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Anthony J. Mele, Psy.D., Chief Clinical Officer for Sovereign Health, to Present at the ‘East Meets West: Multiple Perspectives on Trauma and Addiction’ Conference

San Clemente, Calif. — Jan. 25, 2017 — Sovereign Health, a national behavioral health system, is proud to announce that Anthony J. Mele, Psy.D., Chief Clinical Officer of Sovereign Health, will be presenting at the “East Meets West: Multiple Perspectives on Trauma and Addiction” conference. The presentation, hosted by the Summit for Clinical Excellence (formerly the Addiction Professional Summit), will be given at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

The presentation by Dr. Mele will explore how co-occurrence of borderline personality disorder and substance abuse disorders is well-documented and poses specific treatment challenges. While borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often conceptualized as the behavioral manifestation of early life events amenable to intensive psychotherapy rather than biological approaches, more recent research suggests that it is a disabling brain disease as well as a personality disorder. By neglecting the neurobiological underpinnings, psychotherapeutic intervention is likely to be only partially successful thereby reinforcing the cycle of affective instability that often characterizes BPD. This presentation suggests that some individuals with BPD who also have specific deficits in certain brain structure and function might benefit from a neuroplastic approach to BPD and substance abuse treatment.

The Summit for Clinical Excellence brings together the world’s leading thought leaders on cutting-edge topics in multi-day regional conferences that appeal particularly to private practice behavioral healthcare professionals.

Dr. Anthony Mele, a licensed psychologist, brings almost 25 years of clinical expertise and executive leadership on both the provider and payer sides of behavioral healthcare. Dr. Mele’s wide range of clinical expertise includes: the assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in adolescents and adults, the use of telehealth to manage chronic medical conditions and the development of nonpharmacologic interventions for individuals with cognitive impairment.

Sovereign Health currently operates nine treatment facilities in five states: California, Arizona, Florida, Texas and Utah. The facilities are licensed in accordance with the regulations of the state where the facility is located. Sovereign facilities have been awarded Gold Seal accreditation by The Joint Commission, the highest level of accreditation available in the behavioral health field.

About Sovereign Health

Sovereign Health’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company’s ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit


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