Sovereign Health specializes in mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment for men and women. The rehab has numerous facilities in California, Arizona and Florida — the Fort Myers, Florida location offers residential treatment and 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.
ABOUT SOVEREIGN HEALTH ADDICTION, DUAL DIAGNOSIS, AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROGRAMS — FORT MYERS, FL
Sovereign Health operates multiple treatment facilities in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. The Fort Myers center, which opened in 2014 and is one of two Sovereign Health facilities in Florida, offers medical detox, residential treatment, and outpatient programs for men and women aged 18+ who are struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and dual diagnosis. The center is located in a quiet, residential area on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, three miles from downtown Fort Myers, on southern Florida’s Gulf Coast.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Treatment typically lasts 30 to 90 days, beginning, when necessary, with a medical detox program that provides 24-hour medical care and supervision.
The center offers individual, group, and family counseling, including a range of evidence-based modalities, such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), biofeedback, and neurofeedback. Holistic options including equine therapy, fishing therapy, art therapy, yoga, and meditation.
Outpatient treatment — which can be either step-down or entry-level care — is offered at a variety of intensities: a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and general outpatient treatment. Treatment is offered in the daytime or the evening, to suit a variety of schedules.
Sovereign offers graduating clients a year of continuing care services, though it does not specify what these are.
The treatment team includes an MD who is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, as well as a registered nurse.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Photos of the Fort Myers facility depict a modern, home-like setting. The residences are located in a gated community surrounded by palm trees, with direct access to the Caloosahatchee River. In addition to small, modestly furnished shared bedrooms, clients can enjoy outdoor seating, communal dining areas, and comfortable lounge spaces for resting and watching TV. Families may visit on Saturdays and Sundays.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The six alumni reviews submitted to Best-rehabs.com to date were mixed. The positive reviewers claimed that the facility had strengths in diagnosing, providing a good environment, and having friendly staff. The three positive reviewers awarded the center five out of five stars for affordability, cleanliness, and holistic offerings respectively. Alum Eric wrote, “Therapists were great and I connected with my therapist right away. The group therapy process I really enjoyed a lot .My favorite one is probably been the CBT groups that is where I really learned most about how we can change our thinking and push us out to triggers or the relapse prevention.”
On the other hand, the negative reviewers claimed that the facility was more interested in insurance money than in helping clients and that they were promised amenities that were not provided. “You might as well go to prison. That’s how this facility treated me and all of the other patients… I was told all sorts of nonsense by this man that clearly wasn’t true. They will lure you with information and ‘specialties’ of this facility that aren’t true… Your level of care is determined by how much your insurance is willing to pay, not by growth in personal recovery or behavior. This place just FEEDS off of your insurance which is why they try to make you stay longer,” C.O. wrote in a representative review.
At the time of this writing, the center had a two-star, a four-star, and a five-star rating on Facebook. Only the two-star reviewer, T.G.M., left commentary with their rating: they praised the location, the chef, and the staff, but criticized the center’s admin, echoing Best-rehabs.com reviewers by writing: “They don’t have the facilities nor the treatment that the consultant say they do!”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The single loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com to date gave negative feedback. “He did not come home with any appreciable tools for recovery, there was no follow up from his case manager or therapist once home… He is merely a number there I’m sure,” C.T. wrote of their significant other’s treatment, adding that the center failed to diagnose their partner’s depression and that the promised family involvement was never provided.
WHAT STAFF SAY
To date, the two staff member polled by Best-rehabs.com gave negative reviews. The staff gave one out of five stars to the facility for its professionalism and staff availability. “A few truly potentially talented students/interns, if only they received licensed supervision, which they do not. very very poor and ineffective treatment,” wrote staff member William.
Sovereign Health accepts private pay and, according to its website, most private insurance plans.
Despite the serene setting that the Florida location appears to offer its clients, Sovereign’s expansion into Fort Myers has not gone smoothly. Neighboring residentsand, in March 2015, Sovereign or face daily fines, as it did not comply with the neighborhood multi-family residential zoning designation. In May 2015, Sovereign countered this action by . In January 2017, that the facility will be allowed to remain open, after the city settled the lawsuit.