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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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Unidine nourishes the body and spirit with its food services at Cornerstone of Recovery

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 14, 2018

At the end of their shift, Chris Akins and his Unidine team get to sit and enjoy the fruits of their labor. By that point, the dining hall at Cornerstone of Recovery is in need of reassembly; marshaling the resources and manpower to feed patients of a drug and alcohol treatment center with almost 200…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Romantic liaisons forged in treatment are often rocky ones

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 14, 2018

Wherever Stacia is, I hope she’s content. We were both in the Palmetto Treatment Center in Florence, S.C., at the same time in late 2000, and for an all-too-short period, we were OK. Both of us had come there broken and beaten down by our particular addictions; neither of us was ready for recovery. But…

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Yes, you’re protected: Patient privacy is paramount at Cornerstone of Recovery

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 10, 2018

By Michael Wildsmith, MBA, CHCO, HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer at Cornerstone of Recovery Making the decision to seek help for addiction treatment is a tough choice, and we recognize that at Cornerstone of Recovery. It is difficult to ask for help sometimes, especially when you feel ashamed and embarrassed. The disease of addiction can do that…

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Cancel Christmas? How to celebrate the season with an alcoholic

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 7, 2018

Ah, the holidays. For many of us, the expectations we have in our heads are lifted from iconic movies that paint bucolic pictures of snow-covered lanes, gaily decorated trees around which smiling families gather and solemn hearts lifting up the reason for the season in song. Those Norman Rockwell-esque scenes are lovely, but they never…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Seeing our Cornerstone coworkers as ambassadors of hope

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 7, 2018

I see you. You, Travis, walking into Hood Hall, joking about our mutual lack of hair to guard our scalps against the frigid December cold. You, Nathan, lounging on Janet’s couch, sleepy-eyed and punch drunk from staring at bed charts and sitting in MAP meetings and working a schedule that makes sleep an endangered species.…

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HOW TO SAVE CHRISTMAS: Navigating the holidays with an addict you love

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 6, 2018

For many people, this is the most wonderful time of the year. To those who love an addict that’s still using, it’s also the darkest. While so many families are planning holiday gatherings, Christmas feasts and Yuletide festivities, those with a loved one addicted to drugs and alcohol are torn. The calendar says it’s December,…

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Metro Drug Coalition heralds Community Champions while remembering the lost

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 5, 2018

It was a luncheon unlike any other. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, representatives of the East Tennessee recovery community gathered at The Foundry near downtown Knoxville to celebrate the presentation of the Metro Drug Coalition Community Champion Awards. Six individuals were heralded for their contributions to combatting addiction in the Greater Knoxville area. Before the awards…

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MYTH OR MEDICINE: Cannabis derivative CBD is trendy, but does it live up to the hype?

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 30, 2018

To paraphrase a famous line from “Forrest Gump”: CBD is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you’re gonna get. CBD products — cannabidiol, one of two primary components found in marijuana plants that doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of its sister compound, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) — are the latest rage in holistic…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Sometimes, the only answer to ‘Why?’ is a simple one: ‘Because.’

By Steve Wildsmith | Nov 30, 2018

Every once in a while, I think about the words of an old friend and predecessor in recovery. When I first got clean, I was encouraged to listen close to those who came before me, the men and women of 12 Step recovery with substantial amounts of clean time who had some experience, strength and…

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