Behavioral Health News
Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health - Eating Disorders
March, 2013 - In This Issue:
Rewiring The Brain One Step at a Time
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Sovereign Health Group

209 Avenida Fabricante, Suite 100

San Clemente, California 92672



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SHG Launches Change for Life Program
Residential Weight Loss and Weight Management Program

Sovereign Health proudly introduces a new program, called Change for Life (CFL) designed to help people seeking to not just control their weight, but make serious lifestyle changes as well. The program is designed to retrain the brain with new skills to create and maintain a healthy and empowered lifestyle. For more information about the CFL program and how it can help see the link here: 

Professional Development Summit Conference
Annenberg Beach house in Santa Monica, CA
Sovereign Health Group will be a participating co-sponsor at the upcoming Professional Development Summit taking place at the Annenberg Beach house in Santa Monica, CA on April 11th, 2013 from 8:00am-4:30pm.


Speaker Line Up Includes:

Session 1 - John McAndrew, M.A., M.Div: Spirituality and Recovery for the 21st Century: Should The Big Book be Re-Written?

Session 2 - Nancy Waite-O'Brien, Ph.D.: "One Moment at a Time: Mindful Therapy for Those in Early Recovery"

Session 3 - Mark Schwartz, Sc.D.: Intimacy and Intimacy Disorder: The Pathognomonic Feature of Addiction

Meet Our Staff
Q&A with Miles Murdaugh, Director of Extended Care at Sovereign Health Group

Miles MurdaughEach month Sovereign Health puts one of its own staff in the spotlight to provide an in-depth look at the people who are dedicated to create and provide quality care for our clients and families.


This month Miles Murdaugh, our Director of Extended Care, joins us for an interview about his background in behavioral healthcare, his road to Sovereign Health and where the Extended Care Program team is heading in the future. Miles shares insights into the current extended care programming, new programs, and the future of aftercare at Sovereign Health group. 

To find out more about Miles, and the Extended Care Department at Sovereign Health:

Alumni Spotlight
Robert Shares His Story
Robert shares his story of hope and recovery and how he came to enter treatment at Sovereign Health San Clemente.  After entering treatment he shares that his decision was well worth making.  He explains that his openness to listen and follow the program helped him get through the detoxification process and get into a much better place, mentally and physically.
Robert shares his appraisals of his therapist and says that "the therapist is excellent, thorough, and gives you the ample time to explain yourself."  He further shares that the program is well structured and the house managers are strict, honest, and give you the respect. 
European Company Gets Approval for Drug to Fight Alcoholism
How Does it Work?

Lundbeck, a worldwide pharmaceutical company, has received European Union, or EU, approval for a new drug to fight alcohol addiction. In this article, we examine the nature of this new drug, Selincro, and discuss the background behind its functioning. We also look at the Drug's potential future in the fight against alcoholism. For more information on Selincro and its impact on alcoholism see our article here: Read Full Article

Sequester Cuts Could Cause Crisis
How Does This Affect Mental Health Care?

After talks last month failed to prevent the Sequester, or automatic federal spending cuts, from taking effect we now all have to deal with the consequences.  In this article our team discusses what impact these $85 million in cuts might have, such as leaving more of the mentally ill for hospitals, and what can be done to prevent.  To learn more about what might happen for the field of mental health from the Sequester cuts, see our article here: Read Full Article

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. Rubenstein, presenting on "The Role of Stress & Anxiety in Addiction Recovery.
Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: 209 Avenida Fabricante, Suite 100
San Clemente, CA 92672
Los Angeles Networking Event
(networking and luncheon only)
Date: Thursday, April 11, 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 for questions or RSVP's.
Who We Are & What We Do
Admissions Specialists Available 24/7
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
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
Live Chat operators available to answer questions via our website
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.

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