One significant side effect of regular substance abuse is damaged or impaired cognitive function that can significantly impact perception of the world, effective processing of information and likelihood of recovery. The natural process of recovering from this impairment takes months or even years, and the difficulty such impairment creates is one of the leading reasons that there is such a high recidivism rate among those who struggle with substance abuse.
Emerging research in the area of neuroplasticity demonstrates that damaged neural pathways can be stimulated and repaired more quickly through targeted exercises and regular practice. Guests at St. Gregory Retreat Center participate in cutting-edge, neurocognitive therapy developed by an international network of scientists, clinicians and information technology specialists and designed to improve memory, problem-solving, planning, executive, and visuospatial skills in order to begin to repair damaged cognitive function almost immediately.
Early restoration of cognitive function allows for fuller and more alert participation in other parts of the St. Gregory program and dramatically increases the likelihood of success.