About the Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry invites you to attend the Patient and Family Education Day: Substance Use Disorders.

Program Description

This exciting event will provide an opportunity for people with substance use disorders, their family, friends, treaters and others to learn about substance use disorders and become actively involved in the treatment and recovery of someone they care about. This event offers an update on new research findings and important clinical topics for people with substance use disorders and their families.

In the morning, participants will learn about the brain-based risk factors for addiction and the effects of addictive drugs on the brain.  They will also learn about society’s response to the opioid crisis and what it teaches us about marijuana. The afternoon will feature a panel of patients and families speaking about their perspective on substance use, as well as presentations focusing on psychiatric illness and addiction, safe medication storage and disposal, risk factors for overdose, and a demonstration on how to use Narcan, a medication now widely used to block the effects of opioids after an overdose.  We will share our vision of modern addiction treatment that is preventive, patient-centered, and oriented towards recovery and physical health.

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About the Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry was established in 1934. In the course of eight decades, its scientists and clinicians have made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Today, the department includes more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists and has the largest clinical research program in the hospital, which includes research in neuroscience, genetics, and the assessment of new and established treatments for mental health disorders.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry has been named the #1 psychiatry department in the country by U.S. News and World Report 17 times.

The Center for Addiction Medicine

The Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) is one of the major clinical research programs of the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General. Since its founding in 2005 by Dr. A. Eden Evins and colleagues in the Department of Psychiatry, the center has conducted cutting-edge clinical and translational research in addiction medicine, delivered clinical treatment for substance use disorders, and provided advanced training for clinician scientists in a multidisciplinary setting.

CAM offers outpatient treatment through several programs: Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), an outpatient clinic that specializes in care for youth ages 14-26 with substance-related problems; the West End Clinic for Addiction Treatment, an outpatient facility for those with alcohol and drug addictions, co-occurring mental health disorders and other types of addictive behaviors; and the Recovery Research Institute, that offers resources to individuals in recovery and those seeking help with addiction, along with resources for family, friends and clinicians looking for ways to help a loved one.

Psychiatry Academy

The Mass General Psychiatry Academy was launched in 2005 to bring high quality continuing medical education to psychiatrists, primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals around the world through live programming and the Internet. In 2010, the Psychiatry Academy assumed responsibility for patient education programs that were formerly provided by the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute (MADI) Resource Center. The Psychiatry Academy now provides education for individuals, families, non-professional caregivers, and the community about mental health, translating the latest research advances into practical information to help people work with their doctors toward the most accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment results.

Learn more about our patient and family programs.

Program Organizers

Grace Shanks, Senior Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Rose Desilets, MBA, Business Manager and Registrar, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lynda Reid, PMP, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital


9:15 am  Check-in
10:00 am

Welcome and Introduction
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH, John F. Kelly, PhD

10:05 am Remarks    
Steve Willis, Elissa Freud
10:10 am Neurobiology of Addiction: The Brain-Based Risk Factors for Addiction and the Effects of Addictive Drugs on the Brain
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH

10:30 am

Addiction as a Chronic Disease: What the Research Says About Services for Parents and Loved Ones
Martha T. Kane, PhD
10:50 am Q&A
A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH & Martha T. Kane, PhD
 11:05 am Stigma and Societal Pressures: Society’s Response to the Opioid Crisis and What It Teaches Us about Marijuana
Bertha K. Madras, PhD
Former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

 11:25 am

Bertha K. Madras, PhD
11:40 am The Evolution of Effective Medication Treatments: What Does the Research Say?
E. Nalan Ward, MD
12:00 pm

Professional and Community-based Interventions for SUD: What’s Similar? What’s Different?
John F. Kelly, PhD

12:20 pm

E. Nalan Ward, MD, John F. Kelly, PhD

12:35 pm


1:20 pm

A Patient and Family Perspective on Substance Use
Moderators:  Martha T. Kane, PhD, E. Nalan Ward, MD

1:50 pm

Panel Q&A

2:05 pm

Personality Traits and Addiction: The Big Picture and New Information
Jodi Gilman, PhD

2:25 pm

Psychiatric Illness and Addiction: The Big Picture and New Information  
Amy M. Yule, MD

2:45 pm

Overdose: What Are the Risk Factors & Narcan Demonstration
Amy M. Yule, MD

2:55 pm

Safe Medication Storage & Disposal
Amy M. Yule, MD

3:00 pm

Discussion and Q&A
Jodi Gilman, PhD, Amy M. Yule, MD

3:15 pm

Program Adjourns


A. Eden Evins, MD, MPH 
Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
William Cox Family Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jodi Gilman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Martha T. Kane, PhD 
Clinical Director, Center for Addiction Medicine
Co-Founder and Director, Addiction Recovery Management Service
Clinical Director, Ambulatory Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

John F. Kelly, PhD 
Founder and Director, Recovery Research Institute Program Director
Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS)
Associate Director, Center for Addiction Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Bertha K. Madras, PhD
Psychobiologist, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital
Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Elizabeth R. Spallin
Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine, Harvard Medical School

E. Nalan Ward, MD
Medical Director, Outpatient Addiction Services
West End Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Amy M. Yule, MD
Assistant in Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Parking & Directions


The Starr Center Auditorium
Massachusetts General Hospital
185 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114


Due to the increasing demands of patient and patient visitor parking, Mass General is no longer able to support event parking in the Fruit Street, Parkman Street, Yawkey, or Charles River Plaza garages. Because of the hospital’s close proximity to the Charles/Mass General Red Line Station, the use of public transportation whenever possible for all events is highly recommended.

Note: Parking will no longer be discounted or validated free of charge.

Public Transportation

Take the MBTA Red Line to Charles/MGH or the Green Line or Orange line to North Station.


Contact us

Mass General Psychiatry Academy

Email: mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu
Phone: 866-644-7792

Support our work

How You Can Help

Charitable contributions are an increasingly important source of support for research, professional and public education and clinical care. Our community education programs are made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. We welcome and appreciate contributions of any size and maintain donor confidentiality at all times.

To make a gift to support the public education programs of the Department of Psychiatry, please contact the Mass General Development Office by phone 617-726-2200 or visit us online.

For information on specific needs and giving opportunities, please call the Director of Development for Psychiatry at 617-724-8799.

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