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Substance abuse changes normal desires and priorities. It changes normal behaviors and interferes with the ability to work, go to school, and to have good relationships with friends and family. If you or a loved one are suffering from misuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, or opioids such as Oxycontin or Percocet, McLean Hospital offers comprehensive services to set you on a path toward recovery.
In 2014, 20.2 million adults in the US had a substance use disorder, and 7.9 million had both a substance use disorder and another mental illness. For more than 40 years, McLean Hospital has been a leader in care for patients with substance use disorders, with and without other coexisting psychiatric conditions.
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McLean Hospital provides comprehensive support for individuals who want to reduce chemical dependency and regain control of their lives. Knowing that substance use is often seen alongside other psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and trauma, our programs leverage the expertise and wide-ranging mental health and evaluative services throughout McLean Hospital.
Addiction care is provided in a variety of environments—including inpatient, residential, and day programs (partial hospital)—in order to meet the needs of all McLean patients. In-depth assessment, personalized treatment, case management, and ongoing support and education are hallmarks of these services.
Based on the proven success of a residential model to treat addiction, McLean offers both insurance-based and self-pay treatment options. Each of our programs combines evidence-based psychosocial treatment provided by Harvard Medical School-affiliated clinicians. Individual and group therapy is offered, along with medication management, if required, and a daily educational curriculum to promote prolonged recovery.
With treatment options from short-term detox to insurance-based and self-pay around-the-clock residential care, McLean offers an array of alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs.
Substance abuse, or addiction to drugs or alcohol, is a recognized medical brain disorder. This psychiatric illness refers to the abuse of illegal or legal substances such as alcohol, opiates, cocaine, marijuana, and so on. Substance abuse causes serious problems at work, school, in relationships, and with the law.
These behaviors likely signal a problem with drug or alcohol abuse:
Though the exact cause of substance abuse and dependence is unclear, it likely involves a mix of genetic, environmental, and emotional factors. However, while the first use of drugs or alcohol is voluntary, continued use quickly causes changes in the brain so that a person no longer has control. Substance abuse disorders result in the compulsive need for the substance.
Addiction to drugs or alcohol is most often accompanied by additional mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Treatment for substance use disorders may incorporate a combination of group, family, and individual therapy targeted at medical stabilization, reducing the severity of the patient’s symptoms, and providing tools, ongoing support, and resources to prevent relapse and address co-occurring symptoms.
You may find these organizations useful for more information on addiction:
McLean Hospital faculty have penned more than 50 books in recent years, including these books about alcohol and drug abuse.
Treating Women with Substance Use Disorders: The Women’s Recovery Group Manual
by Shelly F. Greenfield
(Guilford Press, 2016)
Brain-Robbers: How Alcohol, Cocaine, Nicotine, and Opiates Have Changed Human History
By Frances R. Frankenburg, MD
The Effects of Drug Abuse on the Human Nervous System
by Bertha Madras and Michael Kuhar, eds.
Women & Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook
by Kathleen T. Brady, Sudie E. Back, and Shelly F. Greenfield, eds.
(Guilford Press, 2009)
Cell Biology of Addiction
by Bertha K. Madras, Christine M. Colvis, Jonathan D. Pollock, Joni L. Rutter, David Shurtleff, Mark von Zastrow, eds.
(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2006)
Medical Management (MM) Treatment Manual: A Guide for Medically Trained Clinicians Providing Pharmacotherapy as Part of the Treatment for Alcohol Dependence
by Helen M. Pettinati, PhD, Roger D. Weiss, MD, William R. Miller, PhD, Dennis Donovan, PhD, Denise B. Ernst, MA, Bruce J. Rounsaville, MD
(National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Monograph, 2004)
Integrated Treatment for Mood and Substance Use Disorders
edited by Joseph J. Westermeyer, MD, MPH, PhD, Roger D. Weiss, MD, and Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003)
Understanding Personality Problems and Addiction (workbook), 2nd ed.
by Roger D. Weiss, MD, and Dennis C. Daley, PhD
(Hazelden Educational Materials, 2003)
Cocaine, 2nd ed.
by Roger D. Weiss, MD, Steven M. Mirin, MD, Roxanne Bartel, MD
(American Psychiatric Press, 1994)
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