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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: Extending some kindness to other creatures is its own reward

By Steve Wildsmith | Jun 14, 2019

Although I enjoy a good gore-splattered horror film from time to time, I’m very grateful I didn’t chew up a warren of baby bunnies with my tiller the other day. The backyard garden has been in the ground since late April, and getting out there in the evenings, as the fading sun paints the Western…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: ‘What you once were isn’t what you want to be anymore’

By Steve Wildsmith | Jun 7, 2019

My wife and I went out on a rare midweek date this week to see a band that’s intricately tied to my addiction and recovery story. For those of you with no background, Wilco developed out of the breakup of the seminal alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, one of the groups that gets a lot of…

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Nan LaVecchia named new Aviation Program Director for Cornerstone of Recovery

By Steve Wildsmith | Jun 6, 2019

After five years, Ann “Nan” LaVecchia has now earned her wings. For the past five years, LaVecchia has served as Aviation Program coordinator at Cornerstone of Recovery, as well as a coordinator for several of the drug and alcohol treatment center’s program tracks. LaVecchia was recently named Aviation Program Director. Given her credentials — she’s…

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What are the qualities of a good addiction treatment center?

By Steve Wildsmith | Jun 6, 2019

In a time when a single Google search inundates us with information and an unimaginable number of choices, those needing help for a drug and alcohol problem may find themselves wondering: What are the best qualities of an addiction treatment center? How, they may ask, do they determine which facility of the thousands of search…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Remembering Henry, nine years gone

By Steve Wildsmith | May 31, 2019

I never heard him play guitar. By all accounts, Henry Granju was gifted on the six-string. I only met him once, but through a local message board known as Knox Blab, I read about his growing up. Before he died nine years ago today, through his mother’s words and photos, I got to know a…

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Cornerstone and veterans: meeting the recovery needs of our nation’s heroes

By Steve Wildsmith | May 24, 2019

When Rod Jackson first came to work at Cornerstone of Recovery in 2010, he noticed a curious anomaly in the institution’s record-keeping process. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces were receiving treatment at Cornerstone, but they weren’t being fully documented. By 2012, Jackson — who now serves as the program director at Cornerstone’s sister facility,…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Memorial Day reminds us to commemorate sacrifice

By Steve Wildsmith | May 24, 2019

In January 2002, I saw the film “Black Hawk Down” at Knoxville Center Mall, and afterward, I sat in my car and cried for 15 minutes. I was still two months away from getting clean, and that movie — about the failed October 1993 raid into Mogadishu, Somalia, and the ensuing battle that left 19…

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What should you know before going to rehab or treatment?

By Steve Wildsmith | May 21, 2019

The first step was the hardest, but now the panic has set in: What in the world, you may be wondering, have you gotten yourself into? Yes, addiction or alcoholism has virtually destroyed your life. Yes, you found the willingness to pick up the phone and call an addiction treatment center to ask for help.…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Taking time out to savor life and all of its wondrous beauty

By Steve Wildsmith | May 17, 2019

This life isn’t always easy, but sometimes fate is benevolent and gives us a few moments of such beauty and grace that it seems impossible for our chests to contain our swelling hearts. I experienced one of those a couple of weeks ago, returning home from dropping my oldest son off at his mother’s house.…

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