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Behavioral Health News - November 2014
In This Issue: November 2014
New Fort Myers Treatment Location
B Vitamins Boost Cognition
November Book Spotlight
Teen Sleep and Exercise
Public Attitude on Addiction
Meet Our Staff: Dr. Gross
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Kansas Cafferty: Building a Therapeutic Alliance with Adolescents



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This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour continuing education credit for MFT's, LPCC's, LEP's, and/or LCSW's required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) provider number - PCE5216


This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour continuing education credit for addiction professionals required by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) provider number - 130835.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP16424, for 1 Contact Hour.



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Sovereign Health Inaugurates New Florida Facility 
Fort Myers, Florida 
 Nov 24, 2014

Sovereign brings a holistic approach to addiction and dual diagnosis treatment in the South Florida area


Sovereign Health Welcomes Alumni Services  
San Clemente, California
Nov 3, 2014

New alumni manager working to build program for Sovereign graduates and their families.

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Sovereign Health Group inaugurates a new Fort Myers, Florida residential facility to help treat adult men and women dealing with addiction and co-occurring conditions. The treatment facility is located on the beautiful Caloosahatchee River, and provides clients with a warm and comforting environment that is close to the beach and other fun community activities where they can focus on their recovery.


This facility offers a dual diagnosis treatment program for co-occurring disorders including addiction and mental health, tailored to the individual needs of the client. The program includes a thorough evaluation and proper diagnosis for each client, along with treatment that utilizes group and individual therapies. Alternative therapies and cognitive testing are also included at the Fort Myers treatment center as a part of the brain wellness program. Every part of Sovereign's programs seeks to effectively treat and care for the spiritual, physical and mental health of the client.


To learn more about the Sovereign Health of Florida adult treatment facility for addiction and dual diagnosis treatment Visit Our Website

Alcoholism is a deadly disease. The damaging effects of excessive drinking on the body are multifold, including in organs such as the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, the weakening of the immune system and possibly increasing the risk of cancer. Included in the physical toll on the body, alcohol abuse also causes a depletion of certain vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids, causing serious symptoms affecting cognitive and physical and mental health.

Vitamins B-1 (thiamin), B-3 (niacin) and B-6 (pyridoxine) are directly or indirectly related to the metabolizing of alcohol in the body.  They are also among the first nutrients to be depleted by excessive alcohol consumption.  Symptoms of a vitamin B complex deficiency are cracks on the side of the mouth, confusion, rash,

depression and susceptibility..Read on 

Sovereign Book Spotlight:

Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation


by Gabriele Oettingen, Ph.D

How many times have we heard the phrase "think positively?"  The power of positive thinking is

endorsed by seminar speakers, religious leaders, teachers and parents. If we just think positively, good things will eventually happen to us and there are few who would disagree.

Gabriele Oettingen is a Professor of Psychology at New York University and the University of Hamburg. Based on the principles of mental contrasting, her research focuses on how we think about the future and how that impacts cognition, emotion and behavior.  She developed fantasy realization theory (FRT) which demonstrates that if we mentally picture our future reality and contrast it with our present reality, it can successfully bring about changes in cognition, emotion and behavior. Following her research, Oettingen wrote, "Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation." 


From what she highlighted in her book, if we think positively, we are hoping for the best and no particular action is required. If we have a particular goal in mind and the road to that goal is envisioned, we often come up with our imaginary obstacles such as: "I won't be able to afford it,"  "I don't have the training" or "it's too far from home."  Oettingen says it's important to know what the obstacles are that will get in the way of achieving the desired future.


When people enter rehab for substance abuse or treatment for mental health disorders, they are hoping for the best outcome. There are a series of steps they can take to help themselves reach the goal they want to achieve. It's well known that cognitive behavioral therapy changes outcomes by changing thinking patterns, similar to Oettingen's fantasy realization theory.....Read On


In these modern times, it can be hard to pry away teenagers from the clutches of TV or video games. Now, new research suggests that high media use, combined with low physical activity and lack of sleep, may increase the risk of mental illness for adolescents.

Public feels more negative toward people with drug addiction than those with mental illness

Americans are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness, and don't support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new research suggests.

Americans are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes toward those suffering from drug addiction than those with mental illness, and don't support insurance, housing, and employment policies that benefit those dependent on drugs, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

A report on the findings, which appears in the October issue of the journal Psychiatric Services, suggests that society seems not to know whether to regard substance abuse as a treatable medical condition akin to diabetes or heart disease, or as a personal failing to be overcome.....
Read on

Meet Our Staff: Dr. Dan Gross 

Training and Education Director,

Chandler Facility


What brought you to Sovereign Health?

I really love to teach.  I have been a college instructor for seven years and also have an innate ability to teach and train others.  Getting to work at Sovereign affords me the opportunity to train clinicians in providing the best care to clients. I also have a specialty in working with those with serious and persistent mental illness.  I really like to educate others about this population.  Concurrently, substance abuse issues are common with this clientele, and I have a lot of experience addressing these needs with clients.


What does your position at Sovereign Health entail?

Currently, I train with clinicians providing individual and group therapy.  I also conduct and coordinate various trainings to enhance the clinical knowledge of the staff.  I am also working on developing a pre-doctoral internship program for the Chandler site.


What do you love most about your job?

I get to teach and it does not feel like work.  I also like to walk people through difficult processes knowing that they were given good and stable guidance.  I also enjoy being an essential member of a team.


What do you enjoy doing when you're not working?

I like to hike. Hiking gives me an opportunity to connect with something that I know is greater than myself.  I also do improv.  Improv provides me an opportunity to engage in a child-like way without feeling childish. It's an outlet for me to tap into fun parts of myself. 


What inspires you?

I would definitely say my mom, Sandi.  My mom is a very hard working person who is dedicated to whatever she does.  Whether it's finding a good deal at Nordstrom's or working hard as a Medicare biller, she has inspired me to work hard and be a savvy individual in the world.  My sister, Samantha also inspires me.  She has to be one of the smartest people I know.  She was the spark that encouraged me to enter into a doctoral program.


Favorite Quote?

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them."-Shakespeare 

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