Much needed good news for the opioid epidemic: More Treatment Options

17 Oct


Whether it be increased access to treatment through due to the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act which require insurance companies to cover treatment for addicts or increased access to new medications that assist in the treatment of opioid addiction, there is hope on the horizon in turning the opioid epidemic around.

Cornerstone fully supports President Obama’s recently proposed $1.1 billion in funding to expand access to treatment for opioid addiction and overdose prevention across the nation. Cornerstone has been fighting the opioid epidemic even before it had a nationally recognized moniker and we continue our fight daily, one client at a time. To read more CLICK HERE.

We have been assisting addicts recover from addictions since 1984. We will help you find lasting recovery. Call us today at 714-547-5375.

Cornerstone is proud to have Rock to Recovery now working with our clients!

3 Oct


We are excited to announce that ‘Rock to Recovery’ will be rocking out with our clients! Thanks to Wesley Geer and his fantastic program that injects creativity, music and fun into the lives of all the recovering people they work with. We are proud of this new connection for our company and our clients and we can’t wait to ROCK OUT! To learn more about Rock to Recovery CLICK HERE.

Cornerstone – Family Owned and Operated for 32 years!

17 Mar


Cornerstone of Southern California was founded in 1984 by Dr. Michael Stone MD in the city of Tustin, California. Dr. Stone founded the program for addicts and alcoholics after working in a hospital treatment center called Care Unit and finding that the stark white walled hospital setting was alien and too far removed from the realities of life that the alcoholics and addicts were accustomed to. When the patients would leave the center they often would relapse back into old behaviors and return for more treatment after a mere few weeks.

Dr. Stone found a house in the city of Tustin and began a recovery home designed to help clients abstain from drugs and alcohol while educating them about their disease and the triggers that could lead them back into substance abuse in a residential, home-like setting. This was the birth of Cornerstone!

Since that time we have grown from a single residential recovery home into a 20 home system including 4 residential detox homes, extended care, monitored residential and sober living homes. Cornerstone also boasts an outpatient day treatment facility in Santa Ana and all homes and offices are within a 3 mile radius of one another.

Accredited by the Joint Commission and Licensed and Certified by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) we are a leader in the treatment community in California.

15 Cornerstone Facilities Pass DHCS Inspection

1 Mar


Recently Cornerstone of Southern California was visited by our DHCS analyst who conducted the required biennial Site Inspection on 14 of our Residential Recovery Homes and our Intensive Outpatient Building. The analyst completed an in depth walkthrough of every home and office, room by room, ensuring client safety and overall cleanliness as well as checking our staff policies and procedures for adherence to the DHCS guidelines regarding medication practices, client’s rights, our admissions process and much more. We are proud to announce that we passed in all areas of inspection….again!

We are proud of all our staff and the expertise that they bring to our program, from our dedicated House Monitors who run our Residential Recovery Homes with care and compassion to our fearless CEO, James Neumann, who guides our entire company while always remembering our mission:  to provide a foundation for recovery, focusing on relapse prevention education and a commitment to excellence in the delivery of care and services to our customers.

Choosing a Drug Rehab: Close to home or far away?

24 Feb


There are many factors involved when deciding to choose a local or far away drug rehab facility.

If everywhere you go you are reminded of your drug addiction, the people you know are also addicts and even your family members are addicts too, you may need to move away from home if you want a real chance at lasting recovery and getting sober. This means making a geographic change and going someplace further from your local drug rehab facility in order to minimize the possibility of being susceptible to local triggers.

In other cases an addict who has attended drug rehab in the past should be aware they will need support after leaving an out of state facility and returning home. The return back home can be a very difficult transition. The best choice would be to continue drug rehab treatment and aftercare somewhere close to home.

Making the Right Choice

Both scenarios illustrated above demonstrate why the client’s needs must be considered when looking for the right location for effective drug treatment. There are, however, additional items you will want to consider before admitting yourself to any local or out of state treatment program:

What are your Family Dynamics?

Will your family be a needed source of support, or would they act as a distraction or trigger which would potentially lead you to relapsing?

How are your Surroundings?

Beyond family, do you have any additional influences that could positively or negatively impact you such as friends, local locations? Would it be better to move to a drug rehab facility in another city or state?

Is privacy a main concern?

Will there be a difference as a result of your privacy and if you remain local? If you see a familiar face at the drug rehab center will it make things tougher?

How accessible is the facility?

It is imperative to remain in contact and on a weekly basis and follow-up with your drug rehab facility for aftercare. Will being close to home make it easier to leave versus being out of state?

Do you need insurance to help pay for treatment?

Is getting insurance to cover your treatment a factor. Depending on what your insurance covers are you willing to leave your local area?

The Right Drug Rehab Depends On You

For some people in recovery, it may be best to attend a drug rehab program that’s far away from their hometown environment which can lead to distractions and possible setbacks in their recovery process. The distance can make it easier to focus solely on recovery. For others, having the local support of friends and family during the recovery process can be the key to success, making a facility that keeps them near these positive influences more appropriate.

You have to examine your own individual situation to determine whether a local or distant drug rehab facility will be a better fit for you.

Use of the “Devil’s Drug” Flakka is on the rise

22 Feb


α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone – aka Flakka is a synthetic stimulant which is highly addictive and extremely inexpensive to buy on the street. For about $5 this imported drug from China can cause an immediate rush which quickly turns into rampant paranoia, hallucinations, abnormal strength and elevated vital signs.

In Florida it is quickly becoming an epidemic with some treatment facilities reporting up to 20% of their clients addicted to this new drug. Many, however, have been turned away from treatment due to the extremely high rate of relapse associated with its use. In Broward County at least 60 people have already died from causes directly linked to this drug within the last 14 months.

There have been numerous reports of addicts high on Flakka doing insane things like running through the streets naked , climbing then jumping off of high bridges in paranoid attempts to flee from imaginary followers.

We at Cornerstone of Southern California are very concerned about this new substance of abuse and the incredible damage it is already causing.

To learn more click here.

Acceptance: Facing REALITY without filters

15 Feb


This is one of the most difficult processes when trying to improve your life because often – it is painful.  Yet, there is often relief once the thin veil of self-imposed “head” thinking in the form of, analytical justifying, rationalizing and fantasizing gets to the point of tipping or exploding.  It would not be human to live without considering the “greener grass” ideal, yet that entire thought process, that the “grass” is, or could, or must be greener is centered in destructive and flawed “head” talk.  This thought system builds on itself as you falsely fantasize, rationalize, justify, that your present situation is less green….SANE people understand – there is no greener grass, just different grass.

When we reject reality we accept the flawed thought system and begin to resent, devalue, jeopardize, what is real and start to live in a skewed reality.  In this place there is no calm, no clarity, no comfort.  It is a constant battle between what is and what our minds want things to be like and there is no serenity in such a place.

When we accept reality as it is without filters (filters being untrue colors to enhance the “greener” grass or thoughts that perpetuate the skewed belief system) we can improve our lives through clear and meaningful steps. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross first defined these steps as it related to death but it works the same with other forms of loss or change.  There are 5 steps:

  1. Denial – Not letting ourselves know what reality is; a state of confusion minimizing the situation, avoiding the situation, denying our feelings.
  2. Anger – Once we’ve come to the realization that accepting reality is attached to a genuine loss, we often have some form of anger associated.
  3. Bargaining – An attempt to avoid suffering the loss.
  4. Depression – When the bargain doesn’t work and we are too tired (mentally) to continue the battle to avoid the loss…surrendering to the loss and the hurt allows the process to continue to the final stage
  5. Acceptance – Numbness….peaceful, free but without fireworks or belly laughs, it is a state of resolve, being a kin to the feeling of meditation – accepting what is.

Life striving/searching for recovery is a continuous dance between these 5 stages.  They occur with all things we deal with in all aspects of our lives.  Sometimes they are worked through in seconds, sometimes hours, sadly the greater the event the greater the time we travel through these stages bounding back and forth between them as we try to balance emotionally and spiritually.  Coming to Accept life on life’s terms is anything but easy….if it was easy it wouldn’t be life.

After an Opioid Overdose patients still prescribed more medication

10 Feb


An alarming new study has shown that around 90% of patients who have had an opioid overdose on a prescribed medication are given more of the same medication by the same doctor even after the overdose. We at Cornerstone will advocate and hope for policy changes in the near future to help physicians in making informed decisions regarding the use and safety of the medications they prescribe.

Read the full article HERE.


A shift to Addiction Treatment instead of Jail time

27 Jan


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.