Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
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, Florida and Arizona — the Chandler, Arizona location offers residential treatment exclusively for women. 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
Dual Diagnosis/Co-occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Trauma & Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT)
Associative Awareness Therapy (AAT) uses the brain’s innate ability to adapt to change in a healing way, essentially “retraining” the brain to respond differently to familiar memories of trauma or pain.
A form of animal therapy, equine therapy involves visiting, working with and sometimes riding horses as a way to create a metaphoric relationship that leads to life-altering insights.
This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.
Art Therapy / Music Therapy / Equine Therapy
Yoga Classes/ Meditation/ Gym Outings
The therapy here helped me really look at myself and find that I am a strong individual that can deal with this and move forward in my life, leaving my addiction and problems in my past and focusing on gaining strength for myself and how to stand on my own two feet to move forward in a positive manner instead of being unhappy and saddened with my life.
Meet the Staff
Kelly Vickrey, M.A., LISAC
Program Director, Chandler
Kelly Vickrey is the Program Director at Sovereign Health’s facility in Chandler, Arizona. Ms. Vickrey earned her master’s degree in counseling from the University of Missouri and is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, (LISAC) as certified by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Ms. Vickrey has extensive experience in the treatment field, having been the director of Gila River Human Services prior to joining Sovereign Health. In this position she managed outpatient and residential substance abuse counseling, along with prevention programs for several locations throughout the community. Ms. Vickrey creates a safe and stable environment in order to treat women struggling with trauma and possible co-occurring conditions. A mission of the trauma treatment program at Sovereign Health is to empower women and give them a life-changing experience, helping them create a renewed life and sustain positive healthy relationships following treatment. In her spare time, Ms. Vickrey enjoys hiking, bicycling and geocaching in the Arizona outdoors. She is excited about offering a superlative standard of healing for women and helping open a new women’s intensive outpatient treatment program with sober living. Ms. Vickrey encourages all women to step out of the shadows and know it is okay to ask for help - See more at: https://www.sovhealth.com/about/leadership/chandler-az/#sthash.akyMjCuM.dpuf
Susanne S. Drury, Ph.D.
Susanne S. Drury is a consulting psychologist for Sovereign Health of Arizona at the Chandler women’s facility. Susanne received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Chicago. She has over 35 years of clinical experience, including EMDR, traumatic incident reduction and other specialized trauma treatment techniques. She is a certified trauma specialist with the Association of Traumatic Stress Studies and a certified clinical trauma professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Susanne is the professor in charge of the specialty program at Ottawa University in treating trauma, abuse and deprivation. She also teaches at Grand Canyon University and Argosy University. - See more at: https://www.sovhealth.com/about/leadership/chandler-az/#sthash.akyMjCuM.dpuf
Lanie Smith, M.A.
Lanie Smith is a Registered Art Therapist with a master’s in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked with adults, adolescents, children, and families in a variety of clinical settings over the past six years, including inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization as well as school and home-based programs to address mental and behavioral health issues using the creative process. She has both researched and published the efficacy of Art Therapy and continues to expand the field, offering individual and group services throughout the greater Phoenix area. Lanie also currently serves on the licensure committee with the Arizona Art Therapy Association and teaches at the Scottsdale Artist’s School. - See more at: https://www.sovhealth.com/about/leadership/chandler-az/#sthash.akyMjCuM.dpuf
Rehabs.com Editorial Review
ABOUT SOVEREIGN HEALTH ADDICTION, DUAL DIAGNOSIS, AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROGRAMS — CHANDLER, AZ
Sovereign Health operates multiple treatment facilities in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. The Chandler center, located in a residential area in the suburbs of Phoenix, offers residential treatment for women struggling with addiction, mental health disorders, dual diagnosis, trauma, and abuse.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment begins with a thorough medical, psychiatric, and psychological assessment.
The facility is particularly geared toward helping those dealing with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), through trauma groups and evidence-based therapies such as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). The center also offers a proprietary brain wellness program, consisting of cognitive exercises and programming for sleep, nutrition, relaxation, physical exercise, and relationships.
Other offerings include groups based on life skills and psychoeducation — including topics such as boundaries and relationships — which are intended to help clients support healthy lifestyles long after completing treatment. The spiritual side of addiction recovery is addressed through yoga, art therapy, psychodrama, poetry, mindfulness sessions, equine therapy, and holistic wellness classes. Families are invited to attend weekly family process groups.
The center also offers a daily meeting for all residents and experiential outings, both designed to help clients develop their social skills.
The staff includes a consulting psychologist, master’s level addiction counselors, and a master’s level art therapist. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff’s level of training and experience gave the center four out of five stars in this category.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos published on the facility’s website show a comfortable family-style home in a gated community, with cozy communal areas, a patio, a full kitchen, and a garden complete with manicured lawns and palm trees.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the eight reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, four were positive and four negative. The positive reviewers spoke of the lasting benefit treatment at this facility had had on their lives. “This experience has made a tremendous impact upon my life. It is in the sense that I found coping skills and I have gained them throughout my entire stay here and have learnt how to implement them with my life,” Cesar wrote, and A.V.F. added: “It is also comforting to know as I embark on this new self-discovery that I can continue to rely on the valuable guidance, wisdom, techniques and support you have all given me during the last five months of my treatment here in Phoenix.”
The negative reviewers repeatedly cited rude or unhelpful staff, a lack of adequate programming, difficulty seeing doctors, and poor or basic accommodations. “This place added more trauma to my life, and I was only there for 15 days. I tried to give it my all but the upper staff are so unprofessional. There are rude,” Xanadu wrote, and B.W. added: “The 15 days I was there I had 7 classes… The staff is no trained for mental Heath - only drug and acholohal addition. You are treated with such such disrespect.”
At the time of this writing, the center had five one-star reviews on Yelp. The reviewers frequently talked about questionable ethics and a culture of uncare. “Don't take anyone you care about here ! What a joke. All they care about is money,” Monty wrote in a representative review.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single review submitted to Rehabs.com to date was positive. “Genuine compassionate staff. They truly want to walk beside you on the difficult path to recovery,” the anonymous reviewer wrote, giving the facility five stars for its overall effectiveness, its treatment for co-occurring disorders, and its exercise program.
According to the facility’s website, most private insurances are accepted, including but not limited to Aetna, Cigna, and MultiPlan. The single individual polled by Rehabs.com to date gave the center five stars for its affordability.
Updated January 2017
Published on April 2017
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