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Cornerstone Extended Care Program

Cornerstone recognizes the need for long term recovery management of addictive diseases and offers extended care to individuals who need additional assistance in early sobriety. In order to manage recovery successfully individuals need guidance, structure and time. Extended Care is designed with these special needs in mind. Our philosophy is to meet our residents at any stage of sobriety and to provide them with the support and structure needed to manage their recovery successfully.

We provide very flexible, fully integrated programs including Drug and Alcohol Rehab, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Social Model and Detox, Partial and Full Day Treatment, Intensive morning and evening Outpatient, Pain Management support, Residential Rehab and Treatment, Intensive Inpatient Residential, Extended Care Program, Alternative Sentencing Programs, Recovery and Sober Living Homes.

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 of Southern California was founded in 1984 by Michael Stone, M.D. Dr. Stone is a Board Certified Family Physician, a diplomat of American Pain Management Society and is certified in Addiction Medicine. He believes in a hands-on approach and is totally involved in the clinical quality of our program.

Dr. Stone has treated over 60,000 addicts since he began this work in 1969. He understands addiction.

Guidance: Cornerstone recognizes that recovery is a long term process and employs experienced counselors to provide guidance. The goal is to lay out a "road map" to empower our residents to navigate the road to recovery with confidence.

Structure: Cornerstone ensures a safe and structured environment to assist our residents in developing a routine and network to maintain long term recovery. The goal is to re-establish healthy and productive life patterns prior to returning home.

Time: Cornerstone provides extended care for long term recovery management. We recognize that sobriety is a lifelong process. Remembering the childhood experience of learning to ride a bike reminds us of how important practice is. If you take the training wheels off the bike without the practice, time and acquired skill, you fall. The same is true of sobriety. Our goal is to give long term extended care for sobriety management.

Many of our clients bring with them co-occurring problems; mental disorders such as depression, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), physical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, liver problems, gastritis, arthritis and back pain. Clients with these additional problems, have a better chance of long term recovery, when they are able to stay in an extended care program, with support.

Cornerstone specializes in Alcohol and Drug Detox and Rehab. Many of our clients have co-occurring disorders/dual diagnoses which must be treated alongside the Chemical Dependency. This is called 'integrated treatment' and it is what we do best at Cornerstone, however all dual diagnosis clients are treated on an outpatient basis by outside professionals not related or employed by Cornerstone. This treatment is continued from detox to primary care, to extended care for those with co-occurring disorders. They must learn to take their medications and follow a structured routine; 90 days is the minimum we recommend. After some time in extended care they may begin to look for work, work, volunteer or go to school.

Besides chemical dependencies there are often other co-occurring behavioral dependencies e.g. gambling, sex, food, exercise, religion and relationships which must be addressed.

Often we find the person being admitted for substance dependence has been trying to self-medicate the symptoms of a mental or physical complaint. They often get themselves very confused, chemically, and emotionally trying to fix it without help. We are able to assist the individual in finding the right psychiatrist or other personal or independent medical professional to help; we can evaluate and recommend the best course of treatment for each individual. The cost of this is in addition to our Chemical Dependency program but is often covered by insurance.

Cornerstone recognizes the multidimensional levels of sobriety and wants every individual to be successful in their recovery. We provide educational groups, one-on-one counseling, and activities which are all designed to promote a solid foundation for sobriety. We want to see each one of our residents leave us and rejoin their careers, their lives, their families and society, sober and confident.