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Featured Patient Review: Christopher

Posted on 10-21-15 in Mental Health

Featured Patient Review: Christopher

This member of Sovereign Health’s mental health program found the treatment provider at just the right time. Before his admittance, Christopher was dealing with untreated cases of bipolar disorder and gambling addiction. While on medication that was unfit for his co-occurring conditions, he experienced a downward spiral of financial distress and eventually found himself in situations that threatened his overall safety.

Christopher received rehabilitative treatment before, but struggled with how previous caretakers focused only on his addiction and ignored his anxiety. Luckily, he worked with his psychiatrist to find the right type of medicine for his feelings of apprehension and powerlessness. Instead of being mentally dragged into the ground, Christopher felt nothing but support at Sovereign.

One specific aspect of Sovereign’s recovery plan that Christopher especially appreciated was how his therapists incorporated important people, such as his grandparents and his girlfriend, into sessions and communicated how his journey through treatment would be an ongoing process. Christopher expressed how helpful these clearly defined expectations were for ensuring a safe and structured environment for him as he re-entered the outside world.

Reflecting on his time at Sovereign Health, Christopher reminisced about the effectiveness of undergoing various group therapies each day. While some groups became very intense at times, other sessions such as art therapy brought about more positive thoughts. He added, “The mix of that is important so that you don’t get caught up in one thought.”

Instead of resorting to fiery outbursts or heading to the casino, Christopher detailed a list of new coping skills that he learned in therapy. With his recent graduation into outpatient treatment, he now reduces stress and other emotional difficulties by going outside and walking his dogs. Lastly, he reminded current and future clients to engage in therapy, as it makes the entire process a much more fun and fast experience for everyone.

“I just hope for whoever’s watching this, you can understand that and take the leap. I wasn’t willing and I did it anyway. And it’s been powerful for me, immensely powerful.”

Sovereign Health Group is a leader in providing excellent care and hosts a number of different treatment options for adults and adolescents including support services for the family as well. Along with dual diagnosis, Sovereign also offers addiction and mental health treatment programs that utilize innovative cognitive testing, rehabilitation and evidence-based treatment methods. For more information regarding available options and plans, please visit our website at or call our 24/7 admissions helpline at 866-616-3277.

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Written by Lee Yates, Sovereign Health Group writer