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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. 

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Ten things your relatives need to know about your recovering addict this holiday season

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 11, 2019

When your loved ones gather around the holiday table this season, the elephant in the room may very well be the newly recovering addict or alcoholic in your life. Everyone involved may be walking on eggshells, unsure of what to say or how to act. Addicts and alcoholics leave a lot of damage in their…

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Cornerstone Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving: A reflection on gratitude, from the Cornerstone family

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 27, 2019

Gratitude is an ephemeral emotion that ebbs and flows like tides on a sand-scoured beach. As an organization that employs and treats addicts and alcoholics, we understand keenly just how important it is to maintain an “attitude of gratitude.” By the same token, we also know that there are moments when it’s in short supply.…

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Thanksgiving in recovery

Thanksgiving in recovery: Five things that might steal your serenity this holiday

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 20, 2019

There’s a saying in recovery circles that “a grateful addict will never use,” and if any holiday is tailor-made for gratitude, it’s Thanksgiving. For addicts and alcoholics spending Thanksgiving in recovery, however, it can also be a time when the serenity we pray for at the beginning of every meeting is often tested. For those…

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Activity Therapy

Activity Therapy a beneficial recovery tool in both physical and mental health

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 18, 2019

Activity Therapy is a nebulous term that can mean a great many things depending on the context in which it’s applied, but virtually every application sees its benefits. In fact, as health care has evolved into an approach that encompasses more than just physical healing, Activity Therapy is finding its way into any number of…

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Trauma unwound: EMDR therapy uses eye movement to process pain

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 12, 2019

Recovering from trauma is never a walk in the park, but one of the most powerful tools to help patients do so, EMDR therapy, sure started out that way. EMDR — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing — is the brainchild of psychologist Francine Shapiro, who began her career as an English teacher before being diagnosed…

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Fitness therapy and addiction recovery: A proven combination of success

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 8, 2019

On the surface, a gym on the campus of a drug and alcohol treatment facility might seem an odd addition. With a little prodding, however, most people reach that a-ha moment fairly quickly: Of course fitness therapy for addiction recovery is an ideal tool for struggling patients. After all, addiction and exercise affect the same…

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Schema therapy

Schema therapy: Helping misplaced mental ‘index cards’ find a new home

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 8, 2019

It’s not a word that’s used in casual parlance, nor does it roll easy off the tongue, but Schema therapy has a valuable place alongside other modalities of psychological treatment for a number of behavioral disorders. Pronounced “SKEE-muh,” it’s a form of psychotherapy pioneered by Dr. Jeffrey Young in the 1980s, but its roots date…

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A Christmas miracle? How to get addicts and alcoholics help for the holidays

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 6, 2019

Your holiday plans are under way, but there’s an X factor involved that threatens to throw everything into chaos: A loved one with a drug or alcohol problem. This deep into November, those plans are coming into focus. Perhaps you’ve dragged the storage bins of Christmas decorations out of the attic. You’ve planned your Thanksgiving…

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‘Tis the season: Five reasons to get clean and sober before the holidays

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 1, 2019

While New Year’s Day is often considered the opportunity to make fresh starts and big changes, there are plenty of reasons to get clean and sober before the holidays arrive. The clock is ticking, obviously: November is already here, but retail stores around the country have had Christmas decorations on display since the summer. Some…

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