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Video: Tonmoy Sharma Discusses Sovereign Health’s Treatment Approach in KMIR Interview

Sovereign Health’s Chief Executive Officer Tonmoy Sharma highlights Sovereign Health’s unique treatment approach in a new television interview on KMIR News in Palm Desert, Calif. Watch the full video interview here: WATCH THE VIDEO

Sovereign Health Launches
Groundbreaking, Five-Part NIMBY Series

Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, has launched a groundbreaking editorial series, "Not in my Backyard," or "NIMBY." NIMBY is the acronym of the phrase that is currently applied to the protest movement driven by residents of towns and cities across the United States. Many of these individuals are opposed to having sober living residences and mental health and addiction treatment facilities located in their communities. Sovereign Health's NIMBY series provides an in-depth analysis of the complex range of community concerns, state regulations, and state and federal laws that need to be taken into account by anyone looking to have an accurate and fair-minded understanding of the current NIMBY movement. Read the series, view the data appendix and SlideShare here: READ MORE

Press release via PRNewswire available HERE.

Interview: Compassionate Clinicians Offer Hope at Sovereign Health of Los Angeles' Addiction Treatment Program

Q&A with Donna Hugh, LMFT, CIP, Program Director, Sovereign Health of Los Angeles

Donna-Hugh_copy_2.jpgDespite the advancements that have been made in the understanding of addiction as a chronic brain disease, people with substance use disorders have continued to face stigma that prevents them from seeking and receiving the treatment they need. Fortunately, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are treatable conditions that can be successfully managed with evidence-based treatments, education and compassionate care. Providing education on the disease model of addiction can help to reduce the stigmatization of substance use disorders. READ MORE

Press Release: Sovereign Health Announces New Partnership with the University of Southern California

San Clemente, Calif. — July 28, 2016 — National behavioral health care provider Sovereign Health has entered into a new partnership with the University of Southern California’s (USC) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. This new alliance with USC allows Sovereign the opportunity to expand its footprint to a wider audience and bring additional awareness about the mental health and addiction treatment services it provides to patients. READ MORE

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By its very nature, football causes many injuries. At the NFL level, each player is a valuable asset and it is in the team owners’ best interest to keep their “investments” on the field. The players are very highly paid and the team owners make millions of dollars. READ MORE

americas-favorite-pastime-marred-drug-addiction.jpgAmerica’s Favorite Pastime Marred by Drug Addiction

Baseball is known as America’s pastime. Warm summer days, “the wave,” jumbo hot dogs and fireworks are just a few of the reasons why baseball is loved by most Americans. In fact, according to Forbes magazine, Major League Baseball generated over $8 billion in 2013 alone. READ MORE

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Sovereign Health’s ‘Relationships in Recovery’
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Sovereign Health announces the launch of the “Relationships in Recovery” content toolkit, an innovative new resource for former patients and their loved ones. The “Relationships in Recovery” toolkit is a step-by-step resource that provides readers with tools to help them rebuild relationships that were affected during their addiction. The goal of the toolkit is to aid those in recovery with the difficult journey of self-examination, maintaining healthy connections and finding acceptance. READ MORE

Interview: Repairing Damaged Relationships in Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery

Monica-Powers.jpgQ&A Featuring Sovereign Health’s Monica Powers, Psy.D., Director of Clinical Development at Sovereign Health of Los Angeles

The vast majority of individuals with substance use disorders experience relationship problems as the result of their drinking or use of other drugs. We spoke with Monica Powers, Psy.D., director of clinical development at Sovereign Health of Los Angeles regarding some of the common relationship issues that arise during the treatment of substance use disorders and how individuals can go about repairing their damaged relationships in treatment and recovery. READ MORE

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Editorial_series_State_of_Addiction_Policy_banner_02182016_new.jpgSovereign Health's eighth installment in its ongoing 'State of Addiction Policy' series takes a close look at the drug policies proposed by the two major candidates for president: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Drug abuse has become a key issue in the presidential race, with each side offering a very different strategy to address issues such as painkiller abuse and marijuana legalization. The outcome of the election could have a major impact on the future of addiction treatment. READ MORE

A-memoir-that-shows-the-reality-of-addiction-recovery-and-love.jpgBook Review: 'Chancers' - A Memoir That Shows the Reality of Addiction, Recovery and Love

Reporter meets photographer, they fall in love and live happily ever after right? Maybe. Things get a lot more complicated if the photographer is doing heroin.

When the authors of this story met, they weren’t expecting to start a relationship. They took a chance and ended up in love, at least until a heroin addiction tore things apart. Written by Susan Stellin and Graham MacIndoe, Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recovery, Love: One Couple’s Memoir,” tells the story of its two authors’ romance, how MacIndoe’s drug addiction separated them and how they were brought together again in the most unlikely of ways. READ MORE

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Willie-L_copy.jpgWillie L. Encourages Others to Dream Big After Completing the P.R.I.M.E Program

Willie started using alcohol and drugs in his 20s. After using for over 10 years, Willie’s addiction to alcohol and narcotics eventually led him to hit bottom. Once a successful businessman, Willie’s life had become unmanageable and he had even experienced homelessness. READ MORE

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Carol_P.M._Tyler_Psy.D._copy.jpgEvent: G.A.I.N.S. - Getting Along in Society: A Program-Based Model for Improving the Interpersonal and Life Skills of Individuals

Presented By Carol P.M. Tyler, Psy.D.

Based on the teaching family program developed through the University of Kansas, the G.A.I.N.S. program trains residential counselors in group home treatment procedures, remedial education techniques, juvenile law and the organization of semi-self-government for they ouths and community relations. The program is designed to provide maximum instruction and feedback to youths when they are first placed in a residential program and then, as the youths develop skills and self-control, the structured elements of the program are reduced and replaced by a more natural set of feedback conditions. As the youths accomplish the behavioral goals of the program, they and their guardians are prepared for the youths’ return to the natural home. This C.E. and networking event will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:30 A.M. (PDT) in El Cajon, CA. REGISTER NOW


Webinar: What Works in Therapy

Presented By 
Patrick Schonbachler, PsyD, HSPP

This presentation examines the common factors underlying effective psychotherapy and brings the psychotherapist and the client-therapist relationship back into focus. Study after study concludes that psychotherapy works to improve the lives of the clients who seek help from professional therapists. Are there modalities that are more effective or is it specific common characteristics that promote mental and emotional healing? The goal of this presentation is to explore this debate. This webinar will occur on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. (PDT). REGISTER NOW

Event: Providing Culturally Responsive Services to
Lesbian, Gay, BisexualThomas-E.-Freese-Ph.D._new.jpg and Transgender Individuals

Presented by Thomas E. Freese, Ph.D.

LGBT people experience significant health disparities, including increased tobacco and drug use and lower life expectancy. In addition, they continue to experience stigma and discriminatory attitudes from both clinicians and the community. The goal of this one-hour presentation is to highlight a new curriculum for providers that is designed to develop provider skills in delivering culturally responsive prevention and treatment services for the LGBT population, especially those dealing with co-occurring substance use, mental health disorders and/or physical health disorders. This C.E. and networking event will take place on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 11:30 A.M. (PDT) in Costa Mesa, CA. REGISTER NOW

Agustin-M.-Castellanos-M.D._new.jpgEvent: Mindfulness And Substance Abuse: More Than Relapse Prevention

Presented by Agustin M. Castellanos, M.D.

Mindfulness has become one of the most popular and commonly used adjuncts to therapy and counseling sessions, including the treatment of substance abuse and other addictive behaviors. Mindfulness classes are now offered at many treatment centers. This one-hour presentation will review what mindfulness is and isn’t, the neuroscience of mindfulness, and how mindfulness-based interventions can be used in substance abuse treatment. A brief mindfulness practice will also be offered so that participants may know what mindfulness is by direct experience. This C.E. and networking event will take place on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. (EDT) in Pompano Beach, FL. REGISTER NOW

Event: Healing the Man WithinRandy_Boyd_CADC-1.jpg

Presented by Randy Boyd, CADC-1

An educational opportunity to explore the effects of childhood sexual abuse for men. Participants will learn the difficulties men experience due to the messages they receive in childhood regarding being strong, protective and not showing vulnerability. We will investigate the correlation of hurt and shame and the use of drugs and alcohol. This C.E. and networking event will take place on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. (PDT) in Palm Desert, CA. REGISTER NOW 

Mark-Mitchell-LMFT_new.jpgEvent: Veterans and Addiction

Presented by Mark Mitchell, LMFT

The veteran population has high rates of addictive behaviors, including alcohol, drug, gambling, sex and violence, than the normal population. Veteran opioid overdose is 40 times greater than the nonveteran population. About 53 percent of veterans are binge drinkers, and 2 out of 10 of those with post-traumatic stress disorder have a substance use disorder. The veteran suicide rate is 22 per day. Join us as we tackle these difficult issues and how clinicians can help. This C.E. and networking event will take place on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. (PDT) in Culver City, CA. REGISTER NOW

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6 Tips to Comfort Someone Who Has Lost a Loved One to Suicide

The suicide of a loved one is a devastating event that no one should have to suffer through. Unfortunately, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. One person dies by suicide every 13 minutes. Suicide is an inescapable reality that knows no geographic boundaries. In fact, more than 800,000 individuals die by suicide worldwide every year, according to a World Health Organization report. The WHO partnered with the International Association for Suicide Prevention to designate Sept. 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day, so that all who have been touched by suicide can support prevention, commemorate the victims and comfort their loved ones. READ MORE

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Are 'Beer Goggles' Real? Here's the Answer

-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Courtney Lopresti, M.S., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

Most of us are familiar with the concept of "beer goggles"—the notion that friends and strangers alike become more attractive after a drink (or two). Beer goggles are frequently a topic of sitcoms and, if you’re unlucky, occasionally discussed over an uncomfortable brunch. READ MORE


Why the Loss of a Pet Hurts So Much

-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Kristen Fuller, M.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

A pet owner’s worst fear is losing a beloved companion. For those who have experienced this loss, there is usually a poignant story to share about a cherished dog or cat’s passing. From one pet owner to another, we understand the intense pain and emptiness that occurs after this loss. READ MORE

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“Sovereign puts spotlight on NIMBY”Behavioral Healthcare Magazine "119 OC Firms Make Inc. 5000" – OC Business Journal
"Sovereign Health Launches NIMBY Sober Home Educational Series" –
Sober Law News

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SARDAA Health Storylines

Schizophrenia and Related
Alliance of America

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

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