Mclean Hospital

Borden Cottage

Expert Residential Treatment for Alcohol and Drug Addiction

We are here to help. Call 877.691.5571.


If you are living with drug or alcohol addiction and also experience other psychiatric 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 877.691.5571.

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 clients 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 Substance Use Disorders Division

Treatment Approach

Borden Cottage provides attentive, individualized care for drug and alcohol addiction. Our clinicians are experts in substance abuse 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.

Who We Serve

We provide substance abuse and drug addiction treatment and care to a diverse group of individuals, including those who:

  • Require treatment following the completion of detoxification.
  • Have addictive disorders complicated by other psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • Seek longer-term individualized care in a discreet, serene setting.
  • Require medication evaluation and management.
  • Are ambivalent about making the changes needed to maintain sustained recovery.
  • Have previously completed a treatment program but have relapsed or are at risk to relapse.
  • Have tried other treatment programs but were not ready for and/or satisfied with the previous care.

Program Highlights

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.

Treatment at McLean
McLean’s Signature Addiction Recovery Programs offer world-class addiction treatment

We utilize an effective recovery and rehabilitation approach to alcohol and drug addiction and contributing co-occurring psychiatric conditions through psychological treatments including motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Additional components of treatment include:

  • Intensive onsite diagnostic assessment including medication evaluation and management.
  • Treatment provided under the supervision of Harvard Medical School-affiliated clinicians who are expert in substance use disorders and related psychiatric conditions.
  • Intensive individual therapies, small group treatment and extensive health education.
  • Comprehensive mind and body recovery program that includes yoga, individualized fitness plans, nutrition education, smoking cessation, expressive art and music therapies.
  • Hands-on support and education for family members and significant others as well as close collaboration with referrers and community providers.
  • Careful aftercare planning and coordination to facilitate and implement an effective post-discharge treatment strategy.
  • A specialty track for those who have remained abstinent from substance abuse but have psychiatric issues that need to be addressed to foster full recovery.
  • Integral component of the internationally recognized McLean Hospital Substance Use Disorders Division, which has an unparalleled history of clinical, research, and educational leadership in the substance abuse field.

treatment team

Program Leadership

Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCSCatherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCS, Program Director, Borden Cottage

Prior to working at McLean, Ms. Milliken served as the Addiction Treatment program director at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and an instructor in psychiatry at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She returns to Maine having served in the past as the director of Outpatient Services at Crossroads for Women in Portland which provides gender‐specific and trauma‐informed outpatient programs and services.

Frederick Goggans, MDFrederick Goggans, MD, Medical Director

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, a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry.

Senior Consultants

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 Substance Use Disorders Division, and also enjoys full access to experts in other specialized treatment areas within McLean Hospital, including geriatric psychiatry, psychotic disorders and neurobehavioral therapies.


Borden Cottage is located at one of Maine’s premier hilltop estates, a sixteen-thousand square-foot house with spectacular panoramic views overlooking island-studded Penobscot Bay. The “cottage” offers clients 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. This private compound features guest cottages, heated swimming pool, activities building (with bowling alley, billiards room, arcade and 50’s style diner), library, fitness and yoga studio, movie theater, and beauty salon. 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.

Treatment at Borden Cottage
Borden Cottage is situated on Penobscot Bay in scenic coastal Maine

Admission & cost


As one of McLean’s Signature Addiction Recovery Programs, Borden Cottage is ideal for those who require treatment following the completion of detoxification or who have addictive disorders complicated by other psychiatric issues such as depression and anxiety. Individuals seeking longer-term individualized care in a discreet, serene setting or who require medication evaluation and management will also benefit from the programs. 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: 877.691.5571

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 $2,150 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.

Included in Day Rate

Clinical Services

  • Professional evaluation, diagnostics, and treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses
  • Psychiatric medical director onsite
  • Nursing day/evening staffing
  • 24/7 direct care staffing
  • Patient education services
  • Intensive individual therapy (3 sessions/week with primary psychotherapist)
  • Intensive psychiatric assessment
  • Medication evaluation and management
  • Initial physical/primary care
  • Intensive group therapies (25 groups/week)
  • Family support and education
  • Case management services (ongoing consultation with referring clinician and aftercare planning)
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Nutrition consultations
  • Smoking cessation treatment and support
  • Basic laboratory testing
  • Personal trainer
  • Art therapist
  • Yoga therapist

Non-Clinical Services

  • Well-appointed, single bedrooms and private baths with spectacular views
  • Fourteen acre, private, serene hilltop ocean view setting
  • Gourmet meals prepared onsite by private chef
  • Healthy snacks and beverages onsite
  • Superior housekeeping services
  • World class, professional fitness studio
  • Arrival and departure transportation services available
  • Sitting, piano, game rooms and library with bay view overlooking outdoor heated pool
  • Art studio with professional easels and supplies
  • Fully equipped music rehearsal studio
  • Yoga studio
  • Patient business office with Wi-Fi and water view
  • TV and theater room with reclining leather chairs
  • Activities cottage
  • 50s style diner, pinball arcade, bowling alley, billiards
  • Patient and family concierge services for coastal area

Not Included in Day Rate

Ancillary Medical Services

  • Competency assessments
  • Neurological consultations
  • Specialty imaging – MRI, CT

Other Medical Services

  • Additional offsite laboratory testing
  • Ambulance services
  • Specialized pain management
  • Sleep study
  • Special duty nursing
  • Emergency room visits
  • Medications
  • Dental services
  • Additional specialized medical services and consultation
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage

Non-Clinical Services

  • Transportation services (other than to scheduled appointments)
  • Offsite meals
  • Personal beauty/hair salon services
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning


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 is a tobacco-free campus. 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?

Visiting hours are in the late afternoon and evening on weekends, in consultation with the treatment team.

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 and 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 US and around the world, which delivers feedback on the patient care experience.