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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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/...

Roger Weiss

Dr. Weiss’ career has focused on treatment and clinical research with substance-dependent patients. He has received numerous NIH grants, including for developing integrated group therapy, an evidence-based treatment for co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders, and leading a multi-site...