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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: Friendships through addiction deepen in the light of recovery

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 26, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, John and Mary stopped through on their way from Florida to Nashville. I first met John, whom I affectionately nicknamed Grundy (based on the old “Super Friends” villain Solomon Grundy, mostly because he’s massive and prone to vacant stares that reminded me of that titular swamp zombie), when we both…

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YUCK MOUTH: Alcohol is doing what to my body?!?

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 25, 2019

Alcohol Is Doing What To My Body?!? Just in case you need another reason to examine whether you might have a drinking problem, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper published a story last year detailing how “heavy drinkers may actually experience higher levels of ‘bad’ bacteria in their mouths, including bugs linked to gum disease, heart disease…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Parallels between recovery and the Easter story can’t be denied

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 19, 2019

Not to take away from the most holy week of Christendom, but I can’t help but think of parallels between the Easter story and those of us who have found light, love and life on the other side of addiction. Far be it from me to compare us to Christ, but I can’t help but…

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Race for Recovery and Susannah’s House: A partnership to give hope to addicted mothers

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 18, 2019

They arrive broken by addiction, the scorn and derision of a cold and misunderstanding society weighing them down like battleship chains. For all of the judgment — the ill-informed opinions that addiction is a choice instead of a disease, or that addicted parents should face harsh and unforgiving consequences that strip them of their children,…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Learning to love ourselves, even after all these years

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 12, 2019

It’s not easy, sometimes, living with our harshest critics. You know the ones I’m talking about: Those snarling, gibbering internal dialogues we have with ourselves, that scathing criticism we dish out over the way we look, the way we dress, the things we do, the mistakes we make. It’s a universal condition not limited to…

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Addiction recovery in the aviation industry: Annual conference provides knowledge and hope to attendees

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 11, 2019

Gathered under a spacious tent on the grounds of RT Lodge in Maryville, Tenn., they blend right in with the tourists who flock to this part of Southern Appalachia every spring to take in the breathtaking beauty. There’s plenty to be found on the grounds of this bucolic resort, and whether they’re listening to presentations…

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ETAADAC conference educates and rejuvenates professionals in the addiction recovery field

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 5, 2019

Erin Borden (from left), Wayne Terrazas and Pam Spindel at the 2019 Smoky Mountain Conference of ETAADAC. In November 2016, the hills upon which the Park Vista Hotel towers above Gatlinburg, Tenn., were ablaze. The worst wildfire disaster in a century sent roaring columns of flames marching up the steep hillside. Visitors were trapped, terrified…

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Jill’s journey: Cornerstone Railroad Program coordinator travels from addiction’s darkness to helping others recover

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 5, 2019

As the Railroad Program Coordinator at Cornerstone of Recovery, Jill Burbidge serves as a living example of the power of transformation. When “railroaders,” as they’re known in the industry, come to Cornerstone for residential addiction treatment, Jill acts as a liaison between the companies for which they work and the combination of therapists and clinicians…

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The Railroad Program at Cornerstone of Recovery: A history of proven success

By Steve Wildsmith | Apr 5, 2019

Just as the expansion of the railroad led to the opening of the American West and the growth of the United States as a global power, so too did the rail industry help Cornerstone of Recovery become one of the most respected drug and alcohol treatment centers in the nation. In fact, a case can…

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