Five reasons parents put their adult kids in rehab

  1. IT’S LIFE OR DEATH: Drugs, alcohol and depression are now the leading causes of death in young people between the ages of 18 and 30, recently surpassing motor vehicle accidents. The numbers are staggering. Ask practically anyone and they know a heartbreaking story of a friend or loved one who has died from an alcohol or drug related cause.
  2. IT GETS WORSE: Addiction usually gets worse over time. Substance use disorders are progressive in nature and as with any other progressive disease, early intervention is the most effective approach. Unchecked, the young person becomes sicker and sicker. The longer a young adult is enabled to live in a state of arrested psychosocial development and inadequate coping skills, the harder it is for them to engage with these skills later in life. Twenty to thirty year-old individuals in treatment are typically working on communication skills, coping skills and life skills that others learned as a teenager. It is common knowledge in the field of addiction treatment and recovery that psychosocial development largely ceases once addiction takes hold. Arresting the disease, beginning recovery and addressing skills deficits is a crucial part of early recovery.
  3. WANTING THEIR SON OR DAUGHTER BACK: Let’s face it, when addiction takes hold in a young person’s life, it is like an alien abduction has occurred. The person you once knew is no longer there. Recovery is sometimes described as a return to self or a return to love. The isolation of alcohol and drugs can lead to despair and extreme loneliness. Parents can often sense these feelings, even when they cannot describe them.
  4. TREATMENT WORKS: Five-year follow-up studies show an 80% success rate when specific evidence-based treatment protocols are followed, beginning with a comprehensive assessment, adequate treatment and an appropriately structured follow-up care plan.
  5. TREATMENT COSTS LESS THAN CONSEQUENCES: The cost of treatment is usually far less than the cost of the consequences of continued disease progression. Many parents have spent tens of thousands and sometimes over a hundred thousand dollars doing what they thought was right in order to get their young adult on track with life. Paying living expenses, giving them jobs, offering lavish incentives and even paying legal bills – these are a few examples. In hindsight, they often realize that they were merely enabling the addiction and mental health problems. After all, what is the difference between buying drugs for someone or paying their bills so that they can use their money to buy drugs/alcohol for themselves? The decision to cease the enabling by ending all financial support until treatment occurs is often the first step in the family’s recovery process.

BoardPrep Recovery Center

Engaging Expertise; specialized programs for young adults

Private Rooms and Individualized Care

A private bedroom in an upscale residence sets a relaxing tone. Delicious meals remind residents they are loved. A safe and clean environment reinforces a sense of security. Residents cherish the empathy and sensitivity shown by our team. Perhaps already at one of the lowest points of their lives, they feared being further humiliated. Instead, they experienced the warmth, compassion and professionalism that is commonplace at BoardPrep.

Recovery from a substance use or another mental health disorder is personal. BoardPrep methodically develops individualized treatment recommendations for each person, based on the findings of the clinical assessment.

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Experts prescribe LEVEL OF CARE (intensity) and predict the anticipated duration (estimated time before transition to lower level) that will create the best outcomes.

BoardPrep recommends inpatient treatment as the starting point when the assessment highlights specific clinical needs. These may include medical/psychiatric safety, the need for increased therapeutic intensity and more comprehensive support.

The assessment also helps predict an optimal estimated length of stay. Although length of stay is always individualized to the person, an estimated length of stay is needed for planning purposes for the individual, the family, employer and provider.

6 Weeks In-residence + IOP/OP Program

Eligibility based on assessment findings:

  • Absence of complex dual diagnosis
  • Absence of legal problems or board issues (med pros)
  • Legal/board issues are manageable as an outpatient
  • Available high-quality outpatient or IOP near home
  • Professional monitoring program endorsement

Program description

  • Complete A-C phase (described below)
  • Transition to Intensive Outpatient or Outpatient services

12 Weeks In-residence Program

(84 day estimated length of stay)

When needed, BoardPrep uses a 4 Phase/12 Week model program to structure the experience. The example below is for an who completes A through D phase in 12 weeks

Eligibility based on assessment findings:

  • Complex dual diagnosis
  • Legal or Board complications
  • Concerns expressed by professional monitoring program

Program description

  • Complete A-D phase (described below)
  • Then assess need for E Phase (extended Recovery Residence)

Description of the Phases

A Phase: Orientation, detoxification, stabilization, early education & support (about 7-14 days)

B Phase: Education, acclimation and early integration into recovery community (about 14-21 days)

C Phase: Introspection, making changes, reducing relapse risk (about 21 days)

D Phase: Clinical hours reduced for work/school, preparation (about 42 days)

Extended Care

E Phase: Full-time work or school while maintaining robust recovery schedule

  • Continue in Recovery Residence, aftercare meetings, individual sessions and psychiatric follow-up as recommended
  • 3-9 months as recommended

The Collaborative Treatment Process

The first 3 phases of BoardPrep’s 5-phase system form the foundation for continued recovery in a less structured setting. Based on ongoing ASAM dimensional assessment, many clients are recommended to return home and continue their recovery in an outpatient or intensive outpatient setting.

When clients transition from B-phase to C-phase, a comprehensive clinical review is undertaken by the interdisciplinary treatment team. Clients are endorsed for transition to outpatient or intensive outpatient at 6 weeks (upon completion of C-phase) based on the following criteria:

  • Behavioral stability and compliance with treatment plan
  • Medication compliance, including Vivitrol when recommended
  • Positive response to treatment
  • Completion of individualized assignment packet
  • Endorsement of professional monitoring program (med pros)
  • “Pre-admission” to OP or IOP completed prior to transition

Intensive Outpatient

IOP commonly stands for “intensive outpatient program.” At BoardPrep Recovery, IOP also stands for Individualized Outpatient Program due to the tailored approach. Participants in BoardPrep IOP express their gratitude for the accessibility of the program and the professionalism of the staff.

BoardPrep IOP usually consists of 3 to 4 hours of treatment services per day. IOP sessions usually occur 3 to 4 days a week for a duration of about 12 weeks. BoardPrep Recovery Center is a Sate licensed and Nationally accredited IOP provider.

We offer IOP tailor-made to each client. You or your loved one receives the specific services necessary to overcome obstacles to a successful recovery. You won’t find a “one-size-fits-all” approach at BoardPrep. Furthermore, we honor the individual, and develop a plan that will help each client begin a new, addiction-free life. Therefore, recovery begins with a thorough clinical evaluation. It may also includes optional psychological and neuro-cognitive testing.

IOP treatment includes


  • 3-4 partial days of treatment each week with licensed addiction specialists in whatever setting is appropriate for you or your loved one – individualized groups or one-on-one.
  • Monitoring and recovery support with the assistance of mobile breathalyzer devices, biomarker sampling, and other tools to promote accountability.
  • A family approach to treatment, when applicable, with personalized in-home family therapy sessions conducted by licensed experts.
  • The option to stay in our Recovery Residence as an alternative to in-patient rehabilitation treatment.

Making the right choice

Studies show that identifying with or relating to others in treatment is one key to early recovery. When a person goes to a rehab in a place where they feel they do not belong, because they cannot relate to others in the group, it can actually do more harm than good.

BoardPrep Recovery Center, in beautiful Tampa, Florida is a private, exclusive and affordable rehab that pays attention to the unique needs of professionals when they are in need of treatment services. You will not find a better approach at any other inpatient or outpatient rehab, whether you are looking in Tampa or nationally.

We are an accredited and licensed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center offering highly effective and affordable addiction treatment to clients currently living anywhere in the country. Unlike some large inpatient rehab centers that are based on volume, our recovery residences are in the real world in dedicated, private, exclusive, gender-specific homes, offering a warm and engaging environment that leads to meaningful change.

Our personalized recovery program offers a multidimensional approach to substance abuse and addiction. Our interdisciplinary team of licensed, certified, and highly experienced abuse and addiction specialists evaluates each client and designs a customized, comprehensive plan for treatment and recovery. We also specialize in tailoring treatment with best-practice elements that result in professional documentation that allows health care professionals or others who work in positions of trust to safely return to work.

About Us

BoardPrep Recovery offers drug addiction help through it’s leading-edge treatment center in beautiful South Tampa, Florida. BoardPrep experts specialize in detox and the treatment of serious addiction and complex dual disorders. Based on the successful physician health recovery model, BoardPrep improves long-term results through enhanced structure, coaching and ongoing recovery monitoring.

Through their 30 years of clinical experience, the clinician founders developed the very successful BoardPrep treatment method. BoardPrep’s evidence-based approach improves patient follow-through. Furthermore, BoardPrep customizes treatment plans to better address the complex personal and social challenges people face that often lead to relapse.

National Best Practice Provider in Tampa, Florida

Treatment at BoardPrep Recovery in Tampa, Florida meets the highest standards in the field for drug addiction help. Our treatment program aligns with national best-practice guidelines, prescribed by leading researchers. At BoardPrep, a multi-disciplinary team of experts performs each assessment. BoardPrep offers all available levels of care, thus tailoring the treatment to the individual need.

BoardPrep’s drug addiction help includes treatment for other mental health problems.  For instance, depression, anxiety and trauma often play a big role in substance use disorders. Therefore, BoardPrep’s addiction psychiatrists continue to see patients at least weekly for the first month of inpatient treatment. Also, treatment addresses family and environmental risk issues. A licensed and experienced therapist performs weekly webinars with the families and schedules family sessions as needed.

Why Physicians Refer to BoardPrep

BoardPrep’s drug addiction help programs, based on recent advances in brain-science, offer same-day and next-day admissions, as well as private rooms. Additionally, when a patient is referred by their doctor, BoardPrep provides doctor to doctor communication, case management expertise and clinician to clinician handoff. As a Provider of state of the art medications that block craving and prevent overdose, BoardPrep distinguishes itself as a state-of-the-art drug rehab.

BoardPrep Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Services

BoardPrep drug addiction help options include inpatient rehab, outpatient treatment and licensed detox with full psychiatric and psychological services. Additionally, BoardPrep experts perform in-hospital assessments, interventions and court services. Furthermore, all programs at BoardPrep Recovery in Tampa, Florida offer the 12-step recovery model, with a robust family program and available extended care options.

How to Refer

To refer a family member, colleague, employee, client or patient to BoardPrep, just call 813-600-7929. Most of our clients come to treatment through referral from a doctor, therapist, professional, family and alumni. If you are exploring treatment options for someone you care about, we will provide the support you need to get them into treatment. Please call us at 813-600-7929 to discuss any unique circumstances. BoardPrep offers same-day direct admissions, transfers from hospital or other detox programs, phone consultations, assessments by appointment, interventions and court services.

Professional referral sources

If you are a doctor, psychologist, therapist, attorney or pastor and wish to have ongoing communication with BoardPrep after admission, please advise us during the initial call. Also, if a letter or other documentation is needed, we are happy to accommodate.

How you can help

Most people in need of drug addiction help or who are suffering from dual-disorders are not going to call on their own. They often need support and guidance during this difficult time. BoardPrep’s clinical experts partner with family and friends to provide the help they need. To get started, whether for phone consultation or an immediate admission to treatment, call 813-600-7929.


These research links show the elements that improve outcomes in alcohol rehab and drug rehab, as well as the overall efficacy of addiction treatment: