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Inpatient Alcohol Rehab & Alcoholism Treatment Center

If you find yourself staring out at the Blue Ridge Mountains, wondering if a life without alcohol is possible, know this: It is.

You may not believe it, but believe that we believe it, because here at Cornerstone of Recovery, we've provided treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction to those who suffer for 30 years. In fact, we were founded by a recovering alcohol who believed that residential treatment would provide a chance for addicts and alcoholics to remove themselves from the vicious cycle of their respective diseases, engage the issues that drive them to continue to drink and use even in the face of negative consequences, and provide for them a peaceful and prosperous path forward.

In the early days, our founder considered opening his fledgling facility in North Carolina, just on the other side of the state line, before deciding instead to locate along the Little River in East Tennessee. Here, we provide a holistic approach to alcoholism treatment that makes us unique among alcohol and drug rehab centers. We combine traditional 12 Step recovery with evidence-based clinical therapeutic practices, and we do so under the banner of a whole-person philosophy of treatment for drug and alcohol addictions.

Over the past 30 years, we've grown from a small, 18-bed facility to a a four-building campus with almost 200 beds and a broad spectrum of treatment programs to meet the needs of addicts and alcoholics from around the country — including many who make the two-hour drive from Asheville, N.C. to seek alcohol and addiction recovery away from the stresses and triggers of home.

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Alcoholism is a disease, and at Cornerstone of Recovery, we believe that alcoholics aren't bad people trying to become good; they're sick people who need to get well. That's not a get-out-of-consequences-free card, by any means, but it does mean that on the other side of the Appalachians, those who suffer can begin to address aspects of their emotional, spiritual and mental health have plagued them long before they took their first drink.

Whether it's depression, grief, trauma or other emotional issues, we have therapies used by our trained clinical staff to address the issues surrounding alcoholism. Our whole-person philosophy takes into account the physical needs of patients, through Fitness and Activity Therapy; the mental and emotional needs, through Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR trauma therapy and more; and the spiritual needs, through the work of our on-campus spiritual advisers as well as the bonds patients form with one another through group therapy and the communal experience of recovering from a life-and-death struggle.

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North Carolina Outreach Manager

Jess Gupton Shares Her Recovery Story

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.

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What Does Alcoholism Treatment Involve?

We get it: The biggest fear alcoholics and addicts have is that of how torturous detox will be. Maybe you've done it before on your own; perhaps your only acquaintance with detox is from movies. Whatever your preconceptions are, check them at the door.

At Cornerstone of Recovery, after a screening by our Assessment and Orientation counselors, who will work closely to develop an individual recovery plan of action for each patient, clients are entered into a period of safe, medically monitored detox. You'll be given medication to slowly wean you from the chemicals in your system, you'll be kept comfortable and you'll be overseen by nurses and counselors around the clock. After a three- to five-day detox period, you'll then transition to one of our four primary treatment programs:

Newcomers Inpatient Alcohol Program

Our Newcomers Program is designed as sobriety "basic training" for those new to the recovery process and have no knowledge of their disease or the methods through which they can recover and live fulfilling, productive lives without the use of alcohol.

Young Adult Residential

Our Young Adults Program is for men ages 18 to 26 who require more structure and some vocational knowledge to help them determine who they are and what they want to do on the other side of alcoholism and addiction.

Recovery Renewal Program

Our Recovery Renewal program is specifically for those who relapse and have been through treatment multiple times in the past but are unable to sustain any significant amount of recovery because of unresolved issues.

Women's Alcohol Rehab Program

Our Women's Program is a gender-specific safe space for all female patients to process and deal with addiction and emotional issues unique to women while becoming a part of a sisterhood of survivors.


In addition to residential treatment, Cornerstone provides Sober Living communities in which patients live on campus, three meals a day in our dining facility; Intensive Outpatient for post-inpatient follow-up treatment; and a introduction to the greater East Tennessee recovery community.

Does My Insurance Help Pay For Alcoholism Treatment?

Figuring out how to pay for alcoholism treatment is no easy task. It can be exhausting navigating those numbers, and when you feel your life or that of a loved one is in peril because of drinking, it only compounds stress.

At Cornerstone, we understand — and we implore you not to let stress or hopelessness deter you from calling our Admissions Department. We accept a host of health insurance plans, and we can help you figure out what benefits your plan provides and assist you in getting the most out of them for your drug and alcohol treatment. Some of the plans we accept include:

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
Crescent Health Solutions

Empire Blue Cross
Health Alliance
HealthSmart: Benefit Solutions
Horizon Healthcare
Magellan Behavioral Health

Meritain Health
ValueOptions/Beacon Health Options

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At Cornerstone, it's our belief that sobriety should be available to all who need it, and that you can't concentrate on getting better if you're consumed with financial worry. Call us today at (828) 333-5888 to explore your options and allow us to get you started on the next phase of your life.

A Turning Point Towards Recovery

Cornerstone of Recovery was started by an alcoholic, and 30 years later, we're still using the same methods that served him in his own sobriety: Individual work within the confines of a group setting, where counselors and patients alike use both clinical and traditional tools to stop drinking, lose the desire to do so and find a new way to live. That "way" is a short drive from Asheville to East Tennessee, where at Cornerstone, you'll find home, you'll heal and you'll recover in a way you never imagined possible.

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Why Consider Leaving Asheville For Treatment

You might be able to find sobriety at an Asheville recovery center, but we know for a fact you'll find it at Cornerstone of Recovery. Sometimes, the best decision suffering alcoholics can make is to "check out" — to put their lives on hold, if they still have any semblance of normality, and get away from the city and the community that has been the center of so much chaos. Here, in long-term treatment on the other side of the mountains, alcoholics seeking a new way of life can take a deep breath and relax in the knowledge that they're in good hands.

We like to tell those who come to us: "We know you, because we are you, and we can help you," meaning that from our genesis under a recovering alcoholic, we've ascribed to the belief that "the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel," which is why more than 75 percent of our clinical staff members are in recovery themselves — including several Cornerstone alumni.

Throughout your stay at Cornerstone, you can deal with your issues, master your drinking problem and develop a new set of coping mechanisms that will allow you to return to Asheville with confidence that the tools we've given you, if properly applied, will help you stay sober and prosper

Still not sure Cornerstone is the right treatment center for you?

Call us and schedule a tour of our facility and meet some of our staff.

Common Addictions We Provide Treatment For

If You Or A Loved One Is Struggling With A Substance Abuse Problem , We Want To Help!

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Beer , Booze , Liquor , Wine

Cocaine & Crack

Coke , Flake , Snow , Blow , White , Toot , Base , Powder , Dust , Baseball , Bump , Snow , Stash


Smack , H , Tar , Dope , Junk , Chiva , Brown Sugar, China White , He , Black Tar, Snow , Mexican Brown


Ativan , Dalmane , Doral , Klonopin , Librium, Valium , Prosom , Restoril , Serax,  Tranxene , Versed ,  Xanax


Codeine , Fentanyl , Hydrocodone , Methadone , Morphine , Oxycodone , Acetaminophen , Vicodin , OxyContin , Percocet , Roxicet


Bennies , Black Beauties , Crank , Ice , Speed , Uppers


MDMA , Molly, X , Adam , Beans , Candy , Love Drug , Scooby Snacks , Vitamin X


Acid , Blotter , Boomers , Cid , Doses , Dots , Golden Dragon , Loony Toons , Tabs

THC & Marijuana

Dabbing , Shatter , Oil , Edibles and other High Potency THC Concentrates

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Our highly trained admissions staff are here to answer your questions whenever you are ready to start making changes to your or a loved one's life.

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