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Behavioral Health News - May 2014
In This Issue: May'2014
Remembering Beautiful Life of Elizabeth Giner
Blood Test to Diagnose Depression
June Is PTSD Awareness Month
Chronic or Persistent Pain?
Top Stories of the Month
Meet Our Staff
Free Networking Luncheon

Elizabeth Giner

A May 10 life celebration for Sovereign Health Group Admissions Consultant Elizabeth Giner attracted about 500 people, about 400 of whom were probably from NA (Narcotics Anonymous, the 12-step program that evolved from Alcoholics Anonymous).

Elizabeth, 47, was diagnosed with cancer on April 7, and passed May 5, less than a month later in spite of chemotherapy. During that time Elizabeth was surrounded by love from all of her family, friends, and co-workers. She holds a special place in many hearts and because she touched so many lives in many different ways. 

When visiting the doctor for an annual physical, it is routine procedure for a patient to have blood work done to check for many common illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Sometimes additional blood tests will be ordered to facilitate an accurate diagnosis. Although helpful for many physical ailments, blood tests are not yet available for mental illnesses, and for a long time were thought impossible. Typically, diagnoses for mental health disorders are based upon patients' discussion of certain subjective symptoms, such as mood and feelings, rather than biomarkers, which provide a more objective way to diagnose a condition.




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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. 


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Since 2010, June 27 has been designated by the United States Congress as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, in recognition of the fact that this phenomenon is a serious behavioral health issue. In addition, June has become PTSD Awareness Month in order to make people more aware of this disorder and the availability of treatment. Although most people think of PTSD as something that affects military personnel, it also occurs in....


Chronic or persistent pain is broadly defined as either ongoing or recurrent pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks, and can either be continuous or recurring pain. This pain may be due to an injury, an episode of acute illness (pain related to cancer is not considered chronic or persistent pain), or in relation to a chronic illness. Sometimes there is no clear cause for chronic pain. For example, fibromyalgia is a poorly understood condition characterized by chronic pain that is required for diagnosis, although there is no consensus about its cause...

Top Stories of The Month

Effective drugs for treating alcoholism are under-used

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says that two drugs that can be used to treat alcoholism, naltrexone and acamprosate, are underused, partly because of lack of awareness on the part of doctors.The New York Times reports that the researchers, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, analyzed data on about 23,000 people from 122 randomized clinical trials of the use medication to treat alcoholism. They found that one person in 20 using naltrexone, and one in 12 using acamprosate, would stop drinking. Federal data indicates that about 18 million people have an alcohol abuse disorder, but less than one-third get treatment and less than 10 percent are prescribed medications.


Retired players sue NFL for giving them painkillers

A group of eight former professional football players filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco on May 20 against the NFL, claiming they were illegally given narcotic painkillers and other drugs without prescriptions or warnings about potential side effects by team doctors and athletic trainers so that they could play. The Lawyers for the eight say that there are more than 500 other former players who will join the lawsuit if it gets class action status. 


"Laura's Law," passed by the California Legislature in 2002 and signed into law in 2003, permits assisted outpatient treatment (court-ordered treatment, including medication) of people with severe mental illness who meet specific criteria. The law is named for Laura Wilcox, a 19-year-old college student volunteering at a county mental health office in Nevada County (near Lake Tahoe). She was one of three people killed by a man with severe but untreated mental health disorder. The law allows county governments to establish programs that can force people with serious mental illness to get treatment. Ten years after the shootings, Nevada was the only county to have fully implemented Laura's Law, although Los Angeles County had a pilot program. However, in May, 2014, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to implement the law, and San Francisco is considering it.


Are "magic mushrooms" the secret ingredient for treating addiction?

Research based at the University of New Mexico and the Heffter Research Institute has been investigating the potential use of psilocybin in conjunction with therapy to treat alcoholism and other substance abuse disorders. Psilocybin is classified by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it carries a high risk of addiction. However, researchers including Dr. Michael P. Bogenschutz, professor and vice-chair for Addiction Psychiatry and Clinical Research at UNM, are investigating its potential as a "catalyst" to make patients more receptive to psychotherapy in the early stages of alcoholism.


Senior Clinician Travis Taylor was recognized at the May 15, 2014 staff luncheon at Sovereign Health Group's San Clemente office as Employee of the Month.

Travis said he was "shocked" when his name was announced. He was described as an asset to the Clinical team, because he always volunteers to help, even when he is "far too busy to be the one to help." His passion for patients and his sense of humor were both mentioned.


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Networking & C.E. Events in CA

Orange County Area

Join Sovereign Health-San Clemente for a free Networking Luncheon and C.E. Presentation, We welcome Herb Kaighan to present on 
"Our Way Of Life" - A Practice of Consciousness & Compassion

Date: Wednesday,  11th June 2014
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST 



1211 Puerta Del Sol

San Clemente, CA 92673 


Please contact Claudia Burton at 949-392-3371949-392-3371 or c.burton@sovhealth.com for questions. 


Los Angeles Area


Join Sovereign Health-Culver City for a free Networking Luncheon and C.E. Presentation, We welcome
Dr. Elizabeth Crim to present on "Transference, Counter-Transference, and Attachment:  A Mind-Body-Spirit Understanding".
Date:  Thursday, 12th June 2014 
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST 


6167 Bristol Parkway, Suite 100

Culver City, CA 90230 


Click Here to Learn More and Register 



Please contact Claudia Burton at 949-392-3371949-392-3371 or c.burton@sovhealth.com for questions.




C.E. Webinar


Join Sovereign Health Webinar for a free Online C.E. Presentation, We welcome Dr. Daniel Linder to present on The Relationship Model of Addiction. Stage 1 of Recovery: "Breaking - Up"

Date:  Wednesday,18th June 2014 
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST 


Location: Online



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Please contact Claudia Burton at 949-392-337 or c.burton@sovhealth.com for questions.




This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour continuing education credit for MFT's, LPCC's, LEP's, and/or LCSW's requiredby the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and addiction professionals required by the National Association forAlcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). BBS provider number - PCE5216, NAADAC provider number - 130835.