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Addiction Detox: A Step Toward Effective Recovery

Detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs is an important first step in recovery. However, it’s not only important to take that first step, but also to do it safely.

What is Detoxification?

There are several types of...

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy Receives 2015 McLean Award

Long-time politician and mental health advocate, Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy became the eighth recipient of the prestigious McLean Award on October 23, 2015. This annual award is presented to individuals who have furthered the public’s understanding of psychiatric illness and mental health. Mr. Kennedy...

Addictions 2018 Conference

McLean Hospital is pleased to offer this annual conference bringing together some of the foremost authorities in the addiction field. Topics will include new, evidence-based treatments, the nuances of treating co-occurring disorders along with addiction, and special populations. Smaller breakout...

Abu Dhabi: Meeting the Health Care Challenges a Half a World Away

Despite distance, cultural differences, and occasional language barriers, McLean Hospital clinicians and their colleagues from the National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) in Abu Dhabi have found a common goal—to expand substance abuse treatment programs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Long known for...

LEADER Program: Helping First Responders and Military from Across the US

First responders are always quick to assist others, but are among the last to seek help themselves. In 2014, McLean Hospital launched a program with the goal of changing that trend.

Following the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon and the subsequent manhunt that turned the city from a bustling metropolis...

Helping Those in the Line of Duty

The LEADER (Law Enforcement, Active Duty, Emergency Responder) program has grown substantially in volume and scope since it was launched in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombing, according to McLean’s Chief Medical Officer...

Tapering Off Addictive Therapies

Recent studies show more American adults are filling prescriptions for benzodiazepines and are receiving increasing quantities of medication throughout their course of treatment. At the same time, 31 percent of the nearly 23,000 prescription overdose deaths in 2013 involved this class of drug.

“While...

Living a Healthy Life Without Alcohol

By 5pm, Kathy Stafford’s busy day with the kids was winding down and she would reach for a glass of wine. But as time went on, one glass in the early evening wasn’t enough.

“I found myself wanting and having a glass of wine well before 5pm,” says the mother of two whose battle with...

New Clues: Predicting Opioid Misuse in Patients on Long-Term Therapy

An estimated 20 percent of all patients presenting with non-cancer related pain at a physician’s office are prescribed opioids, but which of these patients, especially those who use the medicine long-term to control chronic pain, are likely to become addicted? Understanding the characteristics of such...

Carrie Fisher’s Most Important Role: Confronting Stigma and Reducing Shame

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 on Tuesday after going into cardiac arrest on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher was a longtime advocate for mental health awareness, sharing publicly her own battle with bipolar and substance use disorders. She encouraged those who...

Department of Defense Grant Looks At Nicotine’s Role in PTSD

Researchers at McLean’s Behavioral Genetics Lab are using animal models to study the effects of nicotine on vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a study funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). While the three-year, $600,000 study still has a year left to go, preliminary findings...

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