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Cornerstone of Recovery Accepts Aetna for Drug Rehab

You’ve reached the end of the road. Your drug addiction has robbed you of any semblance of happiness. You’ve decided to seek residential addiction treatment. How, though, will you pay for it? The good news is that if you’re a resident of North Carolina with commercial Aetna insurance, Cornerstone of Recovery has a place for you. At Cornerstone, we accept most major commercial health insurance plans, including Aetna, to treat addicts and alcoholics from across the country. If you live in North Carolina and have an Aetna policy, chances are good that your behavioral health benefits can be used to pay for substance abuse treatment. At Cornerstone of Recovery, our goal is to give you the best possible treatment that those benefits can provide, and you can begin the process by calling today and letting us ease the worry of undue financial strain.

Why Does Aetna Pay for Addiction Treatment?

Some health insurance providers have paid for drug rehab for years, but it wasn’t until the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 that health insurance companies and group health plans across the board were required to provide the same level of benefits for substance abuse treatment and services that they do for medical care. Two years later, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Affordable Care Act — colloquially known as “Obamacare” — broadened the MHPAEA’s requirements by requiring that plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace cover a large number of behavioral health services. The legislation labels addiction as a legitimate illness, a designation recognized by the American Medical Association since 1987. It also establishes addiction as a pre-existing condition, meaning that an insurance company like Aetna — which covers roughly 21 million Americans — can’t deny coverage for its treatment. As a result, North Carolina residents with Aetna policies can expect to have at least part of their stay at Cornerstone of Recovery covered by their insurance plans.

Why Use Your Aetna Policy at Cornerstone?

There are a number of residential addiction treatment centers around the country that accept commercial health insurance, but not all of them offer the same levels of care. To get the most out of your Aetna behavioral health benefits, it’s imperative that you find the facility that best meets your substance abuse treatment needs. Cornerstone of Recovery is a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of addiction and alcoholism, having been established in 1989. Over almost three decades, we’ve developed treatment relationships with a number of safety sensitive industries, and today we’re contracted to provide treatment for employees of five major railroads, four major airlines and several professional organizations. We offer a range of services from medical detox to residential inpatient to intensive outpatient on a new campus that opened in 2017, and we pride ourselves on offering specialized care for any individual who comes to us for help, regardless of their station in life. We use a combination of traditional addiction treatment models with cutting-edge clinical modalities to provide a whole-person approach to recovery from addiction.

Does My Particular Aetna Policy Cover Treatment at Cornerstone?

If you’re a resident of North Carolina who has a commercial Aetna policy, you’re in good hands. It’s important that you examine the guidelines of your particular policy, of course, in order to determine the exact coverage your policy will provide, but you don’t have to do this on your own. At Cornerstone of Recovery, our Admissions and Utilization Review departments will work with you and your provider to get the most out of your behavioral health benefits.
It’s critical, we believe, that while undergoing addiction treatment with us, your mind be free from the worry over financial constraints. We understand all too well that such stressors can be a huge stumbling block, but if you live in North Carolina and have an Aetna policy, it doesn’t have to be. Call Cornerstone of Recovery today at 865-685-4086 and allow us to walk you through your Aetna benefits, so you can stop your addiction and start to recover.

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Jess Gupton

North Carolina Regional Outreach Manager

As Cornerstone of Recovery’s North Carolina Regional Outreach Manager, Jess Gupton often finds herself sharing her personal story of experience, strength and hope.

Her job takes her from her home in Asheville, which she shares with her partner, Vanessa; to Charlotte and beyond. She works closely with North Carolina businesses and companies to introduce Cornerstone’s proven track record of successful addiction treatment into new markets and industries. Her position involves a great deal of networking and establishment of new business contacts, but the most rewarding part of it, she says, is the time she spends with patients.

As Cornerstone’s primary point of contact in North Carolina, she’s often the face of Cornerstone to those who come to our 23-acre campus near Knoxville, Tenn., for residential addiction treatment. She’s a testament to the almost 30-year track record Cornerstone has of successfully delivering addicts and alcoholics from the depths of despair into the light of recovery, a path she knows all too well. By the time she found it herself in 2012, she was at the end of the road.

“My sister told me that she was done with me — that I wouldn’t be able to see her children, that she wouldn’t come see me in prison, that she wouldn’t even come to my funeral because I had hurt her so badly,” Gupton says. “I had just gotten my fourth DUI charge; I had been arrested 14 times total; and at one point, I was living under a bridge, homeless, for about seven months. My life consisted of waking up, having to take a shot of vodka to get rid of the shakes, throwing that shot up, then taking two more just to be able to drive to the liquor store to get more, crying the whole way. I was tired, and I knew I was going to die.”

In December 2012, she received medical detox at a facility in Knoxville, then traveled to Lewisburg, Tenn., where she went through treatment. While many of her peers were unhappy with their situations, Gupton was joyful.

“I knew I was going to live,” she says. “I was just happy to be there, to be alive.”

She stayed in Lewisburg for 14 months, residing in a support living facility and working a fast food job. Although she was getting by on $20 a week, she was still grateful, and she built a recovery network through meetings, service work and the Steps. Back in East Tennessee, she approached Cornerstone with a desire to get involved in drug and alcohol treatment as a career; when she was informed she needed two years of clean time to work with patients, she applied for any position just to get a foot in the door, and went to work in housekeeping.

In 2014, she began work as a counselor in the Young Adult and Recovery Renewal programs at Cornerstone. She’s continued to work in the treatment field ever since, as a crisis coordinator for another program before moving to Western North Carolina, and in 2017, she returned to Cornerstone under the Marketing Department banner. As Cornerstone’s liaison with the Tarheel State, she wakes up every day grateful to deliver the message of hope and the promise of freedom that she herself once received.

“If I can get recovery, then I have no doubt anyone can,” she says. “And watching them get it is the best part. Seeing them at their bottom, when they don’t feel like it will ever get better, and then talking them through that … talking their families through that … and watching the light come on once they get to Cornerstone and get excited to live again, that’s the best part of my job.”

If you have questions about Cornerstone of Recovery or would like to schedule an admission: Call Jess Gupton directly

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Why Leave North Carolina For Treatment?

At Cornerstone of Recovery, we’ll help you remove that suit and find the true self you’ve kept hidden under a miasma of drugs for so long. And by leaving North Carolina for a temporary respite in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, you’ll do so in a new environment, free of distractions from the place you spent so much time getting high and away from the people who are so closely associated with your addiction.

New Comers Residential Program

The Newcomer’s Program is designed for first-time treatment seekers who are reaching out for help for the first time.

Recovery Renewal Program

Recovery Renewal, a more intense therapeutic path for those who are treatment-savvy but haven’t been able to find permanent sobriety after they leave;

Young Adult Residential

Young Adults, for young people ages 18 to 26, that helps those individuals develop the life skills and maturation that have been stunted by drugs and alcohol

Women's Program

The Women’s Program, a gender-exclusive treatment path that gives female patients a safe space to process problems and traumas unique to women in addiction.


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