McLean Fernside FAQ

What is the McLean Fernside phone number and where is the program located?

The McLean Fernside phone number is 800.906.9531. The program is located in Princeton, Massachusetts. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who would most benefit from McLean Fernside?

Those who would most benefit are individuals who:

  • Require further treatment following the completion of detoxification
  • Experience persistent relapse
  • Require medication evaluation or currently take medication, including buprenorphine
  • Have substance abuse disorders complicated by other psychiatric issues
  • Seek longer term individualized care in a discreet, serene setting
  • Need to make lifestyle changes to maintain sustained recovery

How old do I have to be to attend McLean Fernside?

McLean Fernside serves adults over the age of 18.

Does McLean Fernside accept people in acute crisis?

Those with acute psychiatric situations are best served in a hospital setting before attending the residential program.

Is there a patient and family resource guide for substance abuse treatment?

Yes. To view the patient and family resource guide, please click here.

Will my family be involved in my treatment?

Involvement of family and friends in supporting those in drug and alcohol rehabilitation is critical to the success of any recovery plan. With permission, our staff will communicate regularly with family and friends throughout your stay.

Can I have visitors?

Family and friends are welcomed for scheduled visits to provide support and allow clients to practice new social behaviors and skills. Family and significant others are encouraged to attend scheduled family sessions with their loved one and their primary therapist, either on-site or through telephone conferencing.

Please see our visitor accommodations list in order to find convenient overnight lodging for friends and family.

Will you help me develop a plan for continued treatment after I leave Fernside?

The treatment team works closely with each individual in treatment for addiction, as well as family, significant friends and outside providers, to develop an appropriate aftercare plan based on clinical needs, progress made during treatment and individual circumstances and goals.

What type of aftercare treatment is typically recommended?

Aftercare plans are developed specifically for each person based on their clinical needs and goals. This can include continued residential treatment for addiction in a less restrictive setting, intensive outpatient work, specialized psychiatric treatment or psychopharmacology.

Are there other options at McLean that provide care in a less restrictive environment?

Individuals who would benefit from outpatient or partial hospital treatment at McLean Hospital's Belmont campus and who could benefit from a structured transitional therapeutic setting may choose to stay at McLean Lincoln.

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