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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....

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...

On the Front Line of the Opioid Crisis: McLean Takes Action

It was a problem we never used to speak about, something that afflicted those “down on their luck” or residents of “skid row” who could not cope with their lives. They dealt with those challenges with alcohol and drug abuse, the drug of choice frequently heroin. Today, addiction—particularly to opiates like heroin and synthetic opioids like oxycodone and fentanyl...

Battling the Opioid Epidemic Close to Home

Each day, we see it on the nightly news, in the paper, and in our hospital—the opioid epidemic has seeped into the fabric of our culture and years from now, we will still be coping with its catastrophic effects. While this is a national battle, it is also one being fought in our own backyards. In one way or another—through deaths, nonfatal overdoses, or disruptions to jobs, marriages...

The Consequences of Marijuana Legalization: A Behavioral and Mental Health Perspective

As clinicians and researchers at McLean Hospital, where we see individuals who have problems with marijuana use as well as other mental health conditions, we would like to provide information about the adverse health consequences of marijuana and its legalization for recreational use. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use is proposed in Ballot Question 4. We believe that a “yes...

Too Many Self-Inflicted Deaths

Self-inflicted injury is now the 8th leading cause of mortality, while suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. That’s a stunning number of people dying by their own hand in one form or another, and in addition to galvanizing public health prevention efforts, these statistics pose an urgent need to identify root causes and more effective treatment systems....

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...

Seeing Beyond The Data: McLean-Led National Study Informs Clinical Care Methods

Chief of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Roger D. Weiss, MD, has long been a leader in the field of substance abuse treatment, research, and education. It was no surprise when he was tapped by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to lead the first large-scale study to address treatment of prescription opioid addiction. The results of the six-year study, announced in the December...