How addiction hijacks the brain

Ever been mesmerized when looking at something beautiful? Pre-occupied with hunger, unable to focus on anything but your empty stomach? Stuck in your thoughts about the loss of a love? Addiction to alcohol and other drugs is like that, it “hijacks” the reward center of the brain. Think of it this way, eating a meal or being with someone you love feels good, right? Well, just imagine that good feeling. Now multiply it times 10 . . . now times 100. Imagine how pleasurable that would feel. That’s what using or drinking can feel like to an addicted person. The pursuit of that pleasure becomes all-consuming. Notice the difference in the two slides.

Notice certain connections become supercharged with drugs/alcohol, while the connection between judgement and drive becomes much weaker

The reasonable part of the brain (executive) is overpowered by the base drive for pleasure (mid-brain). As addiction takes hold, the thinking part of the brain begins to serve the drive for the super-pleasure provided by the substance. The skills of rationalizing, justifying and excuse-making are developed and perfected.

Trying to quit FEELS like being deprived of food or ending a relationship. Most people relapse. The pursuit of super-pleasure is all-consuming. The brain has changed. But with the right treatment and follow-up, normal brain-function can be restored. With rigorous treatment, diligent follow-up and monitoring lasting recovery is possible. BoardPrep Recovery Center tailors treatment plans to the individual, restoring the brain-function necessary for lifelong sobriety.

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Begin the assessment and intake process today and your loved one could be safe in treatment right away or within 24 hours. We are licensed and experienced clinicians. We will help you and your loved one understand the options and make the best decision for recovery. Safety first AND results matter most!

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For immediate access to our high-quality residential program, all that is required is a $5000 deposit to get the assessment and intake process started right away. The deposit will apply to the first month treatment fee which runs about $9500. Out-of-network insurance benefits may apply but the minimum deposit of $5000 for treatment is required upon admission.

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  • BoardPrep is based on the highly successful physician health model
  • Everyone deserves the same great recovery rates that are seen with physicians, nurses and pilots.
  • Doctors who go to rehab have an over 80% verified compliance and abstinence rate for five years after treatment, why?
  • At BoardPrep, the same “best practices” that create better recovery rates for doctors, are utilized for all.

Located on the laid-back side of Florida, in the best part of Tampa

  • Boardprep is Private and exclusive
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Effective treatment for addiction mirrors the NIDA “best practice” principles (National Institute of Drug Abuse)

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Call 813-600-7929 now. A licensed clinician is available to talk even on weekends and evenings.