Addiction Related Content

Just How Does Drinking Affect the Teenage Brain?

Studies at McLean Hospital and elsewhere have shown that alcohol affects the brains of adolescents in profound and dangerous ways. During the teenage and early adult years, the brain is still developing, making it more vulnerable to alcohol than the adult brain. Moreover, research indicates that the...

Everything You Need To Know About Substance Use Detox

Addiction is one of the biggest challenges facing society today. Countless people are turning to substances, including prescription medications and alcohol, to cope with stress, trauma, and symptoms of common disorders, such as depression . There is massive stigma around addiction, whether someone...

Comedian, Actor, and Writer John Mulaney Accepts McLean Award

On Friday, November 3, more than 350 supporters and staff of McLean Hospital gathered at Boston’s Intercontinental Hotel for the 2023 Annual Dinner. After a three-year pause on the annual gathering, attendees delighted in the opportunity to reconnect with friends, both old and new, and to celebrate...

Everything You Need To Know About Addiction

Addiction is not a sign of weakness, a character flaw, or a moral failure. It is a common condition that affects millions of people of all ages, backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. And while there is no one cause of addiction, there is hope—it can be treated effectively. Keep Reading To Learn The...

Video: Patient Story – Wayne

Wayne is a former patient at McLean’s LEADER program which offers substance addiction and trauma care for first responders. Journey to Recovery To help manage the difficulty of his job as a lieutenant at a correctional facility, Wayne would drink for 4-5 hours a day. Drinking wasn’t a pleasure for...

In Memoriam: David Yue-Wei Lee, PhD

David Yue-Wei Lee, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Bio-Organic and Natural Products Research Laboratory, and an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, died peacefully last weekend. He was 78 years old. “I want to offer my deepest condolences to David’s family and all those...

Video: Supporting Loved Ones Struggling With Addiction

When someone you care about is living with an addiction, there are many obstacles to address and overcome—both separately and together. When someone has an addiction, it can impact all parts of their lives, as well as the lives of those around them. Knowing the best way to help a loved one with an...

Video: Deconstructing Stigma – Chris

As a participant in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign, Chris tells his story of his struggle with addiction and how getting the help he needed inspired him to fight stigma by talking openly about his recovery. “I work in the world of sports, where any perceived weakness is judged negatively...

Understanding Gender Differences in Mental Illness

Late in her medical residency, Amanda Sedgewick, DO , was running treatment groups for women with substance use disorders. Patients would disappear from treatment for weeks at a time and Sedgewick realized they were in abusive relationships—which was keeping them away from the clinic. So, she began...

Video: Fernside: World-Class Addiction Treatment

Fernside specializes in treating men and women seeking world-class addiction treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, McLean is here to help. Contact us today to speak to admission staff about treatment options. Learn more about Fernside .

Opioid Overdose Survivors Report Having Had Suicidal Motivations

Past studies found that motivation for suicide may contribute to opioid overdose deaths in people with opioid use disorder (OUD). In 2019, a research team at McLean Hospital found suicidal motivations are common just prior to nonfatal opioid overdose and occur along a continuum of severity. Hilary S...

Podcast: Supporting Loved Ones Struggling With Addiction

Jeff talks to Dr. Julie McCarthy about how to best support those we care about who are struggling with addiction. Julie shares ways to remain compassionate in difficult times, explains the external factors that can help or hinder the recovery process, and provides advice on facing the ups-and-downs...