John began helping young people in addiction treatment at the age of 19 in 1983. Dedicating his life and professional career to helping others recover, he established BoardPrep Recovery Center in 2014. Previously, he was the founding Executive Director of the UF Health Florida Recovery Center and UF College of Medicine faculty in Psychiatry, founding member and Senior Resident Fellow of the University of Florida Drug Policy Institute at the McKnight Brain Institute.

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What Teens Learn from Vaping

Make no mistake, vaping behavior is a gateway to harder drug use. Getting hooked on nicotine through smoking is already the top addiction. Now, vapor delivers nicotine to the brain much more effectively than smoke. Higher blood concentrations of nicotine occur in “vapers” versus smokers, generally. But set aside physical addiction, the chemical and structural…

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Family Recovery: What it means

“Through the program, many of us have found a serenity we never thought possible.” Al-Anon At first, it may be a shock to hear, “the truth is, family members of those in recovery need recovery, too!” You might think, “what the heck are you talking about?!” And while that reaction is understandable, research confirms alcoholism and…

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Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis When a substance use disorder and mental health problem are happening at the same time, it is referred to as “dual-disorder” or “dual-diagnosis.” This describes about 50% of people who present for treatment services. Common examples include alcohol use with clinical depression, stimulant use with bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder with sedative use. At…