May 2015 - Sovereign Health Group

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A 2010 study reported that substance abuse during pregnancy has increased over the past three decades in the United States, affecting approximately 225,000 infants. While using illegal substances during pregnancy is heavily warned and advocated against, the consequences of this action have not been properly reported. Assumptions may include a predisposition to deformities in newborns […]

05-29-15 Category: Addiction Treatment

Emotions are very real and very important. Our emotions guide the decisions that shape our lives. Emotions are the dynamic result of many interacting factors, such as chemical, neurological, nutritional, environmental, genetic, electrical and spiritual factors. Emotional reactions are regulated by automatic biological responses to situations and conditions. Neurotransmitters (NTs) are chemicals released by the […]

05-28-15 Category: Addiction Treatment, Dual Diagnosis

While many individuals across their life span are affected by alcohol addiction, adolescents and teenagers are significantly impacted by this substance abuse disorder.  Alcohol use disorders result in significant physical, social, economic and global complications. In 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that almost 700,000 adolescents between the ages of 12 […]


In light of the many dangerous drug habits that one could potentially develop, nicotine use seems to pale in comparison. Many problematic substance abuse disorders involve a number of illicit street drugs, prescription medications and alcohol, and addiction to these substances often results in detrimental consequences. While nicotine use also involves a number of health […]

05-27-15 Category: Mental Health, Therapy

May is mental health awareness month and many different aspects of the mental health field are being highlighted by multiple organizations. These topics primarily focus on the increased need for the intervention, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. While these major topics are incredibly important to the progressive future of mental health, some issues have […]

05-27-15 Category: Mental Health, Therapy

Ian Curtis was the lead singer and lyricist for a band called Joy Division, an important and influential group that shaped the direction of punk music. He and the other band members emerged from the dreary, industrial landscape of Manchester, England. Seemingly fitting, Joy Division’s sound was also cold and dark with an underlying, emotional […]

05-26-15 Category: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Therapy

When someone is a witness to bullying or abusive behavior, the incidents are strictly between the people involved, the aggressor and the victim. However, while this is true to a certain extent, the bigger picture of abuse is both multidimensional and chain-like in nature. The aggressor and the victim may not even be aware that […]

the adverse effects of combining post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse

Because post traumatic stress disorder (PTS)  is so jarring, some with this condition may often seek relief in various forms. Unfortunately, this may mean certain individuals turn to substance abuse, which can conversely worsen symptoms of PTSD. Research has shown that more than half of individuals with PTSD also experience alcohol dependence, while about one […]

treatment of addicts in the er
05-08-15 Category: Addiction Treatment

The emergency room (ER) is a major component of the health care treatment system. When a person is stricken with a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention and care, an ER is usually the first place to visit. The staff that populate these busy and hectic treatment environments specialize in acting fast in situations […]

benefits of practicing mindfulness in the workplace
05-07-15 Category: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Therapy

The month of May marks a time to re-evaluate wellness within one’s daily life. In the United States, the career-oriented goals that drive people’s busy schedules can add a substantial level of stress to already existing challenges. While ambition and personal tests can drive an individual to accomplish great things, especially in the workplace, excess […]

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