Using catharsis in recovery: closure or reopening the door to trauma?


If modern psychology has taught people anything, it is that emotion plays an equal yet unique role in the management of overall health in addition to cognitive and behavioral factors. Emotional expression can come out in many manners and ways, but it is a common, conceptual understanding that this expression is required in healthy doses throughout one's life.   

Jealous, unhappy relationships predict problem-drinking


Jealous lovers beware: A recent study has linked jealousy in romantic relationships to problems with alcohol. The study, published in the journal "Addictive Behaviors," found that people who are insecure in their relationships were more likely to drown their sorrows in alcohol if they suspected their partner was cheating. This is the first study to investigate the link between romantic jealousy, relationship-dependent self-esteem and alcohol problems.


Make a relapse prevention 

plan to stay sober


Because relapse after a recovery period is very common, relapse prevention has become an essential element of substance use treatment and the recovery process. Those who have ever loved someone with a substance use disorder understand the extreme pain and sorrow addiction brings. For the relatively fortunate who are able to successfully detoxify, relapse prevention simply translates into the difference between life and death. 

Book Spotlight:

'A Thousand Screaming Monkeys' journeys through late-stage addiction to recovery


Humans strive to better themselves: to be more kind, give more to charity, work harder, smile more and transform their inner selves. With all of the self-help books, inspirational speakers and motivational workshops, it is hard to walk down the aisle at Barnes &Noble and not feel the pressure to better oneself. Struggling with an addiction or a mental illness can put an even more enormous amount of pressure on an individual. Attending safety meetings, meeting with a sponsor, enrolling in a rehab center and trying to maintain sobriety in a society where one is surrounded by alcohol is an incredibly challenging task.


Sometimes inner reflection through reading, journaling, poetry or listening to music is a great way to key into one's inner emotions. Kevin Arthur Hart is a riveting author who found his inner peace through writing, journaling and sharing his road through addiction to sobriety. He authored the book "A Thousand Screaming Monkeys: One Man's Journey to Peace Through Addiction, Alcoholism and Recovery," a book about a man's journey to a sober recovery. 


Inspirational Story

One woman's journey from prison to running sober

Shelley Campbell has the background story of many other drug and alcohol addicts. Fortunately the ending to her heart-wrenching story is not only a sober ending but a happy ending. One day Campbell woke up in a cold state prison cell with an involuntary manslaughter conviction.  

Alumni Spotlight: Allison B


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


Before coming to Sovereign Health I was in an abusive relationship, struggling with severe depression, drug and alcohol abuse but, especially, drinking myself to death. It was hard for me to breathe a sober breath and, when I wasn't drinking, I'd have severe panic attacks, chest pains and would struggle to catch my breath. I didn't have any peace in my life at all, only despair. I didn't think my life could or would get any better. I ended up getting arrested after my boyfriend and I got into a fight. I couldn't go back to where we were living, so I was jumping around from motel to motel, terrified of not knowing where I was going to stay next or how I was going to be able to drink. The insanity and instability, as well as the spiritual and emotional bottoms, were like nothing I'd ever been through in my life, even after numerous detoxes, incarcerations and failed attempts at sobriety. I had never felt so physically, financially and spiritually defeated and desperate.


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


The most difficult part of dealing with addictions and mental health issues for me has been the feeling of not belonging and of being different from everyone else. It's good to be reassured that we are all just human and we are all in this together. 


3. What did you learn during treatment that is most helpful in your life today?


I am grateful for the opportunity to be humble and helpful to others in my life today. Some of the most helpful things I learned in treatment were breathing exercises and learning to simply focus on my breath during moments when I am feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Yoga was also very helpful. 

4. Describe how your life is different now.  What is the best part of your life today?


My life is stable now and I am happy. I have stability, structure, friends, people who I'm accountable for, a certain sense of peace and growing confidence. The best part of my life today is the ability to form true friendships and laugh.


5. What are some of your goals for the future?


I would like to get certified to teach yoga and then would like to teach yoga around the world! I'd also like to be the owner and creative director of a yoga studio, art space and salad and juice bar here in southern California. I'd also like to be in a healthy relationship and maybe start my own family.


6. What would you want to tell other people that are struggling with the same issues right now that you were?


There is so much hope and help available to you, but the only person who can decide that they truly want to stop suffering and start enjoying and living life is yourself.  Please don't sell yourself short. Be patient and be nice to yourself. 

Alumni Event


Alcoholics Anonymous -- AA -- Panel

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 

- 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.


The Alcoholics Anonymous panel hosted by Sovereign Health is an opportunity for current clients and alumni members holding down the front of sobriety. The panel includes speakers sharing their personal experiences of how they became sober and what their lives have been like since recovery began. Following the speakers, the floor is open for participants to ask questions. This event is an excellent opportunity to receive encouragement, insight, 

support and answers to coping with a sober lifestyle.


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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