Michael Stone, MD, FAAFP, ABAM, FASAM
Founder and President
I have worked in the addictions field since 1969. Working in drug and alcohol treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals prior to opening Cornerstone, allowed me to see exactly how not to run a treatment center. My biggest motivator for opening Cornerstone was seeing patients in the hospital where I had previously been employed, having to let patients go before I believed they were ready to go. Addiction impacts the mind, body as well as the spirit, so although the body may present itself as physically fit, the mind and spirit will take much longer to heal.
I built Cornerstone of Southern California on this premise – that addicts would be given a safe, non-judgmental space where they would be able to take all the time they needed to heal these three important components of self. Thus my dream of expanding, from what was originally just one sober living home, we are now able to care for an addict through all stages of their recovery journey. From detox, to primary rehabilitation, our extended care program, outpatient treatment, and 16 fully licensed and certified recovery homes, we are able to care for our clients until they feel they have all the necessary foundations to fully heal their minds, bodies and spirits.
I am extremely hands on with my work. My own family has grown alongside Cornerstone and together we embrace it as an extension of our own family unit, each member of my family working with me to ensure that we continue to promote ethical treatment practices and effective treatment programs where the focus is on our sense of community and respect for each other.
During the 50 plus years I have worked in the industry, I have seen countless developments and progress made in the field of addiction and behavioral disorders. I strive to ensure that both myself and the staff that work beside me at Cornerstone are up-to-date and implementing all the most innovative and effective practices available. I believe in constant personal and professional growth and believe that is reflected in Cornerstone’s own developments and extensions over the years.
I am honored to be able to do the work I do, and grateful to have been part of the recovery journey of over 80,000 people. I look forward to helping many, many more.