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Healing the Entire Unit: Family Therapy and Drug Addiction Treatment

If you or your loved one is battling addiction, you may have experienced feeling that once addiction permeates a family dynamic, there’s no going back. However, family therapy can help. Family therapists are specifically trained in reconciliation, trust-building, communication, and boundary setting, and while family therapy may not be an addiction treatment in itself, it …

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How Can Internal Family Systems Therapy Help You Recover from Addiction?

At its heart, addiction is a complex condition that involves a tangle of mental, emotional, and physical processes that each need to be unraveled and managed. Many mental processes and emotional challenges can trigger the compulsion to use substances, and an effective, long-term treatment plan will involve therapies aimed at discovering and healing our response …

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How Does Couples Therapy Work in Rehab? The Do’s and Don’ts

Addiction takes its toll on any relationship. In some cases, it leads to conflicts based on dishonesty and secrecy surrounding drug use. In other cases, it creates unhealthy dynamics of enabling drug use and co-dependency. Scientific study confirms that couples usually have extensive relationship problems when one partner is abusing drugs or alcohol. If you …

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Could Couples Therapy Help You Repair the Damage of Addiction?

Addiction can strain your relationship with your spouse or partner, and efforts to hide addictive behaviors can lead to dishonesty and mistrust. In some cases, you may develop a relationship of codependence as one partner tries to meet the other’s drug or alcohol needs. Research suggests that couples where one partner is abusing drugs or …

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Being A Successful Parent in Recovery Through Family Therapy

Addiction: A Family Disease Compulsive drug or alcohol use can shatter relationships with family members. Substance use disorders lead us to behave in ways that break the trust of loved ones, either through broken promises, neglected relationships, or outright verbal or physical violence. This has particularly calamitous consequences for children when they have witnessed addiction’s …

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Addiction in Older Adults: Treatment Considerations

Addiction is an invisible epidemic among people aged 65 and up. In this demographic, addiction is often underdiagnosed or not mentioned at all by health care professionals, and this silence poses a huge obstacle to older adults getting the help they need. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol and …

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Relationship Problems in Recovery

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but human connection” – Johann Hari People tend to focus on the damaging physical and psychological effects of substance misuse; however, it affects many areas of one’s life, including relationships. Addiction makes it hard to maintain open communication, trust, and respect, which are vital in maintaining healthy relationships. …

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Re-joining our Families after Substance Use Treatment

Re-joining our families after substance abuse treatment can feel overwhelming. It’s not just your health and mental well-being that’s harmed by substance use – it’s also your interpersonal relationships. During active addiction, many of us do things we would never dream of doing sober, and it’s very common for people to steal from or deceive …

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For Friends and Family – When to Intervene

An intervention is when friends or family attempt to get help for someone struggling with or resistant to treatment for substance abuse issues or mental health disorders. Loved ones enlist a qualified professional to facilitate an intervention to encourage recognition of the problem and accept the need to change. Intervention is a long-standing recognized tool …

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Getting a Loved One Help

Seeing a family member, friend, or loved one go through addiction is a heartbreaking experience, and people are right to be concerned – 841,000 Americans have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Addiction quickly gains a foothold in peoples lives, and they can seemingly change overnight, prioritizing drug or alcohol use over anything else. …

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What To Do If Your Loved One Has A Drug Or Alcohol Addiction

Discovering that a loved one has an addiction issue can be devastating for a family. Typically family members will feel crushed by the problem, overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness, frightened by the possibility of losing someone so close to them. However, there is in fact hope for affected families. There is strong evidence today …

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Parenting in Recovery: How to Prevent Addiction in your Children

Raising children in this day and age is difficult to say the least. Parents try to set good examples for their children every day but still struggle to do the right thing in each situation. Raising children as a recovering addict is even more difficult. How as parents can we shelter our kids from the …

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Educating Families about Addiction

Here at Cornerstone of Southern California we have been helping addicts and their families recover from addictions for the past 31 years. Our approach centers around Relapse Prevention Education and we have always strongly encouraged family involvement by offering a comprehensive Family Program. In this program we offer education on a broad range of topics …

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Guide for the Codependent – Create a Survival Plan

The following pages were created and written by Cornerstone of Southern California’s Family Group members and recovering codependents. On any given Tuesday night, a Family Group comes together at Cornerstone in Santa Ana. The magnet that attracts these people, from sometimes miles away, is a common malady called ‘Co-Dependency’. This group comes to have their …

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What to Do When Your Loved One Comes Home from Treatment

Monnaye, my Case Manager at Cornerstone of Southern California welcomed me into her office with a smile and a handshake that made me feel instantly comfortable and safe. A few minutes later we were giggling about something or other when a few thoughts occurred to me, “I am going home soon. How is that going …

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Dr. Stone, I am so grateful to your program and also your generosity. I was a hopeless addictwho believed there was no way of getting clean. Thanks to my sister and Cornerstone staff, I recently took my 90 day chip in N.A. Thanks, my life has been changed.
~ Isaac C.

“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.

It is the truly caring staff that makes Cornerstone the best rehab I have been to. The best part was finally getting my depression medications right, after many others tried for 2 years.
~ Jim V.

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