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Sovereign Health Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Mental Health Treatment Programs
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.
Sovereign Health Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Mental Health Treatment Programs Reviews and Ratings Details
The following is based on a combination of Surveys of Alumni, Staff, Loved Ones, and Reviews and Ratings from around the web.
Reviews at a Glance
- 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.
- Individual Therapy
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.
- Equine Therapy
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.Kathleen
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.
Jennifer Feriola, M.S. - Regional Director Florida
Jennifer Feriola is the Regional Director of Sovereign Health Florida, with facilities in Fort Myers and Pompano. Ms. Feriola obtained a bachelor’s s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Western American University. She has over 18 years of experience with management in substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment at several outpatient and inpatient facilities. In the past, Ms. Feriola has been the Program Director of a large housing unit within the prison system and has worked as the Program Director for a psychiatric hospital and other substance abuse facilities. She is also well versed in policy and procedure, including the state of Florida guidelines, the Joint Commission and the Department of Children and Families. Ms. Feriola’s clinical experience and passion for mental health services makes her an excellent addition to the Sovereign Health team.
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. - Medical Director
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.