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Spending 8 hrs/Day On Facebook
Q + A with Heidi Cottle
Event Calendar
Biofeedback
Alumni/Family Section
K2/Spice
Executive Program
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Spending 8 Hours Per Day On Facebook
As a species, we spend around 700 billion minutes on Facebook every month. What started as a small, networking website for a handful of elite college students quickly turned into a worldwide superpower reportedly worth $50 billion. Facebook is now an integral part of almost everyone's life, and has turned into something more meaningful than a website. It has become a serious means of communication, social status, and expressionism. Facebook is a major constituent of modern life. 

Most see Facebook as a convenient tool. And obviously, most would agree that Facebook is, overall, beneficial. But others see it as a threat. People no longer talk to each other in person; they instead, spend hours chatting. Users robotically stare into a virtual arena riddled with gossip and Likes, and can anonymously stalk anyone they wish. Many simply spend too much time on Facebook, and allow it to dictate their days. If used in excess, Facebook has been proven to destroy relationships, hamper careers, cause insomnia, and even procure a sort of high. And, now, some are arguing that Facebook can, like with drugs, be the fuel to a fully serious addiction. 

A 21 year-old college student, whom we shall call Ms. T, spends at least 8 hours a day on Facebook. "I get a physical high - like a rush - when I receive news or notifications," she said. "It's the first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do before I fall asleep." Ms. T also reported that Facebook curbed her social life and impacted her grades. She explains, "My grades have dropped [...] because of my Facebook habit. My GPA has gone down a lot, and I'm starting to regret it." She also said that because of Facebook (and the rest of the internet), her bedtime quickly changed from a healthy 11 pm to an insane 5 am. When asked if she thought that she could go for an entire day without Facebook, Ms. T laughed - or rather - LOL'ed. 

Other self-acclaimed Facebook addicts display similar symptoms. A 24 year old Hawaiian graduate student named Mona Sumibcay told a local news channel about her compulsive need to check the website "2 or 3 times every hour." Sumibcay explained that she rarely knew why she was on the website - that her visits had become a sort of compulsion. Another addict reported, "you look outside and it's day, and then look outside again, and it's night." Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and anti-social behavior all seem to be side effects of excessive Facebook use. There have even been cases of violent behavior because of it. 

There are around 750 million active Facebook users in the world, and many of them spend hours on the website every day. But only a small percentage would consider themselves addicted. Maybe using Facebook is but a fragment of a bigger online-ification of society. And, is this addiction even legitimate? One could argue, for example, that dining in fancy restaurants and eating delicious food is addictive. But does this make it a disorder worthy of medical recognition? Perhaps the term addiction should be used more sparingly, for more pressing issues. 

There is no clear-cut answer to these questions, as they are ambiguous. It is fair to say that excessive heroin use is more dangerous than excessive Facebook use. As many clinicians argue, there are practical problems with these sort of nouveau addictions. Namely, most insurance companies would not fund a stint at a rehabilitation center because of a Facebook addiction. And, a website is not a substance. However, unlike say, eating in delicious restaurants, Facebook has slowed down the lives of millions. Facebook addicts exhibit symptoms like drug addicts, and there is an emerging throng who are starting to gain recognition. Facebook addiction may eventually evolve into a serious, acknowledged disorder soon. OMG I've gtg though - I think I have like 12 notifications.
Q + A with Heidi Cottle
Q: Who are you and what do you do for Sovereign Health?
A: My name is Heidi Cottle (MS, MFT) and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with Sovereign Health patients both individually and in groups. Some of my groups include stress management, relapse prevention, guided imagery and meditation, discharge planning, and communications. I am also currently in charge of the Closing Circle Group [final processing group] and the weekend Family Groups, which include patients from all three programs [dual diagnosis, eating disorders, and mental health] and their loved ones. I have been with Sovereign Health for over two years now.

Heidi is well known for using Time Line therapy; a fascinating form of trauma therapy that has an astonishingly high success rate. Recently, Sovereign has seen several miraculous recoveries because of it.

Q:What is Time Line Therapy? How does it work? Why is it so effective?
A: Time Line Therapy is an offshoot of Neurolinguistic Programming, the umbrella that encompasses other modalities of treatment, including hypnosis. It [Time Line Therapy] was developed by a man named Tadd James - I was trained by Dr. Jane Battenburg, who was trained directly by Tadd James - and works on a particular brain wave, different than that used in hypnosis. Namely, there is no transinduction phase and the patient is alert and completely aware of what is going on. The brain wave used in Time Line Therapy is the same one in process whilst one is watching a movie or a television program.  

Time Line Therapy is so effective because it works on a subconscious level. The subconscious mind has 88% control over all of our actions, while the conscious mind only has 12%. In Time Line Therapy, the patient identifies a painful memory or experience that they would like to have desensitized. The process takes approximately 15-20 minutes per issue and upon completion, patients gather learnings and wisdom from the traumatic event. The body releases emotional pain, leaving the details of the event in tact, but with no negative feelings attached. It tends to have a Gestalt effect, meaning that all similar events in one's life are desensitized at the same moment. After just one session, patients often feel exhilarated and exhibit a renewed sense of peace and joy. They are able to recall the traumatic event with absolutely no emotional reactions to it. Another benefit of Time Line is that after a few treatments of processing, the patient reports that they automatically begin processing new material on their own in the same manner. 

Q: On whom do you use Timeline usually?
A: I look for patients who report a traumatic event which has left them with emotional triggers, painful memories or physical effects - for example, stuttering, tremors, and eye twitches. Time Line Therapy works generally on most issues except for bereavement. Patients with Depression, Anxiety or PTSD are ideal candidates. I have even adapted it for use with substance abuse triggers and have had remarkable success with that as well. Time Line Therapy is very well suited to the normal routine at Sovereign Health. Before I learned Time Line Therapy, I used EMDR. However, an EMDR session could take up to three hours, and afterwards, patients are often exhausted and want to just go home and sleep for the rest of the day. I'm finding that most patients are well adapted to Time Line Therapy, where the processing can take place within a normal 50 minute session, and afterwards they feel fine about stepping back into the group schedule for the remaining part of the day.

Q: Do you have any particular success stories using Timeline?
A: Without naming patients individually, I can say that I use Time Line on most of my patients. I have had tremendous success on desensitizing people's trauma and anxiety reactions from horrendously negatively impacting events, including childhood trauma, rape and torture memories, military battle scene memories, homicide/suicide events and fatal accidents involving trains, planes and automobiles. 

Q: Any last words? 
A: I have found repeatedly, that once a patient has worked through their main trauma issues, their addiction problems become much easier to work with. The amazing thing about Time Line is its effectiveness on issues or feelings that one may have been dealing with for a majority of their lifetime. As with anything, I begin my work by asking the patient to open their mind to the possibility of change and healing. It has been very rewarding to see patients get their lives back together and be able to move forward from whatever issue that kept them blocked for so long.
Event Calendar 
SEPTEMBER, 2011
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Overeaters Anonymous @ 9 am
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Narcotics Anonymous Panel Meeting @ 6:30 pm
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Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Support Group @ 7 pm
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CCSAD - A New Journey Overeaters Anonymous @ 9 am

Overeaters Anonymous @ 9 am
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CCSAD - A New Journey Narcotics Anonymous Panel Meeting @ 6:30 pm

Narcotics Anonymous Panel Meeting @ 6:30 pm
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11 12 13
Lawyers Helping Lawyers

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Support Group @ 7 pm
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Monthly Luncheon with Candy Finnigan from A&E's Intervention @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Lawyers Helping Lawyers
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Lawyers Helping Lawyers

Overeaters Anonymous @ 9 am
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Lawyers Helping Lawyers

Narcotics Anonymous Panel Meeting @ 6:30 pm
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NCAD National Conference on Addiction Disorders
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NCAD National Conference on Addiction Disorders
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NCAD National Conference on Addiction Disorders
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NCAD National Conference on Addiction Disorders

Networking dinner with Josie

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Support Group @ 7 pm
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NCAD National Conference on Addiction Disorders
22
Overeaters Anonymous @ 9 am
23
Narcotics Anonymous Panel Meeting @ 6:30 pm
24
IAEDP Orange County Chapter
American Dietetic Association
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American Dietetic Association
26
Foundations Recovery Network & Conference

American Dietetic Association
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Foundations Recovery Network & Conference

American Dietetic Association

Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Support Group @ 7 pm
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Foundations Recovery Network & Conference
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Foundations Recovery Network & Conference

IAEDP Central Coast Chapter

Overeaters Anonymous @ 9 am
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Tours in Florida - G&G Holistic/ Sunrise Detox & Behav Health

Narcotics Anonymous Panel Meeting @ 6:30 pm
Featured Alternative Treatment: Biofeedback
At Sovereign Health, we offer and are avid supporters of Biofeedback. Biofeedback is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that uses electronic biomedical measuring devices to gain control of the body/brain and thus improve health conditions or overcome mental & behavioral disorders. By using equipment and Biofeedback training techniques, a professionally qualified trainer teaches clients how to use their brains' natural, self-regulatory mechanism to control a bodily process that normally happens involuntarily, such as heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, muscular tension, body temperature, and brainwaves activity. With practice, the body and brain can be trained to regulate these processes for optimal functioning.

If the above is too science-y, try to remember when you first rode a bike. In the beginning, you probably took a few tumbles. But, as you fell (due to gravity), your brain used its natural feedback mechanism to correct your balance. And quickly, you were able to balance your bicycle without effort. This is, more or less, how biofeedback works. Biofeedback treatment sessions are painless, fun, relaxing, and an overall enjoyable experience. Namely, during the process, sensors are placed on body or head. The physiological signals are then picked up, recorded, amplified and sent to a computer that processes the signal and provides the proper audio-visual feedback.

To further understand how biofeedback works, background information is useful:
Our brains produce five brainwave states - Beta, Smr, Al­pha, Theta and Delta. A healthy brain produces appropriate brainwaves for various situations. For example, when a person is asleep, their brain normally shows a lot of low frequency delta waves and small amounts of higher frequencies like theta, alpha and beta waves. Conversely, while awake, this same person should exhibit a lot of alpha and beta activity, with a bit of theta and even less delta. Because of stress, neurotransmitter imbalances, genetic fac­tors, brain injury, or other trauma, people may produce too much or too little of certain brain waves for certain activi­ties. For example, many people who have sleeping disorders do not produce enough low frequency, delta brain waves, and when they do manage to fall asleep, will experience frequent bursts of higher frequency alpha activity, bringing them up into wake-fullness.

By attaching small sensors to the head and then viewing brainwaves on a computer screen, one can actually learn to modify brainwaves for better concentration, memory, learning, functioning, performance, relaxation, and behavior modification, including substance abuse.
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K2/Spice
We, at Sovereign Health of California, offer 4 distinct programs: Eating Disorders (ED), Mental Health (MH), Dual Diagnosis (DD), and Executive Dual Diagnosis (EDD). This edition will focus on a particular drug colloquially known as Spice.

Spice, also known as Genie, K2, fake weed, or Zohai, is a form of synthetic cannabis. It can be found in head shops everywhere, and can even be purchased online. It is typically sold as incense, but this is an obvious loophole. Users smoke it and find its effects similar to those of marijuana.

Since the effects of Spice are like those of marijuana, many people use it for the same reasons - as a tool for escapism. Many users, in fact, mix the drug with marijuana for a more intense high.

Side effects of Spice include: dry mouth, red eyes, anxiety attacks, nausea, increased pulse rate, and hallucinations. With time, users develop a tolerance to the drug and thus find that they must smoke increasing quantities to obtain their original high. Some users develop a chemical dependency.

One user described Spice, stating that, "Nothing has ever made my heart pound like this did. [It] scared the hell out of me. I really do not recommend trying this." Another described his nightmarish spice trip: "On the ground, I was convulsing uncontrollably and hitting my head repeatedly. Within moments of my collapse, a friend rang an ambulance. I was still unable to control the convulsions or even open my eyes; all I could feel was my body unwillingly rolling around to a painful extent, which gave me the impression I had received permanent brain damage," he explained.

Spice has been found to contain JWH-018, JWH-073, and HU-210, all of which are artificial, chemical compounds. None of these chemicals are safe, or intended, for human consumption. For example, JWH-018 is a chemical fertilizer, JWH-073 has been listed by the DEA as a concern, and HU-210 is 100 to 800 more potent than THC, the main active chemical in marijuana.

Because it is a designer drug - a drug that has been modified to take advantage of loopholes in the legal system - and is relatively new, Spice was federally legal for a long time. The DEA cited, however, "...a surge in emergency-room visits and calls to poison-control centers [because of Spice]. Adverse health effects associated with its use include seizures, hallucinations, paranoid behavior, agitation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure." Starting March 1, 2011, the DEA illegalized Spice using emergency powers.

If you know someone who is abusing Spice, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have an unrivaled dual diagnosis treatment center, with programs tailored to fit the needs of every individual, including those struggling with a Spice addiction.
General Information
Sovereign Health of California is one of the leading dual diagnosis, eating disorder, and mental health treatment centers in the country. We believe that all of these issues root from underlying psychological problems, and that without complex treatment, progress is not long-lived. We are located in beautiful Southern California, and are Joint Commission Accredited. We have an experienced, intelligent staff of licensed medical professionals and offer cutting edge, effective clinical treatments. Our goal is to help patients and families begin a long lasting recovery.

Corporate Address:
Sovereign Health of California
209 Avenida Fabricante
San Clemente, California 92672

Telephone
Toll Free: (866) 819-2948
Front Desk: (949) 369-1300
Fax: (949) 276-5183

Email : info@sovcal.com
Website : www.sovcal.com

Admissions Process
At Sovereign Health of California, we utilize an experienced intake staff to facilitate entry into our program. The confidential intake process usually begins with a brief conversation to help determine whether we are a suitable match for a potential patient. The next step is to determine the level of care necessary. Finally, the information is passed on to our clinical staff, who are in charge of assessment and admission.

We invite you to call us at 866-819-2948 or email us at info@sovhealth.com

Sovereign Health of California specializes in providing holistic and evidence-based clinical treatment, focusing on the person as a whole.  We treat males and females for mental health, dual diagnoses, and eating disorders. A clinical model of healing the physical, mental, and emotional is used to treat our patients.

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