McLean Hospital 115 Mill Street Belmont, MA 02478
If you live with a substance use disorder as well as other psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety, we can help. At Fernside, one of McLean’s Signature Recovery Programs, we understand how difficult it can be to live with an alcohol or drug addiction. We offer a comprehensive residential alcohol and drug treatment program that is guided by the exceptional clinical care and innovative addiction research found only at McLean Hospital.
Fernside provides 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.
Our comprehensive addiction services are best-suited to those who:
Fernside is an integral component of the internationally recognized McLean Hospital Substance Use Disorders Division, which has an unparalleled history of clinical, research, and educational leadership in the substance abuse field. Program highlights include individualized care designed to address the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addictive disorders by integrating scientifically proven treatments with twelve-step and other self-help resources.
Additional program services include:
Rocco A. Iannucci, MD, Director
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.
In addition to Dr. Iannucci, the Fernside treatment team consists of an independently licensed clinical social worker, a nurse, and community residence counselors. Fernside staff work closely with McLean Hospital’s leading experts in the field of substance abuse treatment.
McLean Hospital faculty have penned more than 50 books in recent years, including several on the topic of addiction.
Fernside is located on a mountain ridge with a breathtaking view of the valley below and the city of Boston in the distance. 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 exudes all the warmth and charm of a luxurious New England inn.
Our accommodations are serene and designed to support maximum engagement in treatment. Highlights include:
People come to Fernside from across the United States and the world. We can help arrange admission from most any domestic or international location.
Fernside fields inquiries for the program 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about the program or admission, please contact:
Please note that our knowledgeable staff members have resources nationwide and will help arrange drug or alcohol detoxification services as needed prior to admission.
The fee for Fernside is $1,985 per day. A 30-day minimum stay is required to help assure full benefit from the program. Fernside is self-pay program and therefore we do not accept insurance or any third party reimbursement.
These optional ancillary clinical and medical services may or may not be covered by patient’s insurance.
Fernside is located in Princeton, Massachusetts. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.
Fernside’s 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.
Family involvement is strongly recommended. With permission of the patient, family members can be involved in assessment and in treatment/aftercare planning.
Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.
At Fernside, visiting hours are noon to 8pm on weekends, and other hours as arranged.
Individuals are allowed to hold and use their cell phones and computers, with some guidelines to prevent disruption of the program and other patients.
In addition to individual and group therapy at Fernside, attendance of AA and other self-help groups is strongly encouraged.
Privacy is of the utmost importance to Fernside, and we ensure confidentiality through our highly trained, professional, and discreet staff. No third party, whether known to the patient or not, has access to medical records, health information, or any information about a patient’s stay without prior written authorization from the patient.
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.
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.
All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.
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.
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.