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Patient Rights and Advocacy in Health Care

Health disorders and substance abuse may often lead patients to feel less control over their well being and life circumstances. Thankfully, patient rights ensure that fair and appropriate treatment is delivered to all. Those who stand up for patient rights, known as patient advocates, may also prove to be a valuable resource. These advocates can serve a number of different functions while addressing the client's needs.


In the health care industry, the definition of patient rights is fairly clear. However, patient advocacy is an issue not everyone in the field clearly defines. The nature of advocacy is to support and speak for the individual who is facing the long road to recovery. These health care employees, non-profit organizations and private business people ensure that the client maintains their rights when they are in recovery or in treatment.


Let's Kick Butts: Activism in March Aims to Fight Big Tobacco

It is doubtful that any smoker is grateful that they are addicted to nicotine. Smoking is an expensive and dangerous habit, and socially stigmatized as well. Since most people start smoking in their teens, the National Kick Butts campaign, which occurs on March 18th, and focuses mainly on youth and young adults in hopes of influencing their behaviors regarding tobacco use with impactful information on the dangers of smoking.


Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that seeks to empower youth to stand up and speak out against Big Tobacco. Teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, encourage youth to reject the influence of the tobacco industry's marketing machine and urge elected representatives to initiate programs to protect kids from tobacco. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996 and is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids.


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'Jaws' Actor Richard Dreyfuss Finds Balance with Bipolar Disorder


As a mood disorder that affects millions, bipolar disorder has affected many families, friends and loved ones. When a prominent person chooses to step forward about his or her experiences with a disorder, it can prove to be inspirational for many who experience the same condition. This transparency changes the lives of the diagnosed patients and those around them. It may encourage others who are suffering from the condition to step forward as well.


One such case of a famous actor with bipolar disorder is Richard Dreyfuss. The Hollywood veteran, who has starred in films such as Steven Spielberg's "Jaws" and"Close Encounters of the Third Kind,"has managed such symptoms throughout his life. Ironically, he also played the role of a psychiatrist in the film "What About Bob?," co-starring Bill Murray. Dreyfuss has suffered from bipolar disorder for many years and has takenlithium to better cope with its symptoms. He has since undergone treatment with many other mood stabilizing medications and said that it took years to find the right balance.


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Recovery Resources

At Sovereign Health Group, we understand the importance of continuing care after treatment. In addition to the Alumni Services and Continuing Care programs provided by our team, we also offer resources for other support systems that are available regardless of geographic location.


Don't hesitate to reach out through any of the links presented below.


Alcoholics Anonymoushttp://www.aa.com 
Al-Anon Family Groupshttp://www.al-anon.org
Narcotics Anonymoushttp://www.na.org
Nar-Anon Family Groupshttp://www.nar-anon.org
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illnesshttp://www.nami.org
SMART Recoveryhttp://www.smartrecovery.org

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Weekly Meditation

Sovereign Alumni staff considers spiritual health an important part of maintaining recovery. We believe in providing our alumni with comforting principles to live by. Check back here every week for new and enlightening weekly meditations. Also feel free to contact us anytime for advice about your specific situation at 866-501-9425.

" 'Come to the edge,' he said.

They said, 'We are afraid.'

'Come to the edge,' he said

They came. He pushed them... and they flew."

Guillaume Apollinaire 


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Book Spotlight: 

"Beginning Anew" by Learning to Communicate

Communication is vital to any healthy relationship -- this is a known and commonly stated fact. However, it is just as important that family and friends communicate with each other in a healthy, constructive manner. If communication is destructive and hurtful it will only cause damage instead of helping a relationship.


For those in recovery, communication is even more important than usual. Those recovering from a mental health issue or addiction may say hurtful things as a result of their struggle. However, these comments should not be greeted by more hostility because it will only worsen the situation. For many recovering individuals, poor communication can contribute to relapse or a greater struggle to stay on the path to recovery. For someone in recovery, it can make a world of difference to start fresh and work together with family and friends to promote healthy communication.  


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Location Updates

San Clemente: The San Clemente facility is re-launching the T.E.A.M (Technology Enhanced Aftercare & Monitoring) program with much enthusiasm and a great response.  

Culver City: The Los Angeles facility promoted Ryan Houtz to Case Manager. 

Rancho San Diego: Our adolescent facility welcomed Amber Coleman as Marketing Coordinator.

Palm Springs: Our facility in Palm Springs welcomed Tonae Nolley as an Alumni Marketing Coordinator.


Arizona: The Chandler women's facility started renovations for the new IOP building. They also welcomed Dawn Whittington as the new Program Director.


Fort Meyers: Fort Meyers facility welcomed Debbie Ingersoll as Alumni Marketing Coordinator.

WRA: White River Academy continues to grow and expand their staff.  

Alumni Spotlight: Natasha B

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

Most days were pretty miserable. My depression was always pulling me into this darkness. I used cutting as a way to not feel these things, but in the end it just made me feel numb. I was starving myself to fit in. The only thing that kept me going most days was my daughter.

2. What are the most difficult parts struggling with addiction/mental health?

 Knowing that every day is a battle; a battle to fight the urges, to fight the darkness and everything else that comes with my mental health problems.

Upcoming Events



All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous 


Thursday, February 26th - Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Hilton San Jose

Book your hotel ASAP

Rooms at the Hilton San Jose are currently sold out for the entire weekend.  


ACYPAA fundraising events, information on all events leading to the ACYPAA roundup.


Information at  www.2015.acypaa.org


Circle of Sisters Presents XVIII - Diversity is our Strength - today NA .org

Friday, February 27 - Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Thursday evening - February 26th - 7:30 p.m.

Pre-Convention Meet & Greet

Speaker Jam & Potluck

Hindry Hall

733 S. Hindry Avenue

Inglewood, CA90301

Hotel reservations:  Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel

5711 West Century Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Tel: 310-410-4000

Rooms: $109/night - ask for COS registration

Workshop speakers, leaders and readers needed.  For more information please contact program chair - Paula R. SGV 714-329-8709

Online registration at www.todayna.org/activities/html_of_circle of sisters


Eastern Inland Empire Presents

The 23rd annual

Day of the Dinosaurs

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight

Norco Fairgrounds

3737 Crestview Dr. Norco, CA 92860

6 awesome speakers

Lots of recovery and fellowship

  • Food, coffee, refreshments
  • Dance following main speaker
  • Donation
  • $6.00 each/$10.00 couple
  • For recovery houses call:

Richard A. 909-900-9027

Pat. S. 951-642-8550


Inland Empire West Shamrock Hop

Speaker Meeting and Dance


Saturday, March 14th, 2015 Starts 7:00 p.m.  Dance at 9:00 p.m.

$5 Donation for Dance

2180 West Valley Blvd. Pomona, CA 91768

Contacts: Don P. 951-323-2326 - Jose P. 909-524-6471

Online map available at todayna.org


The Santa Clarita 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, March 14th, 2015


26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA

Breakfast served from 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Youth in Recovery Meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Speaker Meeting at 12:30 p.m.


ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES!! Served with fresh fruit, scrambled eggs and bacon

The Savana 25th Anniversary - 25 years of Carrying the Message


Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Pioneer Event Center

45000 Central Way, Lancaster, CA 93536

Dinner 6:00 p.m. - Meeting 7:30 p.m. - Dance 9:00 p.m. - catered dinner

$25 dinner/dance - presale only

$15 dance - presale and at door

Contact: Tim L. 661-839-4521  Patricia P. 661-946-2959


South Coast Area Anniversary Potluck and Speaker Meeting


Saturday, March 28th, 2015

San Clemente Presbyterian Church

119 Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente

Bring Your Favorite Dish!

Potluck - 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Speaker Meeting-7:30 p.m.

More Info and Potluck List - www.southcoastarena.com/activities

Jody S. 949-294-2337 - NA HOTLINE - 800-333-3610


CA Philly 2015 Convention

Unmasking Fear, Renewing Hope


Thursday, February 19th - Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Four Points by Sheraton

9461 Roosevelt Blvd.

Philadelphia, PA 19114

1-800-368-776 to register: convention.caphilly.org/


The 25th Annual Ohio Area Convention

A Quarter of a Century and Still Here


Friday, March 13th - Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Hosted by The Youngstown District of Cocaine Anonymous


Holiday Inn Boardman

7410 South Avenue

Youngstown, Ohio, 44512

Phone: 330-726-1611

Group Room Rate of $98.99 per night plus tax

Info: Chair: Julius J. 330-398-1436

Hotel Liaison: Ted C. 330-518-6006

Area Chair: Andre S. 330-524-1372

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