Sovereign Health is one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. – and 2016 was proof. With a host of new treatment programs, the opening of a new facility and other exciting developments, Sovereign has accomplished quite a lot over the past year. Here are some of our most impressive achievements:
Sovereign goes to Texas
Early in January, Sovereign Health opened its newest treatment center in El Paso, Texas. Located just outside Franklin Mountains Sate Park, the center specializes in treating adult patients with substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions. “Our El Paso facility offers the utmost in addiction treatment for patients,” said Sovereign Health Group Chief Executive Officer Dr. Tonmoy Sharma in a press release. “In addition, with the opening of this new treatment facility, Sovereign Health is adding new jobs in the El Paso community, which will boost the local economy.”
Finding serenity in Chandler
Sovereign Health’s treatment center in Chandler, Arizona, expanded its program this April with the opening of Serenity House, a phase of treatment that specializes in helping women who have survived abuse and trauma. Serenity House provides patients a safe, soothing environment as they enter treatment with Sovereign. Patients learn self-calming methods while receiving diagnostic assessments.
In a Sovereign press release, Chief Clinical Officer Anthony Mele, Psy.D., said, “Our hope is that Serenity House will ease our clients’ transition into treatment and prepare them for the full array of psychological and neurobiological services in our treatment program.”
Treating the deadliest disorders
According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are the deadliest mental disorders. Often coexisting with other mental disorders such as depression and substance abuse, the harmful effects eating disorders have on both physical and mental health makes obtaining treatment critical.
Sovereign Health launched two eating disorder programs in 2016. The first, launched at the start of the year, is based out of Sovereign’s flagship location in San Clemente, California. Treating women aged 18 and older, the San Clemente eating disorder program aims to reverse the disordered thoughts and behaviors which drive eating disorders.
In March, Sovereign also launched an eating disorder program aimed at adolescent girls in Rancho San Diego. A residential treatment facility for adolescents aged between 12 and 17, Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego provides both inpatient and outpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia. NEDA reports the behaviors which can develop into eating disorders start young – NEDA cites studies showing over one-half of teenage girls engage in unhealthy weight control behaviors.
“We’re thrilled to launch our new eating disorders program in San Diego,” said Jason Hennick, LCSW, Rancho San Diego program director in a press release. “When it comes to the treatment of adolescents with eating disorders, there is a need out there that’s not being met. We have a multi-faceted approach to treatment and our goal is to address not only the symptoms, but also the underlying issues for each patient dealing with an eating disorder.”
Additionally, Sovereign Health published an extensive online toolkit on eating disorders, providing resources to patients, families and professionals alike.
Outreach in the wake of tragedy
Sadly, 2016 saw the deadliest mass shooting in American history. In June, a man killed 49 people and wounded 53 others inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In response to the tragedy, Sovereign Health launched a phone hotline, offering counseling, information and referrals to treatment providers and other support services.
Other new programs made their debut
June was an exceptionally busy month for Sovereign Health, seeing the debut of several new programs across Sovereign’s treatment facilities. Palm Desert launched the new Personal Recovery Integrating Men’s Experiences (PRIME) program, a behavioral health and substance use treatment program aimed at men over 40. “Our holistic PRIME program focuses on the psycho-social, spiritual and physical health issues facing mature men in the prime of their lives,” said Dr. Mele in a press release.
Sovereign Health of San Clemente also launched Next Step, a new addition to Sovereign’s intensive outpatient program. Next Step helps patients reintegrate into daily life after treatment, focusing on education and career goals.
Meanwhile, Sovereign’s Los Angeles treatment center is now home to a new music therapy program. Partnering with nonprofit organization Rock to Recovery, Sovereign Health gives patients a new opportunity to express themselves via music. Patients can write and record songs with the aid of professional musicians.
Treating the pain of addiction
Chronic pain is a surprising gateway into addiction. Because prescription painkillers are medically prescribed and dispensed, it can be easy to forget they’re also highly addictive. Launched in October at Sovereign’s treatment center in San Clemente, the new pain program treats those patients who have become addicted to prescription and/or illegal drugs due to chronic pain. “Sovereign Health is not a pain management program; rather, it’s a pain recovery program, where we’ll help patients unlearn poor habits and replace them with taking medications as prescribed and developing healthy coping habits,” said Roxana Lal, associate program director of special programs in a press release.
With 2016 drawing to a close, Sovereign looks ahead to many more opportunities to expand and develop our treatment in the new year.