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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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Safety and recovery on the agenda for annual Cornerstone railroad conference

By Steve Wildsmith | May 16, 2019

The closest rail tracks to RT Lodge, located on the southern edge of the Maryville College Woods off of Wilkinson Pike in Maryville, Tenn., are mostly lost to history. There are still traces of the old line — a length of intact rail here, tie imprints there — built in 1867 by the Knoxville and…

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Ten Signs of Binge Drinking: How Much Is Too Much?

By Steve Wildsmith | May 14, 2019

There are a lot of terms associated with the consumption of alcohol, but not all of them equate to alcoholism. Binge drinking, in fact, is considered a “serious but preventable public health problem,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the popular association of alcoholism with alcohol over-indulgence, “most people who binge…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Taking time to detach allows us an opportunity to just be present

By Steve Wildsmith | May 10, 2019

As technology grows more sophisticated, it gets harder and harder to unplug these days. Like many of you, I grew up in a household where there was only one telephone, usually in the kitchen. Ours was a big black rotary dial behemoth that, by comparison to today’s tiny pocket computers, might as well have been…

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Ten signs you may be drinking too much

By Steve Wildsmith | May 7, 2019

Lush. Rummy. Stewbum. Tosspot. Drunkard. Alcoholic. They all amount to the same thing: colloquial descriptions of an individual who suffers from Alcohol Use Disorder, or AUD. Medically, AUD is defined as “problem drinking that becomes severe … a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a…

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Ten signs you may be addicted to opioids

By Steve Wildsmith | May 3, 2019

In 2012, medical professionals dispensed more than 255 million prescriptions for opioids. That came to 81.3 prescriptions for 100 people — a mind-boggling amount that had steadily increased over a six-year period, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Although those numbers have declined since then, the prescribing rates remain high — 58.7 per…

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Un sobrio Cinco de Mayo: How to party without booze on one of the biggest drinking days of the year

By Steve Wildsmith | May 2, 2019

The irony of Cinco de Mayo? In Mexico, home of the culture that’s co-opted for a Bacchanalian celebration every May 5, it’s not that big of a deal. It is not, despite the popular misconception, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. (That would be Sept. 16.) It’s actually the observance of an 1862 military victory…

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On a trail down by the river: Cornerstone alumni, staff members and volunteers build a path for patient serenity

By Steve Wildsmith | May 1, 2019

This time of year, the only clear view of the Little River is from the patio adjacent to the dining hall at Cornerstone of Recovery, where patients often carry their Unidine-prepared meals out to tables overlooking an open expanse of water. Down the hill, the waterway is a yawning embayment fed a few hundred yards…

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Such sweet sorrow: A growing number of families lament addiction through obituaries

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 30, 2019

What do you want your obituary to say? That’s something most of us don’t give a lot of thought to, especially when we’re so busy living life to its fullest that we don’t stop to comprehend its end. When you’re busy dying, however, the words that sum up your existence bear some contemplation. Drug addicts…

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A SECOND CHANCE: Blount County inmates receive the gift of addiction treatment in lieu of incarceration

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 26, 2019

For Jamie*, the realization that addiction ruled every aspect of her life came in a court-ordered Narcotics Anonymous meeting. She had been arrested for theft over $1,000 but was out on pretrial release, the terms of which stipulated that she attended regular N.A. meetings and meet with her probation officer. She was, needless to say,…

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