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Awareness: Suicide Prevention

Suicide continues to be a tragic demise for many who suffer from a health disorder. It's a traumatic and irreversible decision, and remains of the utmost concern in the field today. How a professional reacts to a confession of attempt is crucial. All threats of suicide should be taken seriously. Perhaps those who have dealt with suicidal thoughts in the past, such as graduates of a mental health facility, may be able to provide appropriate consolation due to their own similar experiences.

Myths versus facts

One misnomer many may have about those who are suicidal is that those who talk often about the subject will not be as likely to attempt it. However, this is not necessarily the case. In reality, those that do attempt suicide often give a form of warning at some point that it is on their mind. If somebody mentions suicide, even in a passing sense, such statements should be taken seriously.


Former Addict Now Millionaire and Motivational Speaker

The lives of many former addicts, both famous and otherwise, have since served as an inspiration to others who suffer from drugs. These are drug abusers who have hit rock bottom and have since managed to pull their lives back together. Yet outside of celebrities, there are more rare and special instances of certain individuals who not only recover, but experience unprecedented success. One such individual that proves such a turnaround is indeed possible is Joe Roberts - who has been hailed as the "skid row CEO."

Early Life

Roberts first had a happy and healthy childhood, until he was about eight years old when his father passed away from a heart attack. His home life became much more turbulent, as his mother began seeing another man who was both an alcoholic and abusive. As a means of coping with this misfortune, the young boy began seeking refuge in substance abuse. This was a pattern that would continue for him well into young adulthood.


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 Anonymous
Al-Anon Family Groups
Narcotics Anonymous
Nar-Anon Family Groups

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness 

SMART Recovery 

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 


"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."

Abraham Lincoln


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Book Spotlight: 

'Resilience,' by Navy SEAL Eric Greitens Ph.D., Inspires Courage and Victory Through Personal Battles

People are elastic; they bounce back when they are hit hard and pushed to the ground. Although they become wounded, through courage, self-determination and hard work, they recoil back and hopefully become a stronger form of elastic. Whether recovering from a drug or alcohol relapse, or learning how to bounce back from an emotional or physical trauma, people become stronger and gain a sense of self-empowerment from these experiences. Humans are, in fact, human, so failure and mistakes are inevitable. However, it is how people learn from their failures, turn them into positive experiences and grow stronger that defines character.


"You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it. There is a path through pain to wisdom, through suffering to strength, and through fear to courage if we have the virtue of resilience," stated best-selling author, Navy SEAL, and humanitarian Eric Greitens in his new book titled "Resilience."


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Location Updates

San Clemente: The San Clemente facility welcomed Jamie Deans as the Senior Director of Strategic Development. Jamie brings with him an extensive background in executive leadership, corporate communications, strategic planning and program development and implementation. 

Culver City: Sovereign's Culver City facility welcomed three new members to their location. Rae McIntosh as Lead Medical Liaison, Randy Romero as a Substance Abuse Counselor and Zachary Bein as a postdoctoral intern.

Rancho San Diego: Our adolescent facility in Rancho San Diego has started a weekly staff versus kids kickball game. The friendly competition has been enthusiastically welcomed by the patients.

Palm Springs: Sovereign Health Palm Springs facility is in the midst of renovating their main office space. Renovations are set to be completed in the upcoming months.

Chandler: Our Chandler facility welcomed Jamiee Smith as the Alumni Marketing Coordinator. 


Fort Myers: Sovereign Health Fort Myers facility welcomed Debbie Ingersoll as the Alumni Marketing Coordinator. 


White River Academy: White River Academy is currently at capacity with a waiting list starting to fill up. The facility is in the final stages of construction and work should be completed by the end of March to double the academy's space.  


Alumni Spotlight: John T.
1. What was your life like before coming into Sovereign Health?

Before I came to Sovereign my life was in shambles. I was drinking and using every day, barely going to work, my health was really bad and I was isolated because my friends and family didn't want to have anything to do with me. I didn't feel like I had a problem. I played football on a professional level for the Baltimore Ravens and I had a lot of pride.


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

The most difficult part of struggling with addiction was that all my family and friends were what we addicts call "Normies." None of them could understand what I was going through. This allowed me to continue to isolate myself and [the isolation] put me down a deeper, more dangerous path in my addiction.

Upcoming Events



The Eastern Inland Empire 18th Annual Day of Gratitude


Saturday April 4th, 2015

The egg hunt starts at 10:00 a.m. followed by a BBQ/Potluck at 11:00 a.m. and the speaker meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Fairmount Park

2601 Fairmount Blvd.

Riverside, CA 92501


Weeding through the Myths: A Factual Look at Marijuana


Thursday April 2nd, 2015

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

San Clemente Community Center

100 North Calle Seville

San Clemente, CA 92672


The Greater Hollywood Area "Unity Day 26"


Saturday April 18th, 2015

The event is hosted by the Musicians Union at:

817 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90038

Brunch Tickets are $35 and table for ten reservations are available. Workshops will be conducted all afternoon long, until the evening concert.



The Inland Empire Foothills 16th Annual Golf Tournament

This Rain or Shine Event must be pre-registered by April 15th; no walk-ins will be accepted.

Saturday April 25th, 2015

6:00 a.m. Check-in, 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start

San Bernardino Golf Club

1494 S. Waterman Avenue

San Bernardino, CA 92408

The $65 price includes green fees, cart and lunch. 



The West End Area "Unity Day" Pancake Breakfast

The Pancake Breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. Workshops, bingo and more fun are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., when the main meeting starts. The donations are $7.00 or $10.00 for 2 people. All are encouraged to bring your sponsored partner.

Saturday April 25th, 2015

Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church

5751 Platt Avenue

Woodland hills, CA 91367

For Alumni related query contact Tori Degroote at 
alumni@sovhealth.com or (866) 546 3756
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