Treatment Cornerstones & Phases

Mental Health & Addiction Cornerstones

Corner Canyon Health Centers focuses recovery around four main Cornerstones. These cornerstones are relationships, support system, brain-based healing, and transition. We believe that these elements are essential to a healthy wholehearted recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues. Corner Canyon Health Centers has worked to weave all four cornerstones into the programming and phase work each client will engage in while in our treatment center. Clients learn how to identify dysfunctional emotional responses and patterns/cycles that keep them locked in their addictive thinking.


This cornerstone is primarily focused on the relationships we have with ourselves while emphasizing connection as the antidote to shame, anxiety & depression, and many other hard emotions and experiences. Life has many ups and downs with hidden traps and pitfalls. Life is full of high-stress situations, which has lead many down paths toward addiction. While addiction provides temporary relief, it ultimately creates more damage than we could have imagined. In the wake of this damage, we are overcome with grief, pain, anxiety, shame, and depression, which lead us back to using again. This pattern often involves using more and more of the addictive substance or behavioral process to avoid the wreckage and consequences and attempt to increase dopamine in the brain. This vicious cycle hurts our relationships with others but ultimately it also damages and alters the relationship we have with ourselves. This cornerstone aims to teach clients in the recovery program to reconnect with themselves more fully in body, mind, and spirit. By doing so, we heal and let go of the wreckage created when in active addiction.

Support systems

Corner Canyon Health Centers emphasizes relationships and connection, so we know that repairing a client’s relationship with those they lean on and confide in is essential to recovery. This cornerstone helps clients identify, understand, and feel comfortable with those who are healthy, supportive, maintain boundaries, and keep them accountable. Even after the recovery program, these strong relationships ultimately support each clients’ success. Clients are also encouraged to recognize people in their lives whom may be damaging or may have a negative influence so as to raise their awareness and set healthy boundaries, which supports their recovery and reconnection with self.

Brain Science

Our addiction recovery program also focuses on how addiction impacts the brain. This cornerstone is vital to the functioning, well-being, and all-around health of our clients. The goal of this cornerstone is to educate clients on how and why they behave the way they do while addicted. Clients not only learn how addiction has impacted their lives, they learn how their brains heal and create new neuro-pathways. Neuro-pathways are the neurotransmitter pathways created in the brain, shaped by our experiences and the way we organize information. During active addiction, our brain becomes entrenched in processes geared towards gaining our substance of choice. When we remove the substance from our lives, our brain must develop a new or alternative pathway of communication to the pleasure-reward system of the brain. The way we help clients create new neuro-pathways in the recovery program is through our sophisticated clinical treatment, brain technology, healthy food, and experiential therapy such as exercise, recreational therapy, art therapy, yogo, music, meditation, and movement. These modalities allow the client to repair, reconnect, and develop new pathways of pleasurable experiences in life. Corner Canyon offers brain technology which leads to improvement in brain areas responsible for PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and many other brain connections related to health and wellness.

Life Transitions

This cornerstone provides stability and consistency to clients in the recovery program. Clients learn how to create a sustainability plan. The Corner Canyon Health Centers staff knows that clients come from many diverse backgrounds and will be returning to various environments. We want clients to understand that instead of having a plan focused on constant worry and fear, they can heal, connection with others, spirituality, and life skills, to sustain the life changes they have been making and feel empowered to live their best lives. We encourage growth through exposure and exploration as clients engage in many activities and experiences. These activities will stimulate mind, body, and spirit. Some of these activities will be triggering, and through processing them therapeutically, ultimately they will help clients learn more about themselves and their reaction patterns.  This will enable them to either avoid situations that trigger them or work through them successfully, so they are prepared when they leave treatment and engage in healthier, happier lives.

Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Program Phases

Each addiction recovery program phase outlines specific behavioral changes as well as assignments to help the client achieve each Cornerstone and excel at sustaining them in everyday life. Each phase is designed to help clients explore and re-engage with themselves in order to heal from the toxicity created by their addiction. We believe that treatment is not one-size-fits-all and that an individualized and holistic approach to healing is essential. That is why each phase encourages exploration of many approaches to addiction treatment such as the 12 Step Program, Refuge Recovery, Rational Recovery, etc. and to mental health treatment modalities.  Every phase is created to take a client deeper into the various topics that are introduced and explored from previous phases. This is done so clients are able to create deeper more meaningful connections in their lives and with others around them while growing inner resources and resiliency.


During the Emigration phase, clients are encouraged to reconnect with themselves through rest and refocusing. Clients will meet with the medical and clinical teams for assessments and evaluations. The Emigration phase is designed to help the client become more acclimated to the addiction recovery program and evaluate where they are in their recovery journey. In this phase, Clients will begin to see their patterns and begin to heal from the choices that brought them to treatment.


In the Parleys phase, clients begin increasing their awareness of self-defeating behaviors. Clients deeply explore their values, faulty thinking, and patterns that keep them stuck in their addiction. This phase is characterized by identification of shame, guilt, instant gratification, control, regrets, disappointment, anger, and other difficult emotions and experiences. Clients work through assignments that help them not only identify these feelings and experiences but encourage them to bring these topics to groups and individual therapy so they can learn to move beyond them. These exercises aim to change the narrations that clients may carry about who they are, who they have been, and who they are supposed to be.


During the Millcreek phase, clients are able to verbalize personal insight into what they do and why they do it. Clients have awareness of ego-defense mechanisms and are able to correct them more readily when they are triggered. Clients are more able to be open,  honest, and upfront with themselves and their peers, friends, and family with whom they may have damaged trust. Clients have a stronger ability to use healthy coping skills during times of distress. During this addiction recovery program phase, clients begin expressing signs of self-love and developing intrinsic motivation to change.

Corner Canyon

During the Corner Canyon phase of our program, clients manifest integrity and a genuine change of heart and attitude towards themselves, their support systems, and how they lead their lives. Decision making is based on internal values, self-love, and a heightened strength in emotional regulation. Clients are moved to an internal locus of control, with a renewed sense of self-confidence and self-worth. Clients are transparent in all of their actions, they are willing to accept and self-correct when they make mistakes and are becoming continuous masters of healthy coping skills and accountability. Clients are showing a strong propensity for incorporating and demonstrating the Four Agreements in their life and have a more developed understanding of person and meaning. This is the final phase of Corner Canyon Health Centers’s addiction recovery program.