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Sovereign Health Group, A Leading Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Provider, Commends Former Drug Czar's Comments

Behavioral health treatment center Sovereign Health Group commends the recent comments of former federal drug czar and United State Army General Barry McCaffrey (Ret.)at the keynote address to the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD).


San Clemente, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 06/04/2014 --The primary substance abuse challenge in the U.S. today is one of prevention, said McCaffrey, who served as director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from 1996 to 2001. He was speaking at the WCSAD conference in La Quinta, near Palm Springs, CA, which has attracted more than 750 people who work in the addiction treatment field.

Rates of chronic addiction to methamphetamine, crack cocaine and some other drugs have declined significantly since the 1970s, as have drunk driving and teen pregnancy. That is a positive story, he said, adding that unfortunately, addiction to heroin and prescription narcotics such as Oxycontin and Hydrocodone is skyrocketing, and legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use is problematic.

About 22 million people have a substance abuse problem. Only about 3 million have access to evidence-based treatment in any given year, so there is not only a treatment gap, a significant amount of the rehabilitation treatment that is available is not supported by scientific, evidence-based research, McCaffrey said.

“The general’s assessment of the growing threats is consistent with what we see as a provider of detoxification and residential treatment and rehabilitation of people with substance abuse disorders,” says Sovereign Health Group’s Director of Business Development and Admissions, Marissa Maldonado.

“Sovereign Health, headquartered in San Clemente, California, is expanding in an effort to help meet the growing need for high quality, evidence-based treatment,” she adds.

McCaffrey said that implementation of federal requirements for insurance companies to provide coverage for drug-abuse and mental health treatment at parity with other medical benefits will improve access to care. Recovery programs will have to make better use of evidence- and outcomes-based treatment, he added.

Sovereign Health takes pride in its focus on evidence-based care, incorporating various forms of therapy based on the needs of each patient as determined by a comprehensive assessment, says Madonado.

About Sovereign Health Group
Sovereign Health Group is an addiction and behavioral health treatment center headquartered in San Clemente, California, with multiple other locations. It offers treatment programs for addiction, mental health disorders, and dual diagnosis, or co-occurring conditions. Sovereign Health treats the individual, not the disorder, reducing the risk of relapse by treating the whole person. Sovereign Health is accredited by the Joint Commission and dually licensed to treat mental health and addiction. For more information, visit