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Cornerstone of Recovery is an addiction treatment center located in Knoxville Tennessee. We have helped thousands of patients begin their journey down the road to recovery. Please enjoy our blog and we hope that if you or someone you know is suffereing from addiction that you are able to get the help you or they need. 

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Peace of mind the best birthday gift one could ask for

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 16, 2019

You know, I’m not quite sure how I feel about turning 48 today. That’s right; yours truly hits the big 4-8 today. I’m taking the day off, but feel free to send greetings, presents and cash to my office up in the Polly Bales building. Seriously, though — I’m trying to come up with something…

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Staying sober: Six tips to avoid living in fear of relapse

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 13, 2019

Everyone who spends some time in a drug and alcohol treatment center faces a moment of truth after leaving: Will I be able to stay sober? The short answer is a simple one: Yes, if you want to stay sober. While relapse is certainly a concern — “there is evidence that approximately 90 percent of…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: As a wise Jedi Master once said, ‘Do, or do not: There is no try’

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 9, 2019

A wise sage once told us, “Do, or do not: There is no try.” He may have been a fictional character, but Yoda’s words in “The Empire Strikes Back” are powerfully resonant when it comes to recovery, and to life itself. Think about it: How often do we say, “I’ll try?” “Are you going to…

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what should I do if I develop a drinking or drug problem in college?

What should I do if I develop a drinking or drug problem in college?

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 5, 2019

What should you do if you develop a drinking or drug problem in college? For starters, it’s a wise course of action to determine if there is one. If you find yourself waking up hungover more often than you do sober … if your anxiety flares up if you can’t wake and bake before class…

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can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction?

Can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction?

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 5, 2019

Can drug and alcohol use in college lead to addiction? It’s a question that deserves some consideration. Summer is on the downswing, the semester starts soon and you’re preparing to embark on the next chapter of your life: college. Mom and dad are excited but nervous, and one of the last things they’ll tell you…

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How to talk to your college student about drugs and alcohol

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 2, 2019

We’re in the second half of summer, and across the country, college campuses are preparing to open their doors for an influx of new students. And as they ready themselves to send their teens off to get a higher education, many parents may be wondering how to talk to their college students about drugs and…

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Living in recovery: Eight suggestions to strengthen your post-rehab journey

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 2, 2019

You’ve got 30 days of addiction treatment under your belt, you’re riding that “pink cloud” and you’re prepared, you believe, for anything that comes your way while you’re living in recovery. Hold up. Not to burst your bubble, but treatment isn’t “recovery.” Treatment is discovery — an introduction to the recovery process. Recovery 101. Sobriety…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Reflecting on the first of many milestones

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 2, 2019

I don’t know if you’re a fan of “Battlestar Galactica,” the science fiction television series, but there was a line in the rebooted version that kept repeating itself in my head all week: “All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.” To be fair, it’s actually a repurposed quote from…

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Ten tips to avoid sabotaging your drug and alcohol treatment

Ten tips to avoid sabotaging your drug and alcohol treatment

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 31, 2019

You’ve recognized your problem. You’ve made a commitment to get help. You’re ready, then, for these ten tips to avoid sabotaging your drug and alcohol treatment while you’re in rehab. It’s important to remember that addiction treatment is about more than just showing up. While “addiction is defined as a disease by most medical associations,…

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