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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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A concert for hope and remembrance: Cornerstone alumnus carries the message

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 20, 2018

The Daily Times newspaper of Maryville, Tenn., featured an interview with Cornerstone of Recovery alumnus Kristofer Rucinski, a professional pianist who’s organizing an overdose awareness concert on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church in Knoxville. The article in full: In planning “A Musical Message of Remembrance and Hope,” pianist Kris Rucinski wanted…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Celebrating one more trip around the sun, and the memories of them all

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 17, 2018

As I type this on Thursday afternoon, I’m in the middle of turning 47 years old. It’s not a painful process, however daunting such a figure may have once seemed when I was, say, in my teens and early 20s. It actually doesn’t feel much different than last Aug. 16, or the one before that,…

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HOMECOMING: Canda C. returns to Cornerstone with a book of hope

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 16, 2018

On Labor Day Weekend, Canda Corcoran is coming home. Not just to East Tennessee, where she built a life, but to the place that gave her that life: Cornerstone of Recovery, where she’ll be one of the featured speakers for the 29th Annual Alumni Reunion and sign copies of her inspirational book, “Word.” Even the…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Two worlds collide in a tune by singer-songwriter John McAndrew

By Steve Wildsmith | Aug 3, 2018

Isaac stopped smiling when he was 14 years old. The story goes, according to singer-songwriter John McAndrew, that as a teen, he went with his father to the store. Their car was struck by a train, and Isaac’s dad was killed instantly, disappearing in front of his eyes. So began a life of spiritual destitution…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: The battles unseen often take the deadliest tolls on those fighting

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 27, 2018

I was one of the fortunate few who knew the many faces of Mike. I first got acquainted with his writing through the old Knoxville alternative weekly, Metro Pulse. As an entertainment journalist, he could turn a phrase better than I could in many instances, a compliment I don’t pay lightly and a character trait…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: The ties that bind family are renewed through recovery

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 20, 2018

Do me a favor — if you run across Mike Wildsmith over the next few days, grab his nipple in an old-fashioned “nipple twister,” make him put his hands up like a criminal in the crosshairs of a cop’s gun and command that he sing “Happy Birthday” to himself. Or, hold him down and swat…

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Loving them until they can love themselves

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 13, 2018

I imprinted on this song before I truly understood what it was saying about me. A friend turned me onto Red House Painters during the spring of 2000 while living in Myrtle Beach, right before my addiction took a hard left turn toward the abyss. I was barely holding things together, fingers clutching at the…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Workingman’s rocker Bruce Springsteen is the hero we need

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 13, 2018

In these dark times, when headlines and nightly newscasts make our chests feel tight and we find ourselves, working more than one job and wondering what kind of America our children will grow up in, we need a hero. We’ve had many of them over the years, from John Wayne standing tall on the walls…

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Navigating a world without alcohol

By Steve Wildsmith | Jul 10, 2018

Back in February, Jessica Booth wrote a piece for the MSN Lifestyle page that was eye-opening, to say the least. “I stopped drinking completely for two years — and it showed me how the world treats sober people differently” is one woman’s account of self-imposed sobriety and the reactions of those in her everyday circle…

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