5 things to ask when looking for a rehab

5 things to ask when looking for a rehab

1. Individualized

Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient?

No single treatment is right for everyone. The best treatment addresses a person’s various needs, not just his or her drug abuse.

2. Flexible

Does the rehab adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change?

Individual treatment and service plans must be assessed and modified as needed to meet changing needs. Programs that offer an array of services from detox to inpatient to outpatient to follow-up services are better able to tailor services to each person.

3. Duration

Is the duration of treatment sufficient?

Remaining in treatment for the right period of time is critical. A tapering approach that lasts for at least 90 days is proven to be most effective.

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4. Proven

Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?

Effective drug abuse treatments can include behavioral therapy, medications, or, ideally, their combination. Look for full-time, licensed professionals from a variety of professional disciplines on staff (medical doctors, social workers, therapists, addiction counselors, nurses, psychologist).

5. Ongoing support

How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

Self-help groups can complement and extend the effects of professional treatment. Research shows that people who are introduced and oriented to recovery support networks in the community are more likely to be successful after formal treatment services end.

SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse

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BoardPrep is Treatment . . . individualized

BoardPrep methodically develops individualized treatment recommendations for each person, based on the findings of the clinical assessment. 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. This needs 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 Week + 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 Week 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

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.

Intensive Outpatient

IOP commonly stands for “intensive outpatient program.” At BoardPrep Recovery, IOP also stands for Individualized Outpatient Program due to the tailored approach. Executives and professionals who participate in BoardPrep IOP after 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 delivered at a frequency of 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, so 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. We honor the individual, and develop a plan that will help each client begin a new, addiction-free life. That process begins with a thorough, interdisciplinary evaluation that includes psychiatric, personality, and ASAM multidimensional assessments. It also includes optional psychological and neuro-cognitive testing, a thorough review of past medical records, and the use of other tools to develop a customized plan for optimal results.

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.

About BoardPrep

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: