Protect the body’s most important organ
The human brain is the primary controller of the entire body. This most important organ is responsible for thoughts, actions, behaviors, speech and emotions. The brain is even responsible for addiction. Divided into four lobes and many more compartments, the brain is primarily responsible for each individual’s personality. If any part of the brain is damaged, either through physical injury or chemical injury, a person’s personality could be altered.
Medical diseases such as meningitis can also cause damage to the brain if they are not treated in a timely manner. Drug use, multiple concussions and even neurological disorders can drastically alter the brain’s function and, as a result, change the way an individual thinks and acts. Drug abuse and mental health disorders can severely alter the brain’s neural pathways, profoundly impacting a person’s habits. Fortunately, many of these disorders can be cured, and the brain’s chemicals and function can be restored. After the brain is restored, it is important to keep it healthy. Like any other muscle in the body, it is vital to take care of and exercise the brain.
A number of diagnostic strategies enable health care providers to see a detailed picture of the brain and discover what is occurring, so that clinicians and mental health professionals can treat the brain’s disorders. As one of the leaders in this innovative field, the Sovereign Health Group works to promote brain wellness and rehabilitation for patients who are affected by psychiatric illness and substance abuse disorders.
The Sovereign Health Group is a behavioral health treatment provider that is licensed to treat mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Our expert staff provides patients with cutting-edge, evidence-based programs and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by licensed health professionals. We offer specialized facilities located throughout the United States and accept most forms of insurance. If you or a loved one has additional questions, contact our 24/7 helpline for more information.
The Sovereign Health Group program features a unique component called brain wellness. The primary philosophy that underpins our entire treatment program is the cognitive connection to addiction and mental health. Improving cognition can help the affected person overcome an addiction and learn how to successfully live with a psychiatric disorder. Sovereign Health uses cutting-edge technology, medication, counseling and lifestyle changes to help the individual live a healthy, substance-free life.
Five identified components of brain wellness include:
- Cognitive exercises in the cognitive lab
- Private and group therapy
- Insightful training into how nutrition, and physical, emotional and mental activities can affect short- and long-term brain wellness
- Rehabilitation programs, including mental health programs and substance abuse programs, based on the individual’s comprehensive baseline assessment and test results
- Quantifiable goals and long-term monitoring of the individual’s progress
A healthy brain is at the foundation of any recovery. At Sovereign, brain wellness groups meet to discuss the importance of all of the following:
Sovereign’s foundation rests on the importance of cognitive health. Sovereign offers a cog lab where patients can undergo extensive cognitive testing, which includes neurofeedback through electroencephalogram (EEG). To formulate a proper treatment plan, these tools can help assess which areas in the brain may have cognitive impairments and processing issues. Cognitive impairments can place individuals at a higher risk for substance abuse or psychiatric disorders. Consistent and ongoing monitoring and evaluation will lead to the brain’s “training” toward improved responses to outside stressors.
Healthy food promotes a healthy body and brain. Food rich in nutrients and amino acids can help improve brain wellness. Junk food not only causes medical conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, but it also can cause a decrease in energy, concentration and mood. Food not only affects the body, but it also affects the brain. To promote brain wellness, it is important to maintain a healthy diet.
Sleep and relaxation
Sleep difficulties or deprivation can pose serious mental health consequences, which could lead to the use and abuse of substances. Maintaining a healthy sleep pattern every day, also known as sleep hygiene, is important to stay mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.
A sedentary lifestyle is not only destructive to the body, but can also be destructive to the mind. Physical exercise can prevent many medical disorders as well as psychiatric disorders. Exercise releases endorphins, which are naturally occurring chemicals in the body that cause an elevation in mood. Evidence suggests that exercise may be a neglected intervention in mental health care. Aerobic exercises, including jogging, swimming, cycling, running and dancing, have been proven to reduce depression and anxiety. At Sovereign, we believe that practicing a daily fitness routine improves emotional well-being, and provides a healthy outlet for stress and anxiety.
Loving and supportive significant others can bring happiness into an individual’s life. Positive and healthy relationships can help sharpen the mind, whereas negative and abusive relationships can potentially cause mental health problems. Unhealthy childhood circumstances or family dysfunction can cause individuals to grow up seeking an elusive healthy relationship, and either sabotage any relationship that has promise or fail to recognize a healthy relationship when one appears. Unhealthy relationship patterns can wreak havoc in a person’s life, leading to coping strategies that include substance abuse or self-abuse.
Brain wellness is directly connected to your mind, body and emotional health. The Sovereign Health team is here to help you with every aspect of your personal set of circumstances. Call our 24/7 helpline to find out how you can start your journey to improved brain wellness and overall health.