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Why We Oppose Question 1: McLean Nurse Shares His Perspective

In November 2018, Massachusetts residents will vote on ballot Question 1, a proposed law that would limit how many patients could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and certain other health care facilities. This will be devastating for behavioral and mental health facilities. Concerned by the negative impact that this proposed law would have on overall patient care,...

McLean Staff Discuss Mental Health With Senator Angus King of Maine

Roger D. Weiss, MD, chief of McLean Hospital’s Substance Use Disorders Division; Adriana Bobinchock, senior director of Public Affairs and Communications at McLean; and Christine Tebaldi, PMHNP-BC, director of Clinical Business Development at McLean, joined Maine Senator Angus King this past July for a discussion about the opiate crisis, access to mental health care, and the stigma that too...

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...

McLean Hospital Donates Defibrillators to Town of Ashburnham

On June 22, 2018, McLean Hospital donated defibrillators to the Ashburnham, Massachusetts, fire and police departments. The donations were in recognition of the town’s support of McLean Hospital during the many years that McLean’s Ambulatory Treatment Center at Naukeag was based in Ashburnham. The program was recently relocated to a larger facility in Petersham, Massachusetts, to...

How Can Policy Changes Combat the Opioid Crisis?

When the White House assembled a commission to address how to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration called upon current and former elected officials with a background in administration, law enforcement, and addiction. And Bertha K. Madras, PhD. A psychobiologist in the Substance Use Disorders Division and Division of Basic Neuroscience at McLean Hospital, she is an expert...

Opioid Addiction: Exploring Scientific Solutions

The ultimate solution to the opioid crisis is answering the question of what causes addiction and whether it is possible to treat it more effectively or even prevent it. That’s the challenge Elena H. Chartoff, PhD, is taking on in her laboratory. As director of the Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory at McLean Hospital, she is exploring the mechanisms that connect depression and...

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...

Naukeag Addiction Treatment Program Relocates and Expands

This month, McLean Hospital’s longstanding Naukeag drug and alcohol abuse treatment program moved to an updated, larger location. The newly renamed McLean Naukeag at Prescott program is now located in Petersham, Massachusetts. Housed at Heywood Hospital’s Quabbin Retreat, McLean Naukeag at Prescott is part of a comprehensive project to bring expanded behavioral health services to...

Signature Recovery Programs

The Signature Recovery Programs—Fernside and Borden Cottage—specialize in treating men and women seeking world-class addiction treatment.

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...

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 medical detoxification (detox), including detox from alcohol, benzodiazepines, or opioids. When someone requires alcohol detox, the patient’s alcohol intake is stopped...

McLean’s Bertha Madras Named to President’s Opioid Commission

Bertha K. Madras, PhD, of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School has been named to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Created through an Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 29, the Commission will identify current strengths and weaknesses in our nation’s response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and...

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...

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...

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...

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. Treatment...

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...

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/archgenpsychiatry.2011.121). “Adjunctive Counseling During Brief and Extended Buprenorphine-...

Addictions 2019 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 sessions allow for in-depth exploration of topic areas in an interactive and stimulating format that...

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