Staff Name: Spencer Pridgen
Department: Court & Legal Services
Title: Legal Coordinator
What is your background and work experience?
I’ve been in recovery for over ten years and know how difficult the struggle can be to overcome addiction. I’ve sponsored many guys throughout the years and always felt like it was my calling to try and help others who are dealing with the same battles that I’ve once had. I started working in recovery as the office manager for Newport Coast Recovery. Over the next several years I worked my way into the position of a Program Director. I spent 4 1/2 years as Program director for Serenity New Life, a facility that specialized in both residential and outpatient programs but primarily dealt with alternative sentencing. I ran two programs while I was there: the Serenity Life counseling which was a certified outpatient drug and alcohol program and the Serenity New Life program which was a licensed residential inpatient program.
What brought you hear to Sovereign Health?
I worked with a few of my colleagues at other programs over the years, and was really excited when I found out they were starting a Legal & Court Services Program. I wanted to jump on board immediately.
What does your position at Sovereign Health entail?
I am the new Legal Coordinator for the Legal & Court Services Department at Sovereign Health. I will be working with patients who are dealing with legal issues involving drugs, alcohol, or mental health conditions pre-admission and during the treatment process. I will be working with courts, lawyers, jails, and intake coordinators to help clients with drug and alcohol related charges change their lives for the better and get the help that they need. Many times criminal activity is caused or motivated by addiction and/or mental health conditions. They are still good people underneath it all, but they need help with the primary problem in order to sustain lasting change.
What are you most excited about with your position?
I am excited to be with a company in the midst of such great expansion and growth. I am also really excited to be in on the ground floor of the Legal Services Department and I know will help so many people in getting the treatment they need to change their lives for the better.
Is there anything else you want others to know?
I am a husband and father to two beautiful girls, age 2 and 4. They inspire and motivate me every single day.