Signature Recovery Programs

Expert residential treatment for alcohol and drug addiction

Fernside entrance
Borden Cottage yoga studio
Borden Cottage sitting room
Aerial view of Borden Cottage
Borden Cottage sitting room
Fernside exterior
Fernside bedroom
Borden Cottage swimming pool
Borden Cottage fitness center
Fernside kitchen
Fernside staff
Fernside entrance
Borden Cottage yoga studio
Borden Cottage sitting room
Aerial view of Borden Cottage
Borden Cottage sitting room
Fernside exterior
Fernside bedroom
Borden Cottage swimming pool
Borden Cottage fitness center
Fernside kitchen
Fernside staff


Are you or someone you care about addicted to alcohol, opiates, or other substances? Is that addiction complicated by other psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety? At McLean Hospital, we understand the pain and turmoil caused by substance use disorders and we are here to help.

Consistently ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report, McLean provides exceptional clinical care for individuals with substance use disorders and their often co-occurring conditions.

Our Signature Recovery Programs are two state-of-the-art, luxury alcohol and drug abuse rehab settings—Fernside, located in Princeton, Massachusetts and Borden Cottage, located in Camden, Maine.

“My experience at Fernside is invaluable. The individualized attention from the doctors and staff was uniquely satisfying and a crucial part of the program.”– Fernside patient

As an alternative or supplement to inpatient care, Fernside and Borden Cottage are 30-day residential addiction treatment programs where you will receive comprehensive around the clock care and supervision in a home-like, unlocked setting. Our Harvard Medical School-affiliated treatment teams recognize your individual needs and will work with you one-on-one and in small group settings to help you take the necessary steps towards conquering alcohol and drug addiction.

Our dedicated intake staff will work directly with you and your family to determine which of our programs is right for you. To learn more about how the Signature Recovery Programs can help you overcome alcohol or drug addiction, please call 844.222.6037.

Signature Recovery in the News: Robb Report Health & Wellness Fall 2015 issue highlights our Borden Cottage program.

Treatment Approach

McLean’s Signature Recovery Programs each provide attentive, individualized care for drug and alcohol addiction. Our clinicians are experts in substance abuse recovery, rehabilitation and relapse prevention and are here to help motivate you or someone you care about to take the necessary steps to overcome addiction.

Who We Serve

We provide substance abuse and drug addiction treatment and care to a diverse group of individuals, including those who:

  • Require treatment following the completion of detoxification.
  • Have addictive disorders complicated by other psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Seek longer-term individualized care in a discreet, serene setting.
  • Require medication evaluation and management.
  • Are ambivalent about making the changes needed to maintain sustained recovery.
  • Have previously completed a treatment program but have relapsed or are at risk to relapse.
  • Have tried other treatment programs but were not ready for and/or satisfied with the previous care.

Program Highlights

  • Individualized care designed to address the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addictive disorders by integrating empirically supported treatments with twelve-step and other self-help resources.
  • Fernside staffUtilization of an effective recovery and rehabilitation approach to alcohol and drug addiction and contributing co-occurring psychiatric conditions through psychological treatments including motivated-enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
  • Intensive onsite diagnostic assessment including medication evaluation and management.
  • Treatment provided under the supervision of Harvard Medical School-affiliated clinicians who are expert in substance use disorders and related psychiatric conditions.
  • Intensive individual therapies, small group treatment and extensive health education.
  • Comprehensive mind and body recovery program that includes yoga, individualized fitness plans, nutrition education, smoking cessation, expressive art and music therapies.
  • Hands-on support and education for family members and significant others as well as close collaboration with referrers and community providers.
  • Careful aftercare planning and coordination to facilitate and implement an effective post-discharge treatment strategy.
  • A specialty track for those who have remained abstinent from substance abuse but have psychiatric issues that need to be addressed to foster full recovery.
  • Integral component of the internationally recognized McLean Hospital Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, which has an unparalleled history of clinical, research, and educational leadership in the substance abuse field.

To learn more about how the Signature Recovery Programs can help you overcome alcohol or drug addiction, please call 844.222.6037.

treatment team

McLean's Signature Recovery Programs—Fernside and Borden Cottage—provide care from some of the country’s leading experts in drug and alcohol addiction recovery. Consistently ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report, McLean’s Harvard Medical School-affiliated staff is here to help.

Our treatment team understands your need for high-quality care and strives to provide state-of-the-art, highly confidential alcohol and drug treatment.

Signature Recovery Programs Leadership

Rocco A. Iannucci, MDRocco A. Iannucci, MD, Director, Fernside

Board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Iannucci is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests include treatment of people with severe substance use disorders and those with co-occurring mental health conditions. He has published on the treatment of addiction in residential programs, and on cocaine abuse.

Frederick Goggans, MDFrederick Goggans, MD, Medical Director, Borden Cottage

Dr. Goggans oversees a team of professionals providing residential treatment for patients with alcohol and other addictions, many of whom present with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LICSW, MLADC, LCSCatherine Ulrich Milliken, LICSW, MLADC, LCS, Program Director, Borden Cottage

Prior to working at McLean, Ms. Milliken served as the Addiction Treatment program director at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and an instructor in psychiatry at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She returns to Maine having served in the past as the director of Outpatient Services at Crossroads for Women in Portland which provides gender‐specific and trauma‐informed outpatient programs and services.

Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Leadership

Signature Recovery Staff and Associates

At each of our Signature Recovery Programs, you will receive individual and personalized treatment designed to meet your specific needs. In addition to regular meetings with a psychiatrist, your care will be provided by a highly experienced treatment team that will include independently licensed clinicians, nurses and community residence counselors. Both Fernside and Borden Cottage closely collaborate with McLean Hospital’s leading experts in the field of substance abuse treatment and co-occurring illnesses.

Books by McLean Signature Recovery Programs Authors

McLean Signature Recovery Programs staff is highly sought after for their expertise in alcohol and drug abuse treatment. The Hospital’s faculty has, in recent years, penned more than 50 books including several titles by members of the Signature Recovery Programs staff.


The Signature Recovery Programs’ serene, luxury accommodations are designed to support maximum engagement in substance abuse recovery. We combine comprehensive, world-class addiction treatment with exceptional amenities and the utmost discretion.

Our settings provide private, beautifully appointed bedrooms, outfitted with the finest linens and ensuite bathrooms. All meals are prepared by culinary professionals in our luxury dining rooms. Nutrition is an important component to being healthy, so nutritionists are involved in developing high-quality and delicious menus for our patients.

Fernside porchWe know there is an important connection between a healthy mind and a healthy body. As part of treatment, we offer yoga classes and encourage use of our modern fitness center. Our lush grounds are available for residents to utilize, allowing for leisure time spent reading, meditating, and enjoying nature’s beauty during treatment. Patients also have access to local recreational resources including skiing, swimming, and tennis.

Expressive therapies, including art therapy, allow clients to use various media to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

Located on a mountain ridge with a breathtaking view of the valley below and the city of Boston in the distance, our Fernside location provides a tasteful and restful environment to aide in recovery from addiction. An elegant mansion built in 1835 and previously a bed and breakfast listed on the Select Registry as a Distinguished Inn of North America, Fernside embodies all the luxury and charm of a private New England inn.

With spectacular panoramic ocean views overlooking island-studded Penobscot Bay, Borden Cottage is located at one of Maine’s premier hilltop estates and offers a number of premier features. Among the unique offerings in our private compound is a state of the art movie theater equipped with soft leather reclining seats and a movie-quality screen and surround sound. After a long day of individual and group therapies, clients can utilize our vintage bowling alley, billiards room, arcade, and a 1950s-inspired diner.

Our outfitted music studio is appointed with high-quality equipment, used for music therapy as well as for leisure time enjoyment by amateur and professional music lovers. Clients can also enjoy swimming in our gorgeous outdoor heated pool.

Far away from the stresses, distractions, and demands of everyday life that may have contributed to addiction to drugs and alcohol, the Signature Recovery Programs offer the ultimate tranquil and luxurious recovery settings.

Admission & cost


The McLean Signature Recovery Programs are 30-day substance abuse treatment programs that attract individuals from national and international locations who are searching for comprehensive and discreet alcohol and drug treatment.

The McLean Signature Recovery Programs accept inquiries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about the programs or admission, please contact:
Phone: 844.222.6037

We specialize in five-star service and can readily help arrange admission and transportation logistics both US and worldwide. Located near numerous local and international airports, the McLean Signature Recovery Programs can arrange for 24-hour luxury transportation from points of arrival and departure.


Insurance providers do not pay for the level of care or amenities provided at the McLean Signature Recovery Programs.

The fee for Borden Cottage is $2,115 per day. A 30-day minimum stay is recommended to help assure full benefit from the program.

The fee for Fernside is $1,950 per day. A 30-day minimum stay is required to help assure full benefit from the program.

Included in Day Rate

Clinical Services

  • Professional evaluation, diagnostics, and treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses
  • Intensive psychiatric assessment
  • Internal medicine/initial physical
  • Intensive individual therapy
  • Psychoeducational services
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Psychiatric medical director onsite
  • Nursing day/evening staffing
  • 24/7 direct care staffing
  • Case management services (ongoing consultation with referring clinician and aftercare planning)
  • Family and couples meetings
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Nutritional consultations
  • Intensive group therapies
  • Smoking cessation treatment and support
  • Basic laboratory testing
  • Onsite expressive therapies including yoga and art

Non-Clinical Services

  • Private room/private bath (single occupancy)
  • All onsite meals, snacks, beverages
  • Arrival and departure transportation services available
  • Transportation services to scheduled clinical appointments
  • Housekeeping services
  • Onsite fitness studio
  • Art studio with professional easels and supplies

Additional Amenities (Borden Cottage only)

  • Fully equipped music rehearsal studio
  • Onsite yoga studio
  • Patient business office with Wi-Fi and water view
  • TV and theater room with reclining leather chairs
  • 50s style diner, pinball arcade, bowling alley, billiards
  • Patient and family concierge services for coastal Maine area

Not Included in Day Rate

These optional ancillary clinical and medical services may or may not be covered by the patient’s insurance.

Ancillary Services

  • Psychological testing
  • Neurological consultations
  • Specialty imaging – MRI, CT
  • Specialty psychiatric consultations

Other Medical Services

  • Ambulance services
  • Emergency room visits
  • Specialized pain management
  • Dental services
  • Medications
  • Sleep study
  • Additional offsite laboratory testing
  • Special duty nursing
  • Specials 1:1
  • Additional specialized medical services and consultation
  • Physical therapy

Non-Clinical Services

  • Transportation services (other than to scheduled appointments)
  • Offsite meals
  • Personal beauty/hair salon services
  • Personal laundry and cleaning
  • Therapeutic services (massage, acupuncture, etc.)


Where are the McLean Signature Recovery Programs located?

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

Borden Cottage is located in Camden, Maine. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page

Who benefits most from the Signature Recovery Programs?

McLean’s Signature Recovery Programs are residential programs with a focus 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?

At Fernside, smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.

Borden Cottage is a tobacco-free campus. The program provides nicotine replacement therapy for residents who are regular smokers and also offers smoking cessation support for residents who wish to begin recovery from tobacco addiction while at the program.

When are visiting hours?

At Fernside, visiting hours are noon to 8 pm on weekends, and other hours as arranged.

At Borden Cottage, visiting hours are in the late afternoon and evening Monday through Friday, and on weekends in consultation with the treatment team.

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 the Signature Recovery Programs, 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 the Signature Recovery Programs 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.

Are support and educational resources available?

From helpful online resources to self-help groups and more, McLean Hospital is committed to providing support and mental health education to aid patients and families on the path to recovery.

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?

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.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators. Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey which monitors patient satisfaction and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.