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Interview: Finding Financial Footing After Addiction
Q & A featuring the Sovereign Health Group's Christina Frisby, Continuing Care Manager

April is tax time - a time to pour through receipts and ponder deductions. But for those recovering from substance abuse, the deadline for filing income taxes may be the farthest thing from their minds. Many have had no income to file, are steeped in debt, and feeling overwhelmed by the all of the harsh realities early sobriety brings.

An exciting part of sober life is financial recovery, but getting started can seem overwhelming at first. The Sovereign Health Group continuing care manager, Christina Frisby, understands the joys and challenges clients experience when they transition into long-term sobriety. 

A Practical Guide to Finances in Recovery

Tax season is upon us, and people who are recovering from addiction have special considerations regarding financial matters. Part of the recovery process inevitably involves restoration of financial stability and relief from debt. Financial recovery can seem overwhelming and cause stress that could lead back to substance use. This is a practical guide to finances in recovery.

Experiencing Financial Stress May Lead to Physical Pain

Financial insecurity can lead to physical pain, according to an article in the Feb. 18 issue of Psychological Science. Eileen Chau, Ph.D., and colleagues reported on a series of six studies in detail and a meta-analysis of a total of nine studies all included in their

M E D I C A L  N E W S

Social Media Triggers a Brain Response Similar to Sex, Study Says
"Word porn." "Food porn." New colloquialisms are popping up on social media attempting to describe a sort of rapturing high that comes from obsession with verbosity and gastronomy.  Now, behavioral studies reveal social media posting itself actually produces a chemical reward within the brain similar to sex.

The Stress Response, PTSD and the Triggers That Connect Them

As a society we are constantly stressed. We stress about finances, our families, our jobs and the daily responsibilities we must tend to. Our brains are wired to handle stress and many times the stress response can be good for us. But when stress starts to control our daily lives or when a traumatic event happens, it can become a pathological disorder such as acute stress disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Repeating and Reliving Trauma: An Abnormal Response to an Abnormal Situation

Viktor Frankl, a Holocaust concentration-camp survivor, once said this about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): "An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior."
F E A T U R E  N E W S

This third installment takes a close look at the efforts of local governments to stem the tide of addiction within their borders. Starting with the ten states with the highest addiction rates in the nation, we examine the problems facing each state and explore the specific initiatives they have put in place to create positive change. Comparing and contrasting these states provides valuable insight into the drug problem at large. Check out the third installment of the series, "Reviewing State Strategies for Reducing Addiction Costs" with an interactive quiz and infographic.

Alcohol Awareness Month: Recognizing the Alcohol-Free Weekend

April 2016 will mark the 30th Annual National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) observance of Alcohol Awareness Month, which is acknowledged throughout the month of April. To initiate this month of awareness, April 1 through 3 is announced to be the Alcohol-Free Weekend, an integral part of the Alcohol Awareness Month.

'Mind-Body Workbook for Addiction' Provides Essential Tools for Addiction Recovery

Recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is a daily battle, and every tool a person has to help avoid relapse is appreciated. Treatment programs are a huge help in equipping those in recovery with these tools, a process that is maintained afterward with a continuing care program.

 T E S T I M O N I A L S

Janet Whitney, M.A., L.M.F.T., Eating 
Disorders Program Director 
at Sovereign Health
 L E T T E R S  T O  T H E  E D I T O R

We now welcome letters to the editor in response to any of our articles on any topic in the behavioral health field. Letters cannot be longer than 200 words and should be submitted to news@sovhealth.com Please list your full name with academic credentials, organization, what your official title is, which department you work in, email address and phone number. Submissions that do not include this information cannot be published. Letters may be edited for space or style and will appear in our external, internal and continuing care newsletters. You will be contacted if your letter is a candidate for publication. We look forward to reading your work. Read an example here: 

N E W S  A R C H I V E S

Adult learners face unique challenges - juggling work, family and numerous responsibilities while pursuing a degree. With limited time and financial resources, adult learners are challenged more than the typical young college student. One of the biggest obstacles for adult learners is affording a college degree amid other financial obligations, such as a mortgage, child care and previous loans to pay off.
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"Kevin D. Gallagher Joins Sovereign Health Group as Chief Financial Officer" -Health Technology Net

"Commentary: The Affordable Care Act's Role in Addiction Treatment for Grown Children", written by Dana Connolly, Ph.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group, featured on Partnership for Drug Free Kids 
P S Y C H O L O G Y  T O D A Y

The Brain's Delicate Chemistry: What Do Sex Addiction, Self-Harm and Runner's High All Have in Common
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Courtney Lopresti, M.S., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

When you get right down to it, humans are made up of chemicals. Tiny molecules communicate with other tiny molecules that dictate our mood, our neuroses and even our personalities


Land of the Free and Depressed: A Look at the Cost of Depression in America
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Kristen Fuller, M.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

America, the land with the freedom to pursue happiness, isn't exactly happy. Americans are stressed, burned out and depressed. 
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H E A D L I N E S  O F  I N T E R E S T

"President Commutes Sentences of 61 Federal Prisoners Incarcerated for Drug Offenses" - Partnership For Drug Free Kids


"Mentalization-Based Treatment: A Common-Sense Approach to Borderline Personality Disorder" - Psychiatric Times

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