Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health - Eating Disorders
January, 2013 - In This Issue
What We Offer
Meet Our Staff
Rejuvenating Your Brain
OC and LA Networking
Spectrum Disorders
Admissions Process
Utilizing Insurance
Rewiring The Brain One Step at a Time
Patient Testimonial-
"It was great - a life changing experience that changed my view of myself and the world. Wonderful group therapy sessions, with organized contributions from various specialists. The rules and regulations were clearly stated and carried out throughout my stay. They highlighted the importance of compassion, self observation and the significance of understanding oneself and others. Without a doubt, I would recommend Sovereign Health of California for anyone suffering from dependency on substances or external vices."


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Sovereign Health Group
209 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente,
California 92672

Toll Free: 866-819-2948
Front Desk: 949-369-1300
Fax: 949-276-5183

Email: info@sovcal.com

Website: www.sovcal.com

Treatment Locations:
San Clemente | Culver City
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What We Offer

Sovereign Health Group offers treatment for Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and Eating Disorders. We utilize a foundation of evidence based treatment modalities, 12 step support, and blend experiential therapies to create finely balanced treatment programs.

We have locations in San Clemente and Culver City. Sovereign Health is Joint Commission Accredited and Dually Licensed holding the highest standards for excellent patient care. We have a team of licensed clinical and medical professionals that provide cutting edge treatment and programming to our patients. SHG has a mission to rewire the brain one step at a time and create a foundation for a long lasting recovery. Visit Our Website Today

Meet Our Staff

Q&A with Jasmin Rogg, MFT, Clinical Director at Sovereign Health Culver Cityr

Q: What brought you to Sovereign Health Group?
A: I was recommended by a co-worker from my previous employment. He explained to me that Sovereign's multi-track program and focus on providing indivualized treatment was unique in the field and that staff as highly professional.

Q:How did you enter the field of recovery/mental health as a whole?
A: I studied psychology, graduating from UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, and receiving my MFT license many years ago. In addition to this theoretical background, I also gathered personal experience with addiction and recovery. This is what I bring to the table.

Q: What makes Sovereign Health's Culver City location, of which you are the Director, different?
A: It is the high level of professionalism - clinicians here at Sovereign are mostly at PhD or Master's level. The program is great - individual, family, and group therapy, taking into consideration the specific nature of patient's diagnosis and tailored to the needs of each patient. Particular attention is dedicated to trauma resolution on an individual and group level. Cognitive restructuring is addressed at the cog lab, which promotes concentration and improves short-term memory.

Q: What are some of your goals/ideas to help Sovereign's Culver City location to succeed?
A: I offer my experience, strength, and hope on a daily basis - at every contact with patients and interns. The spiritual path with its emphasis on service, forgiveness, and compassion helps me and by way of modeling it introduces the path of recovery. As a recovering professional I demonstrate that there is hope - and what recovery can look like.

Q:What do you enjoy the most about working at Sovereign Health?
A: I love my co-workers and patients - we work together on the common goal of recovery, healing emotional injuries of the past and implementing more functional behaviors - thereby creating meaning in our lives.

Q: You are well known for your views on emotions in recovery. Could you tell us a little bit about your views and your book "To Hell and Back"?
A: I understand emotional and mental disorders as difficulties adjusting to reality in such a way that it would work out smoothly. Some people who suffer from mental or emotional issues seek help through psychiatric medication. Addiction is a mental disorder where people often think they don’t have a problem, but that rather everything is someone else's fault and they just need to check out. They self-medicate with a variety of substances and behaviors. Consequently these patients get to a place of hopelessness.

Recovery is about taking one's spirit back from attachment to resentments and blame for past events (even when such resentments appear justifiable), while making a genuine commitment to recovering one's mind and (consequently) one's life.   I am here as a reminder that it can be done.

My book explains addiction & recovery (as I see it) and offers "daily mental hygiene tools" to utilize for emotion regulation and mood stabilization. It's a self-help book and people like it. Momentarily the first edition is sold out. It is, however available as eBook on Kindle and Amazon.


Rejuvenating Your Brain For a New Year

Author: Jared Friedman

As we enter into a new year, most of us will once again consider working out and shaping up. Research has shown that New Year's resolutions often lead to a doubling of new gym memberships and may even account for 15 percent of gym memberships for the entire year. While many of us look forward to working out our bodies, we often don't realize that working out our brains is equally important for our health.

Our brains, on average, weight about 3 pounds, and represent only 2% of our total body weight; however, it receives 15% of the cardiac output, 20% of total body oxygen consumption, and 25% of total body glucose utilization. As we can see, the brain requires an enormous amount of energy to operate and keeping it healthy is extremely important. As we settle into the New Year we want to provide you with some tips on how you can rejuvenate your thinking box and get the most out of your brain:

  1. Physical activity. That's right, not only will that gym member ship help keep your body fit, but your brain as well. Since your brain IS just another muscle after all (a really important one) it also benefits from exercise and regular physical activity.
  2. Eat right. Eating the right foods isn't just good for your stomach; the right balance of nutrients helps your entire body, including your brain.
  3. Learn something new. Research shows that learning new information creates new neural pathways and helps your brain function better.
  4. Cognitive exercises. Your brain can also get exercise from different cognitive exercises and games, whether classic versions (like Sudoku) or newer online programs (such as Neurobic). These exercises keep you on your toes and increase your brain's longevity.
We hope that these tips, along with others you may find, help keep your brain fit and maybe even let you check another resolution off the list.

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Happy New Year!

Networking & Education

Orange County and Los Angeles

Join Sovereign Health Group at their Orange County and Los Angeles locations for monthly networking luncheon events. You will have an opportunity to share marketing materials and who you are and what you do during introductions.

Orange County Networking & Education Event

SHG Welcomes, Dr. Clifton Schermerhorn, psychiatrist on staff at Coast Communities Hospital in Santa Ana, CA. He will be presenting on "Spice/K2 Addiction".

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: 209 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92672

Los Angeles Networking Event

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Time: 11:30am-1pm
Location: 6167 Bristol Parkway, Suite 100, Culver City, CA 90230

Please contact Marissa Katrin Maldonado at 909-827-1516 or
m.maldonado@sovhealth.com for questions or RSVP's.

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors, Millennium Labs!


Spectrum Disorders and The World of Mental Health

Author: Jared Friedman

Part of the fallout from the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, has been a renewed discussion about mental health services in the United States, and specifically how the US treats spectrum disorders. In order to truly understand the depth of the issue, however, we must first exactly know what's included under Spectrum Disorders and how they are handled here in the US. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, the definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder, a more severe side of the spectrum is: "Autism is a group of developmental brain disorders, collectively called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The term "spectrum" refers to the wide range of symptoms, skills, and levels of impairment, or disability, that children with ASD can have." Currently there are five disorders that fall under the category of "spectrum disorders" also called pervasive developmental disorders (or PDDs) which include: Autistic disorder (classic autism), Asperger's disorder, Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), Rett's disorder and Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD). In 2004 the CDC estimated that about 1 in 110 people may suffer from some form of ASD in the US (just about 1% of the population).

Spectrum disorders are a serious concern in the field of mental health, not just because they are difficult to diagnose and treat, but because the effects of these disorders are often wide-ranging and long-lasting. Individuals who have difficulty in socializing due to ASD, for example, may feel rejected by the peers and anger towards society, which in turn may lead them to resent or fear others. These feelings may persist through one's younger years into adulthood, leading to further isolation and resentment.

Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to "cure" a spectrum disorder. Many different types of treatment have developed over time, most of which aim to start in early childhood for optimal success. Treatments include, verbal training to improve communication and Pivotal Response Training to improve self-management among many others. Sometimes certain medications can even demonstrate success. Due to the nature of the disease, however, it is essential to start supervised treatments as early as possible for the greatest effect.

While the events of Newtown are certainly tragic and it would have been better to have never occurred, it is fortunate that we now have an opportunity to discuss spectrum disorders as a nation. These disorders are both complicated and serious mental health issues for our nation to discuss and without a comprehensive plan to address these problems we can certainly look forward to more difficulties in the future. We at Sovereign Health sincerely hope that this new year will bring with it a serious discussion on how to effectively deal with spectrum disorders to provide the most effective and appropriate care to those who need it.

Though spectrum disorders are not the most prevalent mental health disorders, they are extremely complicated cases and can often lead to severe consequences for those suffering if left untreated. Part of the difficulty of spectrum disorders is that their cause and manifestation are difficult to track and identify. No one cause has ever been identified as the prerequisite for these disorders, though genetics, family history and difference in upbringing have all been indicated as possible causes. To further complicate matters, many of the signs of these disorders, especially early in life, can often be misinterpreted as differences in personality or just slower development. These signs of spectrum disorders generally include: Social impairment, Communication difficulties and Repetitive and stereotyped behaviors, though they can vary widely from case to case.


Admissions Process

Specialists Available 24/7

At Sovereign Health Group, we utilize experienced Admissions specialists 24 hours per day to facilitate entry into our programs. The admission process begins with a brief confidential telephone assessment to determine whether we are a suitable match and the projected program/level of care. We will review the financial and insurance options to help determine the most cost effective plan.

Call our Admission team at 866-819-2948 or
email at info@sovcal.com

Live Chat operators available to answer questions via our website www.SovCal.com

Utilizing Insurance

Cost Effective Treatment

Many sufferers of Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and/or Eating Disorder conditions have been left untreated due to not having enough financial resources to cover a treatment program. In the past, there were programs for those who qualified for county and/or government assistance and programs for those who were able to afford high end treatment. The question then arose, what about the middle, typically known as the working class?

Sovereign Health Group wanted to change the face of the utilization of private health insurance for behavioral health and addiction treatment and help more people reach the help they need and deserve. SHG has been diligent and motivated from inception to create and continue increasing the amount of coverage a patient receives for treatment. From the very first call, our admissions team will handle the verification of benefits and devise a plan of action to get the patient into treatment as quickly as possible. We are willing to work with each person individually and devise the best plan.

We are proud to say "We Accept and Direct Bill Insurance".

We accept most PPO and HMO insurances up front, call Admissions today to learn more, 866-819-2948.


Sovereign Health Group
Sovereign Health of California
Our Locations: San Clemente - Culver City