Mclean Hospital

Signature Addiction Recovery Programs

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Call 877.203.1211.

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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 Addiction Recovery Programs are ideal for those who:

  • Seek to recover from addiction and coexisting psychiatric diagnoses
  • Have completed detoxification and need longer-term discreet care in a serene setting
  • Require medication evaluation and management

To learn more about the Signature Addiction Recovery Programs or to make a referral, please call 877.203.1211.

The Signature Addiction 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 use 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 Addiction 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 Addiction Recovery Programs are two state-of-the-art, luxury alcohol and drug addiction 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 use 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 Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction. 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 Addiction 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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Treatment Approach

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.

Fernside staff
Clinicians and staff at McLean’s Signature Addiction Recovery Programs are committed to delivering compassionate care

Our programs utilize an effective recovery and rehabilitation approach to alcohol and drug misuse 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.

Admission & Cost


McLean’s Signature Addiction 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 Addiction 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:

Phone: 877.203.1211

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 U.S. and worldwide. Located near numerous local and international airports, the McLean Signature Addiction 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 $2,315 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.

For more information about what is included in the Signature Addiction Recovery Programs’ day rates, please see below.

Treatment Team

Program 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 misuse.

Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCSCatherine 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, 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, a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry.

Robin Gay, PhDRobin Gay, PhD, Director of Psychological Services, Fernside

Dr. Gay’s clinical interests include the effects of substance use disorders on cognitive functioning and relation to treatment outcomes. Her research has been presented nationally and internationally and she was the recipient of the New York State Psychological Association’s Sidney Orgel Award. Dr. Gay previously served in a leadership capacity in the New York State Psychological Association, as she was elected Secretary and served on their foundation board.

Hilary S. Connery, MD, PhDHilary S. Connery, MD, PhD, Clinical Director, Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

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 misuse 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, MDRoger D. Weiss, MD, Senior Consultant

Currently chief of McLean’s Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, 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, MPHShelly 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, BCNancy 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 Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction for the past 20 years and is currently program director of the Alcohol, Drug, and Addiction 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.

Staff and Associates

Each of our Signature Addiction 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 Addiction Recovery Programs are an integral part of the Center of Excellence in Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, led by Roger D. Weiss, MD. Both Fernside and Borden Cottage closely collaborate with McLean Hospital’s leading experts in the field of substance addiction treatment and co-occurring psychiatric illnesses.

Books by Signature Addiction Recovery Programs Authors

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


The Signature Addiction Recovery Programs’ serene, luxury accommodations are designed to support maximum engagement in substance addiction 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.

Facade of Fernside, a yellow inn
Each Signature Addiction Recovery Program offers luxury accommodations, allowing patients the opportunity to focus on treatment and recovery

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 patients 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, patients can utilize our vintage bowling alley, billiards room, arcade, and a 1950s-inspired diner.

An aerial view of Borden Cottage
Borden Cottage and Fernside are committed to providing world-class addiction treatment in quiet, private settings

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. Patients 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 Addiction Recovery Programs offer the ultimate tranquil and luxurious recovery settings.

Alumni Program

To provide a supportive, compassionate transition from residential treatment, McLean offers a robust alumni program for all Signature Addiction Recovery patients.

McLean’s alumni services begin prior to leaving residential care, where patients are introduced to aftercare programming that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Up to 2 years of post-discharge phone and virtual support
  • Biannual local and national alumni events
  • Monthly meetings with program team members and fellow Signature Addiction Recovery alumni
  • Ongoing capacity to reach out to the alumni coordinator for individual consultation

All of these services are provided free of charge and are intended to support each member in recovery and continue to establish a familiar, connected network of alumni and practitioners invested in supporting maintained sobriety.

McLean’s alumni services are overseen by Lee FitzGerald, CADC-I, CIP, who brings more than 20 years of experience as an interventionist and practitioner in helping patients and families establish safe and sober lives rooted in recovery.


Where are the McLean Signature Addiction 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 Addiction Recovery Programs?

McLean’s Signature Addiction 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 patient, 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 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.

When are visiting hours?

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.

Are cell phones and other electronics allowed?

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

Is Alcoholics Anonymous a required component of treatment?

In addition to individual and group therapy at the Signature Addiction Recovery Programs, attendance of AA and other self-help groups is strongly encouraged.

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

Privacy is of the utmost importance to the Signature Addiction 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.

Patients practice yoga
Patients have access to state-of-the-art fitness equipment and onsite yoga classes

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 patients 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 U.S. and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.

What is included in the day rate for the Signature Addiction Recovery Programs?

Clinical services such as:

  • Professional evaluation, diagnostics, and treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses
  • Intensive psychiatric assessment, internal medicine/initial physical
  • Intensive individual and group therapy
  • Symptom education 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
  • Basic laboratory testing, neuropsychological testing
  • Nutritional consultations
  • Smoking cessation treatment and support
  • 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

These additional amenities are offered at Borden Cottage only:

  • Fully equipped music rehearsal studio
  • Onsite yoga studio and outdoor heated pool
  • 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
A sun room at Borden Cottage, two people sit and talk in the background
Care at McLean’s Signature Addiction Recovery Programs focuses on scientifically proven treatment models

What services are not included in the day rate?

Ancillary services such as:

  • 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.)

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

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