Orange County Networking &  

C.E. Event


July 8, 11:30 AM to 

1:30 PM  PST


Laura Weissman, MFT


Topic: PsychEd About Love!


1211 Puerta Del Sol 

San Clemente, 

CA 92673 




Los Angeles Networking & 
C.E. Event 


July 9, 11:30 AM to 

1:30 PM PST


Ronald M. Supancic, CFLS

Topic: Workplace Conflict Solutions



6167 Bristol Parkway, Suite 100 Culver City, 

CA 90230  


San Diego 

Networking &  

C.E. Event


 July 14, 11:30 AM to 

1:30 PM PST


Robert Teitelbaum and Carol Teitelbaum, MFT 

Topic:  Frogs and Snails and Mobster Tales a story of Trauma and Recovery



2815 Steele Canyon Road

El Cajon, CA 92019 

C.E. Webinar  For Behavioral Health Professionals


July 15, 2:00 to 

3:00 PM EST 


William John Woodbury - CADC II, ICADC

Topic: Enable - ISM

 Location: Online




Jill Leovy's


Over years of exponential growth and development, Sovereign Health Group has been able to expand its scope to diversified demographics across the state and country. Through the specialized recovery strategies at every location, the treatment provider can target and accurately address the issues affecting particular populations. Overall, Sovereign offers its services to the public while still focusing its care on a personal level.


Sugar: Sobriety

Friend or Foe?

"He thought all alcoholics should constantly have chocolate available for its quick energy value at times of fatigue. He added that occasionally in the night a vague craving arose which would be satisfied by candy." 


And the nail in the coffin...

"Many of us have noticed a tendency to eat sweets and have found this practice beneficial."


Staff Highlight: Kelly Vickrey, MA, LISAC
Program Director, Sovereign Health of Phoenix
Kelly Vickrey, MA, LISAC is the Program Director at Sovereign Health Group in Chandler, Arizona.Ms. Vickrey earned her master's degree in counseling from the University of Missouri - Kansas City, Missouri and is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, as certified by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Before starting at Sovereign, she was the director of Gila River Human Services where she managed outpatient and residential substance abuse counseling and prevention programs for several locations throughout the community. In her spare time, Ms. Vickrey enjoys hiking, bicycling and geocaching in the Arizona backcountry. She is excited about offering a superlative standard of healing for women while assisting in opening a new women's intensive outpatient treatment program with Sober Living.

'Life Is Short 
(No Pun Intended)'  by 
'The Little  Couple'  Inspires Optimism


Everyone is born with an impediment, big or small, hidden or obvious. From a physical birth defect, to alearning disability, to having an addictive personality or a substance abuse disorder, people have struggles that they must overcome. The impediment does not define an individual, but how the person overcomes the struggle does. Addiction disorders are a major impediment and studies have shown that pharmaceutical therapies have proven benefits. In addition, behavioral therapies, such as positive thinking and gaining a positive outlook, can also aid those who are going through a challenge like recovery.


"Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment" is a new book written by Jennifer Arnold, M.D., and Bill Klein, beloved stars of TLC's "The Little Couple."  


Featured Patient Review: Thomas

When Thomas' aunt issued an ultimatum between homelessness and rehab, he chose Sovereign Health. In addition to an open acceptance of his insurance, Thomas was also curious about the holistic options available at Sovereign. Unfortunately, his life was sliding down a slope of self-destruction. Over the past year, he was using meth and his opportunities were fleeting. While all of these issues contributed to his decision to get help, one problem was not necessarily causing another.

Thomas was initially skeptical of what Sovereign could offer him, but in his defense, he stated that it was a feeling that those in recovery are familiar with. He expressed, "You know, you're checking yourself in into something new and you don't understand why everything is so crazy. It just doesn't feel right to you. But after being here for about 30 days that went away and I honestly feel bummed I'm leaving so soon."

Thomas attributes this transformative experience to many aspects of the treatment provider's programs and activities. Overall, his primary goal of recovery was to integrate an understanding of addiction into the context of his own life. By actively participating in a trauma therapy group, Thomas deciphered the underlying reasons for his drug use. Unlike past and unsuccessful rehabilitation attempts, the staff and therapists at Sovereign were able to look past h is dependency and identify personal conflicts underneath the surface. The dual diagnosis program specializes in addressing all influences of a harmful habit or substance addiction.

Thomas has benefited from a combination of one-on-one and group therapies. He stresses how integrated the therapy is, transforming possible scenarios to real life situations. Most important, gaining the skills to function outside of a drug environment is crucial. He affirmed how applicable his training was by stating, "I thought I was a people-person before I came here. And I realized a lot of things negative with my dealings with people on the daily and if it wasn't for the group setting I probably would have never fixed that, because one-on-one sessions I'm great with people, but in a group setting I'm a totally different person. They helped me balance out the two."

Another important aspect of Thomas' stay at Sovereign was the bonds he made. Within this unique community of recovering individuals, he made friends that outclassed the relationships throughout his history with drugs. His newfound companionship was defined by confidence and support rather than deceit. Sovereign Health is an organization that upholds a standard of rest, renewal and where needed relationships are established. No matter how many issues afflict a person or the hidden extent of each affliction, progress can be made.