C O R P O R A T E  N E W S

Ashish Bhatt, M.D.

Dr. Ashish "Ash" Bhatt joined Sovereign Health in August of this year.   Dr. Bhatt is responsible for continued development of Sovereign's clinical vision and for medical leadership and oversight of the company's medical services at both the corporate and individual facility level. Dr. Bhatt is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. Bhatt earned his medical doctorate (M.D.) from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic.  We spoke with Dr. Bhatt at his office at Sovereign Health, Pompano Beach, Florida.
Meeting the Challenges of 2016
The Sovereign Health Group is in the midst of a dramatic strategic expansion.  We're in the design and construction phase of new facilities in six states, and we have several other projects in various stages of development throughout the United States.

Anthony Mele, Psy.D.
Chief Clinical Officer

On November 2nd Dr. Anthony Mele , a licensed psychologist with over 25 years in the behavioral health industry, joined Sovereign Health as Chief Clinical Officer. Mele earned his doctor of psychology (Psy.D) degree from Widener University in Chester, PA. His clinical expertise includes the assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in adolescents and adults.  We asked Dr. Mele to tell us a little bit about how a kid from Philadelphia, who starts his professional life as school teach becomes the Chief Clinical Officer of a behavioral health company.
From Philly to Sovereign Health
One of my early mentors explained to me that in addition to our family backgrounds, our first job or career exerts significant influence on our subsequent professional performance.  

N E W  Y E A R,  N E W  G O A L S

11 Ways to find Relief from Negative Emotions

Everyone experiences negative emotions such as anger, sadness, jealousy, hatred, guilt and frustration - especially if you're human. Many of these emotions occur in daily life and sometimes they are so overwhelming and difficult to handle.

M E D I C A L  N E W S

Good Samaritans: A Surprising New Strategy in Drug Law 

No year is a good year for anyone caught up in substance abuse, but 2014 was notable for being an exceptionally bad year: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported deaths from drug overdoses reached an all-time high in 2014, with 47,055 deaths. 

Let's Opt Outside with Light Therapy to Treat Depression

Depression affects 20 percent of women and 12 percent of men in the United States; more than likely you know someone who is affected by depression whether he or she has the disorder or knows someone else with the disorder.

Gene Variant Linked to Psychosis, Cognitive Impairment in Bipolar Disorder 

Bipolar disorder - like many other mental illnesses - is highly heritable. In other words, it runs in families.


A Path to Sobriety: Johnny G's Journey through Substance
Abuse and Bipolar Disorder

On New Year's Eve, Johnny G. pondered his bright future and all his accomplishments since he became sober. At 25-years-old, this talented pianist, guitarist, producer and singer also offers guidance and hope to others in recovery. Although it's not the path he initially intended for himself, serving others in treatment helps him to stay on the sober path.

Life with Music and Substances
Johnny's interest in music began during high school when he started a band called Down with Tolerance. His drug use started when he smoked pot with one of his high school band members. As this occasional habit turned into a daily one, he began gambling and skipping class, and he barely graduated from high school. As an 18-year-old, Johnny was recognized by the music industry and earned a record deal with Warner Bros.        
S O V E R E I G N  I N  T H E  N E W S 

The Happiness Quest
How do we find what everyone wants? 
- By Ralph Ryback, M.D.

Although Webster's dictionary defines happiness as "a state of well-being and contentment," the true meaning of happiness cannot be described in such simple words. People spend their whole lives trying to find happiness.

Can Gut Bacteria Control Mental Health?
Science Shows a Powerful Connection. 
- By Ralph Ryback, M.D.

In the Victorian era, people feared something known as "auto-intoxication." They believed that the waste located within the colon could seep into their guts and gradually poison them.

S O V E R E I G N  U P D A T E S
Sovereign Health Strengthens Leadership with New Directors

San Clemente, Calif. - December 22, 2015 - The Sovereign Health Group is pleased to announce the addition of three new directors: Jerry Stefencavage, Director of Operations Western Region; John Hart, Director of Information Technology (IT); and Janet Whitney, MA, MFT, Eating Disorder Program Director.  Mr. Stefencavage and Ms. Whitney will be based in San Clemente, while Mr. Hart will operate from San Clemente and Los Angeles. 

Sovereign Health of San Clemente Opens Eating Disorder Program

San Clemente, Calif. - December 30, 2015 -
Sovereign Health is pleased to announce the opening of a new eating disorder program at its San Clemente facility. The program specializes in the treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, providing both inpatient and outpatient services for adult women. The eating disorder program offers each patient an individualized plan, encompassing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Sovereign Health Opens Addiction Treatment Center in El Paso
El Paso, Texas - January 19, 2016 - The Sovereign Health Group is pleased to announce the opening of a comprehensive treatment center in El Paso, Texas. This new facility offers specialized treatment for adults dealing with addiction disorders. The dual diagnosis emphasis identifies the co-occurring condition that contributes to the disorders, addressing the underlying problem and reducing the risk of relapse.  Sovereign Health of El Paso offers treatment for both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking patients. 
Recovery Resources 
Support Group Directory

Help Guide

Alcoholics Anonymous

Mental Health America of Los Angeles

Al-Anon Family Groups

American Psychiatric Association

Narcotics Anonymous

Nar-Anon Family Groups

Smart Recovery

Gamblers Anonymous

For Continuing Care related queries, please contact Christina Frisby,
Continuing Care Manager, at c.frisby@sovhealth.com or call 866-501-9425.

Sovereign Health Group
Serving Adults, Adolescents & Families

Primary Treatment Programs:
Addiction | Mental Health | Dual Diagnosis | Eating Disorders 

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