Professionals Program for Nurses

Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Treatment Program For Nurses

Nurses are, more likely than not, the first health care professional a patient sees. They’re also, in the event of hospitalization, the last one they’ll see before discharge … or worse. They’re the front line and the last line of defense in the health care industry, and the job comes with a myriad of difficulties, stressors and dangers that can lead to addiction.


  • A 2015 survey in of registered nurses in 12 European countries found that nurses who work 12-hour shifts are more likely to burn out than nurses who work shorter hours.
  • In a survey published in Nursing Times, 63 percent of participating nurses said they experienced physical or mental side effects of job-related stress, with many of them reporting working more than 10 hours of overtime each week.
  • A 2009 Depression and Anxiety survey revealed that 22 percent of participating nurses displayed symptoms of PTSD and 18 percent of participants met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. Nearly everyone who met the criteria also tested positive for Burnout Syndrome.

It’s little wonder, then, that the American Nurses Association estimates that up to 10 percent of nurses abuse drugs or alcohol. Combined with the relatively easier access to controlled medication, stress, fatigue and injuries sustained on the job make substance abuse all the more tempting. And because of the sense of duty nurses have toward their patients and their careers, they often don’t seek help until a mistake is made … at which point, injuries can occur and lives can be lost.


About the Professional's Program

What Does The Professionals Program Entail?

At Cornerstone of Recovery, our Professionals Program is designed specifically for careers like nursing. When we work our patients who have careers centered around caregiving, the dynamic is different; caregivers who are seeking treatment usually have a difficult time transitioning into the role of a patient, a role that requires they themselves receive care. We help those individuals separate their personal needs from their professional duties and then assist them in putting care of themselves over the care of others, a dynamic that’s often turned upside down in the high-pressure world of the medical field.

The first stop at Cornerstone’s rehab program for substance abuse treatment is medical detox, where patients are safely and slowly withdrawn from the drugs and alcohol they’ve been taking; our trained medical staff members offer around-the-clock monitoring and care until patients are ready to transition into a community of peers from all walks of life. Their general treatment program focuses on self-care, but the specific treatment path for Professionals offers something more: an examination of the boundaries between personal lives and careers that are often blurred. We give you the tools you need to reset those boundaries and to protect yourself from your own expectations and those of others. We give you the tools you need to reset those boundaries and to protect yourself from your own expectations and those of others.

In addition to participating in the Professionals Program, you will also be a part of the general treatment programs that we offer. You can find detailed descriptions of those programs under the Treatment Programs tab of this website. Professionals Program Director Dr. Janet Hicks, a trained pharmacist who’s worked for years in the addiction treatment field, will work closely with you and your state monitoring boards to help you return to work when you’re ready. We understand the dread and fear you feel over the possibility of losing your nursing license, but we’ve treated hundreds of medical professionals over the years, and various boards and monitoring agencies have come to trust Cornerstone’s treatment plan as one of the best in the nation.

At Cornerstone, you’re in good hands. It’s time to relinquish the rigorous demands you’ve placed on yourself and let us be the caregivers for a change. Call today and ask for Dr. Janet Hicks to see if our Professionals Program can help you find your way out of the cloud of hopelessness you currently feel.

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Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Services

The Path To Recovery Starts At Cornerstone

Medical Detoxification can be a critical time in a patient’s journey toward recovery because the symptoms of withdrawal can be difficult to manage and potentially life-threatening. A team of certified, competent and caring professionals work together to ensure that we provide the best medical care for our patients. The Medical Director prescribes detox medications to keep the patient safe and reasonably comfortable.

While receiving detoxification medications, patients also attend psychoeducational groups and experiential activities. However, detox patients are also given sufficient opportunity to relax and allow their bodies to begin the healing process. Patients on a detox protocol are monitored 24 hours a day and the typical length of detoxification is 3 to 5 days and may be longer depending on the severity of the patient’s withdrawal symptoms.

This unit is designed to support our patients as they enter treatment and begin to invest in their community of peers. An extensive battery of assessments is performed to identify the patient’s bio-psycho-social-spiritual strengths, needs, and barriers to recovery (such as chronic pain, dual diagnosis, trauma, or other co-occurring disorders). This comprehensive assessment process provides our medical and clinical teams with much of the information they need to build a treatment plan that is individualized for each patient.

Our NON-NARCOTIC PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM offers solutions that eliminate and or reduce the dependence on medications to treat pain and improve treatment outcomes. We are able to reduce pain and improve the recovery process. We offer sound information and teach skills that the patient can use to improve coping, relaxation, mindfulness, nutrition, and much more. Some of the modalities we use are Reiki, Rubenfeld Synergy, Acupressure, Mindful Stretching, and Addiction Free Pain Management Education.

We believe healing occurs through direct experience. Experiential activities amplify the traditional therapeutic
modalities that are part of our milieu. Fitness, Meditation, Relaxation Therapy, Yoga, Spirituality Groups, Ropes Course, Mindfulness, Art Therapy, Drumming Circles, and community outings are some components of experiential healing at Cornerstone. Patients who participate in experiential therapies report reductions

Family Therapy is an integral part of all of the clinical programs at Cornerstone. Early on in the treatment process, we conduct a Family Questionnaire which allows family members and close personal friends to have input that impacts the patients treatment plan. When appropriate, there are Family Therapy sessions throughout the treatment process. These sessions are designed to work through relationship issues, enhance communication, educate the family about the disease of addiction and provide them with emotional support while their loved one is in treatment. Through this support, the family will gain knowledge about the treatment process and how they may be unknowingly supporting the addiction through co-dependent and enabling behaviors.

Family members will learn about how to engage in personal growth and change through various 12 step programs, so that the family can heal together trough the recovery process. Cornerstone requires that each patient complete Family Fundamentals, an intensive three-day family program designed to provide intensive education, group therapy, family therapy, 12 step meeting experience, and an opportunity to repair the damage caused by active addiction. Family members are strongly encouraged to attend the Family Fundamentals program along with the patient. Cornerstone also has a weekly family education group for family members and an ongoing support group for parents of young adults who are struggling with addiction or who have recently entered recovery

The Continuous Care Program upholds Cornerstone of Recovery’s treatment philosophy that chemical dependency is a chronic incurable disease that requires the consistent and continued attention of each patient for a lifetime. Recent scientific studies of the disease process have determined that full remission from active addiction does not occur until an individual has experienced at least 18 months of continuous sobriety, long after most intensive treatment programs have concluded.

In response to this knowledge, the Continuous Care Program provides services for a period of at least 18 months following treatment, to ensure that each patient has the opportunity for professional support throughout the early stages of their recovery. During this time, patients are encouraged to practice the skills and tools they learned and developed in treatment as they find their way back
into their home, work, and social environments. They are able to talk with Recovery Coaches and therapeutically
process the ups and downs they experience in sobriety. Active participation in the Continuous Care Program is vital in establishing a lifelong, solid recovery plan.

The Support Living Facility (SLF) provides a safe environment for patients to continue to learn and practice self-management and interpersonal relationship skills while solidifying their recovery program. It can take several months for individuals to become comfortable enough in their recovery to successfully move away from the environment where they got sober. The SLF Program allows men and women to experience some of the freedoms they will experience after treatment while they are supported by thier peers, staff, and a sober environment. Staff monitors the community through regular contact, group therapy, spirituality groups, relapse prevention groups, drug screens, and random checks of the living quarters. Eventually, the patient is allowed to retrieve their cell phone, to leave the premises, operate a vehicle and obtain employment. The minimum length of stay is 2 months (while the individual concurrently is in the IOP Program). Patients often choose to stay in SLF longer while they continue to build their recovery network and become more comfortable with the life changes they’ve made.Typical length of stay varies from 2 to 6 months, depending on the patient’s clinical needs.


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