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Community Mobile Treatment For Substance Abuse

Yatan Pal Singh Balhara


Objective: To discuss and share regarding a highly accessible approach in substance abuse management. Methods: We report one of the most innovative ways of providing streetbased services is by using Mobile Outreach Vehicles (MOVs). Results: MOVs are usually large vans, trailers or campers, converted to provide services in targeted communities. Well-equipped MOVs are effective because MOV-based programmes meet at-risk individuals in their neighbourhoods. MOVs can move to different neighbourhoods as drug traffic migrates from place to place. An MOV can enhance the credibility of a project by becoming a recognizable presence in high risk neighborhoods. A greater amount of privacy, safety, and resources can be provided using MOVs. Among the most important factors that determine the effectiveness of drug abuse treatment programmes is the accessibility of services and the duration that patients are maintained in contact with those services. Conclusion: Treatment access is determined largely at the local level, where most services are offered. De-addiction services should be designed and provided in a way that increases the trust of substance users and their families. There is a need to look into the possible lowthreshold, low-barrier approaches to the management of substance using populations. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.12(2): XX XX.