Professionals Program

Our Professionals Program is designed for individuals who have a license that is monitored by a state board or agency. This program serves nurses, pharmacists, doctors, attorneys, dentists, and other professionals.

Addiction Treatment For Professionals

One of the biggest pitfalls for professionals who suffer from a substance use disorder is the mistaken belief that addiction can’t affect them.

In their minds, an addict is someone who’s homeless, wandering the streets, panhandling for change and buying drugs under bridges. It’s a stereotype reinforced in popular culture, but it’s also an inaccurate one. Addiction can affect anyone, from the boardroom to the back alley, and in the end, those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs find themselves in the same place: broken, hopeless and alone.

The Professionals Program at Cornerstone of Recovery draws on nearly 30 years of history and tradition, because we were founded by a professional. William J. “Bill” Hood, who established Cornerstone in 1989, was himself a high-level executive at the Aluminum Company of America, having managed plants in Ohio, Tennessee and South America, before alcohol robbed him of nearly everything. The clarity he found in sobriety ignited a passion within him to spend the rest of his life treating fellow addicts and alcoholics, and Bill knew full well the stumbling blocks that pride, ego and career success made along the path to enlightenment for his fellow professionals.

About The Professionals' Program

The Professionals Program is managed by Dr. Janet Hicks, a pharmacist by trade whose personal experience with addiction and knowledge of the treatment process have given her a passion for helping others that rivals Bill Hood’s. The goal of the program is to help those professionals who have struggled for so long to hide their addiction emerge from the shadows and find a new way to live in the light, and that begins with a medical detox process that slowly and safely weans addicted patients from the chemicals that have enslaved them.

Afterward, they’re introduced into a larger treatment community that’s comprised of peers from all walks of life. They’ll find support from fellow clients and begin to see themselves as human beings first and foremost – fallible individuals who are sick people, not bad people, that need to care for themselves as ardently as they’ve shepherded their careers. Surface prestige begins to transform into inner self-confidence, and the self-loathing they often feel because of their problem fades as they find acceptance of their disease and the steps necessary to place it and keep it in remission.

With Cornerstone’s support, most professionals are able to return to the careers they’ve built their lives around and find greater joy and satisfaction thanks to a sense of peace they’ve discovered in recovery. The typical length of stay in the Professionals Program is 90 days but, that may be shorter or longer, depending on a patient’s individual situation.

Janet Hicks

The typical Professionals Program treatment path includes:

  • A three-month treatment center-based recovery program that includes residential, intensive outpatient treatment, the supportive living program and therapeutic volunteer work;
  • An ongoing professionals therapy group;
  • A three-month family recovery program; and
  • Advocacy by Cornerstone staff with the patient’s board of licensure and long-term recovery monitoring agency, if required.


In addition, Dr. Hicks maintains strong relationships with several state monitoring agencies and often advocates on behalf of professionals seeking to get back to work in their field of expertise after treatment.

For working professionals, addressing addiction or alcoholism doesn’t mean failure. Seeking treatment at a alcoholism and drug rehab center doesn’t equal a diminishment of professional status. It simply means that there’s a problem that needs to be addressed, and at Cornerstone of Recovery, we can give you the tools to do that. We believe that you’ll discover an entirely new perspective on your life and your career, and both will be more fulfilling when they’re maintained by the newfound sense of peace that recovery brings.

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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