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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...

McLean Set to Launch Substance Abuse Program in Camden, Maine

McLean Borden Cottage, scheduled to open in early 2015 in Camden, Maine, is the hospital’s new residential treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction and the first McLean program to open outside of Massachusetts.

Set on nearly 14 acres of lawns and gardens and overlooking Penobscot Bay, Borden...

The Science Behind Teens and Drinking: What Every Family Should Know

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among young people in the United States. The CDC also reports that excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage individuals each year.

I frequently speak to...

A Crisis Point: Staving Off the Epidemic of Opiate Use

We have all heard about the recent rash of opiate overdoses that many have termed an “epidemic.” In 2014, numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health revealed that overdose deaths from opiates, including...

Autism-Related Protein Shown to Play Vital Role in Addiction

In a paper published in the latest issue of the neuroscience journal Neuron, McLean Hospital investigators report that a gene essential for normal brain development, and previously linked to autism spectrum disorders, also plays a critical role in addiction-related behaviors.

“In our lab, we...

Nancy K. Mello, Pioneer in Substance Abuse Research, Dies at 78

Nancy K. Mello, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center (ADARC) and professor of psychology (neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 25. She was 78.

A dedicated and well-respected researcher and mentor, Dr. Mello along with her...

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