Unethical Drug Testing

25 Nov

blog-drug-testingOver the past few years we at Cornerstone of Southern California have been approached by many different drug testing laboratories requesting to do our drug testing lab work. We have turned down many different propositions from these companies due to our belief that the agreements proposed to us would be an unethical way to make more money as a company by, in effect, cheating the system.

Unfortunately many of our local competitors were involved in some of these unethical and probably illegal activities.Today we use Quest Diagnostics for all of our urine drug testing needs and we remain loyal to them due to their ethical practices which align with our own.

We have been helping addicts recover from their addictions for 31 years and we still firmly believe that the client comes first.

Take a look at this article to learn more: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/millennium-health-agrees-pay-256-million-resolve-allegations-unnecessary-drug-and-genetic

How Long Are Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programs?

18 Nov

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An overview of Cornerstone’s 28-30 Day Addiction Rehab Program

  • The 28 or 30-day rehabilitation program is one of our most common types/lengths of recovery programs.
  • It includes an intake assessment/evaluation, an appropriate detox period agreed upon by the treatment team, the chosen physician and the client, individual (1-on-1) therapy, group process therapy and aftercare planning.
  • A one month program can be essential to help our clients overcome their resistance to treatment, allow the client to detox from whichever drugs and/or alcohol they were using and time to reflect on their past mistakes and future accomplishments free of unwanted substances..
  • Cornerstone believes that these short programs may not offer enough time in treatment for clients who have severe, long term addictions or who have recently relapsed.
  • We urge our prospective clients to consider Cornerstone’s proven methods of treatment, our extensive staff expertise and cost of our program before making an informed decision.

An overview of Cornerstone’s 60-Day Rehabilitation Programs

  • Cornerstone’s 60-day programs will include the same services as 30-day and 90-day programs, such as intake assessment/evaluation, detox (if needed) and therapy.
  • These slightly longer programs offer extra needed time in a sober, monitored environment. Recent studies have shown that addicts who spend extended time in drug treatment have better outcomes and remain sober longer..
  • 60-day programs have benefits, but be sure to consider what you can safely afford and how what amount of  time you are willing to spend away from home and in residential treatment.
  • When you are considering any of Cornerstone’s programs, think about the location of our facilities (Tustin, Orange and Santa Ana, California), our professional staff, our relapse prevention focus and aftercare planning.

An overview of Cornerstone’s 90-Day Rehabilitation Programs

  • As stated above, it has been shown through recent studies that longer treatment programs lead to longer, lasting sobriety as well as higher rates of continuous employment and less overall criminal activity.
  • The 90-day treatment programs include a thorough intake assessment/evaluation, detox if necessary,  individual and group process therapy and aftercare.
  • Longer treatment programs are a good choice if you’ve relapsed, if you have a long-standing addiction or if you feel that you need more time to practice your recovery skills in a sober environment.
  • Cost can be an issue with 90-day programs. Cornerstone’s In-Network status with most insurance companies give our potential clients many options to help cover the price of our program. Many insurance companies will pay for detoxification when shown a medical necessity for treatment.

Cornerstone’s long-term recovery programs require our clients to stay in our controlled residential settings for 90 days or longer. Unlike other residential treatment programs, which operate on short stays of a few weeks, Cornerstone’s long-term recovery programs offer comprehensive treatment and extended time for clients who are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction to address and work through any other issues related to their disease. Our Extended Care Program can be the best option for clients who are seeking professional help with their addictions.

Extended Care Program Long-Term Care

Our Extended Care Program was designed to serve clients who have not previously been successful with other treatment centers and options. The resources that we make available through our Extended Care Program are focused on those struggling with a string of recurring relapses, especially when those relapses have nullified short-term or outpatient care options.

This in no way means an individual has to have had a certain number of relapses or reach a predetermined point in the recovery process in order to benefit from long-term care at Cornerstone. An Extended Care Program at Cornerstone may have massive and extraordinary implications on a client’s life. Talk to your personal physician or a qualified addiction counselor as well as family members when attempting to make this life-altering decision.

Please call us anytime at 714-547-5375 or 714-730-5399 to learn about our available treatment options.

Personal Responsibility and Recovery

9 Nov

Personal Responsibility and Recovery

Over the years of helping people it has become apparent that one very core issue in the recovery process is accepting personal responsibility for oneself and one’s actions. Although it is very clear that addiction is a medically recognized disease it is also very clear that one’s ‘disease’ is often an aggregated response to situations, circumstances and familial scripting that has left the individual hopeless, helpless, powerless and lost. Often the individual may state “I had no control over x,y and z.” If we peel back the onion and see this statement for what it truly says one can see it is devoid of any personal ownership for a given situation. Ownership is synonymous with personal responsibility because when you own a “thing” it is yours to do with it what you will. If it were, let’s say a car, it could be washed, waxed, oil changed, vacuumed, driven and taken care of and barring something unforeseeable it should give its “owner” years of reliability, comfort and happiness. However if the individual stops caring for their car it will begin to break down. Often slowly, for instance, failing to wash the car leaving debris caught in a crevasse will promote rust which if left untreated will methodically eat away the structure of the car to the point there is nothing left. There is something to blame – the debris. There is something to complain about – the delay, and there are a million excuses: bad weather, no time, out of soap etc….

These three overly common actions: blame, complain and make excuses ultimately and unequivocally lead to having a victim mentality.  Because personal responsibility was missing, the individual, once they began making excuses, complaining and blaming released their ownership and lost their personal power and their personal responsibility.

Now if you place your body/life/mind in the above example of the car and the debris is the substance you use to “escape” you ultimately find yourself in trouble with your family partner, spouse, the law, school or job.  It is often, if not always, due to your loss of personal responsibility and falling into a victim mentality looking to blame, complain and make excuses for your circumstances and situation.  Once the victim role is accepted the human psyche relinquishes its responsibility and wallows in the misery of the plight they now face. Strangely this place even being so desolate, painful and depressing can somehow be very comfortable because there is no acceptance of responsibility for the direction your life took!

Consider you are a friend of Bill W’s. You go to meetings 3 times per week over many months, then you cut back to 2 times, then 1 time. Your attendance becomes sporadic and the time you once set aside for fellowship, grounding and alignment slowly becomes displaced with some “other” time requiring event. The cracks in your recovery armor began to form when new time events take the place of your recovery meetings. New “opportunities” presented themselves in those recovery time slots that slowly and insidiously transformed into open opportunities for relapse. Your “program” is out the door and you stand without the balance and head leveling benefits you once made the most important part of your weekly routine. Suddenly work starts to feel oppressive your girlfriend/wife/partner etc. seems overbearing, nagging and you just need a little release. One 12oz beer, no biggie… over time it becomes three, six, twelve, eighteen. You stop showing up to work, your significant other threatens to leave you and you can’t figure out how you got here.

You got here the day you let go of your personal responsibility for your recovery and stopped caring for your disease. If you listen and look at the film of your slip into the proverbial rabbit hole you will see a ton of excuses, (jobs, girlfriend, etc.) complaining and blame. You sit, a victim blaming and complaining about how you ended up in rehab expecting a magic fix getting you back to the powerful trustworthy, independent, personally responsible person you once were.

Recovery programs like Cornerstone ask you to move slowly toward the goal of independence and personal responsibility, but you have to be honest, open and willing to work with us to navigate back to personal responsibility/ownership. It took a long time to get here and it is going to take a lot of work to get you back to where you want to be, but it is possible. In fact it is guaranteed 100% but the guaranty lives within you and your personal responsibility knowing this disease is able to be put in remission but not cured.

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Ethical Drug Testing is a priority at Cornerstone

4 Nov

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Ethical drug testing is a priority at Cornerstone of Southern California and has been since our inception in 1984. Since that time we have seen a trend toward unethical practices by treatment centers and testing laboratories centering around higher profits. So what should ‘Ethical Drug Testing’ look like?

Upon admission to a treatment program it should be required that a full panel, lab tested blood or urine sample is acquired from each individual entering the program. This is usually a requirement by most insurance companies for initial authorizations. The initial test is called a ‘baseline test’ and is extremely important in the first stage of drug treatment in order to know precisely the quality and types of substances which are present in the potential client. This knowledge can then be used by the treatment team and the chosen physician to plan out the initial phase and best possible course of treatment for the individual. If the client is admitted to one of Cornerstone’s Programs they will submit to one monthly laboratory tested and GC-MS (Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry) certified drug test and a weekly urine dip test. Any testing conducted outside of these parameters will be a direct result of observed behavior changes and any suspicion of drug use by the individual.

Cornerstone is an In-Network treatment provider contracted with most insurance companies. This contractual arrangement sets the rates that each insurance provider will pay for treatment services given at our facilities including cost caps for drug tests.  What this means is Cornerstone has not, will not and does not conduct drug tests as a way to drive up profit.  Drug tests are inclusive in our contract rates.

 

Cornerstone Alumni Meetings and Activities. Get involved and stay connected.

29 Oct

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Cornerstone of Southern California’s Alumni is a great way to stay connected to your peers in recovery.

Alumni Meetings are held every Monday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at:

Intensive Outpatient Building:
1950 East 17th Street #150
Santa Ana, CA 92705

This meeting is for all Alumni, their families and sponsors.

If you have questions contact: tcampbell@cornerstonesocal.com (714-730-5399 ext. 207)

The purpose of the Cornerstone Alumni is to develop a strong sober support group for those who have successfully completed treatment.

The Cornerstone Alumni is designed to provide continued support and guidance for current and past clients serving as a key ingredient in successful ongoing recovery.

The Cornerstone Alumni has developed a network of individuals that serve as role models for the alcoholic and/or addict who want to stay clean and sober.

The Cornerstone Alumni further show that sobriety can be fun, exciting and worth sharing with others. This can be achieved by attending and participating at meetings, activities, panels and fellowship

 

“I Got My Life Back” – Cornerstone Review

29 Oct

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Cornerstone Client Review 10/21/15

Cornerstone was the best experience of my life.  I had a horrible coke problem and am proud to say I was a year clean and sober yesterday.  The case managers care so deeply about every patient there. They don’t candy coat anything though. If you’re wrong,  they will put you in your place, which is exactly what you need when you have been living by your own rules for so long and need someone to help direct you in the right way again. The drivers, the staff, at the facility and who live in the homes with you are all amazing people. I swear,  pick cornerstone if you need help.

My parents had to choose between getting a new roof and sending me to rehab,  and if you ask them, cornerstone was the best money they ever spent. They got their kid back.  I got my life back. It works if you truly wanna change your life.

Mary

Don’t Fear the Fat!

20 Oct

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Everyday we are inundated with ads, pictures and articles telling us what to eat and what not to eat. Eating trends change daily as new studies and knowledge come to light regarding what is good for you and what is not. Most of this information also revolves around weight loss and doing all we can to look and feel our best. So when it comes to the subject of fats we need to be informed about the latest findings in order to make the best choices about what we eat.

First of all – not all fats are bad for you, and second – your body NEEDS fat to function properly. The trick is in choosing the correct types of fats to eat while reducing or removing others. We have listed 5 of the good fats that we all should be eating regularly and which foods contain them.

MONOUNSATURATED FATS

For those of us with high cholesterol, an increase in monounsaturated fats will be extremely beneficial. Recent studies have proven that these fats can lower LDL or bad cholesterol while boosting your HDL or good cholesterol levels. Where can you find these miracle fats? They are found in poultry, avocados and a variety of different oils including olive oil and avocado oil. A crunchier source of these healthy fats can be found in hazelnuts, cashews and almonds.

POLYUNSATURATED FATS

Polyunsaturated fats are known for reducing cholesterol and can also reduce high blood pressure. These fats can be found in different oils like soy, sunflower and safflower oils. They can also be found in dietary supplements and some vitamin blends.

CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID or (CLA)

CLA research has found that by eating foods containing this type of healthy fat and hitting the gym around 5 hours per week can speed up body fat loss. CLA can be found in all grass fed meats and poultry and also in eggs and dairy products.

MEDIUM-CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDE (MCT)

A recent study found that by switching from using olive oil to using MCT oil can greatly increase weight loss including intra-abdominal fat located in your midsection. Abundant sources of this good fat can be found in coconut oil and palm oil.

FISH OIL

Fish oil has been shown to improve mental health in those who add it via eating more fish or taking a fish oil supplement on a regular basis. Fish oil has also been proven to help combat heart disease.