Mclean Hospital

We Don’t Just Treat Addiction, We Treat People

McLean’s World-Class Approach to Rehab and Recovery

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Substance misuse is a condition that is painful, life-threatening, and causes disruptions to relationships and work.

At McLean, we understand how hard it is to live with addiction to drugs or alcohol, but we know recovery is possible. We see it every day.

As the #1 freestanding psychiatric hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report, we offer addiction care tailored to your individual needs. Since other mental health conditions (bipolar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, and more) often occur alongside substance misuse, our expert staff focus on treating the whole person.

Call 877.263.3510 to learn more about addiction treatment options at McLean. We will find the program that’s right for you and walk you through the admission process.

Expert Care, Exceptional Outcomes

Our priority is to help you find your way back to living a healthy and full life.

McLean Hospital provides comprehensive support for individuals who want to reduce chemical dependency and regain control of their lives. Our programs leverage the expertise and wide-ranging mental health and evaluative services throughout McLean Hospital.

Addiction care is provided in a variety of environments—from short-term detox to insurance-based and self-pay around-the-clock residential care—in order to meet the needs of each McLean patient. There are both insurance-based and self-pay treatment options.

Each addiction treatment program offers individualized care designed to address the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addictive disorders by integrating evidence-based treatment models with 12-step and other self-help resources.

“Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain abstinence, reclaim a sense of self-worth, and learn to manage the stresses of an active life without returning to substance dependence.”– Roger D. Weiss, MD, Chief, Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

Customized support helps patients reclaim their independence from addictive substances, learn to manage the stress of an active life without returning to drug and alcohol dependence, and attain personal, career, and recovery goals.

We work with you to help you find the tools to return to your family, work, and community. Working together, we make sure you have a support system in place to live a healthy and substance-free life.

Leaders in Addiction Care

For more than 40 years, McLean Hospital’s Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction has been providing comprehensive care for patients struggling with substance misuse. Our clinicians and support staff can help you break the cycle and take control of your life with a range of treatment options proven to help individuals on the path to addiction recovery.

Treatment is provided under the supervision of Harvard Medical School-affiliated clinicians who are experts in substance use disorders and related psychiatric conditions.

The first step is to make sure you or your loved one are safe and secure. Once acute needs have been addressed, we focus on evaluation and assessment and work with the patient to develop tailored treatment plans optimized for success.

Addiction Treatment at a Glance

  • Evidence-Based Care: Treatment focuses on methodologies proven by research such as cognitive behavior therapy and integrated group therapy.
  • Assessment: Upon admission, each patient is thoroughly evaluated so that clinicians can create customized care plans.
  • Group Therapy: Patients participate in our robust group therapy program. This structured environment helps patients work toward recovery.
  • Medication Consultation: When indicated, medication can be an important tool for addiction rehab. Patients meet with a psychiatrist as needed.
  • Support and Education: Our daily educational curriculum promotes prolonged recovery. Resources are available for patients and their loved ones.

Our programs offer individual and group therapy, along with medication consultation and management, if required, and a daily educational curriculum to promote prolonged recovery. In-depth assessment, personalized treatment, case management, and ongoing support and education are hallmarks of our services.

By tailoring treatment plans to fit specific needs, McLean helps individuals focus not just on their addiction, but on co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses as well. Our compassionate treatment teams recognize individual needs and work one-on-one and in small group settings to help patients take the necessary steps toward conquering alcohol and drug addiction.

Family involvement in treatment is strongly recommended, and with the permission of the patient, family members can be involved in assessment, care, and aftercare planning. Support and education is also offered, including a family support group on the Belmont campus for families of McLean Hospital patients.

We also encourage patients to seek peer support from organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, many of which offer self-help groups on McLean’s campus and other nearby areas.

Evidence-Based Treatment

Stressing recovery and relapse prevention, we utilize a number of therapy models informed by psychiatric research conducted by investigators within the Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, throughout the hospital, and around the world.

  • Integrated group therapy is an proven treatment for co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders—developed by McLean’s Roger D. Weiss, MD, and Hilary S. Connery, MD, PhD—designed to teach essential recovery behaviors and relapse prevention skills that apply to both illnesses
  • Relapse prevention therapy is a form of cognitive behavior therapy that incorporates self-control, identifying positive and negative consequences and high-risk situations, and implementing coping strategies in order to help patients maintain abstinence
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance
  • Motivational enhancement therapy is a counseling approach that helps individuals resolve their ambivalence about engaging in treatment and ceasing drug and alcohol use by evoking rapid and internally motivated change

What Is Detox?

Detoxification from alcohol and/or drugs is an important first step in addiction recovery. There are several types of medical detoxification (detox), including detox from alcohol, benzodiazepines, or opioids.

When someone requires substance detox, the patient’s substance intake is stopped fairly abruptly. In order to moderate the effects of this quick stoppage, they are given a medication that tempers less severe symptoms and helps prevent the more dangerous symptoms of withdrawal.

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Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a treatable mental illness and McLean is here to help

Our inpatient program at our Belmont campus provides detoxification for adults with substance use disorders with or without other coexisting mental health conditions. Whether it happens at McLean or at other facilities, detoxification is often a requirement prior to treatment in residential, outpatient, and partial hospital programs.

Why Choose Residential Care?

Fortunately, there are many ways to get help for addiction to drugs or alcohol. McLean offers expert residential care for those struggling with issues related to substance use, with treatment taking place in a 24/7 treatment environment that feels like a home, not a hospital. We provide both insurance-based and self-pay options.

Residential care gives individuals the opportunity to collaborate with their clinical team. This approach lets people maintain a sense of freedom and engage in a group setting with other patients.

“Residential treatment helps patients who are struggling and can benefit from around-the-clock support from experts in behavioral health,” explained Catherine Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCS, program director at Borden Cottage, a Signature Addiction Recovery Program. “This approach is also incredibly helpful for those who have relapsed and are trying to get back into recovery.”

The residential approach helps staff members address both psychiatric and medical issues. “When a person comes to us, we look at all realms of their life,” Milliken said. “We want to care for the whole person.” This type of comprehensive care is ideal for helping patients identify and treat coexisting conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma disorders, or personality disorders.

Each day is carefully planned according to the individual’s needs, with ample time for self-focus and group work. Through structured schedules, group and individual therapy helps patients become more open and willing to participate in treatment, decreases behavioral symptoms, and increases normalized family, work, and social functioning.

Stepping away from the distractions of everyday life allows patients to focus entirely on their treatment.

Find out if residential addiction care is right for you or your loved one, call us today at 877.263.3510.

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