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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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Ten signs you may be an addict

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 2, 2019

So check it out: Addiction is recognized as a disease, but the official diagnosis is called a “substance use disorder.” According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: The love of and for a mother is made all the sweeter in the light of addiction recovery

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 29, 2019

I’m sure, given the headaches and heartaches and heartburn that my brother and I caused over the years, that there were times my mom never thought she’d make it to her 76th birthday. And yet, yesterday she passed it up and started working on her 77th. It’s easy, when you task yourself weekly with writing…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: When God gives us a little nudge in the right direction, pay attention and be grateful

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 22, 2019

I’m not a big fan of attributing the success of sports teams or political victories to divine intervention, but I do believe that God (or whatever name you have for your Higher Power) certainly gives little nudges from time to time. It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the idea that the Almighty…

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New study reveals that Cornerstone of Recovery’s approach to drug and alcohol treatment is effective

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 22, 2019

Admissions Director Dan Schweickhardt, CEO Steve McGrew, Clinical Director Dr. Scott Anderson and Medical Director Dr. Fred “Kip” Wenger. Whether it’s asked by potential patients, their family members or those in the media, it’s a question that’s posed frequently: Is drug and alcohol treatment effective? It’s a fair one, especially for those who are ready…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Addiction is an illness, and those of us in recovery are beacons of hope

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 15, 2019

If I were to come into work today and, God forbid, I have cancer, the outpouring of sympathy would be monumental. My friends, my coworkers, even colleagues with whom I only have a passing familiarity, would rally. I would be inundated with offers of help, with suggestions, with questions about my doctor, my treatment, my…

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Ten signs you may have a substance abuse problem

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 14, 2019

On its surface, the definition of substance abuse seems fairly straightforward: “Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs.” When it comes to a self-diagnosis, however, there’s a lot of prevarication. The idea of dependence on a drug, to the point of abuse, is terrifying — because acknowledging the problem means…

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Ten signs you may have a drinking problem

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 13, 2019

It’s usually in those bleary-eyed minutes after the overhead lights come on in the bar, when the clock hands are somewhere south of midnight but north of 6 a.m., that those of us who have a drinking problem start to consider just how bad it might be. If it’s the third or fourth or fifth…

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Ten signs someone you know may be an alcoholic

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 11, 2019

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million American adults, ages 18 and older, had what’s known as Alcohol Use Disorder. Based on 11 criteria regarding individual drinking habits, AUD can be classified as Mild, Moderate or Severe — the latter of which is what, in laymen’s terms, is considered…

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Eleven signs you may be an alcoholic or have a drinking problem

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 9, 2019

A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when it comes to determining whether an individual has a drinking problem: Those who don’t, don’t spend an inordinate amount of time wondering if they do. If your drinking concerns you, then it’s worth examining whether you may have a problem. There are varying degrees of…

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