Cornerstone of Southern California Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Cornerstone Family Programs

Patient & Family Programs

Chemical dependency is a disease that affects the entire family. Studies have shown that family involvement in the treatment process increases treatment success rates. Our evidence-based family programs utilize these studies to formulate our programs to provide the best treatments.  We have expanded our family program to include education on the disease of addiction and added time for families to share, bond, and provide feedback. This additional group meets on Tuesday evenings.

Our family program consists of eight weeks of education where we introduce 12-Step self-help support groups and focus on rebuilding relationships and regaining trust. We also have multi-family interactional groups where sharing is up to you and you will never feel pressured. Other topics include understanding the disease, coping with the effects of addiction, and stumbling blocks to recovery. 

This is our Family Program, made for you, with evidence-based knowledge, because you deserve it.

We offer two family programs in our outpatient facility, located at 1950 E 17th Street, Suite 150, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Program Nights

For Family & Loved Ones

Tuesdays from 6 to 9 pm
Education, Support, and Sharing

For Clients, Family & Loved Ones

Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm
Education, Support, and Sharing

Family Program nights are offered Tuesday’s & Thursdays

Patient & Family Programs

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 getting help. They stand at a turning point, and there is an excellent chance that they will achieve 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 no 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 it 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 on 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 call us to get the questionnaire; bring or send it at the time of admission.

The questionnaire encompasses many aspects of the lives of the alcoholic/addict as well as their family. Please check and comment on the listed items 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.

Patient & Family Programs

Insurance Benefits

We accept managed care and indemnity plans. We are an in-network treatment provider and we accept most insurances 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

Monday to Friday 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:

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The client arranges an 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 the first individual counseling session. Individual counseling continues weekly throughout the 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 the date of enrollment. Live-in residents check in and out as permitted each day with a 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.

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Alcohol & 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 PharmaChem drug sweat patches are available. Antabuse, Naltrexone, and Suboxone 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, 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: [email protected].

How long has Cornerstone been in business?

Michael Stone, MD, founded Cornerstone in 1984.

Do the Cornerstone programs treat both alcohol and drug addiction?

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.

What should I bring to Cornerstone?

Click here for information regarding What to Bring.

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?

Yes. We understand the importance of offering our clients’ fully integrated programs specific to 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.

Where is Cornerstone?

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.

What ages do you serve?

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.

Do you accept health insurance?

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 to be 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.

Can you help me with my legal problems?

Yes. Cornerstone is 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.

What are some additional helpful resources?

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.

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If you or someone you care about is suffering from the painful grip of addiction to alcohol or drugs, we can help.
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