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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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What is the difference between drug addiction and chemical dependency?

By Steve Wildsmith | Sep 17, 2018

Not all who are chemically dependent are addicts, but many addicts are chemically dependent. The two terms mean very different things, especially when it comes to prescription medication. Individuals who are on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain or terminal diseases may very well be chemically dependent on the narcotics they’re prescribed, but that doesn’t…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Memories of Sept. 11 remind us of who we once were

By Steve Wildsmith | Sep 11, 2018

I know I usually send these out on Fridays, but today’s anniversary made this one seem more poignant. Seventeen years, and I remember it like yesterday: I awaken with a start to the blaring ring of the phone beside my bed. It’s a landline, the sort of endangered species of technology that plugs into the…

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MDC’s Karen Pershing helps shepherd East Tennessee’s addiction conversations

By Steve Wildsmith | Sep 6, 2018

For Karen Pershing and her team at the Metro Drug Commission, the problem, to paraphrase a particular 12 Step recovery program, isn’t a specific substance: It’s the disease of addiction. Given the media’s attention to buzzworthy topics like the ongoing opioid epidemic, Pershing said recently, maintaining focus on the disease can sometimes be a challenge,…

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THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY: The stages of addiction

By Steve Wildsmith | Sep 4, 2018

At first glance, addiction may seem like a many-headed beast, thrown together by some malevolent god with no rhyme or reason. In reality, it follows a linear path with five distinct stages, regardless of the substances used. As a brain disorder, addiction can manifest in a number of different ways, but the overwhelming commonality is…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Recovery forges bonds of brotherhood beyond that of blood

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 31, 2018

I talked to my other brother last week. He’s not related by blood; but our kinship is defined by a bond just as strong. Haig and I met at a treatment center in Wilmington, N.C., in the spring of 2001, both of us having come to the ends of our roads, ready to do something…

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A concert for hope and remembrance: Cornerstone alumnus carries the message

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 20, 2018

The Daily Times newspaper of Maryville, Tenn., featured an interview with Cornerstone of Recovery alumnus Kristofer Rucinski, a professional pianist who’s organizing an overdose awareness concert on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church in Knoxville. The article in full: In planning “A Musical Message of Remembrance and Hope,” pianist Kris Rucinski wanted…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Celebrating one more trip around the sun, and the memories of them all

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 17, 2018

As I type this on Thursday afternoon, I’m in the middle of turning 47 years old. It’s not a painful process, however daunting such a figure may have once seemed when I was, say, in my teens and early 20s. It actually doesn’t feel much different than last Aug. 16, or the one before that,…

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HOMECOMING: Canda C. returns to Cornerstone with a book of hope

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 16, 2018

On Labor Day Weekend, Canda Corcoran is coming home. Not just to East Tennessee, where she built a life, but to the place that gave her that life: Cornerstone of Recovery, where she’ll be one of the featured speakers for the 29th Annual Alumni Reunion and sign copies of her inspirational book, “Word.” Even the…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Two worlds collide in a tune by singer-songwriter John McAndrew

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 3, 2018

Isaac stopped smiling when he was 14 years old. The story goes, according to singer-songwriter John McAndrew, that as a teen, he went with his father to the store. Their car was struck by a train, and Isaac’s dad was killed instantly, disappearing in front of his eyes. So began a life of spiritual destitution…

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