March 2014 - Sovereign Health Group

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03-31-14 Category: Mental Health

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in America; with about 14.8 million adults (6.7 percent of the population aged 18 and older) meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder in a given year. Anyone of any gender, age, background, socioeconomic background, and race can develop depression, although it is more common in […]

03-26-14 Category: Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a complicated disease that develops due to a combination of genetic, biological, psychological and social factors. Research is still being conducted into the exact role these factors and others play in addiction, as well as what increases a person’s risk of becoming addicted to a substance or behavior. A recent review of research […]

03-20-14 Category: Psychological Trauma

Over 20 states in the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana, and two have legalized personal use of the drug, although it remains prohibited at the federal level. More than 1 million Americans currently use marijuana for medical purposes, typically for chronic pain, persistent nausea, cancer, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, or glaucoma. However, there has been limited […]

03-19-14 Category: Drug Rehab

A new report says that people who use illegal drugs in the United States spend approximately $109 billion a year on marijuana, cocaine (including crack), methamphetamine and heroin. While the total figure has been stable over the period from 2000 through 2010, patterns of spending have shifted. In 2010, an estimated $41 billion was spent […]

03-18-14 Category: Health and Wellness

Lady Gaga’s March 13, 2014 SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival performance in Austin, Texas, left many people with a bad taste in their mouths. Lady Gaga is known for her flashy and bizarre performances, and this performance is not the first to make headlines. In this latest controversial performance, Gaga had artist Millie Brown, known […]

03-14-14 Category: Health and Wellness

A new eating disorder, dubbed “diabulimia” by the media, has begun attracting interest. Unlike most eating disorders, diabulimia occurs in one specific demographic: people with type 1 diabetes. Eating disorders are dangerous conditions requiring professional assistance to overcome. Without treatment, eating disorders can lead to numerous health problems in every major body system, especially the […]

03-14-14 Category: Treatment Center Staff

This month, Ben Kaneaiakala, the recently appointed Director of Operations – West Coast at Sovereign Health Group, joined us to discuss his background and his excitement about his new role. What is your background, including your education and work experience? I started off in the field 25 years ago when I went into treatment for […]

03-11-14 Category: Treatment Center Staff

After Samuel Rodriguez, 56, died suddenly, Sovereign Health Group staff members in San Clemente who knew him were devastated. One of their reactions was a groundswell of support to name him Employee of the Month for February 2014. Sam, who joined Sovereign Health as a House Manager on May 14, 2013, had been promoted to […]

03-04-14 Category: Addiction Treatment

Advocacy groups are unhappy about a new drug that is expected to be on the market within weeks, according to a letter signed by 40 organizations sent in February 2014 to the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The letter calls on the FDA to revoke its October 2013 market approval for Zohydro, a powerful […]

03-03-14 Category: Mental Health

Every March, one week is dedicated as Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by the DANA Foundation. For 2014, that week is March 10-16. The celebration of Brain Awareness Week (BAW) began in 1996, and was developed to provide a place for academics, researchers, government agencies, and advocacy groups to come together to promote awareness of the […]

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