McLean Signature Recovery Programs: Fernside in Princeton, MA

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162 Mountain Road
Princeton MA 01541

McLean Signature Recovery Programs: Fernside Philosophy

Harvard Medical School-affiliated McLean Fernside specializes in residential treatment plans that address the primary addiction as well as accompanying co-occurring psychiatric disorders. As part of our Signature Recovery Programs, McLean Fernside is a self-pay residential program providing unparalleled treatment in an unsurpassed setting. Our clinicians are experts in substance abuse recovery, rehabilitation and relapse prevention. They help to motivate individuals in their care to take the necessary steps to overcome addiction.

Areas of Specialization

  • Integrated Group Therapy (IGT)
    Integrated Group Therapy is a psychotherapy tool that not only treats an individual for both disorders at the same time, but it addresses both of the disorders in singular sessions as though there is one condition. The integrated group therapy methods are similar to cognitive behavioral therapies in that group members share their experiences over the course of the previous week. Rather than speaking only to whether they had success or relapse in their drug use, they also focus on their mood swings and other issues that relate to both disorders.

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.

Facility Highlights

McLean Hospital is top ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Integration of empirically supported treatments with twelve-step and other self-help resources.

Treatments include motivated-enhancement therapy (MET) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)

Meet the Staff

Rocco A. Iannucci, MD

Medical Director, Fernside, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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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.

Roger D. Weiss, MD

Chief, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinical Research Program, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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Dr. Weiss’ career has focused on treatment and clinical research with substance-dependent patients. He has received numerous NIH grants, developing integrated group therapy, an evidence-based treatment for co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders, and leading a multi-site treatment study of prescription opioid dependence. He has authored over 300 publications, including several books, and was vice chair of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines for Patients with Substance Use Disorders. 360 Guide

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Fernside is one of two residential facilities operated by the Harvard Medical School affiliate McLean Hospital. From a scenic rural setting in Princeton, Mass., the facility provides high-end residential treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, including depression, anxiety, and trauma. Medical detox is not available on-site.


McLean Fernside prides itself on its individualized treatment programs, which aim to address the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addiction. The facility integrates 12-step work with evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness.

Medication management is also available on-site. Individual therapy is provided, and group therapy sizes are kept small. Couples therapy is available as needed. Clients are also educated on the nature of disease and addiction, and family participation is strongly encouraged.

According to the facility’s website, the physical and spiritual sides of addiction are addressed through yoga, individual fitness plans, smoking cessation classes, nutrition education, and art and music therapies.

Aftercare planning begins during treatment, and clients’ loved ones are consulted while assembling an aftercare plan.


McLean Fernside offers a staff-to-client ratio of 1:9. Staff includes board-certified psychiatrists and physicians, some of whom teach at Harvard Medical School. Other treatment team members include nurses, licensed counselors, and community residence counselors.


This is a nine-bed facility in a classic New England former inn built in 1835. Clients live in private rooms with their own bathrooms. According to the facility’s website, the aim is to provide a home-like setting — which means, among other things, that the center is unlocked. The facility has an on-site fitness studio and a fully stocked art studio.

Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor areas, and visitors are welcome on weekend afternoons. Housekeeping services are provided. Treatment lasts 30 days. All snacks, meals, and drinks are provided.

REVIEWS has not yet received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff.

On the McLean Hospital Facebook page, 144 users gave the hospital an overall rating of 4.3 stars.[1] However, none of these users specifically mention this residential facility.


Treatment costs $1,985 per day, or $56,400 for a month. Insurance is not accepted.


Published on February 2018

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