McLean Fernside

Princeton, Massachusetts

McLean Fernside, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, is a signature, therapeutic program located in a historic bed and breakfast 45 minutes west of Boston.


Countryside, Mountain


$59,550 for 30 days


30 day minimum

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About McLean Fernside

McLean Hospital, founded in 1811, is described by Harvard Medical School as "a world leader in the treatment and study of psychiatric illnesses" and "the nation’s oldest and foremost research program in a psychiatric hospital setting." This clinical expertise and evidence-based research extends to the entire continuum of care that McLean offers for addiction treatment, including the luxury treatment offered at McLean Fernside.

The McLean Signature Recovery Programs—Fernside and Borden Cottage—are luxury programs specializing 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.


Located on a mountain ridge with a breathtaking view of the valley below and the city of Boston in the distance, this 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.

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

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. 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.

Evidence-based psychological treatments that may be used include: motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Co-Occurring Disorders

By tailoring treatment plans to fit specific needs, McLean Fernside is especially equipped to help individuals focus not just on their addiction, but on co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses as well. These diagnoses frequently include depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

Family Program

McLean Fernside believes that family involvement is a key component for successful recovery and incorporates patient families into the program in a variety of ways, including family sessions, family education, and aftercare planning and support.

As seen on Destinations—An Exploration of Luxury Treatment:

Harvard Medical School Affiliate

"McLean Hospital is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School . . . so we're fully a part of that system, which means that when we approach a problem like addiction or like depression, we're approaching it with that same high level of evidence-based proven methodology that you would expect if you went to get surgery or cardiology treatment at a major academic center." - Rocco A. Iannucci, MD

The Middle East Center for Culturally Informed Care

McLean Hospital offers a customized service that guides international clientele through the hospital’s premier programs, beginning with a confidential and comprehensive evaluation at "The Pavilion." McLean has a proven track record and impeccable reputation for working with patients and their families from the Middle East, including those from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Libya.


  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Alcoholism Treatment
  • Depression
  • Dual Disorders
  • Executive Treatment
  • Heroin Addiction
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Prescription Drug Addiction
  • Private Rehab
  • PTSD
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma Treatment


  • Airport Transfers
  • Gourmet Dining
  • Nutritional Assessments
  • Private Rooms

Treatment Options

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Evidence-Based
  • Family Program
  • Group Therapy


  • Personal Relapse Prevention Plan
  • Relapse Prevention Counseling

Professional Staff

Rocco A. Iannucci


MD, Harvard Medical School Instructor in Psychiatry

Monika E. Kolodziej

Director of Psychological Services

PhD, Harvard Medical School Instructor in Psychology

Elsie A. Uffelmann

Staff Psychologist

PhD, Harvard Medical School Instructor in Psychiatry

Andrew D. Gill

Consulting Psychiatrist, Fernside


Learn more about McLean Fernside

Living a Healthy Life Without Alcohol

Read one Signature Recovery patient’s story on living a life without alcohol.

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U.S. News & World Report: McLean Named America's #1 Hospital for Psychiatry

McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is America’s best hospital for psychiatric care, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual “best hospitals” survey results.

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Huffington Post: Staving Off The Epidemic Of Opiate Use

Guest post by Dr. Iannucci, Director of McLean Fernside on the opiate epidemic.

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“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

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