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Cornerstone has been helping Alcoholics and Drug Addicts find recovery and healing families since 1984. We have treated over 35,000 addicts and their families during that time.

  • Our clients are from all age groups and come from a myriad of different backgrounds culturally, educationally and financially.
  • Our clients are successful business people who allowed the stress of today's long hours and low wages to push them into drinking alcohol or using drugs to the point of uncontrolled dependence and addiction.
  • Our clients come from all walks of life. They have different problems stemming from this disease. Their self-esteem has sunk so low that many also suffer from depression.
  • Our clients are men who are about to lose their families, jobs and homes.
  • Our clients are women who are about to lose their children, jobs and homes.
  • Many of these men and women have already lost their self-respect and motivation.

The common thread can be seen in all of the comments we receive after they have been through Cornerstone's programs. We are pleased to present a few of these comments on our webpage. Perhaps something will hit home and help you make the decision to come to Cornerstone to get help for yourself or a loved one.

Read some of the comments about Cornerstone's Programs from both Clients and Family Members:

From Clients

"When I came to Cornerstone, I was in serious trouble with my job, family, the courts and with myself. I had spent 80% of my life involved with drugs and alcohol, which is almost 40 years. I knew of no true way of living life without them.

"Today I have been clean and sober for more than 2 years. I have never been happier in all phases of my life. What was shown to me here at Cornerstone was everything I needed to turn my world around and how to maintain this new found life.

"I truly wish to thank the Cornerstone family for all your help and support. You have been a true blessing for me, still to this day." Sincerely, Kurt B.


"I checked into Cornerstone to detox from Alcohol and gain education on how to live life without picking up a drink. I wanted to write to express my gratitude to your organization for directing me to the path I am on today. I truly have never had it so good! I have thought many times about my experience at Cornerstone and all I can say is it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Your staff is so amazing! They treated me with compassion; and I was given hope every day I was there by the people you employ. I just want you to know that you have made it possible to live a life beyond my wildest dreams today." Kind Regards, Jaeden B.


"This was the best foundation I could have asked for to be sober. My case manager was the Best!! She showed me your life can be exciting and sober." Tina H.


"This place saved my life." Charlie H..


"I thank my higher power each day for my stay at Cornerstone. I believe that God was watching over me each day as I began my new life in recovery. I am so grateful for you and all that I learned about myself during my brief stay." With utmost respect and love, Tom M.


"Dear Dr. Stone and friends at Cornerstone - Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know I am doing FINE!! I am going to meetings, getting together with friends, went up to San Francisco over Memorial Day and, of course, doctors appointments!!! (HA HA! No one like you though, Dr. Stone - unfortunately!).

"Anyway, hope all of you are well. I think of you often and about all of the wonderful things you have done for me! It will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!" Thanks again, Anonymous


"Cornerstone has been vital in my journey throught rehabilitation from my alcoholism. I was admitted to Cornerstone by way of an intervention of my adult daughters and with the help and suport of Cornerstaff. In the beginning I was amazed and bewildered by the kindness and respect with which I was treated. At the time, I was so sick in my disease that I certainly did not believe I was worthy of it. The care I was given through my detox was nothing short of a gift from God. They haeld my hand and cared for me until I could physically begin to care for myself and begin the long process of recovery. The staff has the patience of saints and really care about the clients. Each clients program is customized to fit their individual needs and they are so "solution oriented" it is incredible. Counselors and staff are always available and the education i received pertaining to addiction, recovery and relapse prevention is excellent. One of the awesome things about Cornerstone is that they recognize that addiction affects not only the addict/alcoholic but the entire family. Cornerstone encourages the participation of family and other support members to participate in the recovery process as well. Cornerstone provided a physically and emotional safe environment for me to begin to heal and learn the tools I would need to use in my recovery. I would recommend Cornerstone to anyone and if I had to do it all over again I would.........And in fact I did. Part of my recovery has been plagued by relapse and i was welcomed back to Cornerstone with open arms despite my miserable self-inflicted humiliation and devastation. I'm a slow learner in this process but Cornerstone has never given up on me. I have gone through nearly all phases of their program from my initial medical detox, to their extended care program, Intensive outpatient, family program and I now am happily residing in one of their sober living houses as I am 9 months sober. Thanks to Cornerstone I am working with a sponsor in AA, working full time and continue to participate in their aftercare program. I would never have been able to begin to learn how to live without alcohol if not for the education support and direction of Cornerstone. My undying gratitude to Dr., Stone and His staff for their selfless dedication to the alcoholic/addict who needs help. I would not be where I am today if it were not for them. I continue to grow in my new sober life and I only pray that I can someday pass on to others what cornerstone has given to me. God bless you Cornerstone." Anonymous


"I just completed my time at Cornerstone and I have to say that I am sad to go. This may seem weird since most people think of rehab as a horrible place. I know because I was one of them. I knew i had a problem "Sort of" but did not want to be classified as someone who needed REHAB. Although, going to and being a part of the program changed my whole perspective not just of REHAB but of myself. Cornerstone in my opinion does not treat the addiction but the mind behind the addictive thinking. I discovered so much about why I think and act the way I do. I learned a better way to do life and to think about my day to day. I learned how to live in happiness even though my life is not always happy. Best of all I learned how to have healthy meaningful relationships. Oh yeah and I stopped drinking.

"I would recommend the Cornerstone program to anyone who wants to become a better person and break there addiction in the process." Anonymous


"Cornerstone of Southern California laid the tools at my feet to stay sober. I had problems with booze cocaine marijuana and hallucinogens when i came in but they really drilled in the point that the problem is not the drugs or the alcohol its my disease. All that using was just a symptom of that. They have some great counselors that understand the disease. They do introduce you to a 12 step program and have you get a sponsor among other things to get you oriented to living a life free from the grips of your addiction. I am eternally grateful for the people at cornerstone. They care. If you have someone you know that has a problem and is ready to get help call up Cornerstone. If you have a friend or loved one who goes to cornerstone and does not stay sober it is not because cornerstone did not do their job, its because the client did not have the willingness to let go of the power." Anonymous


From Friends and Family Members

Sister - "One year ago, my brother had his first Happy Thanksgiving in a long time, due to the remarkable work you do. As we prepare to celebrate his second (sober) Happy Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say Thank You for giving me my brother back." Nancy S.


Mother - "My son returned home to MA. on Friday. After speaking to a couple of lawyers about his situation it didn't seem hopeful that he would be allowed to leave California. I know having you go to court with him and explain his progress at Cornerstone was extremely helpful. Thank you so much for all you did.

"After 8 months away from home it was so good to see him and know how good he is doing and how he wants to continue to move on with his life in a positive way. His long term treatment at Cornerstone gave him the tools to work with in the future. He started work yesterday at a local hotel.

"I can't say enough about how helpful you have been and want you to know how your efforts are greatly appreciated.

"I would highly recommend Cornerstone to anyone seeking treatment for addiction." Sincerely, Joan T.


Mother - "Cornerstone was recommended to me in January by an independent counsellor. I researched their website and immediately had a gut feeling this was the place for my son. There was so much information, and a wide range of programs at various levels from In-patient right through to sober living. Not only help for the addict/alcoholic, but for the families too. The Tuesday night session for family members is extremely supportive. It is incredible to see how peoples emotions can change so much over time, and how strong they can become themselves in their recovery process. (after all, it is a 'family disease') This group is also open to children/ siblings, which is a great idea. The Thursday night lectures are invaluable in helping to understand the disease of addiction. One thing I find great is that you can still go to the Tuesday evening group and the lectures on a Thursday even after your 'qualifier' has left the centre. This support is fantastic.

"The programs for the addict/alcoholic are superb. The staff at Cornerstone do their job in a professional manner, and really do care. Despite what my addict son said when he first arrived at Cornerstone that they try and keep you longer than you need, that they only want your money, and that you don't learn anything.... I found this far from the truth. Those 3 statements from my son are typical from some addicts in their disease.

"Cornerstone helped my son.... they gave him the tools he needed to stay clean and sober... they also gave me the tools I need to take care of myself. Cornerstone family members are like my second family, and have helped me get where I am today - only 5 months along, but I know I have their support for life. I am so thankful to all the staff at Cornerstone for their help, guidance and support. Their website is also very informative, and extremely helpful. Keep up the good work and THANK YOU." Anonymous


Wife - "Cornerstone saved my husband's life. It is as simple as that. The center is dedicated to the treatment of addiction but more importantly, to the treatment of the family as a whole and the focus of treatment is on relapse prevention. The change for our family is has been amazing. The Thursday night meetings and lectures for the family plus the Tuesday night family support groups have been my life line. The staff has been wonderful - no words can express the gratitude I have. I highly, highly recommend this facility if you are serious about recovery." Anonymous


Stepmother - "My stepson entered the Cornerstone rehabilitation facility to receive treatment for his addiction. He went through several phases of their program and advanced to their sober living facility. He spent a total of approximately 15 months as a patient, and during that time he was provided a foundation that has allowed him not only to remain clean and sober, but to learn how to function confidently and productively. He now has a home, a good job, a loving wife and a beautiful young child. During the early phases of his residency at Cornerstone, we were particularly impressed with the level of family involvement that was encouraged to help us, his family, not only to understand the disease of addiction, but to become a positive influence as our son learned to deal with the realities and challenges of his condition. We enjoyed both the family group night as well as the speaker night, and were pleased to participate in a number of social functions that involved Cornerstone patients with their families. We have met many other Cornerstone alumni through the follow-up programs and social activities that have been offered. We understand how challenging the problem of addiction can be, but are gratified to witness the significant successes of the patients and their families who have worked together to achieve and maintain the victories that Cornerstone's program has made possible in their lives. We would strongly recommend Cornerstone as a tremendous resource in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse." Anonymous


Parents - "Our son, who is 23 years old, was abusing drugs and alcohol. He had never been a treatment program. When we became aware of what he was doing, we gave him the option of the street or a rehab. There are many rehabs out there, and I am so grateful that we selected Cornerstone. It is a complete program with treatment for the patient and an education program and support program for the family. Whether he remains clean and sober is up to him, but at least he now has the tools he needs to make an informed decision. We, as the family, now know how to support him, even if that means making it clear to him that if he chooses to go back to using drugs/alcohol, he is not welcome in our home, although we will still love him. Thank goodness we found Cornerstone." Anonymous


Sister - "This treatment facility has helped my family so much! They have given me my brother back. He has been sober for over a year now after going through Cornerstone. Thanks to all the great people there for their help and support! You guys/gals are THE BEST!" Anonymous


Friend - "I have read the reviews about Cornerstone of Southern California and having some sober time under my belt I found some of the attacking comments - sad. I would love to know the real reason behind the experiences some of these reviewers had. Everyone is entitled to their opinions but the venomous tone these folks take tells me they are, maybe not working a program? Possibly still using? Have scary family dynamics?

"No one seems willing to take responsibility for their actions/life choices.....then they blame others by pointing fingers and forgetting that three are pointing back at them. I would consider Cornerstone because I have close friends that are still sober today because they took responsibility for their "stuff" and recognized their part in the problem and ACTUALLY COMPLETED their care at Cornerstone." Anonymous


"From Pain Pills and Opiates - Suboxone is a God send for me. I feel like I can participate and interact with my peers. I am not in nearly the pain from withdrawal that I was before." EB.


"I would recommend Suboxone for detoxing from any opiate, prescription pills, or heroin. The detox off pain pills was less drastic compared to other drugs I have tried. The physical symptoms are minimal. I feel good while taking Suboxone; no side effects were felt or any discomfort. " RJH.


"For 25 years Dr. Michael Stone and his family have been assisting people who suffer from addiction. Cornerstone of Southern California has saved countless lives and has reunited families over the years. Despite the overwhelming success of their programs there are always a few souls who are delusional and say negative things because things did not turn out as expected because of the client not following direction or the client was not willing to get clean to begin with. No one can work miracles, Cornerstone of Southern California comes close when there is a willingness in client to change, and I have seen it with my own eyes over the past 12 years." Anonymous.


"I found being a 'monitored' patient to be beneficial in my recovery / treatment. I liked being held accountable for my daily activities, check in calls, daily meetings, etc. I appreciate all the help." Katie U..


"I wanted to move to California as a permanent resident. The Extended Care program, helped me learn the area with good support, assisted me in preparing my resume and getting a job in a new area." Thanks, John B..

"It was an excellent approach to a very complex, sensitive subject. Program was firm enough, yet not harsh. I feel I have benefited greatly from IOP. It provided a solid foundation, and a clear path forward." Mark M..


"My brother was messed up on Vicodin and alcohol for 15 years. I took him to drug rehab places probably 10 different times during those years and every time he came out he started doing the drugs again. Last year we found Cornerstone of Southern California through a google search for treatment centers in OC. We took him there and met with their 'intake team' to get him admitted to their program. I must say now that they were the most genuine, helpful, caring and REAL people that I have ever seen working at any treatment place EVER! They helped get him enrolled in their program, talked to his insurance and got him covered for more time than we thought possible, and got him situated in their 30 day program. I got to meet the owner and doctor named Michael Stone who was so down to earth and, again, REAL. I want other people to know that this place is TOTALLY LEGIT and, one more time......REAL! My brother has been sober for 10 months now (the longest I have ever been witness too) and he is doing AWESOME! If you need help call them. Don't wait." Anonymous.


"I can honestly say I never felt that I had to go to IOP. The counselor has a great way of getting the message to us without forcing it." Peniva B..