The Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center is a national hub for substance use disorders resources. Through more than a dozen treatment and support programs for patients of all backgrounds, here at Grayken, we revolutionize addiction treatment and education, replicate best practices, and provide policy, advocacy, and thought leadership.

Remembering Richard Saitz, MD, MPH

Richard Saitz"Follow the evidence was his mantra". Our community lost Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, who devoted his life to addiction care and research. Having led Boston Medical Center’s Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit for more than a decade, he was also the co-principal investigator of BU’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He also demonstrated his leadership across many roles, including as associate editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, section editor and sole author of key chapters in UpToDate® on unhealthy substance use, an editor of The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine, editor emeritus of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, editor of Evidence-Based Medicine, author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, and former president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), in addition to numerous honors and awards.

His landmark article, "Individualized Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal: A Randomized Double-blind Controlled Trial," changed practice regarding the approach to the treatment of the common problem of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. A committed mentor and teacher, he helped to foster the next generation of addiction treatment leaders.

Services will be private and a celebration of his life will be held when it is safe for large groups to gather. Details to follow.

Patient Services

Our comprehensive treatment programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of patients of all ages and walks of life. Understanding that substance use can affect anyone, at any point in life, our substance use programs and services are available and accessible whenever needed, from pregnancy (Project RESPECT) to adolescence (CATALYST Clinic) and in times of crisis (Project ASSERT). By offering a wide array of programs, you can receive care that is suited to your specific needs and effective in ensuring the best possible outcomes.

Project TRUST

Harm reduction and street outreach


Connecting patients to treatment programs at BMC

Faster Paths

SUD urgent care clinic

Project ASSERT

Emergency linkage and support


Office based addiction treatment and primary care


Addiction treatment for adolescents and young adults


Addiction treatment for pregnant women


Clinic for families affected by addiction

Addiction Consult Service

Addiction treatment for hospitalized patients

Addiction Psychiatry Treatment Program

Treatment for co-occuring SUD and mental health disorders

To schedule an appointment with an addiction specialist, please call 617.638.5500, or click on a service to learn more.

Areas of Focus

Work at the Grayken Center encompasses a wide range of topics within substance use disorder treatment, research, and advocacy, including the below focus areas.

Addiction Research

Research is a core focus area for the Grayken Center. From finding new and better treatments for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome to conducting research while caring for patients to investigating how to minimize harm from chronic opioid use for pain management, BMC research is helping to shine light on how to best care for patients with addiction.

Training and Education

When clinicians across the country are looking to educate and train their teams, they turn to BMC. BMC has developed numerous programs for hospital-based and community-based providers so that anyone who encounters a patient needing help with addiction can offer them appropriate care.

Grayken Center Clinical Programs

At Boston Medical Center, we recognize that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to addiction treatment. BMC has developed tailored treatment programs that meet patients where they are, be it in an office or on the street. All of our programs emphasize evidence-based treatments.

Policy and Advocacy

The Grayken Center's policy and advocacy leadership, guided by both harm reduction best practices and principles and our mission to ensure that treatment and support is available to every patient with substance use disorder, is critical to guiding the conversation on addiction policy in Massachusetts and beyond.

Stories of Recovery at Grayken

Stigma is most often the primary reason why people don't receive the addiction treatment they need. Grayken hopes to bring addiction out of the shadows by telling the stories of recovery and the research that goes behind what we do.

Upcoming Events

Want to get involved or hear more from Grayken's addiction experts? Check out our upcoming events to learn more!

See the full calendar of upcoming events

X-Waiver Training Part 1

This two-part training is intended to provide eight hours of required training for providers seeking their buprenorphine waivers.

Intended audience

Physicians (MD, DO), Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), and Physician Assistants

Let’s Talk About Sex

This training will focus on the sexual health related risks associated with substance use disorder. The impact of survival sex and sex work on the well-being of both men and women and strategies to reduce violence and infections in this population will be explored. The training will review pharmacological interventions for HIV prevention including nPEP, PrEP, and the concept of U=U. Participants will be able to define STI testing strategies for the SUD provider and treatment considerations for patients on medication for addiction treatment.

Intended audience

The entire multidisciplinary team providing treatment for substance use disorders in an office-based setting as well as anyone in a clinical or non-clinical position that is interested in learning about harm reduction.

Guest Speaker

Mary Wheeler, Harm Reduction Specialist

Our Experts

The Grayken Center for Addiction is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, social workers, patient navigators, nurse practitioners, project managers, researchers, nurses, recovery coaches, and more who all work together to support patients with substance use disorders.

See our full team of experts

Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT)

Our Office Based Addiction Treatment Program (OBAT) is the largest hospital-based treatment program in New England. The OBAT program takes advantage of nurses’ experience in chronic disease management and patient education to lead patient care. Patients are able to get one-on-one visits with Nurse Care Managers who are able to talk to patients about their substance use disorders, as well as other medical issues like family planning, hypertension, diabetes, and more. Medication for addiction treatment, and other medications, are prescribed by physicians that partner with the program. The OBAT Program has been recognized nationally and replicated within many outpatient settings, including primary care, family medicine, behavioral health, and OB/GYN practices, among others. Read more

Residency and Fellowship Information

BMC has a number of unique opportunities for residents and fellows to train in caring for patients with addiction, including an addiction medicine fellowship program, addiction psychiatry fellowship program, and addiction training in the general psychiatry residency. These programs all train clinicians in different stages of their career in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders in a variety of settings.

Learn more about Residency and Fellowship Information

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To get an appointment or talk with someone about addiction services at Boston Medical Center, call 617.638.5500. Or click here to learn more about our programs.