POWER Program

The POWER Program: Treatment for Women over 40 Years of Age

Sovereign Health is proud to announce specialized residential treatment for women over age 40 through our POWER program in Palm Desert, California.

The Primary Opportunities for Women Experiencing Recovery (POWER) program creates hope and recovery in women who are struggling with addiction or behavioral health disorders. This unique program uses scientific and medical technology to diagnose and treat all underlying and co-occurring disorders ‒ such as mental health issues ‒ so that lasting recovery is possible. POWER allows women to manage their health conditions, repair damaged relationships and establish stable, sober and supportive networks.

Many women develop unhealthy ways of coping with stress that compound over time and interfere with their ability to manage their lives. Alcohol and prescription painkillers are common examples of unhealthy coping behaviors. Our staff at the POWER program at Sovereign Health understands how addiction and mental illnesses develop, and how to compassionately and effectively treat these inter-related conditions.

This dynamic treatment is designed to provide the highest quality care possible to women and their families. POWER focuses on restoring women’s physical and mental health, from admission to ongoing care after discharge. The program encompasses three different types of care, depending on each individual’s treatment needs and goals. These include:

  • Addiction (alcohol, opioid painkillers, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, other drugs or behaviors)
  • Mental Health (post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, other illnesses)
  • Dual Diagnosis (two or more co-occurring disorders, such as addiction and depression)

Program Goals

The primary goal of the POWER program is to help women to transition from chemical dependency to a state of lasting physical and mental health. Very often, women have underlying factors that prevent them from being able to maintain sobriety, such as past trauma, negative thought patterns, and poor coping skills. At Sovereign Health, our specialists perform comprehensive assessments that get to the bottom of underlying and co-occurring disorders. Treatment is then tailored to meet the needs and goals of each individual woman accordingly. 

What to Expect

The POWER program usually begins with safe and comfortable medical detoxification for those who are experiencing addiction. Detox is followed by intensive treatment with ongoing 24/7 supervision. Patients then transition to intensive outpatient care, which is supported by our recovery management team after discharge. Program duration depends on treatment needs and goals, usually 30 to 90 days.

Treatment Teams

From arrival to discharge, women in the POWER program and their loved ones are the most important members of our treatment teams. Women are matched with specialists who can best meet their needs and help them reach their goals. Specialists on our treatment teams include:

  • Medical and psychiatric physicians
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Primary therapists
  • Specialty therapists
  • Case managers
  • Alcohol and drug counselors
  • Dieticians

Patients meet regularly with members of their individual treatment team. Throughout the POWER program, we ask for feedback from the patient and their team providers. We use this information to continuously assess treatment responses, and adjust goals and the plan accordingly.

We Believe in Science-Based Care

At Sovereign Health, we use treatment strategies that are evidence-based. This type of care is supported by strong scientific evidence that the treatment is safe and effective. The evidence-based treatments in the POWER program consists of:

  • Medical therapy (pharmacogenetic testing and targeted therapy)
  • Psychotherapy (individual, group and family)
  • Cognitive remediation
  • Education (understanding mental health conditions, self-care, relapse prevention)
  • Process groups (anger management, coping skills, relapse prevention)
  • Lifestyle development (nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, and recovery meetings)
  • Neurofeedback (adjunctive therapy)
  • Experiential therapies (expressive arts, yoga, and recreational and equine therapies)
  • Family program
  • Semi-structured rest periods (leisure, reading, journaling, games, movies)
  • Other treatment strategies

Levels of Care

Women who choose the POWER program have usually been struggling with various life challenges for a long time. At Sovereign Health, we provide a restful, safe and compassionate environment in which women can begin the healing process. This process consists of progress through a few different phases, or levels, of care. We understand the important role women play in their family members’ lives, and strive to ensure that all the time spent in the POWER program is an investment in their future.

Women in the POWER program reside in a private, secure, home-like setting, with luxury accommodations. Treatment is provided at a centralized facility; transportation is provided to and from the locale. Every woman’s journey is different, but there are some general common factors of the POWER program:

Upon admission, each new patient will undergo:

  • 24/7 care
  • Safe and comfortable detoxification, as needed
  • Comprehensive medical and psychological assessment
  • Introduction to the facility and the treatment process
  • Creation of individual treatment goals, and a customized plan
  • Transition into treatment (3 to 21 days)

The next phase of residential treatment involves:

  • 24/7 care
  • Symptom management
  • Full days of customized treatment
  • Weekend visits from family and friends
  • Introduction to the recovery community through attendance at peer support meetings by patient preference (usually 12-step programs or Self -Management and Recovery Training [SMART]) recovery meetings
  • Transition to intensive outpatient follow-up (30 to 60 days)

The intensive outpatient (IOP) phase is similar to the residential phase, except that patients spends less time in education and intensive treatment. Instead, the focus is on transitioning back to regular life. IOP provides:

  • A supportive environment
  • Ongoing therapy
  • A recovery community
  • Relapse prevention
  • Transition to outpatient care, e-therapy and the continuing care program

Continuing care helps women to bridge the gap between completing treatment and establishing their own recovery network in their local community. Our continuing care offers:

  • Detailed after-care plans, including medications, appointments, meetings, contact numbers
  • Individualized relapse prevention plans
  • Technology-Enhanced Aftercare and Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) program
  • Events and educational opportunities
  • A dedicated website for those who have completed treatment at Sovereign Health

Is POWER Right for You or Your Love One?

The POWER Program is ideal for women who are:

  • 40 years of age or older
  • Voluntarily willing to participate in the program
  • Committed to improving their physical and mental health
  • Unable to fully function in life due to substance use or mental illness due to trauma, depression, anxiety or other conditions

There are conditions that require referral to an appropriate hospital for stabilization prior to enrolling in the POWER program:

  • Women requiring emergency medical care
  • Women who are actively suicidal or homicidal
  • Patients who are diagnosed as actively psychotic

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POWER: Developed for a Woman, by a Woman

Helen Kienzle, Ph.D.

Dr. Kienzle has helped to shape POWER specifically to meet the unique needs of women. She is the Program Director for POWER program in Palm Desert, California. Dr. Kienzle received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the School for Professional Psychology at Alliant University in Los Angeles, California. Specializing in psychiatric crisis intervention and resolution, she is also dedicated to providing effective individual and group therapy to patients and their families.

Dr. Kienzle has commented on her belief in the POWER program: “Ending an addiction requires more than just detoxification,” she explains. “Underlying issues must be identified and treated, and new coping mechanisms and lifestyle habits must be developed.” She adds, “Transition from treatment to ‘real life’ is a critical period and I make sure all of my patients have everything they need to sustain their recovery.”

Sovereign Health of Palm Desert

Nestled at the foot of the San Joaquin mountain range, Sovereign Health of Palm Desert offers world-class detoxification, addiction treatment, dual diagnosis treatment and mental health care services to men and women.

Sovereign Health of Palm Desert is a Joint Commission Accredited and Certified mental health care and addiction treatment facility. Our licensed professional treatment teams combine their knowledge and expertise in many different specialties from psychiatry to nutrition to treat all aspects of health and well-being with skill and compassion.

The Palm Desert area boasts championship golf courses, shopping, restaurants and a large, supportive recovery community. We are only about two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego.

Sovereign Health incorporates the natural beauty and year-round sunshine of Southern California into our recreational therapy programs. Our outstanding services and luxury amenities make Sovereign Health of Palm Desert the perfect place to begin the journey of recovery.

We accept most types of insurance. Financing options are also available through MyTreatmentLender.com. To learn more about the POWER program or any of our other services, please call our 24/7 helpline today.

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