McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has officially opened the doors of McLean Borden Cottage, a residential substance abuse treatment program, in Camden Maine.
“McLean recognizes the tremendous need for high-quality mental health and substance abuse care and we are continuing to explore opportunities for expanding our programs to different areas of the country,” said Philip Levendusky, PhD, ABPP, McLean’s senior vice president for Business Development and Communications and director of the Psychology Department. “We want to broaden our access to people nationally and internationally.”
Borden Cottage is modeled clinically after McLean’s other programs. According to Levendusky, the goal is for patients to achieve and maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol and to learn how to manage the stresses of an active life. The seven-day-a-week program focuses on recovery and relapse prevention, and a 30-day minimum stay assures full benefit from the program. Hands-on support and education for family members and significant others about drug and alcohol addiction is also provided, and Borden Cottage works closely with referrers and community providers.
Frederick Goggans, MD, who is a Camden resident and has been selected to serve as medical director for Borden Cottage, noted that the new program will have a positive impact on the Camden area.
“The presence of this facility will lead to a greater emphasis on the importance of treating addiction and will improve professional education and general understanding in the community regarding recovery from these disorders.”