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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...

McLean Hospital Study Finds Herbal Extract May Curb Binge Drinking

An extract of the Chinese herb kudzu dramatically reduces drinking and may be useful in the treatment of alcoholism and curbing binge drinking, according to a new study by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers.

“Our study is further evidence that components found in kudzu root can...

Suboxone is Most Effective in Treating Painkiller Addiction

Individuals addicted to prescription painkillers are more likely to succeed in treatment with the aid of the medication buprenorphine-naloxone (Suboxone), report McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers in today's online edition of the Archives of General Psychiatry (doi: 10.1001/...

McLean Working to Expand Substance Abuse Services in the United Arab Emirates

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a member of Partners HealthCare, has signed a five-year contract with the National Rehabilitation Center (NRC) in Abu Dhabi to provide consultation services that will allow the NRC to offer expanded substance abuse treatment programs...

Susan Andersen

Susan L. Andersen, PhD, is director of the Laboratory of Developmental Neuropharmacology at McLean Hospital and an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is interested in understanding how the brain typically matures between childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Her...

Olivera Bogunovic

Olivera J. Bogunovic, MD, is the medical director of Ambulatory Services in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital. She divides her time between clinical and administrative and teaching activities which include teaching medical students and residents as well as addiction and...

Craig Boyajian

Craig Boyajian, MD, received his MD from Yale Medical School. He is a psychiatrist in charge at McLean Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Inpatient Program where he has worked since graduating from the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program in 1993.

S. Barak Caine

S. Barak Caine, PhD, began his career as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Winokur at the University of Pennsylvania, before receiving pre-doctoral training in the laboratories of Dr. Mark Geyer at the University of California, and Dr. George Koob at The Scripps Research...

Bill Carlezon

Bill Carlezon, PhD, has received several awards for his research, including an Independent Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from George W. Bush, and the Jacob...

Elena Chartoff

Elena H. Chartoff, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory at McLean Hospital. She is interested in the neurobiological mechanisms that connect depression and anxiety with drug addiction. The work in her...

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