Professionals Program for Pharmacists

Our Professionals Program is designed to help Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals struggling  with substance abuse 

Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Treatment Program For Pharmacists

For pharmacists who find themselves in need of the Professionals Program at Cornerstone of Recovery, their addiction might seem like the end of their careers.

How, they wonder, can they return to work in an environment where they’re surrounded by the drugs that have caused such problems in their lives? How can they count and dispense medication that they themselves became addicted to?

The answer is a simple one: recovery, provided by a foundation laid by a rehab program at Cornerstone. Even the simplest solutions, however, require effort, but if you’re willing to give it, we’re more than willing to meet you halfway. And given our experience in treating professionals, we think you’ll find that our part in your recovery journey will more than prepare you to return to a career that you love.

At the moment, that may seem like an impossibility. After all, you work with controlled medication every day, and when you’re assailed by stress, fatigue and long shifts with little to no breaks, it becomes all too easy to take advantage of that access. As your problem grows and addiction begins to overcome the moral and legal limitations we all have in place, you may find yourself taking advantage of privileges that your job affords you.

About The Professional's Program

Drug Alcohol Relapse Rehab

Once you’re caught up in the cycle of getting and using and finding ways and means to get more, you may find that you’re desperate to stop but unable to do so. Fear of job loss and ruined reputations keep many professionals from coming forward and seeking substance abuse treatment, but most of the time, those fears are unfounded – or, worse, they prevent you from enrolling in an addiction treatment program until you risk legal problems that cost you those things anyway, as well as any insurance you might have that would help pay for treatment.

At Cornerstone of Recovery, we’re intimately familiar with the entanglement of addiction with a pharmaceutical career; in fact, the program is managed by Dr. Janet Hicks, a pharmacist by training, who knows full well from her own personal experience the struggles that addicted pharmacists face. She’s also one of the best resources Cornerstone has for professionals seeking life on the other side of addiction and a return to the field to which they’ve dedicated their lives.

At Cornerstone, we’ll start the process by safely and slowly weaning you from the drugs and alcohol that have placed you in physical misery; afterward, you’ll be introduced to a larger community of peers, working toward recovery alongside others seeking the same thing you are, with additional therapy to address your specific needs as an addicted medical professional. We’ll help you deal with the overwhelming shame and guilt you may be feeling about your situation, and we’ll help you understand that you’re a sick person in need of professional help. In spite of your addiction, you’re still a highly trained pharmacist who is perfectly capable of recovering and returning to work. We’ll help you identify the fallible human emotions and life traps that led you to use drugs in the first place, and we’ll assist you in developing coping skills to replace them.

The goal of the Professionals Program at Cornerstone of Recovery is to help you find worth in yourself beyond your professional achievements. You’re not a bad person trying to become good; you’re a sick person trying to get well, and we have the tools to help you do that. You might say that we have the right “prescription” for what ails you, and if you take it as prescribed by those who have spent years treating your particular disease, you’ll find a quality of life you never thought possible.

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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