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.

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.

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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