The importance of establishing a routine 
while recovering from addiction

When an individual is immersed in an addiction, impulsivity and consistent routines both fuel the addict's life. Although he or she loses control of cognitive and behavioral functioning, the individual also develops a never-ending agenda of obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of the respective drug. 



Book Spotlight:

A 'Blackout' drinker revisits what she tried to forget and finds herself in the process

The successful business woman: She is married with a couple kids, drives a luxury sedan and owns a beautiful home. She enjoys her job and everyone at work respects her because she is their boss and a powerful leader. However, nobody is aware of who she really is outside of the office: A nightly drinker who stays at the bars until last call. A true functioning alcoholic is the phrase to describe this woman behind the wine glass. 


In contrast, the "typical" alcoholic is often denoted by an unkempt, unshaven man who carries a 40-ounce beer wrapped in a brown paper bag. He can't keep a job because he is continually drunk or hung over.


Ironically, many alcoholics do not fit this stereotype but instead are functioning alcoholics who hide behind their drink of choice. Finding sobriety is one of the most challenging steps an addict can take.


Alumni Spotlight: Lisa O


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


My life was completely unmanageable. I didn't know what to do next. I was totally isolated. My work was suffering because all I wanted to do was stay home and drink and take pills. I was very scared of what was going to happen to me and had no hope for the future.

2. What are the most difficult aspects of struggling with addiction and mental health issues?


The worst part of addiction is the hopeless feeling. You know you want to get better but you don't know how to do it. It's a vicious cycle. The more you continue to use, the more hopeless you feel.

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


The most important thing I learned in treatment was that I am not alone. I have a disease and should not feel ashamed of myself. I also learned that I must completely surrender and give everything over to God. Talking about it with other addicts is also imperative.

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


My life is completely different now. I feel a peace I have never had. The best part of my life now is that I wake up happy and hopeful. I don't have to worry about what my day and future will bring. It is in God's hands and I just trust him and wait in peace.

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


My goals are to stay sober, happy and hopeful. I want to help others with their addictions. I want to have loving relationships and a fulfilling career. I want to be financially stable and travel the world helping others wherever I go.

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


Don't give up. You can find the peace you deserve; you will be so glad you did. Take one day at a time, smile and make it happen.

Inspirational Story

William L. White: A pioneer who helped transform addiction research and treatment

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is one of the most treacherous, ongoing, lifelong processes a person can go through. Finding the strength to overcome the strong temptation is just the beginning. 

Alumni Event


Alcoholics Anonymous -- AA -- Panel


Tuesday July 14th, 2015 - 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.


Sovereign Health Training Room

1211 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, CA 92673



This is a monthly event, for patients in the middle of rehabilitation to those who are continuing the fight against addiction. Join in to see sovereign health alumni share their stories and experiences about addiction, rehabilitation and life after recovery. Hear firsthand accounts and ask the speakers questions while also uniting with others in fellowship. Learn how much you can accomplish in life dealing with addiction, 

from those who have dealt with it as well.

Recovery Events


From Ashes 2 Glory: Free Summer Benefit Concert Party 


Friday June 26th, 2015

Food Trucks Open at 4:45 P.M. to 6:45 P.M.

Concert Begins at 7:00 P.M.


Heritage, 190 La Pata, San Clemente, CA 92673


The From Ashes 2 Glory Free Summer Benefit Concert will begin at 4:45 p.m. with dinner available from food trucks. 

The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. This event will focus on the issue of teenage addiction and the solution in a 

family-friendly way. Enjoy live music, food, fellowship, a raffle, a silent auction, and an opportunity for

 individuals of all ages to take the pledge. Activities at this event include:

  • Guest Speakers include, Jodi Barber, Cole Edwards, Payton Schrum and others.
  • Adults and children are welcome to attend.
  • Live music will be provided by Among the Sea and other groups.
For more information, call Ashes 2 Glory at 949-361-1022 or contact by email at 
For Alumni related query contact Tori Degroote at or (866) 546 3756
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