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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. 

Recent Posts

Will I need detox from alcohol?

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 19, 2018

So you’re giving serious consideration to treatment, and you’re wondering — will you need detox from alcohol? Good question, and one that we’ll figure out in the first phase of your Cornerstone of Recovery journey. This process is known as Assessment and Orientation: Think of it as processing you into Cornerstone, where we’ll thoroughly go…

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Do you need detox from opiates?

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 19, 2018

  Do you need detox from opiates? Short answer: Need may be an overstatement, but should you? Absolutely. If you’ve ever attempted to detox on your own, then you know the agony of opiate withdrawal. It’s a hellish three- to five-day process of physical agony that, while it may not kill you, will certainly make you wish it could.…

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Things You Should Do To Mentally Prepare for Rehab

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 19, 2018

You’ve made the decision to go.  You’ve gotten approved by the facility and by your insurance (or by the family members who will pay your way). But you can’t check in for a few days or longer. How, then, do you prepare yourself to go into treatment? First things first — deep breaths. Don’t panic.…

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What To Expect At Rehab For Alcoholism

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 23, 2018

If you’re battling the bottle, know this: You’re not alone. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, roughly 17.6 million Americans suffer from what’s labeled as Alcohol Use Disorder. That’s a fancy way of describing the obsession to drink and the compulsion that drives you to do so, even when every rational…

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What To Expect At Drug Rehab

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 23, 2018

Rehab. The word itself is usually (a) associated with Amy Winehouse’s song by the same title, or (b) a gloomy establishment akin to an old Victorian house, dilapidated and populated by the mad.   If the lyrics to the song are stuck in your head, we can’t do much to help you there. But let’s…

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“You Don’t Look Like A Drug Addict”

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 23, 2018

I get that a lot. Most of the time I smile and let it go. Sometimes I like to ask the person making that statement — just what, exactly, does a drug addict look like?   Before I was able to admit I had a problem and do something about it through recovery, I had just as…

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Drug Addiction Isn’t Something I Aspired To As A Child

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 23, 2018

I considered a number of life paths before eventually choosing my career; pilot, policeman and other forgotten vocations that fascinated me. Needless to say, drug addict wasn’t on the list. In fact, I didn’t take my first drink until I was 17. I didn’t take my first illegal substance until I was 25. Ask my high school…

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Road To Recovery An Addict’s Story

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 4, 2018

My name is Steve, and I’m an addict. Those words tumble from my mouth without a second thought these days, after years of struggling to accept their reality. The first time I said those words, sitting in a treatment center much like Cornerstone of Recovery, they seemed foreign as they tumbled from my mouth. It felt…

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New Year’s Resolution For Addicts

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 23, 2017

  A new year is just around the corner us, and with it comes a long list of resolutions that most people make. “New Year’s resolutions” have long been associated with the cessation of bad habits and the start of a new way of life; for addicts and alcoholics, it seems like an ideal date to put down…

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