The increasing influence of digital media on all aspects of life, especially the use of Internet and smartphone, has not left even the field of healthcare practice untouched. Telerehabilitation, implying the use of telecommunications in rehabilitation activities, is being used widely in the treatment of communication and mental health disorders. The use of telerehabilitation services makes rehabilitation more feasible, fast, time-saving and cost-effective for people who face constraints in physically presenting themselves to healthcare providers due to extent of retardation, illness or commuting issues. It is thus a boon for the people who stay in remote areas and have no access to healthcare professionals in close vicinity. Therefore, research is underway on the optimal means to deliver telerehabilitation services both locally and globally and is now seen as a critical activity in healthcare.

Telerehabilitation in Substance Use Disorder

Telerehabilitation in substance use disorder
Tanu Gupta Kartik Singhai


Substance use disorders (SUD) include a group of chronic, enduring and relapsing disorders which form a major chunk of the mental disorder burden in our country. It encompasses the consumption of various drugs such as alcohol, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, hypnotics, caffeine, anxiolytics and tobacco etc. The essential feature of SUD is the consistent use of the substance irrespective of problems encountered due to substance, resulting in a collection of cognitive, behavioural and physiological symptoms. There is concurrent neglect of routine roles and responsibilities. DSM–5 defines features to diagnose SUD as the presence of increased craving, lack of control, tolerance, risky use despite the evident ...

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