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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 gratitude list is a fine way to reveal the things we so often take for granted

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 8, 2019

It’s not easy summoning gratitude this time of year, when spring seems to be too far away and the sky once again is sending sheets of rain down upon us. In recovery, we’re taught that “a grateful addict will never use,” but we can’t reasonably expect to always skip through our days whistling a happy…

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As deaths due to drugs, alcohol and suicide rise, TSPN prepares for much-needed new prevention funding

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 6, 2019

It’s a correlation long recognized by professionals in the suicide prevention and addiction treatment fields, but now there’s indisputable data: In 2017, deaths due to drugs, alcohol and suicide spiked to their highest levels ever recorded. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected that data since 1999, but two public health nonprofit organizations…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Grief sometimes lingers, but recovery makes the memories sweeter

By Steve Wildsmith | Mar 1, 2019

The memories I have of childhood moments with my father are fleeting ones, Polaroid snapshots in the mind blurred by time. Walking through the Mississippi woods below my grandmother’s house, my hand in his … sitting on a bench beside the Tennessee River at 8 years old, confused and scared as he and my mom…

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What does it mean to be a functioning alcoholic?

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 22, 2019

There are 11 criteria to gauge the severity of Alcohol Use Disorder in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and where an individual falls on the spectrum — Mild, Moderate or Severe — depends on how many criteria a person meets. Despite a checklist, however, there’s no clear line…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Recovery’s bounty is plentiful, but the biggest blessing is some simple peace of mind

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 22, 2019

There’s a saying in the rooms of recovery — be careful what you pray for, because you just might get it. Never has a proverb been more true in my life, throughout my addiction and recovery. Often, while using, I would pray to God to help me stop using drugs. Inevitably, my dealer would run…

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What are the signs that someone may be an alcoholic?

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 20, 2019

If you spend any amount of time in social situations where alcohol is involved, you’ve probably run across that one person who concerns you. Perhaps it’s a close friend. Maybe it’s a family member. It might even be your spouse or partner. Inevitably, they drink a little too much, a little too often. If everyone…

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What are the signs of alcoholism?

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 20, 2019

How much is too much? When does drinking cross the line from social lubricant to problematic intoxicant? Those who imbibe too much know that line is out there, but often they don’t recognize it until they’ve already crossed it. Alcoholism isn’t a sudden onset disease; alcoholics don’t wake up one morning to discover that they’ve…

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REDEMPTION: Once arrested 19 times, Cornerstone counselor receives a pardon for the crimes of her addiction

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 18, 2019

The message of recovery is that an addict, any addict, can stop using, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live. At Cornerstone of Recovery, we see it every day in the patients who come to us broken and leave as different individuals, buoyed by the prospect of long-term sobriety thanks…

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SPONSORSHIP IN RECOVERY: Where it comes from, how it works in N.A. and A.A. and how to make the most of it

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 15, 2019

Addicts and alcoholics usually come through the doors of facilities like Cornerstone of Recovery certain of one thing only: They want the pain to stop. They may not be ready to embrace recovery and embark on a new journey, but they’re ready to do something different. The pain of staying the same has become greater…

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