Sovereign Health Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Mental Health Treatment Programs Philosophy
Sovereign Health specializes in mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis treatment for men and women. The rehab has numerous facilities in California — the El Cajon location offers residential treatment for adolescents. The program utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities combined with a holistic focus for a well-balanced and sustainable recovery. Clients are encouraged to examine and understand how and why their maladaptive behaviors evolved and to set realistic goals for a happy and fulfilling future.
Areas of Specialization
Teen Treatment Center
Specializing in the treatment of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, Sovereign Health Group’s adolescent program combines evidence-based and alternative treatment modalities for a holistic approach to lasting recovery. Teens receive quality, individualized care, thorough addiction education, family therapy, mental health services, and more.
Sovereign Health offers a comprehensive continuum of one-on-one therapy options to suit each client’s individual needs. Program offerings include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Skill Building Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Brief Strategic Therapy.
Meet the Staff
Sandra J. Lee, M.D.
Medical Director and Psychiatrist for Adolescent Programs - See more at: https://www.sovhealth.com/about/leadership/rancho-san-diego-ca/#sthash.7wa8IkJA.dpuf
Dr. Lee is the medical director and psychiatrist for Sovereign Health’s adolescent programs at the Rancho San Diego facility. She received her M.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she specialized in mental health and addiction treatment services for children and adolescents. Dr. Lee was chief resident at Loma Linda University and was granted a fellowship from the University of California, San Diego, for child and adolescent psychiatry. She has also held several leadership positions focusing on the psychiatric care of chronic drug and alcohol addictions at various treatment centers, corporations and medical facilities throughout the course of her 25-year career. - See more at: https://www.sovhealth.com/about/leadership/rancho-san-diego-ca/#sthash.7wa8IkJA.dpuf
Yaron Pruginin, Psy.D.
Site Training Director
Dr. Pruginin is a licensed psychologist and clinical supervisor of the adolescent program at Rancho San Diego. Dr. Pruginin received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1999 and received his doctorate in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2005. He started his professional career in 1995 as a counselor at a psychiatric rehabilitation program in Jerusalem, helping young adults recover from mental health breakdowns and reintegrate in society.
Since then, Dr. Pruginin has continued to focus on those goals and see them as the ultimate goal of mental health treatment. He has worked with children, teens, adolescents, adults and families in a variety of settings. These include the Jewish Family Service’s Integrated Services Program for adults with substance abuse problems, San Diego Family Care in pediatric primary care, South Bay Guidance for dialectical behavior therapy groups and individual therapy, Isis Center, San Diego LGBT Center, Hanbleceya Treatment Center and an adult residential program. Dr. Pruginin’s private practice conducts psychological evaluations for San Diego County’s health and human services department.
- See more at: https://www.sovhealth.com/about/leadership/rancho-san-diego-ca/#sthash.7wa8IkJA.dpuf
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ABOUT SOVEREIGN HEALTH ADDICTION, DUAL DIAGNOSIS, AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROGRAMS — EL CAJON, CA
Sovereign Health operates four substance abuse treatment facilities in California, including one in San Clemente. The El Cajon facility, also known as Rancho San Diego, is located 15 miles east of San Diego and offers residential and outpatient treatment for adolescents aged 12 to 1, including specialized treatment for transgender youth, who are struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and eating disorders.
The center is equipped to treat adolescents struggling with mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral problems, brief psychotic disorder, schizoaffective disorder, eating disorders, and more. Detox services are available.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with a three-step series of thorough assessments, including medical and psychiatric evaluations, to ensure the facility can accommodate the client.
Treatment is built around both evidence-based and holistic modalities. As well as traditional individual and group therapy, residents participate in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy. Holistic treatment options include equine therapy, yoga, and art and music therapies. The center also prioritizes family and education, encouraging loved ones to attend family weekends and offering dedicated weekly time for clients to complete courses they are enrolled in.
Mandatory 12-step meetings are included in treatment, but participants may join non-12-step groups such as SMART Recovery. Topic-specific groups include sobriety, trauma-informed care, anger and stress management, and coping with addiction, among others. Clients’ schedules include leisure time to allow for TV and game time, exercise activities, movies, bowling, go-karts, optional church attendance on Sundays, and nature outings.
The center also offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Rancho San Diego employs a child and adolescent psychiatrist, primary therapists, registered dieticians, case managers, family therapists, clinical supervisors, and a clinical concierge. The director is a doctoral-level, licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of clinical expertise.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Residents sleep in gender-specific dormitories that are monitored 24/7 by staff, and may participate in online schooling, independent study, or an on-site schooling program. A recreational gym is available, and canyons and fields are near the facility. An onsite chef provides culinary meals, with specialized nutrition for clients with eating disorders. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, a swimming pool, a basketball and volleyball court, and a baseball field.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Four alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date gave Rancho San Diego mixed ratings. Although two alumni gave the facility positive ratings in categories such as exercise and leisure options, cleanliness, and staff’s level of experience and training (an average 4.25 out of five stars), two of the alumni rated the facility poorly in its accommodations and amenities, treatment effectiveness, and meals and nutrition.
The positive alumni praised the program’s “well-structured” treatment program, but negative alumni described poor accommodations and rude, uneducated staff. Alum Brittany wrote: “The staff were horrible and thought they could treat you however they wanted. They were usually on their phones or not paying attention.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Of the three reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, two were negative and the other mostly positive, with some caveats. R.A. wrote of his/her nephew’s stay: “He complaints about the rudeness of the staff, and his bed sheets smells awful as well as the restroom.” Another claimed that the facility did not provide detox as advertised and reported rude staff. One anonymous reviewer, however, gave the center four stars for its family program, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders, and wrote: “The excellent communication with family members and knowledgeable staff were benefits of the facility.”
At the time of this writing, secondary review sites yielded polarized reviews from parents, resulting in a three-star average rating based on seven reviews on Yelp. Of six “unrecommended” Yelp reviews, four were negative and two positive. Complaints among these reviews repeatedly cited run-down conditions and a lack of appropriate oversight and discipline for troubled teens. “If your unruly teen is defiant against you, the rules or any other reason why you looked for help in the first place. ...Run,” Alicia wrote in a representative review on Yelp. Several reviewers, however, noted that treatment had worked very well for their child: “I am in aw talking to my son. He has done so well and is loving the program,” Tracie wrote in a representative review on Yelp.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Two former employees reviewed by Yelp.com rated Rancho San Diego only one out of five stars. Both complained of unprofessional conduct from staff, describing staff sharing drugs with clients, and one described poor group therapy. Employee Lisa wrote: “ Again, there will be few staff who actually do care about the kids but management gets in the way of letting the kids learn how to build strong and positive relationships.”
According to its website, this facility accepts most major health insurance plans, and offers some financing. The two individuals polled to date on the center’s affordability gave it one star and three stars respectively.
In November 2015, the Orange County Register reported that six youths had climbed this facility’s wall and fled while receiving treatment. All six youths later returned safely. At the time of this writing, no official facility response to the incident was available.
Updated May 2017
Published on June 2017
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