McLean Fernside FAQ

Where is McLean Fernside located?

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

Who benefits most from McLean Fernside?

Our residential program focuses on treating individuals with serious substance use conditions, many of whom will have co-occurring psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, or personality disorders.

Is family involved in treatment?

Family involvement is strongly recommended. With permission of the resident, family members can be involved in assessment and in treatment/aftercare planning.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.

When are visiting hours?

Visiting hours are noon to 8 pm on weekends, and other hours as arranged.

Are cell phones and other electronics allowed?

Residents are allowed to hold and use their cell phones and computers, with some guidelines to prevent disruption of the program and other residents.

Is Alcoholics Anonymous a required component of treatment?

In addition to individual and group therapy at McLean Fernside, attendance of AA and other self-help groups is strongly encouraged.

Is the resident’s stay at the program kept private?

Privacy is of the utmost importance to McLean Fernside and we ensure confidentiality through our highly trained, professional and discreet staff. No third party, whether known to the resident or not, has access to medical records, health information, or any information about a resident’s stay without prior, written authorization from the resident.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former residents access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean's Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered during and after treatment at Fernside?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own recovery, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery.

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