Is Kratom a naturally occurring painkiller or a dangerous addictive drug?

18 Nov

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On September 30th, 2016 the DEA placed Kratom on the Schedule 1 list of dangerous chemicals alongside, heroin, LSD, marijuana and Ecstasy. There are differing opinions on the true danger of this substance and on whether or not it has any possible medical potential. Currently it is illegal in many countries and scientific studies on its possible medicinal uses have yet to be conducted. To learn more about this substance CLICK HERE.

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.

Stopping the revolving door of rehab for good.

2 Nov

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There really is no ‘best’ or ‘universal’ form of addiction treatment that works for each and every person who tries it. Although the most common form of treatment nowadays is the 12 Step model there have been many new and different forms of treating addiction that are being practiced as well.

Choosing which form of treatment is best for you can be very difficult and many have to try a few different modalities before they discover the one that works for them. Outside of the type of treatment one may choose there are a few extremely important things that anyone in need of treatment can do for themselves to ensure that when they leave the treatment facility, that door remains closed for good.

To learn what you can do proactively to give yourself the best possible outcome from substance abuse treatment CLICK HERE.

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!