Alcohol Awareness: 
Installing a Device in Cars  can Prevent Drunk Driving


Every two minutes, a person is injured in an alcohol-related car crash. On average, 2 in 3 people will be involved in an alcohol-related driving accident in their lifetime. In 2012, 29 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol - that's more than half the population of Texas. Every day in the U.S., 28 people die as a result of drunk driving. In 2013, 10,076 people died in drunk driving crashes - one every 52 minutes - and 290,000 were injured in alcohol-related driving accidents. Drunk driving costs the U.S. $199 billion a year. These statistics might be enough to sober up any driver.


Driving under the influence is the crime of driving a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs, including those prescribed by physicians such a painkillers and anti-anxiety medications. In the case of alcohol, a drunk driver's level of intoxication is typically determined by a measurement of blood alcohol content or BAC. A BAC measurement in excess of a specific threshold level, such as 0.08 percent, defines the criminal offense of drunk driving. 



Researchers Find Link Between 
Genetic Variation and Alcohol Dependence

The discovery could help scientists develop more effective drugs to combat alcoholism


Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine researchers have discovered a biological clue that could help explain why some drinkers develop a dependence on alcohol and others do not.


The findings move researchers closer to identifying those at risk for addiction early and designing better drug treatments to help people stop drinking.


About 18 million people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder, according to National Institutes of Health statistics. The vast majority go untreated.


"There are few and inadequate pharmacological treatments to help people who want to stop drinking, because this is a terrifically difficult human genetics problem," said Jill C.




Anxiety as an Ally


In some instances of mental illness, there may be no cure. Instead, the sufferer will simply have to work to make symptoms more manageable. Since anxiety disorders are so common, it's reasonable to assume each person may encounter another with a disorder during his or her life. One such story is told in a new book released in March: "Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Worried Mind into a Best Friend." It was written by Dan Ryckert as something of an autobiography. He says that it is mostly his experience, though also inclusive of the self help methods that worked for him.


As he recounts his experiences with the anxiety disorder, he begins with his first anxiety attack in 2003. He remembers on New Year's Day of that year, when symptoms first appeared. Ryckert, then 18, was watching a movie at the time. He then began to feel an awareness of tingling in his limbs. Ryckert also began to perspire at this time. The anxiety caused him to have a more rapid heart rate and to breathe more quickly as well. Ryckert was experiencing his first anxiety attack. Later, he would watch a second film and experience yet another anxious episode.




San Diego

Networking & 

C.E. Event 


April 14, 11:30 AM to

1:30 PM PST


Devin Price, LMFT 


Topic: Substance Use Amongst Teens in Military Families: Their Brains, Behaviors, and Challenges 



2815 Steele Canyon Road

El Cajon, CA 92019


C.E. Webinar

For Behavioral Health Professionals


April 15, 11:00 AM to

12:00 PM PST



Dr. Leslee Brown


Topic: Travel Psychology: How to earn CEU's and  boost the power of your CV on International short courses





Orange County 

Networking & 

C.E. Event 


May 13, 11:30 AM to

1:30 PM PST



Michael S. Oden


Topic: The Mentality of the Fatherless Child




1211 Puerta Del Sol

San Clemente, CA 92673 



Culver City

Networking &

C.E. Event 


May 14, 11:30 AM to

1:30 PM PST


John Sovec, LMFT

Topic: Coming out for Gay Teens: The Pain and the Process



6167 Bristol Parkway, Suite 100

Culver City, CA 90230 


Layperson Access to Naloxone in The Sunshine State:
Giving Life. Inspiring Hope.

Drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of injury death nationwide. Opioid overdose can occur, accidentally, from medical use of prescription opioid pain relievers, non-medical use of prescription opioids, and heroin use. In 2013, approximately 16,000 people in the United States died from overdoses involving prescription opioids. That same year over 1,900 Floridians died with at least one prescription drug listed as a cause of death, and the majority involved opioids. In addition, heroin deaths in Florida increased by nearly 80% from 2012 to 2013.


In response to our national opioid overdose problem, various national organizations (including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Association of Poison Control Centers as well as federal government agencies (including the Office of National Drug Control Policy[8] and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration), 

have adopted policy positions supporting greater access to naloxone. 



Press Release

Sovereign Health Advocates Alcohol Awareness Month

Sovereign Health Group kicks off April with a focus on underage drinking.

San Clemente, California - April 1, 2015 - As part of a greater initiative to offer the latest information on the most pressing issues affecting mental health today, Sovereign Health Group affirmatively supports alcohol awareness for the month of April. Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has been organizing the month-long event in an effort to shine a light on alcohol use, abuse and addiction as well as the pervasive stigmas that are associated with it.


For this year's theme, the NCADD has selected "For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction," which will target the underserved younger age groups that internally struggle with alcohol and the various external problems that result. 



Featured Patient Review: Teresa L.


Teresa's admission to Sovereign is her first experience with a treatment program after a 30-year-long battle with alcoholism. She was introduced to Sovereign through her daughter's help and a television show she was featured on called "Intervention". After coming to terms with the lack of resources available around her small town in Louisiana, Teresa was enticed by the extensive care options Sovereign offers.


Teresa was immediately impressed with the variety of amenities available, from the high-luxury homes to the ability to shop and visit the beach on the weekends. Teresa particularly expresses that one of her favorite activities is art therapy, which allows her to keep stress and her former addiction off her mind.


When she thinks about her life before Sovereign, Teresa reflects on how drastic her problem had become. During her last year of addiction, she recalls drinking up to two and half cases of beer each day. As of March, Teresa is now more than 90 days sober and personally owes it to Sovereign's level of care. Although she knows first-hand that the journey to recovery is not easy, Teresa said, "I'm 43 years old and you might have your rough patches here, but you really have to stick it out, because you're not going to get the help anywhere else. Sovereign is really dedicated to helping you."


Sovereign Health Group is a leader in providing excellent care and hosts a number of different treatment options for adults and adolescents including support services for family members as well. Sovereign offers addiction and mental health treatment programs that utilize innovative cognitive testing, rehabilitation and evidence based treatment methods. For further information regarding available options and plans, please visit our website at or call our 24/7 admissions helpline at 866-596-3609.

 Meet Our Staff:


 Jamie Deans

 Director of Clinical Excellence


Jamie Deans is the Senior Director of Strategic Development at Sovereign Health Group, based at the company's headquarters in San Clemente, California Jamie brings with him an extensive background in executive leadership, corporate communications, strategic planning and program development and implementation.


Jamie's broad experience in broadcast journalism culminated in his position as an Emmy-winning editor and producer for network programs including ABC World News Tonight, 20/20 and Dateline NBC. In 1993, Jamie joined Morgan Stanley as Vice President of Global Multimedia Services where he developed editorial and video production services for the distribution of the firm's institutional research materials. These services allowed for real-time distribution of this content across multiple platforms including the Internet and CATV to 46 offices in 23 countries.


A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Jamie decided in 2003 to devote his expertise to the addiction treatment field. Wanting to learn the field from the ground up, his first post was as a case manager at the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. In 2006, Jamie accepted the position of Director of Communications at Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta and, in 2008, he joined Elements Behavioral Health. During his tenure with Elements, he founded and served as Executive Director of Professionals Treatment at Promises, additionally taking on responsibilities in corporate communications and business development.

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