Cornerstone – Family Owned and Operated for 32 years!

17 Mar

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Cornerstone of Southern California was founded in 1984 by Dr. Michael Stone MD in the city of Tustin, California. Dr. Stone founded the program for addicts and alcoholics after working in a hospital treatment center called Care Unit and finding that the stark white walled hospital setting was alien and too far removed from the realities of life that the alcoholics and addicts were accustomed to. When the patients would leave the center they often would relapse back into old behaviors and return for more treatment after a mere few weeks.

Dr. Stone found a house in the city of Tustin and began a recovery home designed to help clients abstain from drugs and alcohol while educating them about their disease and the triggers that could lead them back into substance abuse in a residential, home-like setting. This was the birth of Cornerstone!

Since that time we have grown from a single residential recovery home into a 20 home system including 4 residential detox homes, extended care, monitored residential and sober living homes. Cornerstone also boasts an outpatient day treatment facility in Santa Ana and all homes and offices are within a 3 mile radius of one another.

Accredited by the Joint Commission and Licensed and Certified by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) we are a leader in the treatment community in California.

Why choose Cornerstone?

15 Mar

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Addicts and families of addicts choose different treatment centers to help them find recovery every day. What criteria should they be using in order to choose the facility and program that best suits their individual needs? Should they be seeking out the lowest prices, the best location and amenities, the highest qualifications held by the staff, the success rate or even the modality of treatment used? There are a myriad of differences between most treatment centers and deciphering which one will give you the best chance of success can be overwhelming.

Cornerstone of Southern California has made the choice simple. We have been in the business of helping addicts and alcoholics since 1984. We have all levels of care including medically assisted detoxification in a residential setting, extended care, alternative sentencing, monitored residential, day treatment, intensive outpatient, sober living and a family program. If you choose us you will not be shipped out to another company with staff you do not know or recognize for any part of your treatment. We have a full continuum of care moving from intensive (detox, extended care) to the lowest, least intensive (sober living) all under the care and guidance of one company.

We are DHCS licensed and certified as well as Joint Commission Accredited. We operate 20 beautiful, residential recovery homes in the cities of Orange, Tustin and Santa Ana, California complete with newly remodeled kitchens, flat screen TV’s and wireless internet. We do not house clients with more that two in a room and offer private rooms for those who request them. We employ live-in House Monitors to ensure a safe and sober environment for all clients in our care.

Cornerstone is an in-network provider contracted with over 25 major insurance companies like Blue Cross, AETNA and CIGNA who work with us due to our competitive pricing and our exceptionally ethical practices. Cornerstone does not engage in unethical drug testing or billing practices as do many other treatment facilities. We accept HMO’s and PPO’s while most other treatment centers only accept PPO insurance plans.  

At Cornerstone we focus on Relapse Prevention Education in a 12 Step based program in order to give all our clients the best possible chance at lasting sobriety. We are Cornerstone of Southern California – a Foundation for Recovery!

Who says you can’t have fun sober?

9 Mar

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Back in college I used to smoke a lot of pot. I thought it was great because I could go out with my friends (who all drank copious amounts of alcohol) and still feel like I was part of the ‘party’. I also liked it because it didn’t give me a hangover or make me pray to the porcelain god all night. It was the precursor to having a blast – at least that’s what I thought back then. I began to notice a problem with using marijuana when it became the thing I felt a desire to do before anything I used to think was fun without it. Everything from reading a book to watching a movie to going surfing! I, for some reason, believed that smoking pot BEFORE doing something somehow made that something better.

It was only after quitting completely for an extended period of time that I realized that smoking pot before doing things never actually enhanced the activity at all. In reality it dulled the experience and hindered my performance in everything I did. I read the book slower and had less comprehension, I was tired while surfing, I daydreamed while watching a movie and missed important scenes and so on.

I have found that the things that bring me joy and happiness don’t need a precursor or enhancer. They are fun for what they are and doing them sober makes the experience all the better!

Are you in a codependent relationship?

2 Mar

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Does it seem as though you are always making sacrifices in your own life in order to make your partner happy? What are you receiving (if anything) in return? Don’t be afraid if this sounds familiar to you because many people can find themselves enmeshed in a codependent relationship at some point in their lifetime. Recognizing it and taking proactive steps to fix or end the relationship will define you in a whole new light.

What Is a Codependent Relationship?

Before any repairing can take place one must understand the meaning of a true codependent relationship. Psychologists and experts define it as a pattern of behavior in which you are dependent on the approval of someone else for your own happiness, self-worth and identity.

An apparent sign of codependency happens when the sense of fulfilled purpose in your life comes mostly through making extreme sacrifices to satisfy your partner’s needs and make them happy.

“Codependent relationships signify a degree of unhealthy clinginess, where one person doesn’t have self-sufficiency or autonomy,” says Scott Wetzler, PhD, psychology division chief at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “One or both parties depend on their loved ones for fulfillment.”

Anyone can be a codependent and some research suggests that those who had parents who emotionally abused or neglected them in their developmental years are more likely to enter codependent relationships than those with stable, healthy home lives.

“These kids are often taught to subvert their own needs to please a difficult parent, and it sets them up for a long-standing pattern of trying to get love and care from a difficult person,” says Shawn Burn, PhD, a psychology professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

“They’re often replaying a childhood pattern filled with development gaps,” Wetzler says.

Answer these questions to Know if you’re in a Codependent Relationship:

Are you unable to find satisfaction in your life outside of a specific person?

Do you recognize unhealthy behaviors in your partner but stay with him or her in spite of them?

Are you giving support to your partner at the cost of your own mental, emotional, and physical health?

“Individuals can also assume they are in a codependent relationship if people around them have given them feedback that they are too dependent on their partner or if they have a desire, at times, for more independence but feel an even stronger conflict when they attempt to separate in any way,” says psychologist Seth Meyers.

“They’ll feel anxiety more consistently than any other emotion in the relationship,” Meyers says, “and they’ll spend a great deal of time and energy either trying to change their partner or … trying to conform to their partner’s wishes.”

What is the impact of a Codependent Relationship

It is unhealthy to give up your own identity, desires and needs in order to satisfy the needs of your partner.

“You can become burned out, exhausted, and begin to neglect other important relationships,” Burn says. “And if you’re the enabler in a codependent relationship — meaning you promote the other person’s dysfunctions — you can prevent them from learning common and needed life lessons.”

How to Change a Codependent Relationship

Ending the relationship is not always the answer. Setting appropriate boundaries between partners, spending time alone following your own desires and seeking out your own happiness is a good beginning. Talking and setting goals for your relationship can also greatly improve the codependent dynamic.

“It’s also important to spend time with relatives, friends, and family to broaden the circle of support,” she says. “Find hobbies of your own. Try separating for certain periods of time to create a healthy dependence on one another.”

 

Drinking Alcohol is worse for you than you thought!

2 Mar

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We have all heard or read about the idea that drinking a glass of red wine per day is good for the human body due to certain chemicals contained within it. Chemicals like antioxidants and resveratrol are thought to be ‘heart healthy’ both of which red wine has in abundance. The issue is that it is unclear whether red wine is better for you than beer or liquor and it is also unclear whether the benefits outweigh the detriments.

Recently the UK Medical Chief, Sally Davies, has proposed that alcohol consumption can actually lead to a higher risk of cancer. Davies says that, “Drinking any level of alcohol regularly carries a health risk for anyone, but if men and women limit their intake to no more than 14 units a week it keeps the risk of illness like cancer and liver disease low.”

Read more HERE!

15 Cornerstone Facilities Pass DHCS Inspection

1 Mar

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Recently Cornerstone of Southern California was visited by our DHCS analyst who conducted the required biennial Site Inspection on 14 of our Residential Recovery Homes and our Intensive Outpatient Building. The analyst completed an in depth walkthrough of every home and office, room by room, ensuring client safety and overall cleanliness as well as checking our staff policies and procedures for adherence to the DHCS guidelines regarding medication practices, client’s rights, our admissions process and much more. We are proud to announce that we passed in all areas of inspection….again!

We are proud of all our staff and the expertise that they bring to our program, from our dedicated House Monitors who run our Residential Recovery Homes with care and compassion to our fearless CEO, James Neumann, who guides our entire company while always remembering our mission:  to provide a foundation for recovery, focusing on relapse prevention education and a commitment to excellence in the delivery of care and services to our customers.

Educating Families about Addiction

1 Mar

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Here at Cornerstone of Southern California we have been helping addicts and their families recover from addictions for the past 31 years. Our approach centers around
Relapse Prevention Education and we have always strongly encouraged family involvement by offering a comprehensive Family Program. In this program we offer education on a broad range of topics from codependence, boundaries, enabling, and tough love over an 8 week time period.

Our Family Night Speakers have been given rave reviews from the family members of clients in our care. Some recent comments include:

“I had no idea I was sick also and this is a family disease.”

“The content of the lecture was meaningful and insightful and we truly learned a lot.”

“The information that they provided was relevant and up to date.”

“I was laughing out loud with everyone in the room.”

“I was impressed by Aaron’s ability to teach us the cold hard facts of this disease while keeping us laughing. He definitely had the rooms attention!“

“Learned that I can’t make them change.”

“Aaron brought it home. Realized that things have to change at home so it is not the same environment and to make things change.”

“Keep Aaron as a speaker he does a great job.”

“Very credible given their personal experience.”

“Appreciate his honesty.”

If you have a family member in treatment with us we hope that you take advantage of our Family Program.

 

Choosing a Drug Rehab: Close to home or far away?

24 Feb

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There are many factors involved when deciding to choose a local or far away drug rehab facility.

If everywhere you go you are reminded of your drug addiction, the people you know are also addicts and even your family members are addicts too, you may need to move away from home if you want a real chance at lasting recovery and getting sober. This means making a geographic change and going someplace further from your local drug rehab facility in order to minimize the possibility of being susceptible to local triggers.

In other cases an addict who has attended drug rehab in the past should be aware they will need support after leaving an out of state facility and returning home. The return back home can be a very difficult transition. The best choice would be to continue drug rehab treatment and aftercare somewhere close to home.

Making the Right Choice

Both scenarios illustrated above demonstrate why the client’s needs must be considered when looking for the right location for effective drug treatment. There are, however, additional items you will want to consider before admitting yourself to any local or out of state treatment program:

What are your Family Dynamics?

Will your family be a needed source of support, or would they act as a distraction or trigger which would potentially lead you to relapsing?

How are your Surroundings?

Beyond family, do you have any additional influences that could positively or negatively impact you such as friends, local locations? Would it be better to move to a drug rehab facility in another city or state?

Is privacy a main concern?

Will there be a difference as a result of your privacy and if you remain local? If you see a familiar face at the drug rehab center will it make things tougher?

How accessible is the facility?

It is imperative to remain in contact and on a weekly basis and follow-up with your drug rehab facility for aftercare. Will being close to home make it easier to leave versus being out of state?

Do you need insurance to help pay for treatment?

Is getting insurance to cover your treatment a factor. Depending on what your insurance covers are you willing to leave your local area?

The Right Drug Rehab Depends On You

For some people in recovery, it may be best to attend a drug rehab program that’s far away from their hometown environment which can lead to distractions and possible setbacks in their recovery process. The distance can make it easier to focus solely on recovery. For others, having the local support of friends and family during the recovery process can be the key to success, making a facility that keeps them near these positive influences more appropriate.

You have to examine your own individual situation to determine whether a local or distant drug rehab facility will be a better fit for you.

Use of the “Devil’s Drug” Flakka is on the rise

22 Feb

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α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone – aka Flakka is a synthetic stimulant which is highly addictive and extremely inexpensive to buy on the street. For about $5 this imported drug from China can cause an immediate rush which quickly turns into rampant paranoia, hallucinations, abnormal strength and elevated vital signs.

In Florida it is quickly becoming an epidemic with some treatment facilities reporting up to 20% of their clients addicted to this new drug. Many, however, have been turned away from treatment due to the extremely high rate of relapse associated with its use. In Broward County at least 60 people have already died from causes directly linked to this drug within the last 14 months.

There have been numerous reports of addicts high on Flakka doing insane things like running through the streets naked , climbing then jumping off of high bridges in paranoid attempts to flee from imaginary followers.

We at Cornerstone of Southern California are very concerned about this new substance of abuse and the incredible damage it is already causing.

To learn more click here.