Borden Cottage

A Signature Addiction Recovery Program. If you or a loved one are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, McLean is here to help. Call us today to speak to admission staff about treatment options.

If you are living with drug or alcohol addiction and also experience other mental health conditions such as depression, we can help.

Borden Cottage, one of McLean Hospital’s Signature Addiction Recovery Programs, provides exceptional clinical care that provides men and women the ability to achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol, reclaim a sense of self-worth and learn to manage the stresses of an active life.

Our evidence-based treatment and recovery methods result in positive therapeutic outcomes.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 978.464.2331.

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Borden Cottage is a signature therapeutic program that provides unparalleled alcohol and drug addiction treatment in a discrete, world-class setting. Services are available to individuals ages 18 and older.

This intensive, seven-day-a-week program focuses on relapse prevention and recovery, and specializes in caring for those whose substance use disorder is further complicated by other psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Borden Cottage’s Harvard Medical School-affiliated clinicians are experts in the use of state-of-the-art psychological treatments and medication evaluation and counseling.

The program offers the opportunity for 30-day or longer lengths of stay in order to assure full benefits are achieved.

“Our goal is to help patients achieve and maintain abstinence from substance use, reclaim a sense of self worth, and learn to manage the stresses of an active life.”– Roger D. Weiss, MD, Chief of the Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction

Treatment Approach

Borden Cottage provides attentive, individualized care for drug and alcohol addiction.

Our clinicians are experts in substance misuse recovery, rehabilitation, and relapse prevention, and are here to help motivate you or someone you care about to take the necessary steps to overcome addiction.

Our individualized care is designed to address the mental, physical, and spiritual components of addictive disorders by integrating empirically supported treatments with twelve-step and other self-help resources.

Learn more about McLean’s unique approach to addiction care.

Admission & Cost


People come to Borden Cottage from across the United States and around the world. We can help arrange admission from most domestic or international locations.

Borden Cottage accepts inquiries 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information about the program or admission, please contact:

Phone: 978.464.2331

Please note that our knowledgeable staff members have resources nationwide and will help arrange drug or alcohol detoxification services as needed prior to admission.


The fee for Borden Cottage is $2,500 per day. We are a self-pay program that does not accept insurance or any third party reimbursement.

A 30-day minimum stay is recommended to help assure full benefit from the program.

For more information about what is included in the Borden Cottage day rate, please see below.

Treatment Team

Program Leadership

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Karen Bartholomew, MSW, LCSW, Program Director, Borden Cottage

At Borden Cottage, Ms. Bartholomew applies her social work education and experience to the field of addiction recovery, supporting patients with co-occurring disorders and their families. She sees her work with family members as essential, since they often struggle with the effects of their loved ones’ addictions and require their own support and education throughout the patients’ recovery process.

Staff and Associates

In addition, our treatment team consists of independently licensed clinical social workers, nurses, and community residence counselors.

Though located in Maine, the Borden Cottage team is fully integrated with other treatment experts within McLean Hospital’s Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, and also enjoys full access to experts in other specialized treatment areas within McLean Hospital, including geriatric psychiatry, psychotic disorders, and neurobehavioral therapies.

The Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction is led by Roger D. Weiss, MD.


Borden Cottage is located at one of Maine’s premier hilltop estates, a 16,000-square-foot house with spectacular panoramic views overlooking island-studded Penobscot Bay.

The “cottage” offers patients exceptional accommodations including beautiful private ocean view rooms with fully equipped ensuite bathrooms, world class amenities, and daily meals prepared by a classically trained master chef.

Aerial look at Borden Cottage campus
Borden Cottage is situated on Penobscot Bay in scenic coastal Maine

This private compound features guest cottages, heated swimming pool, activities building (with bowling alley, billiards room, arcade, and 50s style diner), library, fitness and yoga studio, and movie theater.

Patients also have access to local resources including skiing, swimming, and tennis.

Set on nearly 14 acres of lush lawns, gardens, and woodland in the seaside village of Camden, Maine, Borden Cottage offers unequaled treatment in an unsurpassed, ultra-private setting.

Alumni Program

To provide a supportive, compassionate transition from residential treatment, McLean offers a robust alumni program for all Signature Addiction Recovery patients.

Learn more about our alumni program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Borden Cottage located?

Borden Cottage is located in Camden, Maine. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from Borden Cottage?

Our residential program focuses on treating individuals with serious substance use conditions, many of whom will have co-occurring psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, or personality disorders.

Is family involved in treatment?

Family involvement is strongly recommended. With permission of the patient, family members can be involved in assessment and in treatment/aftercare planning.

Is smoking permitted?

Borden Cottage permits smoking in a designated outdoor area only. Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings.

The program provides nicotine replacement therapy for individuals who are regular smokers and also offers smoking cessation support for patients who wish to begin recovery from tobacco addiction while at the program.

When are visiting hours?

Visitors are permitted, following program policies. Visiting hours are 2-8pm, seven days a week.

Please speak to the patient’s treatment team for more information. Additional details can be found on the Visitors page.

Are cell phones and other electronics allowed?

Individuals are allowed to hold and use their cell phones and computers, with some guidelines to prevent disruption of the program and other patients.

Is Alcoholics Anonymous a required component of treatment?

In addition to individual and group therapy at Borden Cottage, attendance of AA and other self-help groups is strongly encouraged.

Is the patient’s stay at the program kept private?

Privacy is of the utmost importance to Borden Cottage. We ensure confidentiality through our highly trained, professional, and discreet staff.

No third party, whether known to the patient or not, has access to medical records, health information, or any information about an individual’s stay without prior, written authorization from the patient.

Are support and educational resources available?

From helpful online resources to self-help groups and more, McLean Hospital is committed to providing support and mental health education to aid patients and families on the path to recovery.

Is aftercare planning a part of the program?

The treatment team works closely with the individual as well as with family, significant friends, and outside providers to develop a personalized aftercare plan. Recommendations by staff are made based upon clinical needs, progress made during treatment, and long-term treatment goals.

Can former patients access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered during and after treatment at Borden Cottage?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own recovery, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and SMART Recovery.

Does McLean gather patient feedback?

McLean is dedicated to maintaining high-quality and effective patient care. To ensure that those standards remain at the highest level, we utilize a number of feedback instruments and quality indicators.

Among these tools are the Perceptions of Care survey, which monitors patient satisfaction, and BASIS-24™, a psychiatric outcomes measurement tool created at McLean and widely used in the U.S. and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.

What is included in the Borden Cottage day rate?

Learn more about included and non-included clinical and ancillary services and amenities.

McLean Is Here to Help

If you or your loved one is struggling with substance addiction, call us today to learn more about the Signature Addiction Recovery Programs. Our admission staff will talk you through our treatment options.