June 2016 - Sovereign Health Group

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Vietnam War veterans kicked their addiction

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.” – Aldous Huxley The military and President Nixon’s White House had a problem in 1971. The contested U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was coming to a close, and the administration wanted to […]

Magic mushrooms
06-30-16 Category: Depression rehab, Research, Treatment

They’re known popularly as “magic mushrooms,” but the name refers to the active ingredient found in certain fungi. Psilocybin is a psychedelic compound that has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years – as well as a party drug in more recent times. However, a new study may show a new role for […]

Floating in sensory deprivation
06-29-16 Category: Anxiety Treatment, Mental Health, Stress

The Western world is overstimulated. It is nearly impossible to sit alone in silence without any interruptions from people or electronics. With innovative technology, society is constantly connected and wired in. On one hand, it is great to be able to communicate with friends and family across the world, but on the other hand, it […]

homeless people with dual diagnosis

The U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s (HUD) 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress notes on any given night in the U.S., 564,708 people are homeless. Between 10 and 20 percent of these individuals have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. In 2014, nearly 50,000 veterans were homeless. Over 40 percent of […]

PCP in the body
06-28-16 Category: Cognition, Substance Abuse

Phencyclidine – PCP, angel dust, hog, ozone, rocket fuel, shermans, wack, crystal, embalming fluid – is a powerful animal tranquilizer. Users take it for the euphoric effects it produces. However, these good times pale in comparison to the damage PCP inflicts on the body and brain. Different doses, different results How much PCP a person […]

Exposure therapy for PTSD
06-27-16 Category: Treatment

A recent study has found that individuals with PTSD who have a larger hippocampus are more likely than other PTSD patients to benefit from exposure-based therapy, a common treatment method for the disorder. The results of this study were published in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. The study The research team was led by Mikael […]

06-24-16 Category: Recovery, Substance Abuse, Treatment

There isn’t much in the way of good news regarding opioids these days. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) notes since 2001, heroin overdose deaths have increased 600 percent. Vivitrol appears to be a bright spot on the horizon. According to one study, this once-a-month injection cuts the risk of relapse in […]

positive environment plays in depression

Scientists have long used laboratory rats and mice as models for studying human disorders and disease, evaluating the safety and efficacy of new medications and dietary supplements, and testing the effects of carcinogens (i.e., cancer-causing agents). In the 1960s, studies of rodents placed in an operant conditioning chamber (i.e., Skinner box) were popularly used to […]

Self-defense training
06-23-16 Category: Empowerment, Recovery, Trauma

On average, 20 people per minute are victims of intimate partner violence in the United States. For men and women who have a history of physical and/or sexual abuse, learning how to defend themselves can be an important step on their path to recovery. Self-defense training is particularly beneficial for boosting self-confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem […]

fight distracted and drunk driving
06-22-16 Category: Advocacy, Media, Substance Abuse

Chaplain Archie, a longtime prison chaplain, used to start his messages to the inmates this way: “An accident is when you trip on stairs or when you stain your shirt drinking coffee. A mistake is putting your full name on the ‘first name’ portion of a form. You didn’t accidentally do drugs or mistakenly drive […]

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