Cornerstone Family Programs

Chemical dependency is a disease that affects the entire family. Statistics show that when the family is involved in the treatment process, the success rate for recovery is much higher. That’s why we offer separate family-members-only groups. We have expanded our family programs due to many requests from family members who want education on addictions, as well as time for sharing issues and concerns. This additional group meets on Tuesday evenings.

Our family program consists of eight weeks of education. We also have multi-family interactional groups and no one is forced to share. We learn mostly by observing and listening. We do not believe in harsh confrontation.

Topics include understanding your disease, coping with the effects of addiction and stumbling blocks to recovery. We introduce 12-Step self-help support groups and focus on rebuilding relationships and regaining trust. We offer two family programs in our outpatient facility, located at 1950 E 17th Street, Suite 150, Santa Ana, CA 92705:

1 Family and Loved Ones

Tuesdays from 6 to 9pm
Education, Support and Sharing

2 Clients, Family and Loved Ones

Thursdays from 6 to 9pm
Education, Support and Sharing

Family Info: Understanding the Whole Family’s Experience

The person you care for is in recovery. That's great! You can relax and know that they are safe. They stand at a turning point, and there is an excellent chance that they will achieve a stable sobriety. They may have further problems, but this is a major step in the right direction. You have done the right thing and you can feel good about it. The following information will help you better understand this disease known as addiction.

Chemical dependency affects everyone it touches; spouses, significant others, children, friends and employers. Chemically dependent people and people close to them are all adversely affected. No one wants a loved one to be sick, so the family members pretend the disease isn't there.

The average chemically dependent person has been ill for years before the family realizes a problem. Even after the problem has been identified, more years pass before the chemically dependent person receives help. These individuals may not feel good about coming to recovery right now. They may feel angry or rejected. They may still believe that they don't have a problem. This is called denial. Denial is very common and it is one of the surest signs that the disease is present. Chemical dependency demands that people lie to themselves. The person is fooled into believing that they are okay even when their life is falling apart.

It is important to understand that it is not only the chemically dependent person who is having problems. If you have lived close to a chemically dependent person, you are having problems, too. In order to cope, family members distort or change reality into something that doesn't make them so anxious. Trying to keep the reality of chemical dependency hidden is like trying to hide an elephant in your living room. The problem is there and it’s big, so it takes large misrepresentations of reality to keep it hidden. The family pretends there is not a problem. And as the problem gets larger, it takes larger distortions of reality to keep it secret.

Distortion begins with minimizing. Family members pretend the problem is small. They minimize to the point that they can't see the real effect of the illness on themselves and other family members. But the problem is BIG.

They focus on the addicted person and as they do, they become cut off from their own feelings. They have no time for themselves. This sinks the family deeper into an unreal world.

The next lie families tell themselves is that there is a good excuse for the problem. This is called rationalization. It's not the drugs or alcohol, it's the job, or the boss, or maybe even the person rationalizing. Family members, even children, may feel responsible for the chemically dependent person's drinking or drug use. They blame themselves, other people, institutions, money or whatever it takes to get their minds off the real problem.

The last falsification of reality is called denial. This is where the family members do not experience the full impact of their own lives. They have developed such a tolerance for the craziness that they think it is normal. Their lives may be coming apart, but they think everything is still under control.

Family Questionnaire

Please complete the questionnaire exactly as you see it; bring or send it at the time of admission. The questionnaire can be found and printed here.

Family Questionnaire/Assessment

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The following questionnaire encompasses many aspects of the lives of the alcoholic/addict as well as their family. Please check and comment on the items listed below as applicable to the individual's use of alcohol/drugs and/or other mood altering chemicals. Your comments on these questions will help us gain a more complete understanding of the individual's problem. Even though some of the questions may seem obvious, it is important to keep in mind that the individual may not be aware of his or her own past behavior. Please be specific and answer every item, giving examples wherever possible. We welcome any suggestions, concerns, or questions you have.

Insurance Benefits

We accept managed care and indemnity plans. We are an in-network treatment provider and we accept most Insurance for detoxification, residential rehab and intensive outpatient treatment and rehab programs.

Even if we are not an in-network treatment provider contracted with your particular carrier, they may still cover your treatment due to the number of large contracts we have and that we are the senior residential detox center in Southern California.

Admissions Office Hours

M-F 8:30 am-7:00 pm

We are able to accept most Insurance, and we are accredited by the Joint Commission. We are an in-network treatment provider with:


Client arranges appointment with Cornerstone, to enroll and begin active participation in the recovery program. We will arrange a medical examination. A TB test may be necessary, as well.

Minimum Level of Participation

A case manager will monitor your daily attendance at 12-step recovery meetings (AA, NA, CA). Proof of attendance is required. We will assign a case manager and orientation will begin at first individual counseling session. Individual counseling continues weekly throughout duration of program participation. Minimum group participation is one (1) session weekly, with a maximum of five (5) weekly sessions. Cornerstone begins monitoring the client's weekly schedule at date of enrollment. Live-in residents check in and out as permitted each day with signature. All outpatient clients will provide a schedule of activities per week.

Court Appearances

Our individual case managers will provide letters of acceptance, progress and completion as needed by the Court. We will appear as required and requested by Judge, client, and/or attorney.

Alcohol and Drug Testing/Monitoring

Random testing is mandatory throughout all programs when deemed necessary by Cornerstone, ordered by the Court or the probation department. Alcohol breath testing and PharmChem drug sweat patches are available. Antabuse and Naltrexone maintenance/monitoring is available as required and/or ordered by the Court.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

If you are in the process of choosing an alcohol or drug rehab program or have already chosen Cornerstone of Southern California, you will have questions. Since we have been helping people answer questions since 1984, we will attempt to provide answers for the most common ones here. If your question is not answered here, please call our intake specialists at: 1-714-547-5375 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Q. How long has Cornerstone of Southern California been in business?

A. Michael Stone, MD, founded Cornerstone in 1984.

Q. Do the Cornerstone programs treat both alcohol and drug addiction?

A. Yes. We believe that addiction is a disease of the brain. Every person is different and the effects on the body and brain must be considered by a professional who understands chemical dependency.

Q. What should I bring to Cornerstone?

A. Click here for information regarding What to Bring.

Q. I have heard that I should find a treatment center who offers an integrated program for substance abuse and a psychiatric disorder. Can Cornerstone help me?

A. Yes. We understand the importance of offering our clients fully integrated programs specific for each individual's needs. Cornerstone has excellent referrals for psychiatric evaluations and treatment. We can help the independent psychiatrist manage the psychiatric problem while the client continues in our program.

Q. Where is Cornerstone of Southern California?

A. Cornerstone is located in Orange County CA. Our programs are in beautiful homes in upscale neighborhoods in Tustin, Orange and Santa Ana. Our outpatient and family program center is in Santa Ana.

Q. What ages do you serve?

A. We treat men and women ages 18 and older with chemical dependency as their primary issue. Apart from detox, men and women have separate homes.

Q. Do you accept health insurance?

A. Yes. Cornerstone is one of the few non-hospital rehab centers that accept health insurance. We have contracted with many managed care companies and we will work with any insurance company to get the services you need covered. You may have a co-pay, or deductible that must be met. You will need to bring your insurance card with you. Our intake staff can assist you with your insurance questions. Click here for information regarding health insurance.

Q. Can you help me with my legal problems?

A. Yes. Cornerstone is a recognized by the Courts and Probation program. We have a well-respected and successful monitored alternative sentencing program. We have both residential and monitored outpatient treatment. The level of your program will depend on the court's recommendations. We have a court representative to work with you. Go to the Alternative Sentencing page for more information.

Q. What are some additional helpful resources?

A. There are several we like. We will make you aware of government and private resources that are deemed authorities on the subject of addiction. Please see these programs at Cornerstone alcohol and drug rehab resources for more information.

We welcome clients from Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Yorba Linda and close-by locations.

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Our former clients say it best...

  • Dr. Stone, I am so grateful to your program and also your generosity. I was a hopeless addict who 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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On January 1, 2016, Chapter 744, Assembly Bill 848 was enacted authorizing adult alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities that are licensed by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to provide IMS. AB 848 amends sections 11834.03 and 11834.36, and adds sections 11834.025 and 11834.026 to the Health and Safety Code to allow licensed residential providers the option to apply to DHCS for approval to provide IMS in their facilities.

IMS are services provided at a licensed residential facility by a health care practitioner that address medical issues associated with either detoxification or the provision of alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment services to assist in the enhancement of treatment services. IMS does not include the provision of general primary medical care. IMS must be related to the patient's process of moving into long-term recovery.

The following six categories of IMS services may be provided after receiving approval from DHCS:

  • Obtaining medical histories.
  • Monitoring health status to determine whether the health status warrants transfer of the patient in order to receive urgent or emergent care.
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  • Providing alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment services.
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"Cornerstone is a Family-Run Recovery and Treatment Center and we hope you find your answers here."

~ Jessica & Michael Stone, MD