McLean Signature Recovery Programs: Borden Cottage

McLean Signature Recovery Programs: Borden Cottage Camden Maine

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.


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 struggling with chemical dependency, as well as co-occurring mental health disorders. The facility specializes in treating individuals who have recently completed a primary program, 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. 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, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

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 are immersed in the 12-step model of recovery. Clients may attend 12-step meetings, study fellowship literature, and perform associated “step-work.”

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.


According to the facility’s website, 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 a 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.


The sole alum polled by Rehabs,com at the time of this writing offered generally positive opinions of the facility, particularly the facility’s accommodations and staff. However, alum Sean felt 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.”


The one staff member polled by at the time of this writing also provided a positive opinion of most aspects of the facility. The staff member awarded a perfect 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.”


According to the facility’s website, Borden Cottage’s program fees start at $2,250 per day or $67,500 per month. The facility does not accept insurance or assist with insurance reimbursement. However, some treatments may be covered by the individual’s insurance.

McLean Signature Recovery Programs: Borden Cottage Reviews

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  • Also was a two time resident. Accommodations and food were over the top, treatment not so much.
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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.