Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
- Beach Community
Sovereign Health Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Mental Health Treatment Programs Philosophy
Sovereign Health of Florida’s newest treatment center is situated in coastal Pompano Beach. Its programs focus on the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse, mental health disorders and co-occurring conditions for adults. This location also delivers day or night treatment with community housing in addition to a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient (IOP) program and normal outpatient services. All of these levels of care are provided to help patients better understand their respective disorder and regain control of their health and life. With this latest addition, Sovereign Health of Florida now effectively serves populations from the eastern to western stretches of the state.
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.
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.
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.
Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.
The dual diagnosis program was what attracted me to Sovereign Health. My therapist was always open for discussion and the group sessions were very informative and educational. I love that Sovereign incorporates all the patients. You really get to relate to other people’s stories and it’s comforting. I’ve grown so much and have so much more self-confidence now.
Meet the Staff
Ashish “Ash” Bhatt, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Ashish “Ash” Bhatt, M.D., a Triple Board (TB) certified physician, is the Chief Medical Officer for Sovereign Health Group. Based out of Sovereign’s Pompano Beach, Florida location, Dr. Bhatt is recognized as one of South Florida’s leading psychiatrists and addiction medicine specialists. Dr. Bhatt is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. He is also board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Bhatt did his fellowship at the University of Miami through Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. During his fellowship, he also served as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as well as Chief and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Inpatient and Emergency Crisis Services.
Audrey Smith, Esq.
Senior Legal Counsel
Smith previously served as Managing Director of the Health Care Division at Toral Law. Smith has also provided dynamic leadership in her position as CEO of Health Care Education Resource Outreach (HERO), the only American Diabetes Association (ADA) nationally certified multisite, multidisciplinary diabetes educational resource company in the U.S. Smith’s relentless pursuit to grow HERO nationally and internationally resulted in CDC recognition, federal and state grant awards, and multimillion-dollar contracts through the government, hospitals and insurance providers; all while servicing thousands of satisfied patients. Prior to her position with HERO, Smith maintained full legal accountability on many levels, serving as in-house counsel for 12 commonly-held entities and generating exclusive contracts with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Paradise Live. She is admitted to the State Bar of Florida and Indiana, with a legal career that includes experience as a trial attorney with an emphasis on labor and employment matters including discrimination, ADA, workers compensation and wrongful termination.
Francisco Cruz, M.D.
Francisco Cruz, M.D., is a Medical Director at the Sovereign Health Group treatment center in Pompano Beach, Florida. Dr. Cruz is board-certified in both general psychiatry and addiction medicine. He has been in practice for nine years and was previously employed as the Medical Director of The Recovery Place in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Cruz trained at The Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine before he completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His areas of expertise include substance use/co-occurring disorders, personality disorders and psychodynamic psychiatry. Dr. Cruz is passionate about his work and strives to provide client-centered treatment within a biopsychosocial framework. Dr. Cruz’s personal interests include music, cycling and travel.
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ABOUT SOVEREIGN HEALTH ADDICTION, DUAL DIAGNOSIS, AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROGRAMS – POMPANO BEACH
Sovereign Health operates treatment in facilities in California, Arizona, and Texas, as well as two centers in Florida. This facility in Pompano Beach, Fla., a city on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, is the organization’s newest. It offers outpatient programming and community housing for adult men and women with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Medical detox is not available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient programming.
Treatment begins with a full medical and psychological assessment to gauge the nature of the addiction and whether any co-occurring disorders are present. Treatment plans are tailored to each individual’s needs and each client’s stay varies from 30 to 90 days.
Sovereign Health utilizes a blend of evidence-based and holistic therapies. Treatment modalities used during group and individual therapy sessions include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive remediation, solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), pharmacogenetic testing, and experiential therapy. Sovereign Health’s website also indicates that loved ones are involved in treatment whenever appropriate through family therapy. 12-step meetings can be accessed on-site. Numerous holistic therapies are offered, including yoga, meditation, art, music, exercise, and equine therapy.
An aftercare program called Technology Enhanced Aftercare and Monitoring (TEAM) offers online programs and exercises split into three phases, plus continuing contact with a case manager. There are also on-site continuing educational workshops and peer activities.
The staff at the Pompano Beach location include a physician and a psychiatrist, and may include case managers, licensed nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, and counselors. The facility’s website boasts “a diverse team of licensed and trained professionals.”
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The center offers gender-specific apartment living at Rustic Manor, which is close to the outpatient facility. Residents share comfortable rooms and have TVs, a kitchenette, and an on-site laundry room. There is also a swimming pool, a gym closeby, and clients go on regular beach outings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has only received one review from an alum at the time of this writing and has not yet received any reviews from friends or family members of alumni, or staff. The single alumni reviewer polled by Rehabs.com, Brad, gave five out of five stars for most metrics, including treatment effectiveness, counseling options, staff level of experience and training, and treatment of co-occurring disorders.
“It is very individualized,” he wrote about the program, adding “Sovereign met my expectations in all areas and exceeded them and the clinical staff and my therapist has been awesome.” In addition, he appreciated the equine therapy and group and individual therapy sessions.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Seven staff reviewers of the Pompano Beach facility on Indeed all gave representative ratings of two and one out of five stars with very few positive comments. Complaints centered around poor management and concerns about client care and treatment. “The taking of people's money is the only care,” one former employee wrote of the center. Another wrote, “Management is very unprofessional” and a third, “I quickly came to see that management was fragmented, scare tactics were used, and the environment was hostile.”
According to its website, Sovereign Health accepts most forms of private insurance and offers financing options through a partnership with My Treatment Lender.
Updated April 2017
Published on April 2017
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