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Addiction Treatment & Recovery Blog

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. 

Recent Posts

What are the signs that someone may be an alcoholic?

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 20, 2019

If you spend any amount of time in social situations where alcohol is involved, you’ve probably run across that one person who concerns you. Perhaps it’s a close friend. Maybe it’s a family member. It might even be your spouse or partner. Inevitably, they drink a little too much, a little too often. If everyone…

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What are the signs of alcoholism?

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 20, 2019

How much is too much? When does drinking cross the line from social lubricant to problematic intoxicant? Those who imbibe too much know that line is out there, but often they don’t recognize it until they’ve already crossed it. Alcoholism isn’t a sudden onset disease; alcoholics don’t wake up one morning to discover that they’ve…

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REDEMPTION: Once arrested 19 times, Cornerstone counselor receives a pardon for the crimes of her addiction

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 18, 2019

The message of recovery is that an addict, any addict, can stop using, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live. At Cornerstone of Recovery, we see it every day in the patients who come to us broken and leave as different individuals, buoyed by the prospect of long-term sobriety thanks…

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SPONSORSHIP: How it started, what it is and how to make the most of one of the best tools of the recovery process

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 15, 2019

Addicts and alcoholics usually come through the doors of facilities like Cornerstone of Recovery certain of one thing only: They want the pain to stop. They may not be ready to embrace recovery and embark on a new journey, but they’re ready to do something different. The pain of staying the same has become greater…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: When your mind whispers that this how you’ll always feel, remember that things change

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 15, 2019

Driving down the road the other day, I saw a church sign that struck me as particularly poignant: “Faith makes all things possible, not easy.” That was a hard concept for me to grasp when I first came to recovery. I thought that because I was clean, and because I was turning my will and…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Don’t let Valentine’s Day be the only day you say ‘I love you’ to those you care about

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 8, 2019

Next week is Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: The greeting card, floral, candy, jewelry and service industries are ready to remind you of what a schmuck you are if you don’t drop a paycheck on the one to whom you’ve pledged your devotion. Before I had various self-revelations thanks to recovery, I…

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SONGS OF HOPE AND HEALING: A Spotify playlist compiled by Cornerstone of Recovery staff members

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 6, 2019

The legendary folk artist Pete Seeger once said of music, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender,” and nowhere is that more apparent than in the healing of emotional wounds. As recovering addicts and alcoholics, we’re all too familiar with those injuries to the psyche, those over which we had no control —…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Recovery frees us from the monotonous repetition and utter misery of addiction

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 1, 2019

Because it’s Feb. 1, I’m sure you’ll be able to find on television tonight that classic Bill Murray comedy, “Groundhog Day.” I love that movie. It’s funny, and when I was younger, I used to think about how cool it would be to live the same day over and over and over — how nothing…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Taking time to appreciate change reveals recovery’s bounty

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 18, 2019

We’ve got six chickens in our suburban neighborhood over in East Maryville, and when I go out to lock up the coop at night, I find myself on occasion staring up at the stars for a few minute and reflecting on change. I’m a couple of months shy of my one-year anniversary here at Cornerstone.…

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