By Lynda K
My son just completed a treatment program at Cornerstone of Southern California.
I am very grateful for this program and its entire staff. I am saddened by some of the negative reviews I have read. I don’t think people who wrote those understand what is involved in getting someone you love the help they need.
Cornerstone is owned and run by Dr. Stone; a family physician who specializes in addiction medicine. His family now helps to run the day to day operations, they are not profit driven, they are driven to help people, unlike many other treatment centers that are being run by large corporations and have investors. If you want a non-profit treatment center, there are many available.
My son was very sick before being admitted to Cornerstone. One of his friends called me and said he was worried and something needed to be done ASAP or my son would be dead in 3 days. Needless to say, I panicked as I was not aware his drinking had become that bad.
I was able to get him admitted to Cornerstone right away and Sam and Mary the admissions staff were compassionate and understanding. Within a short time they had him in a detox bed and were getting his labs done. His blood pressure was sky high and his liver enzymes were triple what they should have been. He is doing much better now as we caught this just in time.
Irma was his first counselor in detox. She was tough, but it was just what he needed. She takes no BS!
His counselor Linda was also perfect for him. She was balanced with just the right amounts of firmness and love.
Alcoholics and Addicts can’t be coddled. They will always walk all over the staff and continue to manipulate everyone. Cornerstone knows this and they offer some tough love. Yes, my son got angry and wanted to leave at times. He thought the staff was being unfair. It was when he was not getting his own way. The staff are not pushovers like me, his mother.
I would absolutely recommend Cornerstone to any friend or family member. They have every level of program to fit your needs. They are licensed by the State of California, accredited by JCAHO (similar to hospitals). They hired amazing staff, have beautiful facilities that cost money to operate at this level. In comparison to other Southern California and National treatment centers, that I have checked, the detox, residential and outpatient are very moderately priced. They did their best to work with my insurance company.
I am very grateful to everyone there. Thanks to you all, my son is sober and happy today.