Dr. Alva received his education at the California State University of Fullerton and the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School. After he completed his education and training in Guadalajara, Mexico, he returned to California to finish his residency at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Alva was involved in multiple endeavors including inpatient and outpatient work as well as clinical research in both Los Angeles and Orange counties. Dr Alva's focus is on the latest treatments available for psychiatric disorders, chemical/alcohol dependence as well as aspects of ethnicity and their correlation within pathological states. Dr. Alva has many years of experience in serving the medical community in various capacities; as a patient advocate, clinician, researcher and medical director. Dr. Alva's expertise in adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry as well as chemical/alcohol dependence and his treatments in psychiatric disorders make him one of the nation's most prominent psychiatrists. Dr. Alva is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Psychopharmacology, the California Hispanic American Medical Association, the New York Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American association of Hispanic professionals.
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At Aspire Health Network we offer compassionate, life-long drug and alcohol treatment for people and families suffering from addiction. It is our passion to serve people all across the west coast and north west regions of the United States find the best care available. We understand that addiction effects loved ones as much as it does those suffering personally. We strive to create a safe, supportive, and medically supervised environment for our patients their families. Successful addiction is possible. Many of our staff members have personal experience overcoming addiction and are able to understand what you are going through. We are here to help. Whether you are seeking treatment or simply looking for information or answers to questions, we would love to help in any way that we can. We are available 24/7. At Aspire Health Network, we understand that addiction is complex – as complex as the people and families it affects. Physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions all play a role in substance abuse disorders. That’s why Aspire Recovery doesn't just treat drug and alcohol problems, but every related issue that patients and their families face.
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- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
- Family Program
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Dr. Alejandro Alva - Medical Director
Sue Ferren, MFT - Clinical Director
Sue Ferren is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and our Clinical Director here at Aspire. Sue has a breadth of experience and knowledge and has been a vital part of our team for over 2 years.
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