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Women's Program

In Cornerstone of Recovery’s Women’s Program, female clients find an approach to addiction treatment unlike any other.

Women's Alcoholism & Drug Addiction Treatment Program

In many ways, it’s a drug rehab program that follows a successful formula used by Cornerstone since the doors first opened in 1989: clinical and traditional methods that treat patients using a BioPsychoSocial-Spiritual model, addressing the needs of the whole person with a specific path tailored to each individual. You’re a sick person, not a bad person, and the treatment modalities used at Cornerstone are designed to meet your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs so that the life you pursue beyond your disease is a fulfilling one in all areas.

For years, the patients at Cornerstone of Recovery were combined into coeducational groups that focused on an all-for-one approach to rehabilitation and treatment. But when new facilities were built and programs were moved to a single campus in 2017, the clinical staff at Cornerstone saw an opportunity to create a unique treatment path designed specifically for female patients.

“We had an opportunity to pull the women out and give them their own program,” Program Director Anne Young says. “Women are so good at mentoring other women. All we had to do was create a safe place and put them together.”

Females in Cornerstone’s various rehabilitation models – Young Adult, Recovery Renewal, Professionals, Newcomer – are treated accordingly, but their individual therapies are carried out within the safe space of a women’s only program. Group therapy, individual counseling, activity therapy, acceptance/integration therapy – they’re all designed for both the individual and the gender, because at Cornerstone, we recognize that women face issues in addiction and alcoholism that are unique to them. We realize that it’s difficult, and sometimes impossible, to deal with trauma caused by men if men are a part of the process, and for that reason alone, all of our processing and therapeutic groups are led by female counselors. Most of them are in recovery themselves and know full well the issues that female patients must address to sustain long-term recovery, many of them presenting hand-in-hand with addiction to alcohol and drugs.

The Women’s Program is just another way that Cornerstone of Recovery is unlike any other addiction treatment center or drug rehab. We believe that drugs are just a symptom of a problem that’s internal, one that manifests in a number of life traps addressed by our specialized therapeutic tools, including ones that offer healing from anxiety, depression, trauma and self-loathing. But few of the tools in our arsenal are as powerful, cathartic or spiritually medicinal than that of the group itself: a sisterhood of fellow travelers, wounded but on the mend, who lift up and support one another in a way that’s miraculous to witness.

What makes the Cornerstone Women’s Program so special?

It’s a Friday morning, and the gentle ring of chimes signals the start of the day.

For some of the women in this morning gathering, it’s the first day of a new journey, one without the shackles of addiction they’ve worn for so long. Led by two Cornerstone of Recovery staff members who have decades of sobriety between them, the women “check in,” telling their peers what they feel, what they need and what they are.

“Strong.” “Thankful.” “Willing.” “Blessed.” Each declaration is met with a unanimous response by the other women assembled around them: “Yes you are!” It’s a powerful refrain, an affirmation absent in the darkness of addiction, a lantern blazing with feminine energy that lights the way to places of grace and healing.

After a few moments of silence as they gather their thoughts, the women begin to open up to one another. Some are lost, having come through the doors a few days earlier; some are serene, having basked in the safety net that Cornerstone provides. Others find themselves in awe of what they’re a part of, often for the first time in their lives. It’s a palpable and powerful thing, a tribal communion that offers solace, comfort, hope and unconditional love.

It’s hope, manifested as a light out of the darkness, and every female patient at Cornerstone finds it among a sisterhood of fellow recovering addicts who make the Women’s Program such a profoundly moving place to get well.

“What am I today?” one woman asks, pausing before answering: “Enough.” There’s a moment of silence as heads lift, eyes meet and hearts open.

“I am enough!” she says again, louder, with greater confidence. And her sisters offer a refrain that will resonate throughout her stay in Cornerstone’s Women’s Program:

“Yes you are!”

She is, and you are as well. You have a place here, among the women of Cornerstone – other clients and staff members – who want nothing more than to give to you a life you never thought possible. If drugs and alcohol have laid waste to the one you’re currently living, give us a call. We’re eager to help you discover a new one.

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Medical Detoxification

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 Acudetox groups utilizing a specific
acupuncture protocol, 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.

Assessment & Orientation Unit (A&O)

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.

Non-Narcotic Pain Management Program

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.

Experiential Therapy

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

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, enhancecommunication, 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

Continuous Care

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.

Support Living Facility (SLF)

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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