Cognitive Remediation Treatment

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Cognitive remediation creates mental fitness

The brain is the most important organ in our body. It is responsible for our thoughts, actions, behaviors, speech and emotions.

The brain is also at the center of mental illness and addiction. Often, when people develop mental illness or a substance abuse problem, their brain no longer functions as well as it had previously. They may forget deadlines at work, lose track of objects or have trouble managing their time. Their thoughts may feel blurry or disorganized. When it’s hard to think clearly or perform daily tasks, getting sober or fighting a mental illness can seem difficult if not outright impossible. Cognitive remediation therapy can combat these negative trends and get the brain back to the way it is supposed to be.

Here at Sovereign Health, we designed our cognitive remediation treatment modality to help get the brain back on track. We provide both cognitive exercises as well as brain wellness lessons so that our patients can sharpen their thoughts and take charge of their own recovery.

What is cognitive remediation therapy?

Cognitive remediation therapy is a series of exercises and behaviors designed to reduce cognitive impairment. Examples of cognitive impairments include minor issues with memory, decision-making, planning and attention. Often, cognitive impairments arise due to a history of substance abuse or psychiatric disorders.

Much like how running on a treadmill helps your heart stay strong, performing mental exercises keeps your brain in shape. For this reason, cognitive remediation is often considered to be “physical therapy for the mind.” People with improved cognition often perform better at work, in the classroom and in daily life, making cognitive remediation an essential part of the recovery process.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Mental disorders associated with cognitive impairments

Mental illness is frequently associated with a decrease in cognitive functioning. Here are some mental disorders that may cause cognitive impairments:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Substance addiction

Common cognitive impairments

People with cognitive impairments may have difficulties with:

  • Attention
  • Processing speed
  • Multitasking
  • Memory
  • Keeping things “in mind”
  • Decision-making
  • Planning complex tasks
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Cognitive remediation at Sovereign

At Sovereign Health, we understand how important cognition is to the recovery process. For this reason, our cognitive rehabilitation programs focuses on brain wellness, or keeping the brain healthy. We provide our patients with cognitive rehabilitation exercises as well as lessons on the importance of nutrition, sleep and relaxation, physical activity and maintaining healthy relationships.

  • Cognitive rehabilitation exercises: Our patients receive access to scientifically based cognitive rehabilitation exercises in our unique cognitive lab. Patients can play a variety of “brain games” designed to improve specific cognitive functions such as attention, short-term memory and processing speed. With enough practice, patients may find their cognition improving in daily life.
  • Nutrition: We offer our patients lessons on how to maintain a healthy and sustainable diet. To achieve brain wellness, a proper diet is essential, since food not only affects the body, but the brain as well. Food rich in nutrients and amino acids can help improve brain wellness, whereas junk food can cause a decrease in energy, concentration and mood.
  • Sleep and relaxation: Sleep difficulties or deprivation can pose serious mental health consequences or exacerbate substance abuse. For this reason, our clinicians provide patients with tips and tricks on how to maintain healthy sleep patterns and stay mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.
  • Physical activity: At Sovereign, we believe that practicing a daily fitness routine improves emotional well-being and provides a healthy outlet for stress and anxiety. 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.
  • Relationships: 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 relationship patterns can wreak havoc in a person’s life, leading to coping strategies that include substance abuse or self-abuse.
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Why Choose Sovereign?

The primary philosophy of Sovereign’s 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. Our highly trained, second-to-none clinicians use cutting-edge technology, medication, counseling and lifestyle changes to help the individual live a healthy, substance-free life.

What our Clients Say!

‘We learned to talk about things in a safe environment & know we won’t be judged because we all have things we have to work towards here.’

Cognitive rehab therapy and brain wellness lessons are only a small part of what Sovereign offers. We also provide individual and group therapy, mindfulness and meditation classes, yoga, medication management, equine therapy, neurofeedback, pharmacogenetic testing and numerous other evidence-based treatments. We pride ourselves on treating our patients as individuals — not a diagnosis — and so each patient can look forward to a customized treatment program with his or her needs in mind.