McLean Hospital – 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478
Addiction to alcohol, opiates, or other substances is a serious psychiatric illness, most often complicated by other mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety. At McLean Hospital, we are committed to providing exceptional clinical care to help individuals work toward recovery.
Our 30-day Signature Recovery Programs are ideal for those who:
The Signature Recovery Programs—Fernside and Borden Cottage—specialize in treating men and women who have previously completed a treatment program but have relapsed or are at risk to relapse, who are ambivalent about making the changes needed to maintain sustained recovery, or who have tried other treatment programs but were not ready for and/or satisfied with the previous care.
We also offer 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.
Our dedicated intake staff works directly with individuals and their families to determine the best treatment program for each patient’s needs. As the Signature Recovery Programs are self-pay, we do not accept insurance or assist with insurance reimbursement efforts. However, some fees may be recoverable through your insurance provider.
Our Signature Recovery Programs are two state of the art, luxury alcohol and drug abuse rehab settings. A restored historic inn, our Fernside program is located near Wachusett Mountain in scenic Princeton, Massachusetts. Borden Cottage, located in Camden, Maine, offers discreet care in a setting that offers a 270° view of Penobscot Bay. Both locations are beautifully furnished throughout, and all bedrooms are private and include full baths.
“I was so afraid when I went in. I didn’t know what to expect. But it was such a comfortable, warm environment. I felt safe. It did not feel like I was in a hospital. I was actually glad to be there getting help.”– Former Fernside patient
As an alternative or supplement to inpatient care, Fernside and Borden Cottage are 30-day residential substance abuse treatment programs with comprehensive around the clock care and supervision in a home-like, unlocked setting. A month long stay at the program allows individuals the opportunity to concentrate only on their treatment and is recommended to ensure success and sustained recovery. Both programs utilize treatment models based on clinical and neuroscience research, including studies conducted by researchers in McLean’s Substance Use Disorders Division. A combination of individual and group therapies, along with education for residents and their families, provides a structured environment for individuals to work toward recovery.
By tailoring treatment plans to fit specific needs, the Signature Recovery Programs help individuals focus not just on their addiction, but on co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses as well. Our compassionate treatment teams recognize individual needs and work one on one and in small group settings to help residents take the necessary steps toward conquering alcohol and drug addiction.
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McLean provides individualized care designed to address the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addictive disorders by integrating proven (empirically supported) treatment models with 12-step and other self-help resources. Treatment is provided under the supervision of Harvard Medical School-affiliated clinicians who are experts in substance use disorders and related psychiatric conditions. The programs combine intensive individual therapies, small group treatment, and extensive health education with a comprehensive mind and body recovery program that includes yoga, individualized fitness plans, nutrition education, smoking cessation, and expressive art and music therapies.
Our programs utilize an effective recovery and rehabilitation approach to alcohol and drug abuse as well as to the conditions that often accompany addiction such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. We use evidence-based psychological treatments that help individuals build more constructive thoughts and behaviors including motivational 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 includes medication evaluation and management.
As family is crucial to the ongoing success of recovery, hands-on support and education is offered for family members and significant others. We also work in close collaboration with referrers and community providers to provide tailored aftercare planning to facilitate and implement an effective post-discharge treatment strategy.
Rocco 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.
Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCS, Program Director, Borden Cottage
Prior to working at McLean, Ms. Milliken served as the program director for Addiction Treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and was 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.
Frederick 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, a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry.
Hilary S. Connery, MD, PhD, Clinical Director, Substance Use Disorders Division
Dr. Connery’s expertise includes the treatment of opioid use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. She was a contributor to the APA Practice Guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse and is an investigator in the New England Consortium of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Connery is also the addiction psychiatry rotation director for the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program.
Roger D. Weiss, MD, Senior Consultant
Currently chief of McLean’s Substance Use Disorders Division, Dr. Weiss’ career has focused on treatment and clinical research with substance-dependent patients. He has authored over 300 publications, including several books, and is the recipient of numerous National Institutes of Health grants for developing integrated group therapy, as well as leading a multisite treatment study of prescription opioid dependence.
Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH, Senior Consultant
Dr. Greenfield is an addiction psychiatrist, clinician, and researcher. Her research focuses on treatment, gender differences, and health services as relates to substance use. She is a recipient of National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funding for mentoring in substance use disorder patient oriented research as well as for developing and testing a new manual-based group therapy for women with substance use disorders.
Nancy Merrill, PMHCNS, BC, Senior Consultant
A board certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse for more than 30 years, Ms. Merrill has been working in McLean’s Substance Use Disorders Division for the past 20 years and is currently program director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Inpatient Program. During her time at McLean, she has been involved in several national research projects including the COMBINE study, the Topamax medication study, and the integrated group therapy study.
Each of our Signature Recovery Programs offers personalized treatment designed to meet the individual’s specific needs. In addition to regular meetings with a psychiatrist, care is provided by an experienced treatment team that includes independently licensed clinicians, nurses, and community residence counselors, all of whom have chosen to dedicate their careers to the care of individuals recovering from addiction.
The Signature Recovery Programs are an integral part of the Substance Use Disorders Division, led by Roger D. Weiss, MD. Both Fernside and Borden Cottage closely collaborate with McLean Hospital’s leading experts in the field of substance abuse treatment and co-occurring psychiatric illnesses.
McLean Signature Recovery Programs staff is highly sought after for their expertise in alcohol and drug abuse treatment. In recent years, the hospital’s faculty has 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 en suite 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.
We 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 aid 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.
McLean’s Signature Recovery Programs each provide attentive, individualized care for drug and alcohol addiction. The 30-day programs are ideal for those who require treatment following the completion of detoxification or who have addictive disorders complicated by other psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety. Individuals seeking longer-term individualized care in a discreet, serene setting or who require medication evaluation and management will also benefit from the programs.
The McLean Signature Recovery Programs accept inquiries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about the programs or to make a referral, please contact:
Our intake staff work with individuals, their families, and referring clinicians to determine if our programs are an appropriate option. We do a preliminary screening over the phone and gather as much pertinent information as possible.
We specialize in five-star service and can help coordinate admission and transportation logistics from locations across the US and worldwide. Located near numerous local and international airports, the McLean Signature Recovery Programs can assist in arranging for luxury transportation from points of arrival and departure.
Our programs are self-pay and do not accept insurance or any third party reimbursement.
The fee for Borden Cottage is $2,150 per day. A 30-day minimum stay is recommended to help assure full benefit from the program.
The fee for Fernside is $1,985 per day. A 30-day minimum stay is required to help assure full benefit from the program.
These optional ancillary clinical and medical services may or may not be covered by the patient’s insurance.
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.
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.
Family involvement is strongly recommended. With permission of the patient, family members can be involved in assessment and in treatment/aftercare planning.
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 individuals who are regular smokers and also offers smoking cessation support for those who wish to begin recovery from tobacco addiction while at the program.
At Fernside, visiting hours are noon to 8pm on weekends, and other hours as arranged.
At Borden Cottage, visiting hours are in the late afternoon and evening on weekends, in consultation with the treatment team.
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 the Signature Recovery Programs, attendance of AA and other self-help groups is strongly encouraged.
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 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.