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Bihar Addiction ECHO

Bihar Addiction ECHO




Skill Building in the treatment of Substance use Disorders/Addiction for Doctors and Counsellors from State Health Society, Government of Bihar: A blended training Programme.

Helping in Establishing the District Drug Addiction Centres at 35 districts of Bihar

In the year 2016, the State Health Society, Government of Bihar approached the Centre for Addiction Medicine (CAM), NIMHANS for training and handholding  the primary health physicians and counselors in the area of Substance use disorders. In this context, CAM, NIMHANS has trained  doctors and counselors in the area of  Substance use disorders from February 2017 till February 2018 . These trained health professionals will  be the master trainers for their state, in addition to providing de-addiction services at the district hospitals in Bihar. After on-site training, each district team will be supported by handholding and co-managing through online “Virtual” Knowledge Network NIMHANS ECHO (  and Mobile E-learning Certificate course.  We strongly believe that this blended training as well as handholding will increase the confidence of doctors and counselors and will translate to better patient care in their community.


The non-specialist doctors and counsellors could achieve the following objectives

1) IDENTIFY Substance addiction as a medical risk factor

2) INTERVENE to manage problems related to Substance use

3) INVOLVE other health care providers i.e. counsellors and work as a team to offer help (Adapted from Training manual for medical officer on Reducing  the  risk  factors  for  NCDs  in  Primary care NIMHANS WHO 2015)

This will serve as a treatment algorithm for their  clinical practice at the district hospital. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the faculty and staff of the Centre for Addiction Medicine NIMHANS for their support and contributions.


ONSITE training for 15 days at Centre for Addition Medicine, NIMHANS: Epidemology, Assessment, Couselling Skills, Motivational Enhancement and Clinical Practice Guideline for Substance use Disorders.

ONLINE VKN NIMHANS ECHO fortnightly case presentations by Medical Officers at District addiction centres of BIHAR by the trined participants and guided practice by multidisciplinary team from Centre for Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS

Please look at the Summary report is  attached. LINK

For more details:
Dr. Prabhat K Chand, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS, Bangalore – 29. Email:   No: 9480829485.

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