What's Inside
PTSD Awareness Month
Comorbidity Treatment
Q&A with Dr. Sunny
Eating Disorder in Men
Program Element: T.E.A.M.
Monthly Networking Luncheon
Patient Testimonial
Using Health Insurance
Admission Info
Company Summary
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PTSD Awareness Month
Sovereign Health of California would like to thank Dr. Sonnee Weedn, clinical and forensic psychologist, for joining us and providing a very important presentation topic. Dr. Sonnee presented "Trauma Resolution Therapy: A General Overview, at our June Networking and Continuing Education luncheon. Learn more about Dr. Sonnee Weedn by visiting her website: http://www.drsonneeweedn.com and check out her book Many Blessings: A Tapestry of African American Women. A collection of the life stories of thirty-one contemporary, accomplished African American women, as told to Dr. Weedn, will inspire and challenge all readers.

PTSD Awareness Month
Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects 1 in 29 Americans, from our country's service men and women to abused children and survivors of rape, domestic violence and natural disasters. During PTSD Awareness Month in June, and throughout the year, we recognize the millions of Americans who experience this challenging and debilitating condition.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after seeing or living through an event that caused or threatened serious harm or death. PTSD may result in sleep problems, irritability, anger, recurrent dreams about the trauma, intense reactions to reminders of the trauma, disturbances in relationships, and isolation. Some people may recover a few months after the event, but for others it may take years. For some, PTSD may begin long after the events occur.
Comorbidity Treatment
Sovereign Health offers three treatment program tracks for Eating Disorders, Mental Health, and Dual Diagnosis. We are able to treat patients with comorbidity due to our comprehensive treatment programming available at our facilities. We will customize and tailor treatment programming to patients with more complex cases who need blended programming. For example, we can provide treatment to a patient with an eating disorder and substance abuse issues or a patient with depression, substance abuse, and an eating disorder. Sovereign Health utilizes blended programming which creates a seamless treatment care option and allows the patient to stay in one location for the duration of their treatment.
Q&A with Dr. Sunny
Q: Who are you and what brought you to Sovereign Health ?
A: My name is Sarah Steinmeyer (PhD) and I am the director of the Eating Disorder and Change for Life programs at Sovereign Health. I oversee the general format and goals of the Eating Disorder program, as well as many of the day-to-day functions. I accepted the invitation from Dr. Larry Snyder, our Medical Director, because Sovereign gave me the opportunity to develop an Eating Disorders program from the bottom up with a great staff that is not only deeply skilled, but widely diverse as well.

Q: What makes the Eating Disorders program of Sovereign  Health special?
A: The way I see it, the Eating Disorders program is unique in part because of the level of expertise of the staff who are involved in it. The combination of skilled clinicians, a dietitian, and other qualified staff representing a variety of disciplines makes the Eating Disorder program particularly successful. Also, at Sovereign Health, we have the rare opportunity to work closely not only within our own program, but also with strong Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis programs as well. With all three of these programs under one roof, we have the ability to look at a client's needs from a multi-faceted approach and not just a one-size fits all. Finally as part of the Eating Disorders program our clients get access to residential support, including meal planning, preparation and support at no extra cost to them.

Dr. Steinmeyer also has developed the Change for Life (CFL) program here a Sovereign Health, a program designed to help those who are suffering from chronic obesity related health issues. 

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the development of the  Change for Life Program? 
A: When I was brought into Sovereign Health I was given the opportunity to grow and develop the Eating Disorders program as a whole. As a private practice clinician, I have often encountered clients who suffered from long-standing obesity in a variety of ways, and whose condition made a negative impact on their health overall. In particular I remember the story of one client who was desperately waiting for a knee surgery in order to increase her quality of life. Unfortunately the obesity with which she suffered prevented her from getting the surgery, and her insurance would not support any diet program, leaving her trapped in that unfortunate situation. It was this kind of circumstance that prompted me to want to create Change for Life, a program which provides multi-faceted treatment and support for the underserved population of those who suffer from obesity.

Q: So to finish off, what aspect(s) of Sovereign Health do you enjoy the most?
A: I think what I enjoy most about Sovereign Health is the ability to meet exciting challenges with the support of a skilled and professional staff. Also I really appreciate having a wide range of therapeutic styles from different clinicians within one clinic. Lastly, Sovereign offers each of the clients that stay with us a rich opportunity to learn from these styles, and to experience lasting change.

Eating Disorders in Men
Eating Disorders in Men: An Interview With Dr. Roberto Olivardia (Courtesy - http://www.huffingtonpost.com)

Dr. Roberto
Olivardia is a clinical instructor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and assistant psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Arlington, Mass., where he specializes in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and compulsive skin-picking. He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. Dr. Olivardia is a co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men, including eating disorders, BDD, steroid use, and cosmetic surgery.

Q: What inspired you to specialize in eating disorders in men?
A: When I was an undergraduate at Tufts University, I took a seminar in eating disorders class. For my paper, I wrote about men and realized there was a scarcity in the scientific literature. I knew guys with eating disorders, none of whom sought treatment due to shame. I felt it was important to fill that gap of knowledge.

Q: What are the differences in eating disorders in men versus eating disorders in women?
A: For the most part, they are similar, but there are differences. Men with eating disorders tend to have a history of being overweight, or being the "chubby" kid. This is not the case typically for women with eating disorders. Men with anorexia are also more likely to carry an OCD diagnosis more often than women with anorexia. Bulimic men are less likely to use laxatives or diuretics and are more likely to use exercise as a method of purging, along with vomiting. I have also seen many men with eating disorders who also use anabolic steroids to cut fat and gain muscle.

Men with eating disorders have much shame around their eating disorder, feeling as if they are less masculine because of it. This results in men being less likely to ever seek treatment, or even tell anyone about their eating disorder. Read More...
Program Element: T.E.A.M
ASovereign Health Launches Revolutionary Aftercare Program

Sovereign Health, like many other treatment centers, recognizes the importance of continuing to care for those suffering from Substance Abuse even after they have left treatment. Continuing to provide care to suffers can allow them to feel more comfortable during their recovery and may even prevent relapse. To help provide this sorely missing care, Sovereign Health has developed and launched TEAM, or Technology Enhanced Aftercare Monitoring. 

TEAM, a free access product which has been under development at Sovereign for some time, is an online program which is designed to make the transition from treatment to "real life" more seamless for those suffering from Substance Abuse and continue to provide care to those who need it long after "treatment" ends. TEAM integrates a variety of concepts including case management, psycho-education, client feedback, facilitation of community resources and neuro-cognitive enhancement to help clients succeed in managing their own aftercare and recovery experiences. 

With TEAM, Sovereign hopes to enhance the field of aftercare and bring help to those who truly need it, in or outside of treatment. Building on its already solid foundation of treatment for Substance Abuse, Sovereign is determined to help advance treatment and aftercare for all individuals in any way possible.
Monthly Networking Luncheon - July
Monthly Network & Educational Luncheon
Carol Teitelbaum, LMFT
July 11th, 2012

Carol Teitelbaum is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been practicing since 1985. Since 1999 she has she has held a private practice in Rancho Mirage, CA and offering individual and group counseling for trauma, mood disorders, anxiety reduction, stress reduction, grief and marriage issues. She is involved with Prevent Child Abuse Riverside County and chairs the It Happens to Boys Project educating the public about the abuse of boys and men and how to help the healing process.

Topic: It Happens To Boys
One in four girls and one in six boys will be abused by the age of 18. It is so important to educate our professional community about the signs and symptoms of abuse survivors. Many do not tell and many clinicians do not ask the question. We will discuss the reason that boys and men don't tell and the effects of abuse has on a man's life. We will discuss the use of drugs and alcohol to numb pain, also the issues of men thinking they have dealt with the issues by doing a fourth step. Taking also about triggers and then wrapping up with healing modalities. Three surviving men will tell their stories.

RSVP with Marissa Katrin Maldonado
(909) 827-1516 or M.Maldonado@SovHealth.com

Patient Testimonial


Health Insurance and Treatment
Treatment for Mental Health, Eating Disorder, and Addiction Treatment had been non-existent for thousands of people in the United States every year due to not having enough resources to pay for a treatment program. At Sovereign Health we wanted to address these issues and help more people receive the treatment they need and deserve. Sovereign has been diligent and motivated to increase the amount of coverage that a patient receives for treatment while utilizing their health and behavioral health insurance benefits. 

From the very first call, our admissions team will request the potential patients insurance information and handle the verification of benefits and devise a plan of action to get the patient into treatment as quickly as possible while working with financial resource available. Patients at Sovereign are seeing an average of 30-45 covered by their insurance, with many more patients reaching 60 days, and even reaching 90 days and beyond. We direct bill insurance and will bring patients into treatment up front utilizing most PPO and HMO plans. If the patient does not have insurance, the Admissions Team will review the private pay rates and work with each patient and family to get into treatment.
Admission Information
Admissions Process
At Sovereign Health of California, we utilize an experienced intake staff to facilitate entry into our program. The confidential intake process usually begins with a brief conversation to help determine whether we are a suitable match for a potential patient. The next step is to determine the level of care necessary. Finally, the information is passed on to our clinical staff, who are in charge of assessment and admission.

We invite you to call us at 866-819-2948 or email us at info@sovhealth.com.

Sovereign Health of California specializes in providing holistic and evidence-based clinical treatment, focusing on the person as a whole.  We treat males and females for mental health, dual diagnoses, and eating disorders. A clinical model of healing the physical, mental, and emotional is used to treat our patients.
Company Summary
Sovereign Health Group offers treatment for Dual Diagnosis, Mental Health, and Eating Disorders. We use a foundation of evidence based treatment modalities 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 hold high standards for excellent patient care. We have a team of licensed medical professionals that provide cutting edge and effective clinical treatments. Sovereign has a mission to rewire the brain one step at a time and create a foundation for a long lasting recovery.