Cornerstone's Family Program

TO THE FAMILIES OF THE ADDICT:

I have been dealing with my wife and her alcohol addiction for some time now.   She finally decided to get involved with a rehab.  We were very fortunate to have found Cornerstone for her rehab facility.  She received excellent care from a group of very caring people.  She is currently in a sober living house, and is doing well.

The thing that I did not realize or expect was that I needed help for myself and I was going to get that help in the form of a family group meeting.  Most everybody enters this meeting with a bundle of emotions in the form of being angry, scared, nervous, and tired.   Just as your addicted loved one is going to meetings and learning about their addiction,  the family goes to their meeting to learn how to deal with the addict, and how to bring some calm back into their lives.  The secret to these meetings is to give it some time.   I did not want any part of this process in the beginning, but because I wanted to do everything I could for my wife, I returned for meeting after meeting.  In a very short time my mind set had changed and I could not even consider missing one.  The format of the meeting is set up to allow cross talk.  This works extremely well.  You will meet people that have gone down the path that you are just venturing into. They will share their experiences and their resolve, from that you will be able to pick what applies to you and what you think will work best for your set of circumstances.  Our meeting manager is Vaughn.  His life experiences, knowledge of the subject matter, and personality have enabled him to be the perfect match for the job.

You will learn you are not alone in this. You will learn that it isn’t healthy for anybody to allow the addict to consume their life.  You will learn to deal with the addict while taking care of yourself.   If you pay attention and open up you will even learn to smile and laugh again.

I would like to close by giving a bit of advice. When it comes to your addicted loved one and rehabilitation, the longer the person is involved with treatment the better.  When it comes to the family members, attend as many meetings as you can.  The result will be a higher understanding of the addict, addiction, and your role for the future.

I wish you the Best of luck in your future.

Thank you

Nick

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Pay now, or pay later?

When the sad news of another teen suicide is brought to our attention we often find out that drugs and alcohol were a factor leading up to the act. We also hear that the community is sending counselors in to the school to help the friends and classmates of the teen deal with their emotions and grief. So, it seems that we are great at hindsight and 'on-the-ball' after the fact when something as devastating as a suicide occurs. Why then do we not learn from this process and realize the extreme benefit of being proactive in these critical situations? Why then do we not try to send counselors in to schools to help kids deal with their family issues, drug use, peer pressures, etc., before the afflicted teen turns to what he/she feels is their only option?

Drug treatment and counseling should be made available early on in order to curb the multitude of problems which are created by unhindered drug use and will ultimately affect the community at large. Why not catch the afflicted teen before they reach the point of utter helplessness and lead them to alternatives and new ways of coping with their problems?

Right now we are consistently 'paying later' for problems that could have been alleviated should we have chosen to 'pay now'. Think of the snowball effect that the 'pay later' mentality causes on a daily basis accross the nation. The effects of drug use on a young person blossom into a myriad of issues that the community as a whole must face and pay for such as medical and psychiatric costs, gang violence, poverty, domestic violence, child abuse, homelessness, theft and crime in general. Isn't the pattern obvious to us after all these years?

The correlation between substance abuse and the high monetary cost that those suffering from it place upon our communities is obvious. Those who suffer are more likely to end up in the emergency room and have repeated hospitalizations (many times without the ability to pay).  There are also the costs of treating liver disease, fetal alcohol syndrome, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, not to mention the costs of car accidents and disability benefits?  Even family members of those with addictive disorders have higher health care costs.

'Paying now' will alleviate so many future problems, not only for the individual with the drug problem, but for the community as a whole. We could effectively 'nip it in the bud' (no pun intended) and decrease the heavy burden these unhelped individuals place upon society.

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President Obama Signs Federal Bath Salts and Spice Ban into Law

On Monday, July 9, 2012, President Obama signed into law legislation designed to curb the growing problem of designer drug abuse in teh U.S.. These synthetic substances aremade up of chemicals that, when ingested, mimic the effects of illicit substances, such as methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana. Because the chemical structures of these designer drugs often turn out to be near clones of the illicit drugs they mimic, they have been allowed to be sold as legal alternatives to the real banned drugs. As legislation has evolved at the state level, the drug manufacturers have changed the drugs chemical formulas enough to avoid breaking the law.

These now illegal synthetic substances impacted by this legislation are marketed and sold on the Internet and in convenience stores across the country. Though they are marked as "not for human consumption," these drugs are actually designed for snorting or smoking by humans. The drugs are sold as "bath salts," "glass cleaner" and "ant powder," and they have proven to be extremely dangerous and unpredictable in their effects on humans. With names like "Ivory Wave," "Legal Phunk" and "Vanilla Sky," these drugs have been widely marketed and sold in the United States. Manufacturers of these drugs have been found mostly in Europe, well outside the reach of domestic law enforcement agencies. Almost all U.S. communities have seen the effects of these drugs. New versions of these drugs seem to be an ever-changing mix of a certain set of hallucinogenic compounds. The effects seem to be a mix of the effects of cocaine and L.S.D. with users often telling of  frightening hallucinations and over stimulating effects. Driving the effects of these drugs have been substances like MDPV (3,4 methelyenedioxpyrovalerone) and mephedrone (4-MMC). These two drugs are among the many that are banned by the legislation.

This bill was mostly the work of Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Charles Schumer (D-NY). The bill recieved bipartisan support, which is rare in Washington these days. Their bill also includes provisions that ban a large amount of synthetic cannabinoids, for example, compounds called K2 and Spice. A completely different class of synthetic drugs, these marijuana-like substances closely mimic the activity of the main intoxicant found in marijuana. Sold as 'herbal room odorizers' and 'potpourri', the Spice/K2 products are smoked using pipes and "bongs". Users of the synthetic cannabinoids often compare these lab-made drugs to real marijuana cultivated from the cannabis plant. K2 and Spice are said to be more powerful than its organic cousin, marijuana . They're also said to be more energizing than plant-harvested marijuana. In fact, many marijuana users do not like the K2/Spice products as marijuana alternatives because the effects are too severe. Nevertheless, these drugs have seen explosive growth in drug using communities nationwide. Poison control centers and hospital emergency rooms have been dealing with a wave of K2/Spice users who were unprepared for the drugs' "upper-like" effects.

In all, the federal legislation signed by President Obama outlaws 31 different substances and relegates them to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Hopefully this bill will slow accessibility to these drugs and the serious health hazards that they represent.

Drug testing of people suspected of "bath salt" or K2/Spice use is available through the auspices of some specialized laboratories. MEDTOX Laboratories has developed a battery of special drug testing protocols in response to the designer drug phenomenon.

This article posted from MEDTOX JOURNAL.

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A Highschool Graduate Addicted to Heroin

A High School Graduate Addicted to Heroin   

 

In 2009 I was having the time of my life. In April I had met what I thought to be a great guy, I was getting ready to graduate high school, I had a great job I had been at since I was 15, good grades, and all the freedom I wanted since I had proven my responsibility. Once I started dating “Ryan” we’ll call him, things changed. I started breaking curfew. I was dabbling in drugs trying to show him I wasn't some sheltered 18 year old. But everything changed in July.

Towards the end of July it was our friends birthday. One of “Ryan’s” friends came over and changed my life forever. I had lied to my parents to be able to stay out all night. When your parents are divorced that’s easy to do especially when they trust you like they trusted me. When we got to Ryan’s friend’s house, he immediately told me I couldn't be mad at him for what he wanted to try. Being the spiteful and ignorant 18 year old I was I responded with “If it’s good enough for you to try it is good enough for me.”

I loved it. I loved everything about it; the process, the euphoria, the weight-loss. Nothing could hold me back but at their discretion I only used it once a week. Until October that worked for me. Nothing was hurting, I wasn't craving more but then something traumatic happened. I was raped and instead of going to the hospital, I went straight to his “friends” house. After that I used day in and day out.

In January of 2010 my parents found out about my drug use. They immediately got me into a detox center and I vowed never to use it again. On my 19th birthday I said what the hell and relapsed. I continued to use until about 4 months later. Again I went into a rehab, but this time I ran away. When I decided to come home my mom found Cornerstone. I was tired at this point. I missed my family and to be honest I missed myself. I didn't know who I was anymore. I wasn't going anywhere. All I did was use and feel sick. I actually had doctor’s trying to find cancer in me because I just refused to tell them I was using. After another relapse and moving to Vegas I was ready to be done.

It was April 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm. I remember the exact time to this day. There was a shot (I was a smoker, I didn't shoot up) that had been sitting in my friends medicine cabinet for longer than I had been living there (3 mos). I told her at that time “I’m done. I can’t live like this anymore.” For the first time in 2 ½ years I, me, not my mom, not my dad, not some friends, I said I was done. I made an ultimatum with myself. Either I’m getting clean or I’m shooting the old nasty one and killing myself. I had hit the fork in the road that AA had always told me about. There was no confusing it for anything else.

My mom didn't answer the phone when I called. So I called my dad. He told me if she didn't answer again he would drive over and they would come get me that night. Luckily my mom answered. She asked me if I could make it through til the morning. My mom got to Vegas at 9am. I got high for the last time.

I didn't even know if Cornerstone had an opening I just knew that I had to work with the same Case Manager again. No other case manager there got through to me quite like him. He knew exactly how I worked. What my faults were and what my advantages were without me even knowing. Many clients dislike him. I however could not see any other way of successfully getting clean. I was at Cornerstone's Inpatient Program for 21 days. I got the privilege of working with the same Case Manager a second time. A staff member who is no longer with Cornerstone was the guy who helped me my first time. He got me water and helped me when I was going through the roughest withdrawal of my life.

I was moved on into Cornerstone's Extended Care Program and I was back at house 18 with the same House Manager. That wasn't easy either. I went through my ups and my downs but the Outpatient Program Coordinator at extended care is a lot like my Case Manager at inpatient. She wasn't my direct Case Manager but she called me out nonetheless, which is EXACTLY what I needed to succeed.

As of August 6, 2012 I have 1 year 3 months and 21 days of sobriety! If it hadn't been for my mom’s quick work in getting me out of Las Vegas, the patience of the Cornerstone staff and their 'never give up' attitude and my own perseverance, I don’t know where I would be today. (I can’t forget Tim Stone either. He may be the “groundskeeper” but he will always listen if you need an ear. And will do whatever he can to help you.)

If you would have asked me while I was a patient there if I would refer the rehab to anybody I would have told you **** NO!! xyz. But with the life I lead now, and where I am at compared to where I was, no other place could help me. Nowhere else wanted to take the time to find out who I was deeper than I was willing to let on. They allowed me to find myself kicking and screaming the way I always do it. They were patient, they were punching bags, they lent an ear when I was upset, anything I had to throw at them to get through this they took it like champs. They didn't always have the answer I wanted to hear but why would you want enablers helping you get off drugs anyways? They gave me myself back and the strength to convey what I couldn't without drugs.

Today I am Lanni again. I have a kick ass job, my own apartment, a car, my families trust somewhat (still building that), and I have hope again in life and society around me. I don’t have to look over my shoulder, or steal, or sell myself as some addicts I know have. I get to live my life, go out to lunch with my friends (sounds petty but trust me its huge). I pay my bills, and I feel lucky to be able to do things people in society consider normal. I have Cornerstone to thank for helping me get there and AA to thank for getting me started on the track to becoming a normal person again. I have not learned it all and when I have will be the day I’m in a casket with my family around me paying their respects without whispering something like, “Too bad that her life got wasted on __________–enter drug of choice here.

Have faith anyone is capable of being me. Even you.

 

Thank you,

Lanni

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The Joint Commission has Accredited 68 Cornerstone Treatment beds in our 120 bed system!

Cornerstone of Southern California has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 1991. Our first time going through the accreditation process was extremely informative and helped us improve our overall performance in all areas of our program's treatment processes. It led directly to better individual care for every client that chooses us. The Joint Commission helped us in every aspect of our program services which directly benefit each individual who comes to us for help with drugs or alcohol.

The Joint Commission is an organization that accredits treatment facilities, programs and hospitals. They check every area of a program, in depth, before awarding them the Gold Seal of Approval and Accreditation. Cornerstone of Southern California made the decision to be surveyed by them as a way of providing our clients, families, employers and insurance companies the assurance they need that Cornerstone will provide the highest quality of ethical treatment.

Since 1991, Cornerstone has maintained the Gold Star of Approval from The Joint Commission with reviews and inspections every three years. We have just renewed our accreditaion in November of 2011 and will do so again in 2014. We appreciate the insight and knowledge of the analysts who come to inspect every aspect of our servicces and strive to maintain the highest standards regarding the quality of care for each individual.

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Cornerstone can treat ALL chemical dependencies with a full continuum of care from Inpatient Detox to Residential Treatment to Sober Living

Cornerstone can treat all chemical dependencies including, but not limited to, alcohol, narcotics (Vicodin, Oxycontin, Norco, Fentanyl, Methadone, Heroin, Suboxone), sedative hypnotics (Xanax, Valium, Librium, Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta, Ativan, Serax), methamphetamine and amphetamines (Adderal and Ritalin) cocaine, marijuana, PCP and the designer drugs (ecstacy, GHB, Ketamine).

Cornerstone boasts a FULL CONTINUUM OF CARE providing seamless transitions through all levels of care within ONE treatment facility! Most other facilities only offer one level of care and once an individual completes the program they are then required to find another facility that offers the new level of care they need. They need to first qualify for that program and then go through the entire intake process again. At times the new program is in another city entirely and the logistics of moving the individual and their belongings becomes an added hassle. Lastly, the individual will need to start over learning all the applicable rules and regulations of the new facility as well as integrating with a new group of recovering addicts.

Here at Cornerstone, our clientele are able to go through the intake process once to admit to the appropriate level of care for their individual needs and then transfer seamlessly to another level of care within the same program!  Individuals can be admitted to our Inpatient Detox program for the first faze of their treatment process. Once off of Detox status a Cornerstone client can transfer directly to one of our 20 residential homes in Tustin, Orange and Santa Ana (all homes are within a 3 mile radius of each other and the main offices). We offer Residential Extended Care, Monitored Residential, Intensive Outpatient, Sober Living and a Monitored Legal Program that helps individuals with legal issues stemming from drug use or sales.

Cornerstone has been helping individuals with drug and alcohol problems for 28 years! We know the disease. We know how to help.

If you or a loved one has a problem with drugs and alcohol, please call us today at 1-800-385-9889.

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Educational Workshops for CEU’s

Educational Workshops for CEU’s

www.palmworkshops.org

   Presents a workshop in conjunction with

    Cornerstone of Southern California

 

Topic:              AWARENESS, RECOVERY, AND GROWTH For Adult Survivors of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional Family Systems

 

Speaker:         Michael Farrell, CADC II, NCAC I, ICADC, SAP

                           Center for Addiction Recovery and Education, Laguna Hills, CA

  

Date:               Tuesday, July 17, 2012

 

Time:               Registration  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

                           Workshop     9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.                       

 

Place:               Cornerstone of Southern California

                           1950 East 17th Street

                           Santa Ana, CA 92705                

                       

Contact:          (714) 547-4300         “Bring afriend!” 

 

Registration:   Fee $10.00 Workshop, Refreshments, CEU’s                  

 

Sponsors:         CORNERSTONE of Southern California

 

Douglas K. Maguire, C.A.D.C, CEAP, ICADC & Dr. Rick Maguire, Ed. D

PALM National Office: (909) 860-6979 Fax: (909) 494-4498 E-Mail: palmeap@aol.com

 

PALMworkshop franchises available at your location

www.palmworkshops.org

PALM, Inc. workshops provide 2.5 hours of CEAP-PDH, CAADAC CEU’s # IN-88-141-0512 & CAADE CEH’s # CPO 10918C0114. Course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours CEU’s for MFT and LCSW as required by California Board of Behavioral Sciences PCE-3856.

Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) Certification #5082

 

PALM does not endorse the views or material of the Speaker. Speaker subject to change without notification. Check out www.palmworkshops.org click on “Contact us” and request your workshop announcement viaemail.

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Cornerstone Alumni Beach Party – 2012

Cornerstone Alumni Beach Party – 2012

Date:        Saturday, July 14th

                   6am – 10pm (Beach Closing)

                   Come anytime during the day.

                   A lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips & punch

                   will be provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert!

Place:       Bolsa Chica State Beach                                

                   Between lifeguard stations 21 & 22

                   (Parking $15 per vehicle)

Grab your sunscreen and join us for a day of fun, sun and surf.

There will be a Fellowship Fire at dusk.

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Letter from a Cornerstone Alumni

Dear Staff at Cornerstone,

I am a proud past client of Cornerstone and would like to thank you with all my heart and gratitude for the love and caring that the Cornerstone family has given me during my recovery stay there. I owe all of you nothing less than my life which has been restored and given back to me. I could not have done this without you and I've been amazed throughout my experience there at the level of care I've recieved and the true evidence of God working through all the people there at Cornerstone.

I was there for about three months until my insurance benefits ran out and I have given over my heart and soul to my recovery process - which it deserves. My heart and soul is more alive now than ever before. I said my hearfelt goodbyes to the wonderful friends I have made there and have thanked you all for all you have done for me.

I will never forget this life saving experience.

I also hope to give back what has been given to me - by coming back to speak on panels at Cornerstone and hopefully touch lives in the same manner that mine was touched.

Thank you for your time. God has truly blessed us here at Cornerstone - Thy Will Be Done.....Always.

Cornerstone Alumni

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PALMworkshops presents a workshop in conjunction with Cornerstone of Southern California

Educational Workshops for CEU’s

www.palmworkshops.org

                             Presents a workshop in conjunction with Cornerstone of Southern California

 

Topic:              Women’s Issues in Recovery”

Speaker:         Mark Kisner, MSW, CADC-II

Date:                Tuesday,June 19,2012

Time:               Registration  8:30a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

                           Workshop     9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m.                       

Place:            Cornerstone of Southern California

                        1950 E. 17th St.

                        Santa Ana, CA 92705                

                       

Contact:          (714) 547-4300         “Bring afriend!” 

Registration:   Fee $10.00 Workshop, Refreshments, CEU’s                  

Sponsors:             CORNERSTONE of Southern California

 

Douglas K. Maguire, C.A.D.C., CEAP, ICADC & Dr. Rick Maguire, Ed. D

PALM National Office: (909) 860-6979 Fax: (909) 494-4498 E-Mail: palmeap@aol.com

 

PALMworkshop franchises available at your location

www.palmworkshops.org

PALM, Inc.workshops provide 2.5 hours of CEAP-PDH, CAADAC CEU’s # IN-88-141-0512 & CAADE CEH’s # CPO10918 C0114. Course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours CEU’s for MFT and LCSW as required by California Board of Behavioral Sciences PCE-3856.

Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) certification #5082

.

PALM does not endorse the views or material of the Speaker. Speaker subject to change without notification. Check out www.palmworkshops.org click on “Contact us” and request your workshop announce via email.

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