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McLean Celebrates Women’s History Month

1,631 of McLean’s 2,369 employees are women. McLean is proud of the contributions women make each day to ensure that the hospital delivers compassionate psychiatric care, innovative research, and unparalleled public and professional education throughout the United States and beyond. These women are just a small sample of our female staff members and the work they do every day. Join us in...

A Lifelong Dedication to Helping Others

“My interest in working with people with mental health or substance use issues goes way back to high school, when I worked at a summer camp for disadvantaged inner-city kids,” said Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCS. This early experience at the Trailblazers Camp in southeastern Pennsylvania started Milliken on a career path that has brought her to her current role as program director at...

What You Need to Know About Alcohol and the Developing 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 earlier a person starts drinking, the more likely that person will develop serious problems with...

Philanthropy Provides Crucial Support for Addiction Treatment

When Maria Curtis’s son was released from a McLean treatment program, she was so impressed by the follow-up he received that she and her husband John made a gift to the hospital, directing it to help patients during their early recovery. Their generosity was enormously appreciated, says Roger D. Weiss, MD, chief of McLean’s Center of Excellence in Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Weiss knows better...

Telling the Story of Addiction

“That’s the outfit I wore when I overdosed and when I was discharged from the emergency room–the last day I used and the first day of sobriety.” - Ava Grieco Ava Grieco’s canvas shows her floating through a blue sky, arms wide and stippled with needle marks. A chain anchors her to a hypodermic needle. Her polka-dotted pants and black top have tremendous meaning. Grieco, 20, isn’t a visual...

Your Genes and Addiction

Dr. Maria Mavrikaki contends we need to understand the triggers for the development of addiction in order to develop more targeted prevention and treatments.

Tips for Staying Safe and Sober During the Holidays

It’s important for people to have a realistic attitude about the potential for anxiety or conflict during the holiday season—especially individuals who have issues with alcohol or drug abuse. Most of us go into the holiday period hoping for a harmonious time with family, friends, and co-workers, but there may be hidden conflicts based on past experiences or expectations that may not be realized...

A Nation Nearer to the Grave

“We can’t just pull one lever and solve this crisis. It’s not just about opioid prescribing. It’s not just about pain. It’s not just about economic disparity.” – Dr. R. Kathryn McHugh

Why We Oppose Question 1: McLean Nurse Shares His Perspective

In November 2018, Massachusetts residents will vote on ballot Question 1, a proposed law that would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. This will be devastating for behavioral and mental health facilities. Concerned by the negative impact that this proposed law would have on overall patient care,...

McLean Staff Discuss Mental Health With Senator Angus King of Maine

Roger D. Weiss, MD, chief of McLean Hospital’s Substance Use Disorders Division; Adriana Bobinchock, senior director of Public Affairs and Communications at McLean; and Christine Tebaldi, PMHNP-BC, director of Clinical Business Development at McLean, joined Maine Senator Angus King this past July for a discussion about the opiate crisis, access to mental health care, and the stigma that too often...

Researchers Call for a Unified Approach to Preventing Suicides and Other Self-Injury Deaths

Self-injury mortality (SIM), a composite of all methods of suicide and estimated non-suicide deaths from drug self-intoxication, has surpassed diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, prompting researchers to call for a new unified approach to SIM prevention. “It is time to end the siloed approach to prevention,” said Hilary S. Connery, MD, PhD, clinical director of...

McLean Hospital – A Leader in Mental Health

As a leader in the field, McLean Hospital is committed to offering world-class patient care, conducting cutting-edge research, and delivering exceptional education for mental health professionals and the general public.

McLean Hospital Donates Defibrillators to Town of Ashburnham

On June 22, 2018, McLean Hospital donated defibrillators to the Ashburnham, Massachusetts, fire and police departments. The donations were in recognition of the town’s support of McLean Hospital during the many years that McLean’s Ambulatory Treatment Center at Naukeag was based in Ashburnham. The program was recently relocated to a larger facility in Petersham, Massachusetts, to accommodate...

Opioid Addiction: Exploring Scientific Solutions

The ultimate solution to the opioid crisis is answering the question of what causes addiction and whether it is possible to treat it more effectively or even prevent it. That’s the challenge Elena H. Chartoff, PhD, is taking on in her laboratory. As director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory at McLean Hospital, she is exploring the mechanisms that connect depression and...

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