WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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practices applied to the often frustrating and complex issues of reha- bilitation case management. "A lot of people think addiction only strikes poor people or the homeless living under a bridge," says Arden O'Connor, whose Boston- based O'Connor Professional Group provides "care coordination" for individuals dealing with mental health and addiction issues. "Massachusetts is seeing one to two opioid deaths a day," she notes, "which is triple 2001 levels." "Our typical client has already tried detox, rehab, and therapy. Our role is to put a team together, to provide coaching and coordination. It's always about personalized service and working through highly challenging situations. We believe in long-term solutions," she adds. O'Connor's organization serves individuals and families of means as well as corporate clients, but for those depending on insurance plans, other resources must be found. For most of us, insurance plans offer our only viable line of defense when working to overcome addiction issues. Unfortunately, most insurers do not cover the multiple commitments and long-term care programs described by O'Connor. Facilities like McLean Hospital's Fernside facility, led by Dr. Rocco Iannucci, offer shorter-term pro- grams along with therapy and medication as one way to find a solution to what often is a mix of mental health and addiction problems. An Epidemic of Addiction "There's an epidemic of addiction," says Dr. Iannuci, who notes, "of the over seven million Americans in the 17- to 23-year-old range, upwards of 10 percent are dealing with addiction issues in one form or another. That's a big number." Dr. Iannucci, along with Drs. Dana Sarvey and Marisa Silveri, run a variety of treatment programs at the hospital and in remote locations (the latter gives those in treatment sufficient distance to break out of toxic relationships with enablers and suppliers). "Genetics, ready access to opioids via a medicine cabinet, especially if you have adoles- cents in the house, and co-occurring mental health issues seem to come together in addiction cases," says Dr. Iannucci. Happily, treatment programs provide opportunities for success. But the demon of addiction is not easily overcome. New hope, new habits, and long-term support and important new medications can help, but no matter what form it takes, overcoming addiction is a life- long process. For two intrepid women from Wayland and Wellesley, a "light- house" of their own devising shines brightly in a night of shattered dreams. To learn more, visit www.lighthousecharitablefoundation.org. good works "to be saved we must all keep vigilant" 140 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 Dr. Rocco Iannucci

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