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Causes: Education

Mission: To give hope and healing to teens and families through early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Programs: Recovery retreats/meetings/workshops for moms, dads, girls, boys - these are a series of activities to teach life skills needed by each participant to live or support a drug free lifestyle. In 2014, four retreats included approximately 200 participants plus counselors and/or staff members at each retreat. Ten workshops for parents were held, reaching 135 parents and involving 2 staff members per workshop. Adventure activities included 11 weekend to 3-week excursions for leadership training and personal growth. Adventure activities involved 92 participants and from two to ten staff members per excursion.

clinical program - provides outpatient therapy to adolescents who are struggling with drug/alcohol addiction. Four group sessions per week are held. There were 4,445sessions in 2014, treating approximately 72 adolescents; a total of 3,115 additional sessions, including individual and family therapy sessions were provided in 2014, involving approximately 368 individuals. Charity treatment (free or at low rates) for teens is provided on an as needed basis. In 2014, $362,000 in services was provided by cornerstone to teens and families that could not afford service and/or had no insurance for services.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I give Cornerstone Recovery Inc. 5 stars. My son and family entered the program in a state of panic and disarray. The program introduced us to the 12 step recovery process and provided meetings, training, adventures and professional counseling to guide us and our son through the program. My son is now sober for 4 years and my marriage is back on track. All things don't always end up rosy as addiction is a deadly disease. We saw much heartbreak during our 4 years fully engaged in the program. You will get what you put into the program. I highly recommend Cornerstone. They saved our son's life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the summer of 2011 my family was absolutely crazy. My fifteen year old daughter had been using drugs. Her grades dropped and she was failing school. She was acting out and was completely uncontrollable. We discovered Cornerstone Recovery in the fall of that year and the healing began in our family. It was a rough start, but the counselors and the group really supported her. Meanwhile, I attended the parent meetings and "Climbers" and learned new parenting strategies and began my own recovery too. She participated in one of the Wilderness trips, which was a real turning point in her life. This program was a real godsend for our family and her. Today she has been sober 3-1/2 years, graduated from high school, works and is attending college. I truly believe that it saved her life.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came into Cornerstone Recovery I was broken. I was 19 years old, and had "successfully" been kicked out of college, and was facing criminal drug charges. I was finally able to find a place that I felt as though I belonged with Cornerstone. The unconditional love that was given to me was unbridled in my life, and I finally started to feel as though I could get better. My dad was in prison, my mom worked 2 jobs just to provide for us, and so I truly had no direction until I got to this program. Today as I write this I look back with 6.5 years sober, a beautiful wife, a loving "functional" family, and a great career. I would not be the man that I am today without this program. Thank you Cornerstone for everything that you have enabled me to become .

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have 2 children adopted from Eastern Europe who experienced family trauma & spent many years in orphanages. As teens they became heavily involved with drugs and alcohol. By the time we understood what was really going on, we were in a very bad place.

Cornerstone saved our family and our sanity as parents. I sincerely believe that one or both of my children would be dead if we had not found this program. We had tried so many things prior to Cornerstone - including years of intensive counseling - nothing but this program and the parenting tools they advocate worked. Our situation is not perfect today, but collectively as a family and individually we are all in such a better place.

We're forever grateful to Kirk, Lily, James, Scott and the rest of the amazing Cornerstone staff. Lily Kugler is an amazing counselor and all around saint!!!

Thank you Cornerstone!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

Cornerstone Recovery Gave me another chance. I came in at 15 and i had been beaten and bruised by life and i didn't think i had another way out from my drug addiction. While in the program I lost friends, family members and every time life threw me another curve ball i had someone from the group there to hold my hand and tell me i would be okay. The staff and fellow clients at Cornerstone helped me see that i had another chance at life and even though life could be rough I would be able to get through it sober and with a head held high. I am now 19 years old and have recently celebrated almost 3 and half years sober. I'm working and saving up money to travel the world because it was a dream that I never thought was possible. The staff and my fellow peers have done nothing but support me and love me through my hard times. I'm beyond grateful for this program they gave me my family back, and i believed that i had burnt those bridges beyond repair. Cornerstone gave my father another chance at life as well. When we came in he was so shut off and gave anyone and everyone a cold shoulder and now i see him smile and meet everyone with a warm heart, a smile and open arms. Cornerstone helped change my life and my families life, we wouldn't be where we are emotionally, spiritually, or physically if it weren't for this program.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dealing with my son's addiction is difficult, if we had not found Cornerstone it may have been near impossible.

What makes this organization great, is the people; the dedicated counselor's and staff, parents looking for answers and others opening their arms and hearts to new comers, and the kids. We spent four years in the program and during that time became part of the Cornerstone family. I've been able to share things about myself with this family, that I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing with my own family.

We participated in all aspects of the program; hosting kids, guys and girls nights, attending functions, softball, satellite, camp-outs, Friday fitness, Sunday bike rides and Awakenings. All of this helped me learn more about myself and make positive changes in my own life. Kids come and go in the program, but I've witnesses those that stay and work the program can change their lives for the better.

A special element of the program is the Adventure Learning Program (ALP), the kids that participate in this learn that they can do things they never thought possible. You can see the transformation as they build self esteem, achieve goals and find happiness without drugs or alcohol.

Through this program I was able to realize that I couldn't beat my son's addiction for him, ultimately he has to find his own willingness to beat it. Because of this program, I was able to find hope that one day my son may choose to be sober. The gift I was given by this program is peace. The credit for this gift goes to the counselors, parents and kids of this program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly thankful to Cornerstone. When I first started coming to cornerstone my sole purpose was to get my stepson “fixed”. I didn’t think I had any problems…well ones I needed help fixing except him. He was ruling our house, all our time was consumed with either dealing with him, trying to determine what and why he was doing what he was doing and how we could get him back on the right path and out of a life of drugs and theft. Fortunately what I learned was that his life lesson were not my responsibility and all my frustrations, fear and sadness for him and for my husband who so desperately missed and wanted a relationship with his son were nothing to do with either of them but all related to my own baggage. All of which impacted how I reacted or didn't react to the things going on in my house. After working through these items with my sponsor I was able to find my own voice and gain some self-esteem which I never realized I was missing because I was living in so much ego thinking I had everything under control. Now I am able to better let others take care of their own responsibilities without getting involved as well as love myself for who I am and set clear boundaries for what I need to live a healthy life. I am not perfect and neither is everything I deal with but I no longer feel like I live on a roller coaster and enjoy being able to have serenity even if the addicts in my life are in their addiction or not. I could not have done this without the help and love of the Cornerstone group. I will be forever grateful to this program, the staff, the teens and parent group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cornerstone helped us bring sanity back to our home. We thought we were doing the right things for our kids, but instead were enabling them and their addictions. By working the program, and continuing my own AA program we were truly able to do the right things for our family. It is parent driven recovery and the parent group and counselors have been awesome. We met people with similar circumstances, and learned to talk to others and enforce personal boundaries. I have formed some of the best relationships of my life, and restored sanity to my daily life. Thank you Cornerstone!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2007 when our son was out of control my wife and I were at our wit's end. We had no idea where to turn and everything we did seemed wrong. A friend told us to "check out a place called Cornerstone, heard it's good" On our first visit we knew we were in the right place. The "parent driven recovery" theme, the parent support group and working the 12 Steps got us off our heels and put us back in charge of our family. Cornerstone saved our marriage and our family. Our son still struggles (and will for the rest of his life) but he keeps trying. I learned to support him in his recovery and send him on his way and not enable him in his addiction. For his part he learned and accepts this as part of the consequences of his actions. I no longer ride an emotional roller coaster with the ups and downs of his recovery and live my life in the serenity and confidence that I'm making the right decisions thanks to the Cornerestone Program and family.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

From chaos & hopelessness, to peace & hope, God is at work in this program so blessed to live in Houston, this recovery program is unique in the way it helps families, as a parent initially seeking help for my kid, who didn't want help, transforming my life was the catalyst of change, my restoration of sanity, love of self, self esteem, eventually my kid sought help, they went out of their way to help us financially, please support this life changing recovery program

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family will be forever grateful to Cornerstone Recovery for the support given to our family. We had two daughters in the program over a 4 year span and the outcome is that we have good relationships within our family that we would never had dreamed of because of this program. Cornerstone can be life changer for the better if you allow it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cornerstone’s Adventure Learning Program (ALP) is amazing. I’ve seen first hand how it has changed lives. From “Friday Night Fitness”, to Sunday night mountain biking in Memorial Park, to Wilderness trips in the Rocky Mountains, this program builds self esteem and heals and strengthens bodies. And it is a ton of fun!

Client Served

Rating: 5

If we had never been introduced to Cornerstone, I truly believe that I would be telling you how our daughter died of drug addiction. Though in recovery myself, I was in so much denial when it came to my child. She had seen what addiction and alcoholism had done to her father and me. Surely there was no way she would take part in activities that would have such devastating consequences that she had seen firsthand. Wow, what I had forgotten was this is a disease. It’s not something my daughter chose – this deadly disease chose her!
Additionally, in the beginning I did not participate with the parent program. I had my AA program and support group and she had her Cornerstone Program and friends, and that was just fine with me. What I came to learn was that Cornerstone is ALL about Parent Driven Recovery. When I started participating with the Parent Group, of course my daughter did not like it at first. I was now putting boundaries in our home. Cornerstone showed me how to be the parent my daughter NEEDED, not the one I thought she wanted. After a small amount of time passed, this small amount of participation with other CS parents paid great dividends with me and my daughter’s relationship!
We came to Cornerstone 6 years ago. My daughter is clean and sober and is an entirely different young woman than she was 6 years ago. There is so much love and respect for each other in our home. The entire family dynamic has changed with recovery being first for each of us.
I will ALWAYS feel indebted to Cornerstone and all of the staff! I tell everyone I know, “Alcoholics Anonymous restored my marriage. Cornerstone not only restored our Family, it gave this family unity and love like was never present in our home before!”

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family found out about Cornerstone Recovery in 2008. I thought my son was just "experimenting" with drugs, but soon found out he was using regularly and dealing. I learned that the only difference between using and addiction was time. With the help of a positive peer group for my son and a separate peer group for my husband and I we were able to learn new tools to help us parent in a much more effective manner. We were able to get on the same page and parent as a team. We were able to reduce the chaos and replace reacting with anger with responding with love. The group helped my son and saved my marriage.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family was in chaos, living in fear, anger, resentment and didn't know what to do when we learned our daughter was an addict. This program has taught me to live with addiction. I learned I don't always get what I want--my daughter to stop being an addict and living the life I want for her--but I learned how to face challenges and be stronger and a better for having faced those challenges. The Cornerstone family is a place of hope and support to get you through the rough times and taught me how to laugh again and take care of myself. I am so thankful for Cornerstone.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My journey with Cornerstone began in May of 2009 when we finally took our blinders off and came to the realization that our daughter had a real problem. We had no idea what to do or where to go but thankfully found Cornerstone and attended our first meeting. Our daughter refused to go but we went anyway and got enough from our first visit to give it a whirl. I was fearful of the parent group at first and while I did attend meetings every week I was hesitant to get involved. I did however become very involved with getting to know the kids in the group and listening to their stories and their needs. I was amazed at how candidly they talked about their addiction and how much confidence they had in trusting me with their past. I soon began to realize that I needed to be more involved with the parents and began to get to know them as well. I felt a lot closer to the parents because I already knew their kids and while I couldn't share with them everything I knew I could express to them how great their kids were. My daughter had a very up and down road to travel before she finally found true recovery and has since Awakened (graduated) from Cornerstone and has over four years of sobriety today. After a couple of years in our son came into the program as well and since we already had a lot of experience it was much easier getting him in and working on his recovery. He too has had a rough ride but has over 3 years of sobriety behind him. In the meantime, I have worked hard to give back to the program and help others that are coming in to Cornerstone in hopes to smooth their path. I have served on the Parent Committee twice and now am a Co-Parent Coordinator for The Woodlands group. I was talking with another parent last night about how I just can't imagine where I would be without Cornerstone and how much it means to me. As one of our alumni continues to remind us, "We came for our kids, but we stayed for ourselves. Nothing compares to the parent driven approach.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

My wife and I brought our 13-year-old son to Cornerstone in 2008 this was almost 8 years ago through counseling meetings retreats healthy choices and honesty our family had a real chance to be healthy and stay together. we live a life of recovery and have shared this in many ways. we only want to give to others what was given to us. Hope was by far the greatest gift. I have been around recovery since 1/21/83.

Cornerstone has been the most hands on active accountable group I have ever been a part of. If u want hope come and be a part of!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cornerstone gave me the ability to deal with the addiction that ruled my house. It saved me from the misery that I was feeling while watching my kids spin out of control. Going to my first meeting was the best thing I every did. I have seen and been part of several programs in the recovery community and Cornerstone is special.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Cornerstone program is effective because it targets so many different areas of the teens' life and allows for enough time to be able to make a sustainable change. The combination of family involvement, positive peer influences, and individualized treatment encourages the teens to continue to be involved in activities and pushes them to grow. Staff is available to the teens and families for extended hours throughout the week. The commitment from everyone involved in the organization shows that there is a true passion for recovery here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cornerstone saved my son, and it saved my family. While my son learned to live a sober life and gain tools to help through the rest of his life, I learned how to parent an addict and regain control of my home and my own life. The parent group gave me a solid foundation of hope, knowledge and support. The teen group gave my son a sober peer group that accepted him but held him accountable for his choices. If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to save a child. Cornerstone was that village of parents, teens and counselors working together to bring recovery to families and heal them.