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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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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Don’t let Valentine’s Day be the only day you say ‘I love you’ to those you care about

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 8, 2019

Next week is Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: The greeting card, floral, candy, jewelry and service industries are ready to remind you of what a schmuck you are if you don’t drop a paycheck on the one to whom you’ve pledged your devotion. Before I had various self-revelations thanks to recovery, I…

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SONGS OF HOPE AND HEALING: A Spotify playlist compiled by Cornerstone of Recovery staff members

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 6, 2019

The legendary folk artist Pete Seeger once said of music, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender,” and nowhere is that more apparent than in the healing of emotional wounds. As recovering addicts and alcoholics, we’re all too familiar with those injuries to the psyche, those over which we had no control —…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Recovery frees us from the monotonous repetition and utter misery of addiction

By Steve Wildsmith | Feb 1, 2019

Because it’s Feb. 1, I’m sure you’ll be able to find on television tonight that classic Bill Murray comedy, “Groundhog Day.” I love that movie. It’s funny, and when I was younger, I used to think about how cool it would be to live the same day over and over and over — how nothing…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Taking time to appreciate change reveals recovery’s bounty

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 18, 2019

We’ve got six chickens in our suburban neighborhood over in East Maryville, and when I go out to lock up the coop at night, I find myself on occasion staring up at the stars for a few minute and reflecting on change. I’m a couple of months shy of my one-year anniversary here at Cornerstone.…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: A death from addiction drives a mother to make a difference

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 11, 2019

It was a conversation he’d had hundreds of times before, trying to convince a young man to stay in treatment. Live in SLF, Darren “Chappy” Chapman told him. Go to IOP. Yeah, you completed the Young Adult program, but you need more. He was polite, but he was determined. Sara Smitty, Chris Rowe … the…

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Anti-diarrheal drug loperamide, a.k.a. Imodium, provides a novel — and deadly — way to get high

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 4, 2019

For the intestinally afflicted, loperamide — Imodium, as it’s more commonly known — is a godsend. While diarrhea is certainly fodder for jokes, sight gags and childhood singalongs, it’ also serious: It accounts for 4 percent of all deaths, and 5 percent of health loss to disability, worldwide. After being approved by the U.S. Food…

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Cornerstone of Recovery lends expertise to East Tennessee addiction seminar

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 4, 2019

Cornerstone of Recovery will be well represented on Friday, Jan. 11, at an addiction summit to be held in Maryville, Tenn. “Hijacked: How Addiction Rewires the Brain and Poisons the Spirit” is the brainchild of Jan McCoy, who lost her son, Dane, to an overdose in 2014. The loss of a child is a profound…

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MOTIVATIONAL MUSINGS: Like life’s frequent challenges, the winter doldrums will soon pass

By Steve Wildsmith | Jan 4, 2019

The book of Matthew tells us that God sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. The way it’s poured down over East Tennessee the past few weeks, I’d say He’s covering his bases. It’s nearing the end of the fourth day of 2019 as I write this, and I’m pretty sure today is…

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For addicts and alcoholics, New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but difficult to keep

By Steve Wildsmith | Dec 28, 2018

About this time every year, panic starts to set in for those who have a problem with alcohol and drugs. The problem isn’t the cause of the panic. The problem has been identified and acknowledged. The panic stems from the decision that, come Jan. 1, the problem will end because the abuse of alcohol or…

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