December 2015 - Sovereign Health Group

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12-30-15 Category: Recovery

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the last major undeveloped portion of the California coastline south of Santa Barbara and has a daytime population of approximately 100,000 people. It is the second largest Marine Corps base in The United States. According to San Clemente Military Family Outreach (SCMFO), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, many of whom […]

12-30-15 Category: Recovery

The holidays are a great way to spread cheer and appreciate family and friends, but they can also be stressful. With all of the holiday cheer can come financial strains, awkward holiday parties and over-indulging in food and alcohol. For people in recovery, this time of year can be especially difficult — at least many […]

12-29-15 Category: Mental Health, Stress

A landmark study conducted by psychologist Daniel Kahneman, Ph.D., and economist Angus Deaton in 2010 identified a financial benchmark of happiness that existed at a $75,000 annual income. As the United States was still recovering from an economic recession during its publication, more recent analyses have proposed that this standard has substantially risen. Kahneman has […]


There is much written evidence of the inhumane treatment methods of the mentally ill throughout history. Many books and movies have portrayed the horrors of the “lunatic asylum,” where patients were chained to beds, denied normal human care and treated abominably. John H. Krystal, M.D., chairman of psychiatry and professor of neurobiology at the Yale […]

12-28-15 Category: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Treatment

Laura Wilcox was a 19-year-old college sophomore with a bright future. On January 10, 2001, she was shot dead by Scott Harlan Thorpe, a 41-year-old man who resisted his family’s attempt to force psychiatric treatment, at Nevada County’s public mental health clinic where she worked. After the incident, Laura’s parents chose to advocate for forced […]

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12-28-15 Category: Anxiety, Mental Health, Stress

For those with less natural resilience than others, traveling a long distance and visiting a new place can burden the mind. Past studies have demonstrated that difficult commuting conditions can noticeably decrease job satisfaction and that long and frequent trips may even triple the chance of developing certain mental disorders. Luckily, experts have also weighed […]

12-22-15 Category: Alcohol Addiction, Stress

The combination of stressful holidays and difficult family members can create a tough mix to swallow. Recovering substance abusers can be prone to relapse in times of emotional difficulty. Experts provided numerous strategies for handling this time of year, such as thinking ahead, prioritizing obligations and other techniques. Peter R. Martin, M.D., a professor of […]

12-21-15 Category: Mental Health

There are many organizations in the United States and indeed around the world that would be unable to operate without their volunteers. According to the corporation for National and Community Service, 62.8 million Americans volunteered 7.9 billion hours last year at an estimated value of $184 billion. Tom Brokaw said it well, “It’s easy to […]

12-18-15 Category: Anxiety, Trauma

Andrea Carlile, the spouse of a 12-year military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once detailed a struggle that many families are familiar with. She said, “I sometimes attempt to prevent … triggers by handling the situations myself. This can make me feel worn down and discouraged. It’s sometimes difficult to understand what my husband […]


According to the U.S. Department of Veterans, an estimated 31 percent of Vietnam War veterans, 10 percent of Gulf War veterans, 11 percent of Afghanistan War veterans and 20 percent of Iraq War veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Furthermore, the Department of Health and Human Services has reported that 31 to 84 […]

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