Treating young adults requires special skills and techniques
Accidental overdoses and suicides among 18 – 30 year olds are increasing every year. Young adults are quickly progressing to harder drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine before they have a chance to grow up. Once they become addicted, normal development stops. The drugs take over.
Treating young adults effectively requires a high level of knowledge and skill. It also requires patience, persistence and a unified approach where the family partners with the treatment team.
Successful treatment of young adults takes the long view of what is going to happen after treatment, when relapse triggers will be at their peak. All good addiction treatment resolves conflicts and builds insight in the patient and family. However with young adults, it goes further into building coping skills and life skills that will be there long after initial treatment.
12 Week Young Adult Program (estimated length of stay in residence)
Description of the Phases
A Phase: Orientation, detoxification, stabilization, early education & support (about 7 days)
B Phase: Education, acclimation and early integration into recovery community (about 14 days)
C Phase: Introspection, making changes, reducing relapse risk (about 21 days)
D Phase: Clinical hours reduced for work/school, preparation (about 42 days)
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
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 young adults. 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.
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 Vivitrol Provider, 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:
- What to ask when seeking treatment
- 12 step facilitation curriculum
- How to get an 80% success rate in a recovery program
- Physician Health Program effectiveness
- Drugs, brain and behavior (Understanding addiction)
The Myth of “Hitting Bottom” and how Dual Disorders Hijack the Brain
“When you hit bottom, the disease hands you a shovel and says DIG DEEPER!”
Getting sober and staying in recovery can be difficult. Whether the problem is alcohol, prescription medications or street drugs, most people who attempt recovery end up relapsing.
Ever been mesmerized when looking at something? 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.
Certain brain connections become supercharged with dopamine, 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.
Young adults and Marijuana
Despite recent shifts in popular opinion about marijuana in the U.S., the fact remains that regular marijuana use is harmful, especially to young people.
What users say (and believe) about the drug
- “Marijuana is my medicine.”
- “It helps my anxiety.”
- “It helps me with my ADD.”
- “It’s not addicting.”
- “It’s not a gateway drug.”
- Causes memory deficits and other cognitive problems
- Associated with loss of IQ
- Performance problems lead to increased frustration and anxiety
- “Amotivational syndrome” leads to anger with self for mounting failures
- Marijuana is “addicting.” The powerful high from today’s marijuana is very much “addicting.” People who like it, begin to pursue it to the exclusion of other things and begin rationalizing doing so.
- Using Marijuana is a gateway to other substances. Regular marijuana users are naturally exposed to people who are using and dealing other illicit substances. Marijuana users are clearly more likely to begin using other drugs – like Molly, Heroin, K2, Spice, Etizolam, Kratom and internet “designer drugs” and Cocaine.
- The following article shows the relationship between regular marijuana use starting at a young age and later emotional problems and attention problems:
- And the following article shows the relationship between regular marijuana use and problems with dampened response to reward:
What Does Recovery Look Like?
Recovery is …
… being honest with myself
… being able to enjoy life without drinking or using drugs like I used to
… living a life that contributes to society, to your family or to your betterment
… being the kind of person that people can count on
… about giving back
… striving to be consistent with my beliefs and values in activities that take up the major part of my time and energy.
Kaskutas, L. A., Borkman, T. J., Laudet, A., Ritter, L. A., Witbrodt, J., Subbaraman, M., Stunz, A., & Bond, J. (November 2014). Elements that define recovery: The experiential perspective. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75(6), 999-1010.http://www.jsad.com/doi/abs/10.15288/jsad.2014.75.999
Recovery Means Healing the Brain
Repeated use of alcohol or other drugs changes the brain’s chemistry and structure, especially in young people. Treatment is based on the latest advances in brain science. The primary goal of treatment for young adults is to establish recovery. Recovery heals the brain over time.
Getting and staying sober can be difficult. Whether the problem is alcohol, prescription medications or street drugs, most people who attempt recovery end up relapsing. However, lasting recovery is possible. Treatment works best when driven by experienced clinical experts, bringing together the individual and family to develop a specific care plan. BoardPrep is comprised of top national experts specializing in addiction recovery, psychiatry and behavioral health.
How and Why Treatment Works
Effective treatment for addiction in young adults mirrors the NIDA “best practice” principles (National Institute of Drug Abuse)
BoardPrep Treatment Principles mirroring all 13 NIDA Best Practice Principles
- Comprehensive team-based clinical assessment process
- Full continuum-of-care
- Address the interplay of substance use with psychiatric disorders
- Address family and environmental risk factors
- On site addiction psychiatrist
- Integrated psychological and neuropsychological services
- Available Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation through consulting psychiatrist
- Family therapy, group, individual, couples, cognitive-behavioral, experiential
- Recovery support, home visits, twelve step facilitation, motivational interviewing
- Involuntary treatment referrals are accepted
- Varying “levels of care” are utilized to facilitate adequate duration in the treatment process
- Toxicology and biomarker test results are utilized for support and incentive.
- Positive tests result in modification of the treatment plan, not punishment.
- Promote improvements in career, school, family, coping and life skills – not just abstinence
- Two-year recovery support contracts are promoted to all BoardPrep participants
- Small patient cohort and frequent expert team meetings on each case
- Ambulatory detoxification available, as well as inpatient if necessary
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s substance use or dual diagnosis, call BoardPrep for a complimentary phone consultation or face-to-face evaluation today.