Indla's Shantivan is established with the sole purpose of providing a wide range of psycho-social rehabilitation services for patients suffering from various psychiatric illnesses and substance use disorders (drug addiction). Psychiatric illnesses often have a long convalescence period making the prolonged stay at multi- speciality hospital unaffordable. Increasing burden of psychiatric illnesses including addiction problems in community at an alarming rate coupled with patients' reluctance for prolonged hospitalization, high cost of treatment made us realize that the Bio-Psycho-social model of health cannot be practiced at hospitals. Lack of infrastructure and well trained paramedical staff poses another significant problem in management of such chronic diseases.
I had PhD and doing well in USA till I was stuck by Schizophrenia which lopsided my life bringing me to streets and finally to SHANTIVAN as last option. After 2 years of rehabilitation at SHANTIVAN I back on track with a job and proudly talk about my journey.
I suffer from Bipolar disorder and had terrible mood swings over the past 5 years which made me loose my job. I consulted many psychiatrists before taking Rehabilitation at Shantivan where I learned how to live with this problem and now I even found a new job for myself.
Alcohol had made a mess of my life; I used to drink uncontrollably and excessively for almost 10 years despite knowing the harmful effects of liquor. I tried quitting it many times but couldn’t . One of my good friends advised a check up at VIMHANS following which I was told to undergo Deaddiction at Shantivan for 6 months. Now Iam alcohol free and living happily with my family.