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If you or a loved one are struggling with 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. We know that substance misuse 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.
For more than 40 years, McLean Hospital has been a leader in care for patients with substance use disorders. We’re here to help you.
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 addiction treatment programs.
Signature Addiction Recovery Programs
McLean’s Signature Addiction Recovery Programs provide world-class residential treatment for adults who are living with addiction to substances such as alcohol, cocaine, or opiates. Offering intensive care provided by compassionate, expert staff, our eight-bed, self-pay programs—Fernside and Borden Cottage—offer evaluation and individualized services for individuals whose substance use may be complicated by co-occurring psychiatric conditions. Both locations are beautifully furnished throughout and all bedrooms are private and include full baths. Our programs combine the use of medications, if required, and evidence-based treatment methods with a seven-day-a-week educational curriculum to produce positive treatment outcomes.
Located in Petersham, Massachusetts, this program is designed for patients who have gone through detoxification and need the benefit of additional treatment in a structured environment. Our highly skilled staff provides residential and partial hospital (day program) care to adults and has expertise in treating individuals whose substance use disorder is complicated by psychiatric illness. Our program is insurance-based and provides in-depth individual assessment, personalized and comprehensive treatment, group therapy, case management, and ongoing support and education.
McLean Hospital understands that police, active military, and other first responders endure unique on-duty and personal stresses, and also face many obstacles in seeking help. The LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program is offers specialized mental health and addiction services, designed specifically for men and women in uniform. Residential and outpatient options are available.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Inpatient Program
Our inpatient program provides secure detoxification for adults with substance use disorders with or without other coexisting mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The average length of stay is between three and five days. Patients participate in structured group and individual therapy and medication management aimed at stabilization of acute symptoms.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Partial Hospital Program
This comprehensive day treatment program provides individual and group therapy. The program is designed for individuals who are in need of structured addiction treatment but are able to manage their symptoms without 24-hour care. Our treatment focuses on various therapy models including relapse prevention therapy and integrated group therapy, a novel approach developed at McLean.
Adult Outpatient Services
McLean’s outpatient services provide short-term individual therapy with specialty tracks focusing on drug and alcohol misuse, including related family and vocational issues, relapse triggers, and coping skills. Outpatient recovery groups include a dual-diagnosis group, early recovery groups, individual women’s and men’s groups, and longer-term recovery groups that focus on relapse prevention, interpersonal problems, and other potential issues. Medication-assisted treatment is also offered as a key part of our outpatient care.
Find out more about addiction care and treatment at McLean:
Substance misuse, 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 use:
Though the exact cause of substance misuse 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 use 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:
There are a lot of misconceptions about opioid addiction and the individuals affected by it. Through a community partnership, McLean and the Opioid Project are using art and storytelling to increase awareness and change public perceptions about recovery. Learn more about the collaboration.
Learn more about addiction and what you can do if you or a loved one is displaying signs of a substance use disorder.
McLean Hospital faculty have penned more than 50 books in recent years, including these books about alcohol and drug addiction.
The Complete Family Guide to Addiction: Everything You Need to Know Now to Help Your Loved One and Yourself
by Thomas F. Harrison and Hilary S. Connery
(Guildford Press, 2019)
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 Treatment Manual
by Helen Pettinati, PhD, Roger D. Weiss, MD, William Miller, PhD, Dennis Donovan, PhD, Denise Ernst, MA, Bruce 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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