Opioid Addiction Increases Post Surgery

29 Jun

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A new study has linked those who have had a back surgery or joint replacement surgery to a higher risk of opioid use and dependence post surgery. The study shows that a significant percentage of patients who have gone under the knife continue to take very potent prescription opioid painkillers for months even years after their initial procedure.

These findings help to prove that when joint replacement surgery is increasingly common there is a correlation in quickly rising rates of opioid overdoses in the United States. The most common prescription opioid painkillers include drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, fentanyl and Percocet.

A recent autopsy report showed that music legend, Prince, died after taking fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid painkiller. The artist was said to have suffered from severe hip pain and used the synthetic opioid to alleviate his pain after years of performing intense acrobatics during his stage performances.

In this study, researchers followed 574 patients who were undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery. Approximately 30 percent of these patients were taking potentially addictive opioid painkillers before their surgery. Among this group, 53 percent of knee patients and 35 percent of hip patients were still taking the narcotics six months after their surgery.

This study also found that among patients who refused to take opioids prior to having surgery, 8 percent of knee surgery patients and 4 percent of hip surgery patients were still taking the painkillers six months after receiving their joint replacement.

The strongest predictor of long-term opioid use and dependence among the study participants came from those patients who were taking high doses of the opioid painkillers before joint replacement surgery.

The results show clearly that some patients will continue to use opioids despite improvements in their pain.

Some patients who did not use opioids before joint replacement will still become chronic users after the surgery. And continued opioid painkiller use post joint replacement surgery is much more common than previously believed.

We accept HMO, PPO and EPO plans!

22 Jun

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Most treatment centers are able to accept HMO insurance plans but Cornerstone’s IN-NETWORK status with most insurance companies allows us to accept PPO and EPO plans as well! What type of insurance do you have? Does it cover treatment?

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment at Cornerstone of Southern California

16 Jun


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While residential treatment is the most effective and comprehensive form of addiction rehab, IOP treatment can be effective in individuals after a residential rehab program. Many people have maintained careers and families throughout addiction and need to ensure the continuity of those aspects of their life during treatment. This is when IOP may be the right choice for intensive rehabilitation structured around work, school, home life and other obligations. Within IOP treatment, clients still receive staff and peer support while maintaining their access to the community.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment, known in the field as “IOP” can be offered as a primary treatment program by a Cornerstone clinical staff member or through an outside medical assessment conducted by a licensed Addiction Medicine professional. IOP is only recommended for those clients who do not require a medically-supervised detox program prior to admitting. A good IOP program allows clients in recovery to continue their therapy, part-time, while still maintaining a normal schedule outside the treatment setting. Essentially the IOP program is made to accommodate a client’s normal work and family life. In Cornerstone’s Intensive Outpatient Program, all clients receive individualized treatment through group therapy as well as being assigned an individual counselor who will meet with them 1-on-1 each week. Our groups are kept to 15 or less and cover a myriad of topics which can include:

Relapse Prevention Education
Management of cravings and triggers
Understanding addiction and the recovery process
In depth explanation of the 12-step program
Co-occurring disorders
Family dynamics and Codependency
Post-acute withdrawal syndrome
Socialization in sobriety

Cornerstone’s 1-on-1 counseling sessions are private sessions where more personal issues can be discussed that may not have been addressed in the larger group therapy sessions. Our intensive outpatient program is structured so that more attendance may be required in the beginning of IOP treatment than later when the client’s strength in their recovery program has been established. The intensity of the first few weeks in a recovery program helps clients successfully navigate their most fragile period of sobriety with more support and guidance.

Our IOP program will allow clients to continue to live in their own homes while continuing treatment. Clients are able to go to work or to look for a job, and can begin rebuilding their personal lives while maintaining the help and support they receive from our program. Clients are responsible for participating in group or individual therapy according to their scheduled treatment plan.

Don’t be ashamed of a relapse. Ask for help.

8 Jun

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A relapse has happened. What are you going to do about it? What are your options? Who should you tell or should you keep it a secret? There are many avenues down which you may travel after relapsing back into substance abuse. The best and most healthy option is to ask for help immediately instead of wallowing in shame and guilt. It is absolutely natural to have these negative feelings and to be remorseful for your actions but don’t sit mired in the problem – seek a solution.

Cornerstone’s treatment team has come up with a few steps to take after a relapse event. There is always an underlying reason why we relapse and the task at hand should be to uncover that reason, learn from it and move on as a stronger person because of it. When you stumble off the path the only way to keep going is to get back on track!

Here are the steps you should take after relapsing:

  1. Do not wait – act immediately to find help. –  You are going to feel remorseful due to your actions. You will be angry at yourself and in this moment it can be easy to throw your hands up and simply give up. DON’T!! Recovery and sobriety is about choosing the best path even when it is not the easy path. Think of your friends and family and remember that you were able to do it before and you can do it again. Call your sponsor or a sober friend right away and tell them what happened.
  1. Take responsibility for your actions and don’t minimize anything. – So you have called your sponsor or a sober friend. Did you tell them the truth? The WHOLE truth? You must remember that sobriety is living your life by a code of rigorous honesty and transparency. Minimizing the issue or leaving out pieces of the story will not help you.
  1. Use the AA community and seek support from your sponsor or family. – Your sponsor, family and friends want the best for you and may initially be disappointed that you have stumbled along your path but ultimately they will commend you for coming to them right away and not hiding your mistake. By telling them you have helped to protect yourself from yourself.
  1. Seek professional help. – Call the treatment center where you got help in the past or a counselor who has worked with you before. Make an appointment to see them or even to re-admit to a treatment program. There is no shame in going back to a rehab you have been to before. Reputable treatment centers like Cornerstone understand the struggles and pitfalls that occur in recovery and can be instrumental in getting you back on track in sobriety.
  1. Learn from it and grow. – Use this as a learning experience. Remember the lead up to the relapse and who and what you were getting into at the time so in the future you may be able to see the relapse storm brewing and chart a new course.

Cornerstone Alumni Experiences

7 Jun

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“Cornerstone saved my husband’s life. It is as simple as that. The center is dedicated to the treatment of addiction but more importantly, to the treatment of the family as a whole and the focus of treatment is on relapse prevention. The change for our family is has been amazing. The Thursday night meetings and lectures for the family plus the Tuesday night family support groups have been my life line. The staff has been wonderful – no words can express the gratitude I have. I highly, highly recommend this facility if you are serious about recovery.” Anonymous

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