December 2015 - Page 2 of 3 - Sovereign Health Group

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12-18-15 Category: Mental Health

According to the state of California’s 2013 prison census data from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), 11,656 people in prison are incarcerated for drug-related crimes. This proportion makes up 8.7 percent of the total population behind bars. Although the U.S. Supreme Court has ordered policy changes to increase the amount of people released […]

12-18-15 Category: Mental Health

Currently, 39.9 million people, 12.9 percent of the population, living in the United States are foreign-born, the largest number in the nation’s history. The current international, domestic and economic crises have made immigration a divisive social and cultural phenomenon. Many of these refugees arrive with special mental health needs, and the added stressors make matters […]

12-15-15 Category: Mental Health

Countywide reductions in psychiatric services, both inpatient and outpatient, has led to more than triple the number of emergency psychiatric consults and a 55 percent increase in the lengths of stay for psychiatric patients in the emergency department. “As is often the case, the emergency department catches everyone who falls through the cracks in the […]

12-15-15 Category: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

In April 2013, President Barack Obama announced that the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN Initiative) would provide over $300 million to dozens of leading neuroscience researchers across the country in support of advancing our understanding of the brain. This initiative was implemented to help develop innovative technologies for treating brain disorders such as […]

12-11-15 Category: Drug Rehab

Heroin’s a drug. Crack’s a drug. Meth’s a drug. People who do them live far away from us, and besides, couldn’t even get near the kinds of places we go to, much less into them. Besides, the drugs used in clubs aren’t really drug-drugs. They’re … party favors. They enhance the experience. No harm, no […]


Health insurance coverage can be confusing and difficult to navigate with all the loopholes and specialized vocabulary. Finding a good health care plan can be cumbersome and expensive. According to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, the National Health Expenditure (NHE) is projected to hit $3.21 trillion this year, which averages out to $10,000 […]

12-11-15 Category: Physical Health, Recovery, Weight Loss

Having a healthy relationship with food during the holidays can prevent the risk of relapse in individuals with past substance abuse issues. Many people have disordered relationships with food, which can result in using substances or adopting other maladaptive behaviors in an attempt to lose weight. During the holiday season, engaging in healthy food behaviors […]

12-10-15 Category: Drug Rehab, Treatment

Although effective, evidence-based therapies and treatments exist for people with substance use disorders, far too many people still don’t receive the treatment and help they need to overcome addiction. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that there were 22.5 million Americans over the age of 12 who had alcohol or illicit […]

12-10-15 Category: Anxiety, Mindfulness, Stress

  The holidays can be a stressful time. Dealing with crowds at malls, attending back-to-back holiday parties and spending time with family members are just a few potential triggers that occur during this season. Having time off from work or school can strip an individual in recovery from structure and daily routines, leaving an opportunity […]


Recent discussions on gun violence and mass shootings are centered on the topic of mental health. Despite the prevalent belief that mental illness is linked to violence, only about 4 percent of violent incidents in the U.S. are attributed to mental illness. While some mental health disorders — such as schizophrenia, psychosis, substance abuse and […]

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