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Young Adult Residential

Cornerstone's Young Adult Program (YA) is designed specifically to treat 18 to 25 year olds struggling with substance abuse or chemical dependency.

Alcohol & Drug Rehab For Young Adults

Far too often, youthful experimentation quickly spirals into addiction, and young people find themselves in the grips of a drug problem before their lives have truly begun.

At Cornerstone of Recovery, the Young Adult Program is specifically tailored to those between the ages of 18 and 26. Like all of our treatment paths, it’s accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and it offers recovery tools based in both tradition and academia, all of them specifically designed for young minds, bodies and spirits.

In the Young Adult Program, we recognize that young people require something more than just traditional drug rehab. Their emotional experiences are more intense, their energy levels are higher and their drug use has often left them floundering mentally and spiritually. With Cornerstone’s whole-person approach to treatment, we tailor each patient’s program to meet his or her specific needs in groups that will include traditional 12 Step work, daily activity therapy, fitness programs in our on-campus fitness center and ropes course and group therapy with trained clinicians and counselors who often are in recovery as well – some of whom found it as young people themselves, in the very facility in which they now work. At the same time, our licensed medical staff members will work with co-occurring disorders that often plague young adults, including ADHD and anxiety, which often present as life traps alongside addiction.

Outside of the day-to-day routine, patients in the Young Adult Program will take part in family therapy exercises that treat parents and siblings as well; too often those family members are themselves sick – with worry, with fear, with frustration, with anger – and in order to provide a supportive environment into which Young Adults can return after treatment, we want to help those affected by their addiction find hope as well.

What’s the Young Adult Program like?

They trample and trudge into group therapy on a cool spring morning with the exuberance of a herd of wild palominos.

There’s plenty of juvenile humor and masculine posturing among the assembled group of young men as they clamber into chairs arranged in a circle. One grabs the dry erase board, another shoves a granola bar into his mouth before the therapist reminds him that food isn’t allowed, another begins riffing on a particular counselor’s deep Southern accent.

After a few minutes, however, they begin to settle. Counselors with the patience of Job gently steer them toward the goal that has brought them to Cornerstone: treatment of addiction to drugs and alcohol, and examination of the underlying issues that precipitate it and coincide with it.

They’re hesitant at first, eyes crawling the walls and the woods outside the window as the pain they carry bubbles up from places deep within, the black swamps of wounded souls and shadowy valleys of broken hearts. For many of them, they’ve spent the majority of their young years denying themselves permission to feel those things, and so they come to Cornerstone driven by only the most primal of emotions. Rage, sadness, lust, disdain … those visceral feelings are a reaction to the stimuli around them, the people and places that drive them into self-protective cycles of using to live and living to use, and it takes time and tolerance by specially trained staff members to break through the walls they’ve erected in their lives.

Often, what waits on the other side is what one patient articulates plainly: “A very lonely, scared little boy.”

His peers nod in both affirmation and familiarity, because they, too, shelter an inner child whose damage has driven him to addiction and to drug rehab. They come through the doors angry – at parents, at employers, at themselves, at the world – and helping them heal is at the core of Cornerstone’s Young Adult Program. They learn to be vulnerable – with themselves, their therapists and with one another – and what they find as they embrace the program is a brotherhood forged in the survival of addiction and the possibility of something greater on the other side. Finally, their eyes meet, and one says what all are thinking: “All of us … we’re family.”

And with the help of that family, as well as the extended network of counselors and clinicians, they’ll begin to discover who they really are and what they really want. Our Young Adult Program treats the addiction, but it also helps patients begin to answer those questions. Patients can, for the first time, see life with new eyes, and the light they find is one that burns bright from within instead of one that beckons with false assurances and often ends in trauma and tragedy.

At Cornerstone of Recovery, the staff members of our Young Adult Program find themselves renewed and invigorated by helping patients find that inner light. Call today, for yourself or a loved one, and let them help that journey begin.

Your First Step Towards Recovery Starts At Cornerstone

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 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.

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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