SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, is pleased to announce a new editorial series, titled "Recovery Next Door: Portraits of Success That Defy NIMBY." This positive, solution-focused series aims to address stigma and discrimination toward people with behavioral health conditions in the local community as well as communities throughout the country. It is aligned with two of Sovereign Health's major investigative news series, "Not in My Backyard" and "Beyond NIMBY," which examine discriminatory views toward people with mental illness and toward residential facilities that provide care to these individuals in communities.
"Recovery Next Door" will educate the public with personal stories of recovery, putting a real face to what it means to recover from addiction. Ann Dowsett Johnston, best-selling author, award-winning journalist and director of Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada, shares her journey of overcoming an alcohol use disorder and depression in the first testimonial, "Recovery Next Door: Best-selling author's inspirational story of overcoming depression, alcohol abuse."
"The 'NIMBY' mentality has attracted more followers in recent years across Southern California and the rest of the country, and its legion has been targeting behavioral health treatment providers and sober living homes," said Rachael Mattice, managing editor for Sovereign Health. "While most residents agree that those who are battling physical and mental disabilities need treatment and are in support of treatment, they publicize a strong opposition to the locations of such providers in their communities, citing misguided facts and unjustified fears."
"These issues are recurrent, chronic, and progressive – and can spiral out of control. They can be life-threatening. Conversely, when addressed, fuller lives can blossom," says Dowsett Johnston when asked why it's important to help people in recovery.
"Sovereign Health wants to take a stand against this discrimination with the publication of this series, while focusing on the larger challenge of curing addiction nationwide. These recovery testimonials are real stories of our own mothers, uncles, sons, students, friends and colleagues. The individuals who have reclaimed their lives and careers – many whom are now CEOs, physicians, Iron Man athletes, counselors and authors – are still on the edge of NIMBY-ism's sword. We ask our readers to join our cause to fight stigma and encourage others to seek the help they need," says Mattice.
About Sovereign Health
Sovereign Health's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of high-quality behavioral health treatment services for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company's ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its facilities. For more information, visit www.sovhealth.com.
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