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BoardPrep Recovery Center

2522 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida, 33609
BoardPrep provides addiction treatment for adults with substance abuse disorder. Services include comprehensive assessment, individualized care plans, separate men’s and women’s recovery residences, residential treatment in the client’s own residence for the physically stable, outpatient care, individual and group therapy, 12-Step participation, sobriety coaching, and long-term monitoring and support to encourage lasting recovery.

Facility Highlights

  • Private, affordable treatment for addiction
  • Concierge approach with families
  • Expertise in Dual Diagnosis


  • Aftercare Support

    Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Facility Settings

  • Executive

Meet the Staff

  • Derek Robben, MD
    Derek Robben, MDAddiction Psychiatrist
    Dr. Robben has dual board-certifications in addiction psychiatry and general psychiatry and completed his addiction fellowship at the University of South Florida. Dr. Robben is the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program at USF. He has been published in peer reviewed journals and earned the following awards: Faculty Clinical Teaching Award, Outstanding Resident Teacher, Outstanding Student in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, Award for Clinical Excellence in Neuropsychiatry Clerkship, Outstanding Radiology Instructor/Preceptor, U.S. Air Force. Dr. Robben was voted by his peers as the Top Addiction Doctor in Tampa Bay two years running (2016-2017).
  • Jamie Fernandez, MD
    Jamie Fernandez, MDPsychiatrist
    In addition to her practice at BoardPrep, Dr. Fernandez is the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at HCA Memorial Hospital of Tampa, providing enhanced linkage with hospital services when needed. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University Of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Well known for her innovative work in treating mood disorders with ECT, Dr. Fernandez is also now an approved provider of the Florida Department of Health for the evaluation and treatment of Florida licensed health practitioners. Dr. Fernandez holds clinic onsite several times per week, as needed for BoardPrep patients. Services include: Detox Vivitrol Sleep management Anxiety management Mood disorders

Financial Details

  • Up to 60%

Treatment Center Links

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Located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, Fla., BoardPrep Recovery Center offers a full continuum of treatment services, including inpatient and outpatient options, for adults struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. According to its website, the facility can arrange for hospitalization if a client requires medical attention during the detoxification period.


All clients of BoardPrep undergo a comprehensive assessment while family members participate in their own orientation. From there, an initial treatment plan is drafted, and clients who opt for inpatient care are paired with a “buddy” of the same gender who provides guidance and support during their first few days of treatment.

Inpatient treatment typically lasts 30, 60, or 90 days, during which time clients participate in a 12-step guided program that includes a minimum of 21 clinical service hours a week. The program uses a variety of clinical modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Clients attend therapy in individual, group, and family settings and go out on “sober fun” activities on a weekly basis. The facility facilitates sobriety through monitoring and breathalyzer testing, a service offered by 71.4 percent of all Florida facilities.

Outpatient programming is similar. Depending upon the needs of the client, outpatient treatment occurs over the course of three to four days per week in either a group or one-on-one setting. Clients are encouraged to attend daily 12-step meetings, and in-home family therapy sessions are also available. Alumni can attend weekly meetings each Thursday at 6 p.m.


BoardPrep maintains a 1:5 staff-to-client ratio. The center’s website notes a treatment team that includes two consulting psychiatrists, licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, master’s level therapists, and multiple recovery support specialists.

BoardPrep also has accreditation with the Joint Commission, a designation given to just 30.4 percent of all Florida facilities.


BoardPrep Recovery Center’s website indicates that residents stay in modest, gender-exclusive housing that can accommodate 15 people at a time. While most bedrooms are shared, private rooms may be available upon request.

Residents are responsible for their own food shopping and meal preparation. Facilities are located within close proximity to gyms, grocery stores, and local 12-step meetings.


Of the 24 alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com as of this writing, 19 shared positive feedback, while five reported negative experiences. Those who had positive recovery experiences at Rehabs.com described staff as kind, caring, patient, and knowledgeable, and many credited the facility for life-changing outcomes.

“Boardprep helped save my marriage and family. Addiction was tearing us apart. Now we all work together on recovery,” one alum wrote in a representative review. “This is a life and happiness that I did not know was possible.” Alum O.E. added: “I was respected and care for in ways that I did not even know I needed."

Those more critical of the facility called the center “pathetic,” complained about the cost, and found the center “dishonest” in its insurance policies.


Three out of the four loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback for the facility. “BoardPrep helped my son. The doctors and therapists are the most knowledgeable and experienced group in the area,” one parent wrote. Reviewer J.B., another parent, felt they were “included in everything because their philosophy is that it is a family disease and it has to be family recovery too.”

Yet Doug felt the facility was more concerned over money than helping clients, calling his wife’s experience a “complete waste of money!”


Treatment costs $75 to $125 per day $1,800 a month, and $5,400 for a 90 day-stay. BoardPrep accepts most major health insurance plans, along with 69.3 percent of facilities in Florida. “BoardPrep staff work hard to maximize insurance coverage and minimize out-of-pocket expense,” the facility’s website notes.

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