Are “Safe Consumption Facilities” a good idea?

17 Nov

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Seattle has decided to follow the Portugal and Vancouver models of fighting addiction and overdose deaths during the height of it’s opioid epidemic. There are currently more addicts entering treatment for heroin abuse than alcohol abuse which is an alarming and telling statistic.

So Seattle has opened “Safe Consumption Facilities” where addicts can legally shoot up or use illicit drugs. These facilities will provide safe, clean places to shoot up which will decrease the risk of infection, contamination, and death.

Drugs will not be provided in these locations, but addicts will receive clean needles and syringes. Addicts will also be able to “take other addictive drugs under the supervision of trained authorities,“ according to the The New York Times.

How do you feel about this new method of dealing with the opioid epidemic?

CLICK HERE to read more

When emotions become triggers what can you do?

16 Nov

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Most of us have heard of mindfulness and being ‘in the moment’ as ways to deal with stress and unbridled emotions. Not dwelling on the past or focusing solely on the future but being fully present in the here and now can be a beneficial mindset in dealing with life on a daily basis. It reduces feelings of anxiety and stress and relieves worry and consternation.

Our emotions are often the triggers that can lead us to relapse. How can we fight these emotional time bombs and come out victorious? CLICK HERE to find out.

Cornerstone recieves IMS (Incidental Medical Services) Certification from the DHCS

30 Oct

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Cornerstone is proud to announce our new IMS Certification from the Department of Health Care Services in California! After successfully submitting our applications for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Designations for all 20 of our residential treatment facilities we have now received our IMS Certification and can begin having licensed Addiction Medicine Physicians providing the following services at our facility:

1) Obtaining Medical Histories

2) Monitoring health status to determine whether the health status warrants transfer of the client in order to receive urgent medical care

3) Perform testing associated with detoxification from alcohol or drugs

4) Provide alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment services

5) Overseeing client self-administered medications

6) Treating substance abuse disorders, including detoxification


This massive change has been much anticipated by our program in order to bolster the quality and safety of the detoxification and treatment services that we have been providing since 1984. The ability to have a licensed Addiction Medicine Physician overseeing our detoxing and monitored clients can and will only approve our program.

Addiction: Risk Taking Behaviors

26 Oct

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New insight has been gained into how the brains of drug addicts may be wired differently. The findings show that while drug users have very strong motivation to seek out ‘rewards,’ they exhibit an impaired ability to adjust their behavior and are less fulfilled once they have achieved what they desire. This disconnect between the craving for a drug and inability to regulate behavior may be key to breaking the cycle of addiction.

Read more here

From:   University of Rochester Medical Center

Recovery isn’t ‘One size fits all’ – The problem with ‘real’ recovery

25 Oct

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Is addiction a moral failure where the addict simply will not ‘choose’ to stop using drugs or alcohol? Is it still recovery if the addict is given medications to ease the process? What difference does it make if someone chooses to receive medication assisted treatment or chooses to push through the pain of withdrawals in the traditional 12 Step model?

We at Cornerstone believe that either path is an acceptable choice and that there shouldn’t be a stigma placed on those receiving medication assisted recovery. Finding lasting recovery from drugs and alcohol should be the main and ultimate goal of any form of treatment. The path is different for everyone. What does ‘real’ recovery actually mean? Read here and find out!

Alcoholism and Shame – How do they connect?

21 Oct

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Addiction and shame connect in a vicious dance that destroys lives. In an effort to measure how the two correlate scientists came up with a method of recording video of the body language addicts exhibit when asked about the last time they used and felt badly about it. They then tracked the group over a period of time and checked after four months to see who had relapsed and who had not. To find out the results of their study CLICK HERE.

Much needed good news for the opioid epidemic: More Treatment Options

17 Oct

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Whether it be increased access to treatment through due to the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act which require insurance companies to cover treatment for addicts or increased access to new medications that assist in the treatment of opioid addiction, there is hope on the horizon in turning the opioid epidemic around.

Cornerstone fully supports President Obama’s recently proposed $1.1 billion in funding to expand access to treatment for opioid addiction and overdose prevention across the nation. Cornerstone has been fighting the opioid epidemic even before it had a nationally recognized moniker and we continue our fight daily, one client at a time. To read more CLICK HERE.

We have been assisting addicts recover from addictions since 1984. We will help you find lasting recovery. Call us today at 714-547-5375.

Congress passes CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act)

14 Oct

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The entire addiction treatment community across the country is applauding the passage of the CARA bill in the US Congress! This is a major victory in the ongoing fight against addiction in our country and we are excited to see the President sign this bill into law. The last obstacle will be waiting to see if Congress will fund it this year.

This bill will effectively increase access to treatment for those in need, bolster recovery support services through treatment providers, promote prevention education and ultimately save lives. To find out everything that the CARA Bill will do to fight addiction in the USA click HERE.