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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 prescription painkillers and heroin, exceeded deaths from motor vehicle accidents in that state for the first time. These troubling figures underscore a major threat to public...

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 struggled with bipolar disorder and substance use issues to join in community and find...

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 alcohol lasted five years. “Alcoholism is a progressive illness and that is the way...

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 benzodiazepines have their place in treatment, they have been over prescribed especially...

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 patients could arm doctors with important insight that could change the face of today...

McLean Addictions Conference Draws International Crowd

More than 400 clinicians from around the world converged on Cambridge, Massachusetts in early May for the McLean Hospital Addictions 2016 conference. Those in attendance included addiction specialists, mental health professionals, and practitioners representing family and internal medicine, anesthesiology, infectious disease, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. “This was a hugely...

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 students, parents, educators, mental health workers, law enforcement officers, and...

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 Joseph Gold, MD, who oversees LEADER across multiple clinical divisions and levels of care. Gold noted that McLean developed the initial pilot for LEADER thanks to a...

The Essence of Adolescence: Examining Addiction in the Teenage Brain

When Marisa M. Silveri, PhD, director of McLean Hospital’s Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health, gives community presentations on the effects of alcohol and drug use on the adolescent brain, she refers to herself as a “neuroscience interpreter.” Speaking to hundreds of students, parents, educators, mental health workers, law enforcement officers, and...

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 has made this cause a lifelong mission. Patrick J. Kennedy with the McLean...

Q & A: Roger Weiss, MD, Chief of the Center of Excellence in Substance Use Disorders

The abuse of alcohol, prescription medications, and illegal drugs is one of the most serious health problems in the United States. Substance use disorders have devastating effects on families and communities and their cost to society is immeasurable. McLean’s Center of Excellence in Substance Use Disorders fosters integrated, evidence-based approaches to prevention, early detection, and...

Philanthropy Drives Better Outcomes in Dual Diagnosis

People who suffer from psychiatric illnesses often struggle with substance use disorders as well. For example, those with bipolar disorder experience addiction at six times the rate of people in the general population, while those with depression and anxiety disorders suffer at twice the rate. Now, thanks to a philanthropic foundation and two generous couples, McLean can offer patients with dual...

McLean Neurobiologist Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Zhicheng (Carl) Lin, PhD, associate neurobiologist in McLean’s Laboratory of Psychiatric Neurogenomics and assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has been awarded a US Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research on the human genetics of substance use disorders (SUD) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign...

Massachusetts-Based McLean Hospital Opens Program in Camden, Maine

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has officially opened the doors of Borden Cottage, a residential substance abuse treatment program, in Camden Maine. This endeavor is the hospital’s first outside of Massachusetts, where McLean has seven locations. “McLean recognizes the tremendous need for high-quality mental health and substance abuse...

Expanding Services Beyond Massachusetts: McLean Launches Substance Abuse Program in Maine

Borden Cottage, scheduled to open in early 2015 in Camden, Maine, is the hospital’s newest 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 Cottage is modeled clinically after McLean’s other programs and will be “fully...

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 to a battlefield, McLean Hospital recognized an overwhelming need for mental health...

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 Cottage is modeled clinically after McLean’s other off-campus programs and will be...

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 suggest that use of nicotine may be helpful in preventing some of the core signs of PTSD...

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