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
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.
Art Therapy / Music Therapy / Equine Therapy
Yoga Classes/ Meditation/ Gym Outings
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
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ABOUT SOVEREIGN HEALTH ADDICTION, DUAL DIAGNOSIS, AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROGRAMS
Sovereign Health Group provides behavioral health treatment through multiple facilities in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. The Chandler center, located in a residential neighborhood in the suburbs of Phoenix, Ariz., offers a continuum of treatment services for women ages 18 to 65 who are struggling with addiction, mental health disorders, co-occurring disorders, trauma, and abuse. The center’s programming includes residential treatment, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment, and standard outpatient (OP) care.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Sovereign Health’s website, the admissions process includes a biopsychosocial assessment, full medical checkup, health history review, and family consultation. These assessments help staff determine the most appropriate level of care for each individual. Clients who require full-time treatment are typically referred to the center’s residential treatment program, which lasts 30 to 90 days. Partial hospitalization, a less intensive treatment option, runs Monday through Friday for five hours a day. Clients enrolled in IOP programming typically attend three-hour treatment sessions three days a week, and general outpatient therapy is flexible and tailored to the individual client’s condition.
The facility is specifically geared toward helping those dealing with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Clients can expect a mix of individual, group, and family therapy. The center uses a variety of treatment modalities, including evidence-based therapies like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), neurofeedback, and cognitive training. Experiential therapies, including equine therapy, expressive arts, and recreational therapy, help round out the treatment program.
Process groups focus on psychoeducation and life skills, covering topics including stress management, relapse prevention, general health, and healthy relationships. Clients are given guidance and instruction on holistic wellness practices like yoga and meditation, and receive medication management as needed.
Sovereign Health’s treatment team includes physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, licensed nurses, psychologists, psychotherapists, substance abuse counselors, and case managers.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
According to Sovereign Health’s website, the center’s residential facilities are located in a gated community on a private cul-de-sac. Inpatient clients may share bedrooms with up to three other individuals. Accommodations are homelike, and residents are expected to complete chores and participate in the general upkeep of the facility. Each house is equipped with cable television, a backyard, laundry facilities, fitness equipment, and, in some cases, a swimming pool. All meals are prepared by an on-site chef, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Smoking is permitted in designated areas.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the ten alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com at the time of this writing, six were positive and four were negative. Those who submitted positive reviews praised the staff, the efficacy of the center’s treatment, and the sense of fellowship fostered by the facility. “I am so thankful I got 28 days done and so proud of myself like I don't know it was a really good feeling and all the bonds I made,” I.H. told Rehabs.com. Cesar specifically noted the program’s long-lasting effects. “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.”
The negative reviewers 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,” Xanadu wrote. B.W. characterized the staff as untrained and the facility itself as “disorganized.” Kiki had problems with both the programming and the center’s accommodations. “Took 3 days to see my doctor and therapist. There was a hole in my bedroom ceiling and it was leaking water into my room; it took them 2 days to fix it,” Kiki wrote.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Two of the three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com submitted positive reviews of the facility. These family members praised Sovereign Health’s staff for providing ongoing support and keeping them informed regarding their loved one’s progress. “They truly want to walk beside you on the difficult path to recovery. Eagerly celebrating helping guiding. Advocates for not only the patient but the patients family. Keeps families updated and even offer encouragement to them,” one survey respondent told Rehabs.com.
L.H. shared a drastically different perspective. This reviewer felt that their loved one’s mental health condition was not taken seriously by the staff. “This facility is not good...This is not a professional place and our loved one deserves more caring and empathy not what she's experienced here,” L.H. wrote.
According to its website, Sovereign Health accepts most private insurance plans, including those from Aetna, Cigna, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additionally, financing is available through the center’s partnership with My Treatment Lender.
Published on October 2017
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