EVIDENCE BASED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT
Licensed, trained, compassionate treatment professionals in the heart of Arizona. Cornerstone Healing Center helps connect people with real and lasting solutions through effective, evidence-based treatment for alcohol and substance abuse.
At Cornerstone, we believe that hope and healing are available to anyone whose life has been devastated by alcoholism or addiction. Here we understand that true change is a lifelong process – healing begins when people uncover the underlying issues that have been holding them back. Our mission is to empower our clients by giving them the resources and vital foundation they need to thrive in treatment and long beyond. After all, your best life is waiting for you.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy)
For clients who have experienced trauma, Cornerstone Healing Center provides Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, also known as EMDR. EMDR is often used for treating post-traumatic stress disorder and can be effective in treating those with addiction and/or a history of trauma. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
EMDR therapy uses the client’s rapid eye movements to process trauma. Compared to what many picture as traditional “talk therapy,” EMDR relies more on physical movement during each session.
In the beginning phases of EMDR therapy, an EMDR therapist records a thorough history of the client and develops a treatment plan. In treatment, the client will discuss history that led to addiction and behaviors that have resulted due to trauma experienced. The therapist will create a treatment plan that addresses:
- Specific targets to focus on during EMDR therapy
- What past and present situations are creating an inbalance
- The strategies that will help the client overcome past trauma and addiction
The client can be as general or specific as they’d like when describing their history and current situation.
In subsequent sessions, the EMDR therapist will move their fingers back and forth in front of the client’s face. The client follows those movements with their eyes, while at the same time recalling a traumatic event.
Gradually, the client will be asked to recall more pleasant events, as the therapist uses different physical movements. EMDR therapy techniques are used to decrease the power of traumatic memories and change the way memories are stored in the brain.
As the way traumatic memories are stored changes, EMDR can help diminish stress and anxiety. This helps clients in addiction recovery combat negative feelings that can lead to substance abuse and relapse. If a client was using drugs or alcohol to deal with trauma, the weakening of disturbing memories can eliminate the need to use substances to cope.
One of the largest studies on child abuse, neglect and well-being later in life found that traumatic experiences in childhood increase a person’s risk for developing substance abuse. The research shows a significant relationship between trauma and addiction. That’s why EMDR trauma therapy can be instrumental in helping addicts recover.
At Cornerstone Healing Center, clients are assigned a Navigator, otherwise called Recovery Coaches or Case Managers, they give the necessary backing to individuals entering and navigating the beginnings of recovery.
Navigators provide needed accountability, responsibility, hope, guidance and experience. We help the individual actualize the skills they’ve learned in treatment and make them into daily habits in their lives. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
- People in early recovery who want to make this the last time they go to treatment and get sober
- Those who need safe entry as they transition between different levels of care in treatment and beyond treatment.
- Individuals who have struggled with chronic relapse and need more support through their first year of recovery.
Cornerstone Healings Center is home to some of the best therapists and counselors in Scottsdale. We offer individual counseling services and support for those facing significant physical, mental, and emotional challenges in their lives. We can help those in need work through and overcome many of life’s obstacles such as anger, depression, anxiety, addiction, career changes, or anything significant that could be holding you back from living a healthy and happy life. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
Relationship Building Skills for Long-Term Recovery
or those suffering from the cycle of addiction, the family systems and relationships of all kinds suffer, as well. Marriages, relationships with children and parents, friendships and work relationships all require trust and honesty to thrive. Drug and alcohol addiction can negatively impact the bonds that are most important. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), community is one of the key areas for effective long-term addiction treatment. Relationships and social networks that provide support, care, love, friendship and hope are instrumental in recovery. Family members, peers and friends play a crucial role in providing encouragement.
Some benefits of positive relationships for those in recovery include:
- Reduced stress
- Improved mood
- Healthy activities to participate in
- Reliable support
- Sense of purpose and fulfillment
Strong relationships improve self-esteem, confidence and motivation. Unhealthy relationships can lead to anxiety, depression, poor decision-making and relapse. It is vital for those in addiction recovery to learn what positive relationships look like and how to cultivate them.
It’s not the end of the journey for clients who complete our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Cornerstone Healing Center is the best place for long term addiction treatment because we provide our clients with all the resources they need to stay free of the cycle of addiction, maintain sobriety, and avoid relapse.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, relapse rates for substance abuse are as high as 60 percent. Relapse can be dangerous and life-threatening, many times resulting in overdose.
As well, after addiction treatment, successful re-entry into work, home and community can present challenges. Supportive continuing care services help clients transition from treatment back to the real world. The services we refer clients to include:
- Long-term outpatient Navigation (recovery coaching)
- Trauma therapy, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- Occupational therapy – Sensory integration therapy
Each client at Cornerstone Healing Center is assigned to a Navigator who can offer continued weekly support after treatment, if the client wishes. We also have a wide-ranging referral network of continued support services for each client to access based on their unique needs. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
Mastering any new discipline and reaching goals is easier with continued accountability and coaching. Continuing care services help those in addiction recovery to create healthy structure and routines that promote a lifestyle free from active addiction.
Continuing care is also beneficial for those from our Professionals program who must maintain licensure requirements. Continuing care helps professionals stay fit for practice, so they can continue to earn a living, protect their safety and the safety of others, and to live a healthy lifestyle.
Here are other benefits of continuing care.
- Smooth transition back to “normal and productive” life. For clients who have been in daily treatment for months, completely overhauling their schedule can be overwhelming. Continuing care provides a gradual transition for handling tasks like work, school or family responsibilities.
- Ongoing professional support. New issues pop up in everyone’s life. Recovering addicts can talk with a therapist about what they’re going through and get personalized recommendations for coping.
- Working towards the best version of self. Dealing with ingrained issues like a history of trauma requires long-term work. Goal achievement doesn’t have to stop once clients complete addiction treatment. Clients who want to continue to make gains personally and professionally and solidify their recovery benefit greatly from continuing care.
Each continuing care provider we work with is professional and highly recommended. Wherever a client is in treatment, there are options to make a smooth transition to the next step of long-term recovery.
Occupational therapists are life skills specialists. They help people increase their health through engagement in meaningful activities. This practice often includes an adaptation of the environment, and the development of healthy habits, roles, and routines. Occupational therapists are holistic, licensed health care providers with special training in physiology, neuroscience, and social systems. As clients progress in treatment, they learn higher-level skills for success in parenting, relationships, and in the workplace. Clients will develop effective emotional regulation, interoception, and resiliency.
What is Sensory Integration?
The things we see, hear and feel give us the necessary information to navigate the world around us. Some people have a harder time integrating that information. Some sensory information might be amplified, leading to over-reaction to sudden events. Other signals might be indistinguishable, creating feelings of confusion or danger. Sensory integration therapy uses the just-right application of calming and alerting activities to help people feel balanced and engaged with the world around them.
Sensory integration therapy is an innovative treatment approach. There is strong evidence to support the application of sensory integration therapy for a diagnosis of developmental disability, Autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, mental illness, traumatic experience, and substance use disorder.
How does Occupational Therapy support substance use treatment?
Occupational therapists examine people’s habits and behaviors that occur each day, throughout their week. They offer insight into how their behaviors and thoughts revolve around drugs or alcohol and how their identity is lost as they lose a grip on the roles most meaningful to them. Then the therapist constructs or rebuilds those occupational roles by determining which activities bring the most joy and overall sense of well-being—without alcohol or drugs.
Occupational therapy goes beyond helping people stop their drug use; it prepares them to fill the void that the substance leaves behind with productive occupation. Our Occupational therapists (OT’s) help people find the activities that are most meaningful to them and at just the right degree of challenge so that, as they redesign their lifestyle, they can easily tap into the things that allow them to move into a state of well-being. This is how occupational therapy really makes a significant difference in helping people learn to self-regulate and stay in long-term recovery. An emerging role of occupational therapy is to provide trauma-informed, sensory integration therapy.
The cycle of addiction is directly related to nutritional habits. Drug and alcohol substance abuse can lead to a lack of proper nutrition. A lack of proper nutrition can fuel relapse behavior.
Conversely, good nutritional habits are instrumental in addiction treatment and long-term recovery. At Cornerstone Healing Center’s Scottsdale treatment facility, we provide nutrition therapy. Clients learn how to make healthy nutritional choices that will aid them in overcoming addiction. A nutrition professional guides clients through how to create weekly menus with healthy meals.
These healthy nutrition habits can support those who want to live sober, thriving lifestyles now and in the future. Nutrition therapy complements our other wellness programs, including group and one-on-one therapy, fitness training, meditation and 12 Step meetings.
How Nutrition Affects Addiction
When our bodies aren’t feeling their best and aren’t working at their optimal levels, it’s much more challenging to combat addiction. Research has shown nutritional deficiencies can lead to symptoms that increase chances of relapse, including depression, anxiety and low energy. Proper nutrition supports strong mental health, which is essential for addiction recovery.
One study on nutrition therapy with substance abuse treatment centers found nutrition therapy significantly improved 3-month sobriety success rates. The study confirmed that nutrition education plays a key role in addiction treatment and can improve recovery outcomes.
Benefits of nutrition therapy for long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction include:
- Proper nutrition promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages self-care. Mindful eating and thoughtful nutritional choices promote healthy choices in other physical, mental and spiritual realms. Preparing and cooking foods is a healthy routine with various mind-body benefits.
- Nutrition therapy can address health issues that addicts suffer from, including those caused by substance abuse. Sometimes addicts use substances to deal with pain or because they feel helpless due to other ailments. Good nutrition improves overall health. A healthy diet can also promote healing in the body from damage due to substance abuse, including liver damage, damage to gastrointestinal organs and dehydration.
- Good nutritional habits can decrease substance cravings. Mental weak spots like a depressed or angry mood or anxiety can lead to substance cravings. Proper nutrition can reduce stress and improve mood. Nutrition enhances mental health, so cravings are diminished.
Achieving better health through proper nutrition empowers clients to make healthy choices in all areas of life. Positive effects of better nutrition may include weight loss, lower blood pressure and even the reversal of certain health conditions, like type 2 diabetes. Outcomes like these enhance the recovery process.
As part of the mind-body-spirit approach for drug and alcohol rehabilitation at Cornerstone Healing Center, we provide our clients with meditation therapy. Our meditation therapy approach is mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), which teaches clients awareness of how subconscious thoughts and behaviors affect overall health.
The American Psychological Association reports MBSR is effective in helping those who practice it to reduce stress and anxiety. That makes it an effective treatment for those struggling with addiction.
MBSR therapy teaches clients how to:
- Be in tune with one’s mental experience with less judgement.
- Gain control of mental processes and increase calmness, concentration and clarity.
- Enhance attentional capacities and improve emotion regulation.
These strategies help clients overcome the cycle of addiction and prevent relapse. A study published by the National Institutes of Health confirmed the link between stress and addiction and reports MBSR is an effective treatment to reduce stress and improve addiction treatment outcomes. As clients hone in on techniques that improve the spiritual component of their recovery, they gain life-long skills that can help them achieve a healthy, sober life.
MBSR is just one component of our holistic curriculum for those pursuing long-term recovery from addiction. Other addiction recovery programs include one-on-one and group therapy, fitness and nutrition therapy, 12 Step program meetings and life-skills training. Learn more about MBSR below.
How Does MBSR Meditation Therapy Work?
During meditation, clients are encouraged to quiet the mind and focus on deep breathing exercises. Doing this enables clients to immerse themselves fully in the present moment. Clients are encouraged to observe and accept thoughts that pass through without judging them.
Practicing meditation strengthens neural networks, which helps clients manage anxiety and stress. Clients develop self-observation techniques, that lead to improved self-control, which is essential for addiction recovery.
Some benefits of meditation therapy and MBSR include:
- Fewer depressive symptoms
- Improved ability to sustain attention
- Less somatic distress
- Better emotional regulation and less emotional reactivity
- Boosted focus
- Improved self-observation
- Better communication skills
- Improved empathy, compassion and quality of life
In addition to mental benefits of meditation, MBSR and meditation therapy benefit physical health. Meditation can improve sleep, decrease blood pressure, increase energy, decrease sensitivity to pain and reduce memory loss. These physical benefits enhance the mental gains that are made through meditation.
At Cornerstone Healing Center, no meditation experience is needed to start the practice. Clients are guided through MBSR every step of the way. MBSR sessions are taught by caring meditation guides in a supportive environment.
Yoga is an integral part of the Cornerstone Healing Center addiction recovery model. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of yoga for a stronger mind-body connection. A recent review of the positive benefits of yoga for drug and alcohol addicts shows:
- Yoga can reduce depression, anxiety and emotional suffering.
- By forcing the mind and body to work together holistically, yoga practices can help alcoholics and addicts maintain sobriety.
- Yoga reduces stress by improving respiratory systems, lowering blood pressure and decreasing heart rate. These effects are also useful in the recovery process.
- Regular yoga practice can reduce the effects of physical pain variables and decrease emotional suffering.
- Consistent yoga practice can reduce cravings associated with addiction.
For these reasons and many more, we provide members in all our outpatient rehab programs with the opportunity to develop a safe, therapeutic and satisfying yoga practice. This skill can be instrumental in addiction recovery and lead to a happier life overall.
What Is Yoga for Addiction Treatment
Yoga practice for addiction is similar to what you’d encounter at a gym or studio. Each yoga class at our Scottsdale treatment facility includes:
- A mindful, meditation-infused class taught by certified yoga instructors.
- Safe guidance through a variety of strength-building and relaxing yoga poses that improve posture, muscle conditioning and cardiovascular function.
- Clear instruction and a class that is suitable for all skill levels.
- Deep breathing techniques that improve yoga abilities, and that can be used outside the yoga studio to achieve relaxation and mindfulness.
A recent report on yoga for addiction found yoga is an ideal complement for the 12 Step Program. Yoga teaches how to become more in tune with sensations and one’s body. These skills are crucial for addiction recovery.
Whether you or your loved one is a yoga pro or has never been to a single class, yoga is a practice that can be learned and mastered by anyone. Our clients learn yoga in a supportive, no-judgement environment. The techniques you learn in yoga are directly applicable to recovery and everyday life.
What Can Addiction Treatment Clients Expect From Yoga
At Cornerstone Healing Center, yoga is provided at both our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). These programs are available during the daytime and evening hours.
Yoga complements other wellness programs for clients that we offer, including nutrition therapy, life skills and meditation.
Exercise is an essential component for successful alcohol and drug addiction. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health.
That includes weight training. The department recommends that adults do muscle-strengthening activities of at least moderate intensity for all major muscle groups at least two days a week.
At Cornerstone Healing Center, our program includes daily resistance training for improved physical, mental and emotional health.. We work with a highly reputable Certified Fitness Instructor to provide safe resistance training for all skill levels for our clients.
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of weight training for addicts. A study by the National Institutes of Health found the benefits of exercise for clients in drug rehab and alcohol rehab programs include:
- A feeling of achievement
- Improved strength and overall health and physical fitness
- More confidence in remaining sober
A healthy body helps clients during addiction treatment to boost their mental and spiritual health, too. If you or a loved one is seeking long-term recovery from addiction, our weight training program complements the mind-body-spirit mission of our Scottsdale treatment facility.
Benefits of Resistance Training for Addicts
Weight lifting and other types of resistance training do so much more than increase longevity and boost cardiovascular function. Some of the benefits that help in the addiction recovery process include:
- Improved mood: A review of dozens of studies on weight training in The New York Times found weight training can help ease and prevent depression. Addicts who feel helpless or depressed about what they’re going through can use weight training to power through challenges and improve their confidence in recovery.
- Healthy routine: Regular weight lifting provides structure and routine, which can deter addicts from drug or alcohol relapse. Resistance training is a healthy activity that can be a coping mechanism and that can instill a sense of accomplishment.
- Better sleep: Weight training improves sleep by reducing stress and anxiety. It also promotes clear thinking, among other psychological improvements.
By becoming stronger through resistance training, those struggling with addiction gain a sense of control over their circumstances. This is absolutely crucial for long-term recovery.
Our male-only Partial Hospitalization Program gives clients the opportunity to exercise in a supportive and instructive environment. Clients receive thorough training for each exercise, so they can continue to pursue this healthy habit throughout the rest of their lives.
Combined with addiction treatment program features like nutrition therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), 12 Step program community and one-on-one and group therapy, clients at Cornerstone Healing Center get an effective holistic toolkit for recovery now and long-term.
The 12 Step program is a series of steps that was created by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) more than 80 years ago. This program was designed to help those suffering from alcoholism overcome their addiction.
Since then, 12 Step programs have been adapted to help those suffering from a multitude of drug and alcohol addictions. They are found in programs such as Cocaine Anonymous (CA), Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), Heroin Anonymous (HA), and Marijuana Anonymous (MA).
At Cornerstone Healing Center, we connect all our clients with a supportive 12 Step community. Clients at our Scottsdale treatment facilities participate in daily 12 Step meetings. By sharing personal experiences with peers, and by hearing the personal stories of others, 12 Step participants get the support they need to find new and deeper connections with themselves, spirituality, and the world around them while becoming part of a life-changing community.
How Does Spirituality Work in Treatment?
The program has a significant spiritual component, though what higher power clients choose to identify with is up to them and we have no religious affiliation.
Each 12 Step meeting is led by a member of the group. The meeting opens with a prayer or meditation. Each member introduces themselves.
The meeting may focus on a specific reading from the 12 Step program, or there may be a presentation on a substance abuse topic. Members can share their challenges or experiences with the group, and the meeting closes with a prayer or meditation.
For many who go through a 12 Step program, they find that the practices in this program do more than help them overcome addiction. They also help participants live more meaningful lives.
Community support is so important in addiction treatment. 12 Step program participants at Cornerstone Healing Center participate in meetings in a supportive, judgement-free environment.
The lifestyle and disciplines learned in our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) lay the foundation for a sober and healthy life. When clients leave Cornerstone Healing Center, they may encounter challenges at home that pose a risk to sobriety. Sober living arrangements can often be a hugely positive influence in successful addiction recovery.
Not every home environment is conducive to overcoming addiction. Clients at substance abuse treatment centers who return to their old homes may encounter:
- A spouse or partner who uses substances
- Stressful family or roommate situations that may lead to relapse
- A roommate who pressures them to use substances
- A lack of accountability to stay sober at home
Sober living can help eliminate situations like these. By living with like-minded individuals who are also on the path to long-term recovery, clients get the support they need to break the cycle of addiction and solidify their new lifestyle.
Cornerstone Healing Center does not provide inpatient rehab, but we do connect clients with safe, secure and comfortable sober living options in Scottsdale and the local surroundings. When clients need or want a sober living environment as they undergo or transition into or out of our PHP or IOP programs, we can provide recommendations that will work for them.
Benefits of Structured Sober Living
Sober living homes provide structure and support for long-term addiction recovery. Some examples include:
- Sober living roommates grocery shop and prepare healthy meals with and for each other, with guidance from Cornerstone Healing Center’s nutrition therapy.
- Sober living roommates participate in 12 Step program meetings, where they can share personal stories and strengthen their bonds in recovery.
- Sober living roommates can understand what each other is going through. They can motivate each other to continue on a journey of sobriety and to avoid relapse.
Sober living arrangements include a sober house manager who can support the home’s residents. Sober living residents are expected to treat each other with respect, follow all house rules and participate in chores.
Sober living residents get to cultivate life-skills like healthy nutrition habits, positive routines like house cleaning, and financial management. All of this is done in a substance-free environment that supports addiction treatment.
Before clients enter programs at the Cornerstone Healing Center outpatient rehab, we often recommend medical detox as the first essential step. Medical detox is the supervised process of an addict ridding their body of harmful toxins from drug and alcohol substances.
Our compassionate and experienced staff has close working relationships with all of the trusted level 1 detox facilities in our local area and will make all necessary arrangements including drop off, pick up and regular visits during the detoxification process.
Medical detox is often necessary for those addicted to alcohol, cocaine, heroin, meth, Xanax, Adderall, amphetamines, bath salts, crack, ecstasy, MDMA, codeine, fentanyl, Oxycontin, hydrocodone, Dilaudid, Lortab, Kratom, morphine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Librium, Percocet, Ambien, Tramadol, Subutex, Ultram, Fioricet, Trazodone, ayahuasca, peyote, stimulants, opioids and opiates and benzodiazepines. Medical detox is especially important when an addict has mental health issues and/or is addicted to multiple substances.
Those who are suffering from the cycle of addiction and want to break free and achieve long-term recovery should consider medical detox as their first step if any of the following are true:
- There is a physical dependence to drugs and/or alcohol.
- Withdrawing safely on one’s own is has proven unsuccessful.
- Their health would be in danger without medical detox supervision.
There are always risks when someone who is dependent on drugs and/or alcohol attempts to detox at home or on their own. In some situations, the results can be deadly.
If you’re looking for help for a loved one or for yourself, we can provide medical detox options that are safe and benefit long-term addiction treatment.
Benefits of Medical Detox
As a drug or alcohol addict goes through the detoxification process, withdrawal symptoms can be severe or life-threatening without proper supervision and care. An unsupervised detox process can result in relapse, depression, suicidal thoughts and painful physical symptoms. In some cases, going off a drug or stopping drinking can result in heart failure, seizures, hallucinations and convulsions.
There are many benefits to supervised medical detox. Clients in medical detox receive treatment from medical professionals who will make the experience as comfortable as possible. Clients experiencing withdrawal symptoms are constantly supervised and receive the exact care they need. Client safety is protected, since some withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous or deadly.
Clients in medical detox may also receive certain medications that lessen the effects of withdrawal symptoms. A safe, secure environment is vital for successful detoxification. We only refer clients to the best medical detox facilities that protect their safety during the process.