December 2016 - Sovereign Health Group

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12-26-16 Category: Mental Health

It’s that time of year again: it is almost New Year’s Eve. After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, all anyone really needs to focus on usually is finding out what to do on New Year’s Eve and to sit down with a pen and paper and plan their New Year’s resolutions. Many […]

Heroin abuse continues to rise despite criminalization
12-23-16 Category: Addiction, Substance Abuse

Opium, the poppy plant derivative used to make heroin, was first referred to in 3400 B.C. in Mesopotamia. It has been abused in the U.S. since after the American Civil War, and its use despite criminalization has continued to skyrocket, resulting in the overcrowding of prisons, hospitals and mental health treatment facilities. The use of […]

Probuphine update: Moving forward with training for healthcare providers
12-22-16 Category: Research, Treatment

P robuphine is a buprenorphine implant that is placed under the skin to treat people who are trying to break free of opioid dependence. The implant delivers a continuous dose of buprenorphine for a six-month period, according to a press release by Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval […]

Coping depression during pregnancy
12-15-16 Category: Depression, Mental Health

Depression is a common experience during pregnancy, affecting between 14 and 23 percent of pregnant women, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Although there has been a growing awareness regarding women’s vulnerability to postpartum depression in the weeks following delivery, it is often surprising for new mothers or pregnant women to hear […]

adolescence leads to epigenetic
12-15-16 Category: Alcoholism, Research

Genetics research has offered important contributions to the understanding of how gene variations, or differences in a person’s genes, influence his or her susceptibility for developing certain types of disease. For example, having an alcoholic parent can increase the risk of developing alcohol use problems by three to four times. As alcohol and other drug […]

debunk myths about depression
12-12-16 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Mental Illness

  While the holiday season is known for bringing joy and good tidings, it can also serve as a tidal wave of triggers for those coping with mental illness. At any moment in the United States, approximately 6.7 percent of adults struggle with severe depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Despite […]

12-08-16 Category: Recovery, Stress

Though it is easy to focus on the stressful parts of the holidays when in recovery, many aspects of this season can be beneficial to the healing process. Family and friends can provide a supportive, loving environment that is conducive to mental health and sobriety. Large social networks have proven helpful to those in recovery. […]


Alcohol is a staple at many holiday parties. Christmas festivities might seem incomplete without a little eggnog, while it’s common for champagne to be handed out close to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Alcohol abuse is common during the holidays, as is relapse for those in recovery from alcohol addiction. According to the National Institute […]

12-05-16 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 […]

12-01-16 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 […]

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