Bacon wrapped hot dog? Think again….

29 Jan

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and pepperoni can increase your chance of cancer. They have confirmed that unprocessed red meat may also contribute to cancer. These processed meats have now been classified as “carcinogenic to humans” based on recent studies conducted by the WHO. These studies have linked these meats to developing colon or colorectal cancer in those who eat them.

The WHO report states that a person eating approximately 50 grams of processed meat daily has an 18% higher risk of cancer than a person who doesn’t.  Although the risks are small this new information should be considered when planning your meals.

For more on this trending topic read CNN’s article here.

A shift to Addiction Treatment instead of Jail time

27 Jan

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Cornerstone is excited to be witness to a serious shift in thinking regarding providing drug treatment services to addicts and alcoholics instead of jail time both locally and nationally. We have been offering our Alternative Sentencing Program to clients who come to us with legal issues stemming from their addictions for 20 years and have become the program of choice for most of the courts in the Southern California area. Our Alternative Sentencing Manager, Dr. Stephanie Herring PhD., M.A. and our Senior Vice President, Simon Stone JD advocate on behalf of our legal clientele on a daily basis and are very well known and respected. If you have a legal issue stemming from addiction – Call us today! 714-547-5375

 

To learn more read HERE.

High School Seniors more likely to smoke pot than cigarettes

19 Jan

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According to a recent survey by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, High School age seniors are now more likely to smoke marijuana than cigarettes. This is a concerning trend to us in the drug and alcohol treatment field as we see the overall perception of marijuana use change due to the now legal status in certain states as well as the reported medical uses of the drug. We at Cornerstone of Southern California believe that marijuana is detrimental to one’s health and cognitive function and over the past 31 years treating addicts we strongly believe it to be the precursor to further experimentation leading to addiction.

Read more here.

Opiod overdose death statistics 2015

12 Jan

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Legal drug causing more deaths than Heroin

Tragically, there have been more and more deaths attributed to legal pain medications in the last year than ever before in this country. Pain meds like Vicodin and Oxycontin, prescribed by doctors to patients for everything from a toothache to a broken bone, have been shown to increase the likelihood of future Heroin use and abuse in those who have taken them. Recent studies have shown that Heroin users have increased by close to 300,000 people in the last year while legal pain medication users are up even higher. To learn more read HERE.

Recovery as a New Year’s Resolution?

11 Jan

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We are now almost two months into the New Year and Cornerstone would like to commend all those in recovery for making it through the holidays without taking a drink or using. We know from our 31 years of experience treating clients with addictions that the holidays are a particularly difficult time for some due to family interactions, parties and for others they can trigger depression and loneliness.

The temptation to drink or use can be very strong and can lead some to relapse. We must remember that our recovery must come first and we must work each day to connect with others in the program and continue to attend our meetings and call our sponsors. Recovery works if you work it!

If you or someone you love has had a difficult holiday season and has had a relapse event we encourage you to get help NOW. Whether you call us here at Cornerstone of Southern California or another treatment facility we hope that you will make that call as soon as possible.

Relapses happen. You should not feel ashamed. Reach out to us or others in the treatment community and we will help.

Alcohol is still the #1 choice for college students

4 Jan

Alcohol is still the #1 choice for college students

According to the National Institutes of Health, 4 out of 5 college students admitted to drinking alcohol in some form occasionally.It was also found that 40% of college students admitted to ‘binge drinking’ at least once time within two weeks before taking their survey. For male students binge drinking consists of, on average, 5 alcoholic beverages consecutively and for females, 4 or more in a row. Students between the ages of 18 – 25 have been found to have the greatest prevalence of excessive drinking while the average peak for this behavior is 21.

Why Do College Students Drink?

The legal drinking age in the US is 21 years but that doesn’t seem to deter many of our American underage youth from experiencing their first taste of some alcoholic beverage. Many students see drinking to intoxication as some sort of ‘rite of passage’ or as a way to ‘fit in’ while many in the treatment community see alcohol as a ‘gateway drug’.

Every year, just before the holiday and new year’s break, college students are put through the stress of final exams and then released from their educational obligations for a few weeks to decompress and relax. During this break the incidents of excessive or ‘binge’ drinking rises significantly. Holiday and New Years parties as well as sorority and fraternity celebrations are the perfect venues for over-consumption of alcohol and other substances but studies show that alcohol remains the #1 choice for college students.

College students who attempt to become members of fraternities, sororities and athletic organizations or clubs can also encounter ‘Hazing’ during pledging. It has been reported that more than 50% of students who pledge these organizations become victims of hazing.

Alcohol Can Have Serious Risks

The National Institute of Health has reported, 25% of college students who drink suffer in their academic performance by missing classes, poor exam outcomes, failing to complete assignments, falling behind, and ultimately receiving lower grades. The National Institute of Health found  that 1,825 college students between the age of 18-24 die each year due to alcohol related injuries.

Even More Serious Risks

  • Unprotected Sex: 13% of college students have unprotected sex after a night of drinking.
  • Assault: Every year, 690,000 students between the age of 18-24 are assaulted by another college student who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the assault.
  • Drunk Driving: Every year, more than 3.3 million college students between the age of 18-24 operate a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • Other Injuries: Every year, about 599,000 college students sustain injuries related to alcohol use and abuse.
  • Sexual Abuse: 97,000 college students each year become victims of alcohol-related sexual abuse or ‘date rape’.

Cornerstone is Licensed, Certified and Accredited!

29 Dec

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Cornerstone would like to thank our friends at the DHCS and JCAHO organizations for their help and guidance in ensuring that we provide the highest quality drug and alcohol treatment services possible to every client in need who comes to us for help.

We have been licensed and certified by the DHCS (formerly the ADP) for 31 years and just went through a rigorous site visit and analysis of 14 of our Residential Recovery Homes as well as our Outpatient Day Treatment Facility. Our analyst was impressed with our program as a whole and told us upon finishing that we did, “Very well”.

We also were visited by three analysts from JCAHO back in November, 2015 and were re-accredited for the next three years!

We are proud of these accomplishments and our caring and professional staff who strive every day to provide the best support and treatment to our clientele.