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McLean Signature Recovery Programs - Borden Cottage

235 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine, 04843
Harvard Medical School-affiliated McLean Borden Cottage 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 Borden Cottage 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.

Facility Highlights

  • Expert, Harvard Medical School trained clinicians supervise treatment.
  • Intensive on-site diagnostic assessment including medication evaluation and management.
  • Effective recovery and rehabilitation approach to alcohol and drug addiction and co-occurring conditions.


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.
  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Private/Secluded

Meet the Staff

  • Frederick Goggans, MD
    Frederick Goggans, MDMedical Director, Borden Cottage, Lecturer, Harvard Medical School
    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 and a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
  • Roger D. Weiss, MD
    Roger D. Weiss, MDChief, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Clinical Research Program, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    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.

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Located atop a tranquil hilltop in Camden, Maine, Borden Cottage is one of two McLean Signature Recovery Programs. The facility offers luxury, residential treatment for adults seeking treatment for chemical dependency, as well as co-occurring disorders. The facility specializes in treating individuals who have recently completed detox, but may still be at risk for relapse during early recovery. Affiliated with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the upscale facility does not provide detoxification services on-site.


Before beginning treatment, clients receive an initial substance abuse and psychiatric assessment. It is one of the 112 (56.3 percent) facilities in Maine that uses a comprehensive mental health assessment in treatment.

Borden Cottage's 30-day residential program is highly individualized and focused on addressing the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addiction via 12-step programming and evidence-based therapeutic modalities. These modalities include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Borden Cottage is one of the 19 (9.5 percent) long-term treatment facilities in the state.

While residing at Borden Cottage, clients regularly participate in individual counseling, group therapy, health and addiction education to help clients address the underlying factors that may lead to addictive behavior. Residents are also immersed in the 12-step model of recovery. Clients may attend 12-step meetings, study fellowship literature, and perform associated "step-work." It is one of the 122 (61.3 percent) facilities in Maine that use the 12- step method in treatment.

The facility also provides a specialized program track for individuals who may be stable in their chemical dependency recovery, but require mental health-focused treatment to promote full recovery. Treatment for mental health concerns includes psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management.

In addition to its evidence-based treatments, Borden Cottage integrates an array of holistic treatments, including yoga sessions, individualized fitness plans, nutrition education, expressive art therapy, and music therapy. In addition, family members and significant others receive hands-on support and education and are highly encouraged to become involved in the recovery process during and after the residential program.

Before a client is discharged, staff, families, and clients work together to facilitate an effective post-discharge treatment strategy. Aftercare planning may include referrals to outpatient-based treatments, sober housing, and linkages to other community-based resources.


Borden Cottage's treatment is supervised by Harvard Medical School-affiliated clinicians who are experts in addiction and related psychiatric conditions. The facility offers a staff-to-client ratio of 2:1 and includes medical doctors, psychiatrists, licensed clinicians, nurses, and community residence counselors.


Offering panoramic views of the ocean and Penobscot Bay, Borden Cottage provides residents an intimate, upscale environment for recovery. The eight-bed home provides residents with well-appointed private bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, king- or queen-size beds, and ocean views.

On-campus amenities include a modern fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a state-of-the-art movie theater, as well as fully functioning, vintage bowling alley with a billiards room, an arcade, and a 1950s-themed diner. For musicians and music therapy sessions, there is also a fully-equipped music studio.

Cell phones and personal computers are permitted on campus, and the facility offers a business center for residents. However, guidelines for their use are set in place to prevent disruptions during therapy and other recovery activities. The campus is tobacco-free, though the facility does offer smoking cessation services. In Maine, 104 (52.3 percent) facilities offer help to quit smoking.


The two alumni polled by Rehabs,com at the time of this writing offered generally positive opinions of Borden Cottage, particularly the facility's accommodations and staff. However, alum Sean wrote that the facility's programming was more effective for individuals struggling with co-occurring concerns, rather than individuals struggling with severe addiction.

Out of five stars, Sean gave a two-star rating for the facility's overall effectiveness and wrote: "The accommodations and staff are excellent," but added, "Maybe great for dual diagnosis people but for me it was just a really expensive vacation." An anonymous reviewer also only gave two stars for treatment effectiveness and noted that they were a “two time resident.”


The one staff member polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing also provided a positive opinion of most aspects of the Borden Cottage. The staff member awarded a five out of five-star rating for the amount of family participation and the overall cleanliness and upkeep of the facility. They also offered four-star ratings for the treatment staff's level of experience and training, the facility's counseling options, and its ability to treat co-occurring disorders. “Trained and compassionate staff,” the employee wrote. “Beautiful amenities, serene environment that is appropriate for healing and recovery.”


Borden Cottage's program fees start at $2,315 per day**. The facility does not accept insurance or assist with insurance reimbursement. However, some treatments may be covered by the individual's insurance.

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