FAQs | Sovereign Health California

FAQ

Q. Who are you?
A. Sovereign Health is a leading provider of substance abuse and mental heath care based in San Clemente, California. We use evidence-based, effective treatment modalities to help our patients deal with their problems and transition into a healthy life.

Q. Where are you located?
A. Sovereign Health has four locations throughout Southern California:

  • San Clemente
  • Palm Desert
  • Los Angeles (Culver City)
  • Rancho San Diego (El Cajon)

Sovereign also maintains facilities outside of California, in Arizona, Florida, Texas and Utah.

Q. What kinds of patients does Sovereign Health accept?
A. Different patients respond in different ways to treatment, and many of our facilities are geared to a particular kind of patient. Here is a short breakdown on who each facility admits:

  • Los Angeles: Adults aged 18 and older are admitted here.
  • Palm Desert: Adults aged 18 and older are admitted here. Additionally, the Palm Desert treatment center hosts Sovereign’s new Personal Recovery Integrating Men’s Experience (PRIME) program, which addresses the specific needs of men over 40.
  • San Clemente: Sovereign’s flagship treatment center admits adults aged 18 and older. Our eating disorder program treats women aged 18 and up.
  • San Diego: Rancho San Diego is a residential facility treating adolescents aged between 12 and 17. It also features an eating disorder program for girls in the same age range.
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Q. What types of conditions are treated at Sovereign Health?
A. Sovereign Health provides a wide variety of services at our California locations, including:

  • Continuing care: Recovery is less a destination than a condition that needs management throughout life. Our alumni services program gives patients the tools to live a sober life while avoiding the temptations and situations which lead to relapse.
  • Detoxification: The process of harmful substances leaving the patient’s body can be risky to undergo alone. Sovereign Health’s patients can undergo this difficult part of recovery in safe, monitored environment where the worst of the symptoms are minimized.
  • Dual diagnosis: A dual diagnosis is a combination of a substance use disorder and a mental illness. We also treat patients with multiple addictive behaviors or mental illnesses.
  • Mental illness: Our society’s stigma against mental illnesses often means many people avoid treatment. Sovereign Health uses effective methods to treat these diseases.
  • Substance abuse: Sovereign’s holistic view of our patients allows us to treat them in body and mind.

Q. What types of care do your patients receive?
A. As our patients make progress in treatment, they progress through various levels of care. These levels include:

  • Detoxification (DTX): Sovereign makes use of methods, including nutritionally assisted detox (NAD) to make the often severe symptoms of detox easier to endure.
  • Residential treatment (RT): Sovereign maintains comfortable, attractive houses where patients can work on healing without distractions or temptations.
  • Partial hospitalization (PHP): Patients receive intensive, structured programming during the day. At night, they return home – or to a sober living environment.
  • Intensive outpatient (IOP): During this less-intensive phase of care, patients attend treatment – including 12-step programs – for only part of the week, leaving them time to reintegrate back into ordinary life. Patients can heal while working, looking for work, attending classes or doing other activities.

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Q. How long does treatment usually take?
A. There’s no one answer – every patient responds to treatment differently. Typically, most stays with us last between 30 and 90 days. However, treatment is often more effective with longer stays.

Q. What is the admissions process like?
A. We like to get to know every patient before we treat them. Prior to the start of treatment, we first conduct an interview with patients, detailing their background, symptoms and problems. We also conduct various assessments on patients’ cognitive function and personality. This process gives us the best possible view of the patient, allowing us to create an individually-tailored, effective treatment program.

Patients also receive a complete medical and psychological examination as well as a tuberculosis test for the safety of patients and staff. Finally, an intake coordinator gives each patient a briefing on Sovereign’s rules, regulations and procedures.

Q. Do you take insurance?
A. We accept most private insurance and our admissions staff will work with our patients to determine how much coverage their insurance plans cover – in addition to any other financial options available. Sovereign works with both patient and referrers to make this process as painless as possible.