a new era has truly begun.