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Interview: Personal Recovery Integrating Men's Experiences (P.R.I.M.E.) Program for Men Over 40

Q&A Featuring Sovereign Health of Palm Desert's Helen Kienzle, Ph.D., Program Director, and Mary Berst, Ph.D., Associate Program Director


Especially during older adulthood, mental health conditions such as a substance use disorders, anxiety and depression can adversely affect a person's physical health, functional capacity and overall quality of life. Researchers estimate that 1 in 4 older adults has a mental health condition, yet nearly two-thirds of these individuals do not receive the treatment services they need.

Middle-aged and older adult males are particularly vulnerable to substance use disorders and mental health conditions such as depression. Moreover, despite the high rates of mental health conditions among males over 40, men are more likely to downplay their symptoms, be reluctant to seek help and are less likely to seek and accept mental health care services for stressful life events, substance use disorders and depression. READ MORE. 

Video: Dr. Anthony Mele Speaks About PRIME During KMIR Interview


Sovereign Health’s Chief Clinical Officer Anthony J. Mele, Psy.D., highlights Sovereign Health of Palm Desert’s new Personal Recovery Integrating Men’s Experiences (P.R.I.M.E.) program in a new television interview on KMIR News in Palm Desert, Calif. This new program has been developed to provide a supportive and safe recovery environment designed to meet the specific issues facing men over the age of 40.


Giving Back: The Next Step Initiative

A Message From Jerry Ibarra, Program Coordinator at Sovereign Health of San Clemente


The recovery process can include positive opportunities for new beginnings, but with new beginnings come starting over and reinventing or rediscovering who you are and how to create a footprint in society. Sovereign Health recently launched the Next Step Initiative to benefit those individuals who are completing care at Sovereign and are about to venture out into the world. The Next Step Initiative was launched in June 2016 to help patients in recovery gain resources to help them obtain a job or further their education.

Life skills, resume workshops and professional clothing are all needed to be successful in entering the workforce. To help those in recovery re-enter the workforce looking and feeling their best, the Next Step Initiative recently launched a clothing drive to which Sovereign employees donated numerous full bins of professional and casual clothing. All casual clothing was taken to another location for distribution to patients in need.

Reclaiming dreams

Next Step often emulates a life poem that I have adhered to for many years and the question it poses. In his poem, "Dream Deferred," Langston Hughes asks the question: If dreams are not met by our own expectations then to what effect, negative or positive, will that lost dream have on us? For the patients reclaiming their lives, Next Step allows them to reclaim dreams and motivation, and consider the next steps to get there.

As employees give back to the community by giving back to patients, the Next Step Initiative encourages patients to also give back to their community as well. Giving should be a repeated cycle. The Next Step Initiative will also create opportunities of success by building collaborations with other departments in seeking out opportunities in the community such as employment and volunteer opportunities.

Building a team

To support recovery and wellness, Next Step counselors will begin to maintain a log for job opportunities and volunteer projects in the surrounding area that build a positive community collaboration. San Clemente has recently added three new staff members: Ligi Klink, John Nieblas and Isaiah Starr to assist in the rapid growth and needs of the program.

On July 11, 2016, the Next Step Initiative was launched in, Chandler, Arizona; Palm Desert and Culver City, California; and Fort Meyers, Florida. Sovereign is committed to ensuring that patients have solid support for community integration and long-term remission from substance use disorders and/or mental health episodes. Sovereign Health of San Clemente will stand as the model that the other programs will emulate.

Giving and receiving

The Next Step vision is to uphold a strong aftercare support system that demonstrates the innovative and clinical leadership that Sovereign Health brings to the recovery and wellness industry. As employees of one of the fastest growing companies in Orange County and a leading behavioral health care provider, it is important that we not only set a good example for patients in the program, but to also give back to our community.

Multiple studies show that giving is one of the main ways to obtain happiness and wellness. Whether it is time, money, used household items or clothing, giving back to the community in any way can provide immense internal satisfaction to the receiver and the giver alike.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." - Winston S. Churchill

Read more: Press Release
Sovereign Health of San Clemente Launches Next Step Initiative

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Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act Passes the House

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, now heads to the Senate after passing the House Wednesday, July 6, with bipartisan votes unifying 422 to 2. Although bill author, Pittsburgh psychologist and Pennsylvania Representative Tim Murphy lobbied since 2013 for a complete mental health policy facelift, the final draft is not so drastic. READ MORE.


Pennsylvania’s Legislation Approved Medical Marijuana Use for Minors

In April 2016, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana after Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3 (S.B. 3), which established a medical marijuana program. The legalization of medical marijuana has come as a relief to parents of children with epilepsy and other serious medical conditions. READ MORE.

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Music Benefits Mental Health and Encourages Prosocial Behavior

It's been said, "When you are happy, you enjoy the music; when you are sad, you understand the lyrics."

Truly there are few unifiers as deep and timeless as music. Whether you relate to the songwriter, performing artist or fellow fans, music has the power to help listeners breathe peace, create a space for release, summon inspiration, cut through pretense and cast a spotlight on the soul - oftentimes unbidden. READ MORE.

Interview: Rock to Recovery Music Therapy at Sovereign Health

Q&A Featuring Wesley Geer, Founder of Rock to RecoveryInterview_Rock_2.jpg

Sovereign Health has partnered with Rock to Recovery to bring a unique form of music therapy to our patients. Founded by professional rock musician Wesley Geer, Rock to Recovery provides patients with an empowering musical experience and helps them express their emotions during treatment to achieve positive results. In June 2016, Sovereign's Los Angeles facility joins our facilities in San Clemente, Rancho San Diego and Palm Springs in using Rock to Recovery as part of their behavioral health treatment programs.

We sat down to speak with Geer about this exciting new aspect of treatment. READ MORE.

F E A T U R E  N E W S 


Sovereign Health Group's seventh installment to this series takes a deeper look at how substance users of Hispanic heritage are impacted by the language barrier when it comes to receiving treatment and what is being done to rectify the problem. To read more about "Behavioral Health Care Challenges in the Hispanic Community"  go here: READ MORE.


It's Not Just Physical: The Psychology Behind an Olympic Athlete

Michael Phelps, Amy Van Dyken, Carl Osburn and Serena Williams may not all be ordinary household names but all share one thing in common - they are all U.S. Olympic gold medal winners, one of the toughest achievements and most notable titles in the world. READ MORE.


Book Review: When it's do or die:
Learning About 'Negotiating the Nonnegotiable'

Almost everyone has been there. You and another person have to resolve a conflict, be it in business or in your personal life. However, the problem doesn't appear to be one that you both can solve. Whatever it is, you just can't find a solution to the problem.

So how does one negotiate the seemingly unnegotiable? Whenever this situation arises, one can be sure that having the skills to overcome unsolvable conflicts like these will be extremely valuable. That is where Daniel Shapiro's book comes in. Shapiro is here to help readers learn how to solve these problems using 20 years of research to show people how to change the way they look at relationships, improve how they deal with people and help them reach stronger agreements. READ MORE.

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Riley P. learns to 'chill and let go' through Rock to Recovery

"Sovereign is a place that finds you when you need it most," says Riley P., age 15. Riley graduated from Sovereign Health's eating disorders program at our Rancho San Diego adolescent treatment facility. She and her mother Joanna recorded a video describing her Sovereign experience. READ MORE.

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Suzanne_Jessee.jpgEvent: A New Era In Treating Depression - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Presented By Suzanne Jessee, M.A., CTMS 

Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of adult disability in America, accounting for $210 billion in economic burdens. The first line of treatment has traditionally been antidepressant medications. The likely hood of receiving remission with antidepressants is limited and declines with each successive treatment attempt. This C.E. and networking event will take place on Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 at 11:30 A.M. (PDT) in El Cajon, CAREGISTER NOW.


Webinar: Family Roles in Addiction

Presented By Alan Simberg, Ph.D.,LMFT, LCDC

Clinicians who work with families who have a partner or child with a drug or alcohol problem need to be effective as quickly as possible since this can be a life-or-death situation. The professional who can identify and understand the family's dynamics has an enhanced ability to effect positive change. This webinar will occur on Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. (PDT). REGISTER NOW.

Juan_Feliciano_2.jpgEvent: Addiction, Disease And Family Dynamics

Presented By Juan Feliciano, M.Ed., M.S., Psy.D.,LMHC and Dr. Tina Goodin, Ph.D., ABPP, P.A.

When it comes to addiction, many people still see the problem as a character flaw or a person lacking in morality despite research to thecontrary. In this training, we will discuss the concept that addictionis a disease and how science validates the disease model. Further discussion will address how the disease model can impact and assist provision of treatment. We will also explore the value of explaining to clients and families that addiction is a disease.This C.E. and networking event will take place on Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. (EDT) in Fort Myers, FL. REGISTER NOW.

Event: Addiction, Disease And Family Dynamics


Presented By Dr. Tina Goodin, Ph.D., ABPP, P.A. and Juan Feliciano, M.Ed., M.S., Psy.D.,LMHC

The identified patient is generally the individual who enters treatment. As we work with our patients, the unfolding of a storyline reveals some of the external factors that have contributed to our patients' addiction. The dynamics, both conscious and unconscious, between and among family members affect each member differently.This C.E. and networking event will take place on Friday, Aug 26, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. (EDT) in Pompano Beach, FLREGISTER NOW.

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Eating Disorders Among Athletes: Long Distance Running

It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy running. While many of us huff, puff and wheeze our way through a single mile, running enthusiasts regularly push themselves beyond their athletic and psychological limits. Running for fun - and competition - requires a tremendous amount of discipline and control. Perfection at the expense of comfort is not uncommon. READ MORE.

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No Horsing Around About the Human-Equine Bond

-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Kristen Fuller, M.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

I recently talked to a mother of a 13-year-old girl, who resisted moving from Wisconsin to northern Florida to spend the summer with her grandfather. READ MORE.


The Powerful Psychology Behind Cleanliness

-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Courtney Lopresti, M.S., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is typically thought of as a childhood illness. When you use a search engine to look up signs and symptoms of the disorder (for instance, shortened attention span, impulsivity, excessive speech and restlessness) or treatments. READ MORE.

S O V E R E I G N  U P D A T E S 

Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, Sovereign Health's CEO, Discusses the Importance of Dual Diagnosis in KMIR Interview



Sovereign Health Announces New Partnership with the University of Southern California

Sovereign Health to Open New Treatment Facility in Ashland, Pennsylvania

Sovereign Health Names Gowtham Karupothula as the Financial Data Analytics Manager

Sovereign Health Names Naveen Asthanyia as Budget Manager

Sovereign Health Names Sanjay Mangal as Budget Manager

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 

"Risk of Relapse to Alcohol Drops After 5 Years of Sobriety" - Psychology Today

"Aspiring Filmmakers Compete to Create New TV Spots About The Dangers of Meth" - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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