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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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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: A death from addiction drives a mother to make a difference

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 11, 2019

It was a conversation he’d had hundreds of times before, trying to convince a young man to stay in treatment. Live in SLF, Darren “Chappy” Chapman told him. Go to IOP. Yeah, you completed the Young Adult program, but you need more. He was polite, but he was determined. Sara Smitty, Chris Rowe … the…

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Anti-diarrheal drug loperamide, a.k.a. Imodium, provides a novel — and deadly — way to get high

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 4, 2019

For the intestinally afflicted, loperamide — Imodium, as it’s more commonly known — is a godsend. While diarrhea is certainly fodder for jokes, sight gags and childhood singalongs, it’ also serious: It accounts for 4 percent of all deaths, and 5 percent of health loss to disability, worldwide. After being approved by the U.S. Food…

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Cornerstone of Recovery lends expertise to East Tennessee addiction seminar

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 4, 2019

Cornerstone of Recovery will be well represented on Friday, Jan. 11, at an addiction summit to be held in Maryville, Tenn. “Hijacked: How Addiction Rewires the Brain and Poisons the Spirit” is the brainchild of Jan McCoy, who lost her son, Dane, to an overdose in 2014. The loss of a child is a profound…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Like life’s frequent challenges, the winter doldrums will soon pass

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 4, 2019

The book of Matthew tells us that God sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. The way it’s poured down over East Tennessee the past few weeks, I’d say He’s covering his bases. It’s nearing the end of the fourth day of 2019 as I write this, and I’m pretty sure today is…

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For addicts and alcoholics, New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but difficult to keep

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 28, 2018

About this time every year, panic starts to set in for those who have a problem with alcohol and drugs. The problem isn’t the cause of the panic. The problem has been identified and acknowledged. The panic stems from the decision that, come Jan. 1, the problem will end because the abuse of alcohol or…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Recovery, self-improvement need not wait for a new year

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 28, 2018

Got any big New Year’s resolution plans? If you’re like me, you probably aren’t making any. I’ve never really understood the desire to set Jan. 1 as the termination date for bad habits or the start date for good ones. It would seem that if we truly want to do something different in our lives,…

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FENTANYL: The history and contemporary challenges of the deadliest drug in America

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 22, 2018

In the latest edition of its National Vital Statistics Report, released this month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention identified the specific drugs most frequently associated with overdose deaths in the United States from 2011-2016. Oxycodone ranked first in 2011, and heroin took the top spot for the next four years. However, in 2016,…

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ABOVE AND BEYOND: Cornerstone Aftercare leaders step down after 30 years of service

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 21, 2018

Bill Hood and Polly Bales are gone now, but their presence still linger on the campus of Cornerstone of Recovery. Their portraits watch over the boardroom down at Stepping Stone to Recovery, Cornerstone’s sister site that now occupies the building that was home to the campus from 2003 to 2017. Their memories are passed down…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: A moment with a fellow traveler and a renewal of gratitude

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 21, 2018

Much like today, Saturday’s weather wasn’t fit for man nor beast, as my grandfather used to say. I ran to Knoxville to see my mom and drop off my oldest boy and decided to hit Market Square for Some Christmas shopping. My wife loves those independent boutiques and stores that ring the city center, and…

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