Extended Care Program at Cornerstone

Cornerstone recognizes the need for long-term recovery management of addictive diseases and offers extended care to individuals who need additional assistance in early sobriety. In order to manage recovery successfully, individuals need guidance, structure and time. Extended care is designed with these special needs in mind.

Our philosophy is to meet our residents at any stage of sobriety and to provide them with the support and structure needed to manage their drug or alcohol recovery successfully.

Guidance: Cornerstone recognizes that recovery is a long-term process and employs experienced counselors to provide guidance. The goal is to lay out a "road map" to empower our residents to navigate the road to recovery with confidence.

Structure: Cornerstone ensures a safe and structured environment to assist our residents in developing a routine and network to maintain long-term recovery. The goal is to re-establish healthy, productive life patterns before returning home.

Time: Cornerstone provides extended care for long-term recovery management. We recognize that sobriety is a lifelong process. Remembering the childhood experience of learning to ride a bike reminds us of how important practice is. If you take the training wheels off the bike without the necessary practice time and acquired skill, you fall. The same is true of sobriety. Our goal is to give long-term extended care for sobriety management.

Many of our clients have co-occurring problems; mental disorders such as depression, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and physical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, liver problems, gastritis, arthritis and chronic pain. Clients with these conditions have a better chance of long-term recovery when they are able to stay in an extended care program with support.

Cornerstone specializes in alcohol detox, drug detox, drug rehab, alcohol rehab and drug treatment care. Many of our clients have co-occurring disorders or dual diagnoses, which must be treated alongside the chemical dependency. This is called 'integrated treatment' and it is what we do best at Cornerstone. Dual diagnosis clients receive outpatient treatment by outside professionals or rehab centers not related to Cornerstone. Treatment is continued from detoxification to primary care, to extended care for those with co-occurring disorders. They must learn to take their medications and follow a structured routine for a minimum of 90 days is what we recommend. After some time in extended care they may begin to look for work, work, volunteer or go to school.

Besides chemical dependencies there are often other co-occurring behavioral dependencies such as gambling, sex, food, exercise, religion, gaming and relationships, which must be addressed. We often find that the person being admitted for substance dependence has been trying to self-medicate the symptoms of a mental or physical complaint. They often confuse themselves chemically and emotionally by trying to fix their problems without help. We can help the individual find the right psychiatrist or other independent medical professional to help. We can evaluate and recommend the best course of treatment for each individual. The cost of this is in addition to our chemical dependency program but is often covered by insurance.

Cornerstone recognizes the multidimensional levels of sobriety and wants every individual to be successful in their recovery. We provide educational groups, one-on-one counseling and activities, which are all designed to promote a solid foundation for sobriety. We want to see each one of our residents leave us and rejoin their careers, their lives, their families and society, sober and confident.

Cornerstone Extended Care Group Activities

At the heart of recovery management is activity. Whether in group sessions or in structured activities and outings, involvement is the key. In addition to counseling, we provide a variety of educational groups designed to address the specific needs of the individual. These groups consist of:

  • Gender Issues: Exploring gender issues related to recovery and providing education aimed at increasing socialization skills
  • Group Process: A client-centered group that allows residents to share their own experiences and focus on group support of recovery management
  • Life Skills: Designed help residents re-join family and society with confidence, and includes cooking, cleaning, resume-building and personal hygiene
  • Relapse Prevention: Designed to allow the resident to develop tools for recovery management, aimed at identifying red flags and triggers that lead to relapse
  • Secondary Conditions: Provides education to residents who may have secondary issues with topics including major depression, bipolar disorder and ADD
  • Substance Abuse Education: Learning the effects of specific substances lets residents share their experiences with their peer network
  • Health: Education on physical, mental, and emotional health issues related to recovery introduces residents to current recovery management options
  • Family Lecture & Process Group: Educational lectures for families on secondary disorders allow family members to process lecture materials and any issues that may arise

We provide structured activities and outings in addition to counseling and groups. We want to re-introduce “fun in recovery” activities so they can see sobriety and fun can exist.

Some of the social activities include staff accompanied 12-step meetings, visits to the fitness center at Gold's Gym, weekly outings to the beach, aquarium, 12-Step barbecues, Knott's Berry Farm, movies, whale watching and 12-step social events when available. Our social activities are flexible enough to accommodate the particular needs of the residents, but still provide the necessary structure and support for successful recovery management.

We welcome clients from Anaheim, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Yorba Linda and nearby 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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Incidental Medical Services (IMS)

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.
  • Testing associated with detoxification from alcohol or drugs.
  • Providing alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment services.
  • Overseeing patient self-administered medications.
  • Treating substance abuse disorders, including detoxification.


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~ Jessica & Michael Stone, MD