B E H A V I O RA L  H E A L T H  N E W S

Engaging Solutions to Defeat Eating Disorders 

Jason Hennick, L.C.S.W.
Program Director at Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego

My mission is to influence anyone I can about eating disorders and the deadly impact they are having on millions of people in this country. This disease is growing in numbers and taking the lives of many gifted and amazing individuals, and destroying their families and loved ones.

Eating disorders are not about food, but feelings of low self-esteem and other difficult feelings that need to be dealt with in treatment. With treatment, there is hope to live a life free of the obsession with weight, food and body size. There is more to life than these unhealthy preoccupations that are consuming these individuals' everyday lives. All those who call us for information about treatment give us the opportunity to reassure them that there are solutions to this complicated disease. I am very inspired by watching these adolescents heal, become healthy and learn to appreciate their own self-worth.

Press release: 
Sovereign Health of San Diego Announces the Opening of its Adolescent Eating Disorders Program
The Rancho San Diego Treatment Center is Now Accepting Patients
San Clemente, California - March 16, 2016 - Sovereign Health of San Diego has opened its doors to a new eating disorders program. Specializing in the treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, Sovereign Health of San Diego provides both inpatient and outpatient services for adolescent girls 12-17 years of age. Sovereign's eating disorders program offers each patient an individualized plan, encompassing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and neurofeedback.
"We're thrilled to launch our new eating disorders program in San Diego," says Jason Hennick, LCSW, Program Director for Sovereign Health of San Diego. 
Interview: The Dietitian's Role in Leading Eating Disorders Patients to Recovery
Q&A with Jade Recchia, R.D.N., dietician for Rancho San Diego's eating disorders program

At Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego's eating disorders program, we don't just provide our adolescent patients with therapy and medication. We offer holistic, individualized treatment plans that are specifically designed to help our patients stay healthy after they return home.

One of the key ways in which Sovereign Health helps our patients recover is through providing access to  a trained dietitian. Our onsite dietitian helps patients form meal plans, learn how to achieve proper nutrition and develop a healthier relationship with food both inside - and outside - the treatment program.

Photo Gallery: Check Out More Photos from the Adolescent Eating Disorders Program

Meet the Rancho San Diego Eating Disorders Program Staff

M E D I C A L  N E W S

The Stress Response, PTSD and the Triggers That Connect Them
As a society we are constantly stressed. We stress about finances, our families, our jobs and the daily responsibilities we must tend to. Our brains are wired to handle stress and many times the stress response can be good for us.

Repeating and Reliving Trauma: An Abnormal Response to an Abnormal Situation

Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust concentration-camp survivor, once said this about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): "An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior."
C L I N I C A L  N E W S

Music Therapy Reduces Meal-related Anxiety for Anorexia Patients

As a society we are constantly stressed. We stress about finances, our families, our jobs and the daily responsibilities we must tend to. Our brains are wired to handle stress and many times the stress response can be good for us.

F E A T U R E  N E W S

This third installment takes a close look at the efforts of local governments to stem the tide of addiction within their borders. Starting with the ten states with the highest addiction rates in the nation, we examine the problems facing each state and explore the specific initiatives they have put in place to create positive change. Comparing and contrasting these states provides valuable insight into the drug problem at large. Check out the third installment of the series,"Reviewing State Strategies for Reducing Addiction Costs" with an interactive quiz and infographic.

Alcohol Awareness Month: Recognizing the Alcohol-Free Weekend

April 2016 will mark the 30th Annual National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) observance of Alcohol Awareness Month, which is acknowledged throughout the month of April. To initiate this month of awareness, April 1 through 3 is announced to be the Alcohol-Free Weekend, an integral part of the Alcohol Awareness Month.

'Mind-Body Workbook for Addiction' Provides Essential Tools for Addiction Recovery

Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is a daily battle, and every tool a person has to help avoid relapse is appreciated. Treatment programs are a huge help in equipping those in recovery with these tools, a process that is maintained afterward with a continuing care program.

Janet Whitney, M.A., L.M.F.T., Eating Disorders Program Director at Sovereign Health
L E T T E R S  T O  T H E  E D I T O R 
We now welcome letters to the editor in response to any of our articles on any topic in the behavioral health field. Letters cannot be longer than 200 words and should be submitted to news@sovhealth.com. Please list your full name with academic credentials, organization, what your official title is, which department you work in, email address and phone number. Submissions that do not include this information cannot be published. Letters may be edited for space or style and will appear in our external, internal and continuing care newsletters. You will be contacted if your letter is a candidate for publication. We look forward to reading your work. Read an example here:

E V E N T S  A N D  W E B I N A R S 

Event: Who's Zooming Who: Victims and Predators of Domestic Violence
Presented by Alyce LaViolette, M.S., M.F.T.

This workshop will focus on the factors that keep people attached to
abusive relationships. In addition, a clash of values will be discussed as well as precursors to the hostage syndrome. Register for the Tuesday, April 26th continuing education and networking event at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, California here: 

Event: Sovereign Health Introduces Serenity House
A New Component of Sovereign Health of Chandler's Treatment Program

Please join us for tours of our treatment facility and housing, lunch and speaker presentations by Susanne Drury, Ph.D., Patrick Schonbachler, Psy.D., and Anthony Mele, Psy.D. Register for the Wednesday, April 27th open house event at our Chandler, Arizona location here: 

Webinar: A New Era in Treating Depression: Sovereign Health Introduces Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Presented by Manish Sheth, M.D., Ph.D.

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) offers new hope for treatment resistant depression. FDA approved in 2008, dTMS clinical trials consistently indicate 50 percent remission outcomes, and as high as 75 percent response to treatment. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive, well-tolerated breakthrough in depression treatment. Register for the Wednesday, April 20th online webinar to learn more about this innovative new ancillary treatment option coming soon to Sovereign Health at: 

A R C H I V E S 

Dying to Be Thin: Death Rate Among People with Eating Disorders

At some point in their lives, more than 20 million women and 10 million men in the U.S. have an eating disorder, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder or eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Despite the significant number of people living with eating disorders, only 1 in 10 receive treatment. Only 35 percent of those who do receive treatment go to a specialized facility for eating disorders.

S O V E R E I G N  I N  T H E  N E W S 

"Kevin D. Gallagher Joins Sovereign Health Group as Chief Financial Officer" - Health Technology Net

"Commentary: The Affordable Care Act's Role in Addiction Treatment for Grown Children", written by Dana Connolly, Ph.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group, featured on Partnership for Drug Free Kids 
P S Y C H O L O G Y  T O D A Y

The Brain's Delicate Chemistry: What Do Sex Addiction, Self-Harm and Runner's High All Have in Common
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Courtney Lopresti, M.S., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

When you get right down to it, humans are made up of chemicals. Tiny molecules communicate with other tiny molecules that dictate our mood, our neuroses and even our personalities


Land of the Free and Depressed: A Look at the Cost of Depression in America
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Kristen Fuller, M.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

America, the land with the freedom to pursue happiness, isn't exactly happy. Americans are stressed, burned out and depressed.  

S O V E R E I G N  U P D A T E S 

New Sovereign Health Career Fair for Orange County Professionals

Sovereign Health Article Spotlights Political Debate on Opioid Addiction Treatment Implant

Newest "State of Addiction Policy" Article Now Live on Sovereign Health's Website

Sovereign Health of San Clemente Announces New Eating Disorders Q&A on PsychologyToday.com

Jean Campbell animates audience with 'Inner Voice' presentation at Sovereign Health C.E. event

 O T H E R  R E C E N T   
H E A D L I N E S  O F  I N T E R E S T 

"President Commutes Sentences of 61 Federal Prisoners Incarcerated for Drug Offenses" - Partnership For Drug Free Kids

"Mentalization-Based Treatment: A Common-Sense Approach to Borderline Personality Disorder" - Psychiatric Times

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