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Substance Use Disorders Division

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Partial Hospital Program

McLean Hospital’s programmatically-based divisional structure allows for the full integration of clinical care, research, and educational activities for our patients. Roger D. Weiss, MD, serves as chief of the Substance Use Disorders Division, as well as the director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinical Research Program. He oversees a compassionate multidisciplinary team dedicated to the care and well-being of patients with substance use disorders.

Learn more about all of McLean's clinical programs on the Clinical Services listing.

The Substance Use Disorders Division offers state of the art diagnosis integrated with thorough psychosocial assessment so that treatment is tailored to each patient’s needs and focuses on symptom reduction and patient education. Each program’s cutting-edge treatment approaches are often informed by research conducted by investigators within the division. Our full complement of clinical programs are designed to meet the needs of each of our patients at every stage of treatment throughout the different levels of care.

McLean’s Signature Recovery Programs provide world-class residential treatment for adults who are living with addiction to substances such as alcohol, cocaine, or prescription opiates (i.e., Percocet, Oxycontin). Offering intensive care provided by compassionate, expert staff, our eight-bed, self-pay programs offer evaluation and individualized services for residents whose substance abuse may be complicated by co-occurring psychiatric conditions. A restored historic inn, our Fernside program is located near Wachusett Mountain in scenic Princeton, Massachusetts. Borden Cottage, located in Camden, Maine, offers discreet care in a setting that offers a 270° view of Penobscot Bay. 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.

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Inpatient Program provides secure detoxification for adults with substance use disorders with or without other co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses 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.

The Ambulatory Treatment Center at Naukeag in Petersham, Massachusetts, 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.

The Adult Outpatient Services provide short-term individual therapy focusing on drug and alcohol abuse, 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 services.