Back to School at Any Age: 
Post-recovery planning for 
school and career
Going back to school or work following treatment for a mental health disorder or substance abuse issue can feel intimidating. While getting back to the normal routine can present potential triggers, it can also be a good opportunity for a clean slate. After going through these life experiences, individuals are able to present a new perspective to their school and/or work lives with a deeper understanding of what they want. Regardless of the circumstances, there are many options to ensure that an individual's transition back to school or work is conducive to his or her recovery. 


4 tips to ward off holiday gloom 
for people with SAD

Fall looms on the horizon. For most people, the start of autumn is marked by pumpkin spice lattes, corn mazes, warm pies and light sweaters. For other people, however, the beginning of autumn is marked by something far darker.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as "winter depression," is believed to impact 6 to 10 percent of the population. Although most people feel a little blue during the darker, winter months, individuals with SAD experience severe mood changes that closely resemble major depression. 

Sleeping in the summer heat: How certain types of cannabis aid nightly rhythms

During the hotter months of the year, it is more difficult to sleep due to uncomfortable temperatures, especially for those who do not have air conditioning. Sleep is a nightly requirement for human beings. Lacking the recommended amount of rest can lead to many other cognitive, emotional and behavioral dysfunctions, and if left untreated, clinical disorders can also develop.  

Book Spotlight:
'Preparing to Manage Millions' teaches financial success principles for life

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. Managing personal finances correctly is the key to financial success in college. Learning about credit cards with the best benefits, how to write off college loans and how to get the best credit history within a year are all tips one needs to know to get on the road to financial success. Learning about investments, taxes and how to manage money while in college can benefit an adult learner. In the words of entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn: "Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune." So it is important to become educated about finances, regardless of age or life stage.

"Preparing To Manage Millions: How to Avoid the Biggest Money Mistakes in College and Set Yourself up for a Life of Prosperity," by Marcus Howard, is a great guide to learning how to survive college financially and ask the right questions about one's financial future. 

Inspirational Story

Steve Jobs: A legendary entrepreneur who overcame struggles

Inspirational people come from all walks of life. They may be famous artists, athletes or movie stars. Or they may be everyday people who have a great story to tell. Steve Jobs is a common household name: a genius who transformed the world of technology and electronics, a self-made millionaire who had a passion but who also went through many trials and tribulations.   

Alumni Spotlight: Edward H.

1. What was your life like before coming into Sovereign Health?

My life was completely out of control. Everything I did centered on alcohol and where my next drink would come from. I would not go anywhere unless they sold alcohol or I could sneak my own. I was constantly depressed about the things I had done in the past and anxious about my dwindling future. I had considered suicide on multiple occasions because I felt that was the only way to end the pain. I did not want to live that way anymore and I didn't have the power to stop myself from continuing down that path.
2. What are the most difficult parts struggling with addiction/mental health?

The most difficult part by far is that they go hand-in-hand. It is a vicious cycle where each one feeds off the other. It is a snowball effect where mental health problems make me want to continue in my addiction to numb the pain, and when I come down, the depression and anxiety comes back worse than before. In addition, both clouded my mind leaving me incapable of making rational decisions, thus continuing the cycle.
3. What did you learn during treatment that is most helpful in your life today?

Cognitive behavioral therapy really changed my outlook on life. I found out I am an all or nothing thinker, so when I am faced with a decision I can force myself to stop and think about the grey area. This has helped give me balance in life. I also learned that I am not the only one with a problem such as this, and that if I reach out, I can find someone who understands and has been through something similar in his or her life. I also learned that I do not need to drink to have fun and life does not have to be boring.
4. Describe how your life is different now.  What is the best part of your life today?

I am not dependent on alcohol. I can make clear decisions and actually plan for the future.  Simply put, I have hope. The best part of my life today is making future plans with my wife.  I was living in fear of divorce and as a result I would push her away so I could have some feeling of control. Now, although things are not perfect, we are making such great progress. Making plans together, trusting one another and even giving up control for certain things to one another. 
5. What are some of your goals for the future?

One of my goals for the future is to start a new career, one that makes me happy rather than just doing it for the money. Another goal is to have children. Ever since I was little, all I wanted was the television life: Family, a house and a career.
6. What would you want to tell other people that are struggling with the same issues right now that you were?

You are not alone and things can change. Just as it took a team effort to get to the moon, it takes a team effort to overcome addiction and mental health issues.  

Alumni Newsletter Recovery Event

Community Outreach Alliance: 
Benefit Dinner International OD Awareness/Remembrance
Saturday Aug. 29, 2015 - 
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Join and donate to become part of the solution to treating overdoes death rates. This benefit dinner for the International Overdose death Awareness/Remembrance is sponsored by the film "Overtaken," the Community Outreach Alliance and the organization Living Life in Recovery. The dinner will collect proceeds to help benefit outreach programs focused on raising awareness about the preventability of overdose death, stopping the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health.

Along with the dinner, activities include ballroom dancing, a silent auction, a variety of guest speakers and the chance to expand personal knowledge on the subject of overdose death with others in fellowship. Participants will be able to hear how their donations can help to raise awareness of overdose death in a supporting atmosphere. For more information and registration, Click here.

Community Outreach Alliance
1050 Calle Negocio
San Clemente, CA 92672
Alumni Event

Narcotics Anonymous Panel
Tuesday Sept. 1, 2015 - 
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

During the Narcotics Anonymous panel at Sovereign Health Group San Clemente, speakers share their experience in recovery, how they became sober and what their lives are like since recovery began. Use this opportunity to come together with others in fellowship and learn the steps towards facing addiction. After the speaker, the floor is open to questions from the audience in a supporting atmosphere.

Sovereign Health Training Room
1211 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, CA 92673
For Alumni related query contact Tori Degroote at or (866) 546 3756
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