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Cornerstone and veterans: meeting the recovery needs of our nation’s heroes

When Rod Jackson first came to work at Cornerstone of Recovery in 2010, he noticed a curious anomaly in the institution’s record-keeping process. Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces were receiving treatment at Cornerstone, but they weren’t being fully documented. By 2012, Jackson — who now serves as the program director at Cornerstone’s sister facility,…

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What should you know before going to rehab or treatment?

The first step was the hardest, but now the panic has set in: What in the world, you may be wondering, have you gotten yourself into? Yes, addiction or alcoholism has virtually destroyed your life. Yes, you found the willingness to pick up the phone and call an addiction treatment center to ask for help.…

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

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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Metro Drug Coalition heralds Community Champions while remembering the lost

It was a luncheon unlike any other. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, representatives of the East Tennessee recovery community gathered at The Foundry near downtown Knoxville to celebrate the presentation of the Metro Drug Coalition Community Champion Awards. Six individuals were heralded for their contributions to combatting addiction in the Greater Knoxville area. Before the awards…

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THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY: The stages of addiction

At first glance, addiction may seem like a many-headed beast, thrown together by some malevolent god with no rhyme or reason. In reality, it follows a linear path with five distinct stages, regardless of the substances used. As a brain disorder, addiction can manifest in a number of different ways, but the overwhelming commonality is…

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