McLean Signature Recovery Programs: Borden Cottage in Camden, ME

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(4.3 of 5)
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235 Bayview Street
Camden ME 04843

McLean Signature Recovery Programs: Borden Cottage Philosophy

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.

Areas of Specialization

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.

  • Aftercare Support
    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.

Facility Highlights

Comprehensive mind and body recovery program.

Integrated Group Therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and ACT.

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

Meet the Staff

Frederick Goggans, MD

Medical Director, Borden Cottage, Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

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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

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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Affiliated with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Borden Cottage offers luxury residential substance abuse treatment from a tranquil hilltop location in Camden, Maine. The facility admits adult men and women, including individuals with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. Detox services are not provided on-site.


According to the center’s website, all clients receive an on-site diagnostic assessment, including medication evaluation and management. Borden Cottage offers a 30-day residential program that’s highly individualized and focused on addressing the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addiction via 12-step programming and evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Regular treatment activities include individual counseling, group therapy, and health and addiction education, as well as an array of holistic treatments and programs such as yoga, individualized fitness plans, nutrition education, smoking cessation, expressive art, and music therapies.

Family members and significant others receive hands-on support and education and are highly encouraged to become involved in the recovery progress.

Aftercare planning is carefully coordinated by staff, families, and clients who work together to facilitate an effective post-discharge treatment strategy.


The center’s website notes 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 offers 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, according to the center’s website.

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

Cell phones and personal computers are permitted on campus, however, guidelines for their use are set in place to prevent disruptions during therapy and other recovery activities. The campus is tobacco-free and smoking of any kind is prohibited.


The one staff member polled by at the time of this writing provided a positive opinion of Borden Cottage. Z.Z. gave the center four out of five stars when asked if they would recommend the center.

They gave the center top marks for a number of categories including accommodations, meals and nutrition, exercise and leisure, the visitor policy, and family participation.

“Trained and compassionate staff,” Z.Z. wrote. “Beautiful amenities, serene environment that is appropriate for healing and recovery.”


Fees start at $2,250 per day, or $67,500 per month. The facility does not accept insurance.

Updated April 2017

Published on July 2016

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I was a client twice. The accommodations and staff are excellent. Meals are some of the best I've ever had. Clinically it's okay. Probably not worth the cost if you're seriously addicted. Ian (who runs most groups)is a great guy but has never drank alcohol in his life. They have you make trigger lists and there is a lot of CBT and DBT. For me a trigger to drink is waking up in the morning and CBT / DBT are great for people trying to deal with their emotions but real addiction is on a much deeper level. Tom Rodman ( whose in recovery and rents out beautiful Fox Hill to McClain) offers some 12 step work and they offer optional 12 step meetings but it's not enough. For a real alcoholic and addict no amount of art therapy / yoga/ CBT will really help. Maybe great for dual diagnosis people but for me it was just a really expensive vacation. Try to find a 12- step based treatment center if you want to achieve sobriety.

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trained and compassionate staff -Beautiful amenities, serene environment that is appropriate for healing and recovery. The staff are amazing, the environment is very therapeutic.

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