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Alcoholism Treatment & Alcohol Rehab Louisville KY

Although the opioid crisis dominates the news cycle these days, alcohol remains a reliable killer.

According to cases reported to the Kentucky Office of the State Medical Examiner, alcohol was attributed to 4 percent of drug-related deaths in 2017. In addition, according to a 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control, Kentucky ranks third in the nation for the number of drinks consumed during heavy drinking episodes by reported binge drinkers. Alcohol remains the most widely accessible mind- and mood-altering chemical in the country, and residents of Louisville, Ky., have long dealt with its consequences.

Fortunately, there's a treatment center for those struggling with addiction and alcoholism a few hours' drive to the south, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Cornerstone of Recovery has provided professional care for those seeking sobriety for 30 years, and our founding in 1989 by a recovering alcoholic gives us a unique perspective on the needs of those who come to us for help. The majority of the clinical staff members who make up our recovery program are former addicts and alcoholics who now have a passion for helping others find the same way out of alcoholism and addiction that they themselves have. We believe strongly that those who have been through alcoholism and addiction and have found recovery on the other side offer those who still suffer the best chance at sobriety. In other words: We know you, because we are you, and we can help you.

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It’s been our goal since 1989, when our founder, William J. “Bill” Hood, leveraged everything he owned to open a small recovery center in a strip mall outside of Knoxville to give hope to the hopeless. As a former executive for a national company, he had lost it all before getting sober 10 years earlier, and he knew from personal experience how devastating alcoholism can be, and what an overwhelming need there was then – and still is – for alcoholism treatment in the Southeast. At the time, Cornerstone of Recovery had beds for 18 patients and room for 22 staff members; now, we have more than 100 beds and roughly 250 staff members managing four distinct programs out of a four-facility campus on 25 acres just outside of Knoxville.

Bill’s status as a recovering alcoholic set the tone for our treatment model, and today, more than 90 percent of our clinical staff members are in recovery themselves. We believe that the therapeutic value of an individual who once struggled with alcohol and/or drugs helping those who currently do is without parallel; when combined with academic knowledge and scientifically proven clinical methods of treatment for drug and alcohol addictions, that practical experience gives patients the best possible scenario for long-term sobriety after they leave our care.

Inpatient Alcohol Drug Rehab

Get To Know Our Alcoholism Treatment Programs

The first step in the alcoholism treatment process is through Medical Detox, where patients are slowly and safely weaned from the booze that has ravaged their bodies, impaired their minds and destroyed their spirits. Our trained medical staff members monitor patients around the clock during a typical three- to five-day detox stay, and once the initial fog of alcoholism has lifted, we integrate those patients into a community of peers all working toward the same goal: relief from the disease that wants to claim their lives. Those peer groups include the following inpatient treatment programs:

Newcomers Residential Program

For first-time treatment patients who are given a basic education about their ailment as well as the tools necessary to combat it. It's an in-depth examination of the biological, mental, emotional and spiritual causes of alcoholism, as well as a look at how it's caused harm in all areas of a patient's life.

Young Adult Residential

Programs for younger addicts and alcoholics ages 18-26 whose emotional growth has been stunted and lives have been derailed before they’ve truly begun. The young men who make up this program often have no idea who they are or what they want out of life, so our hands-on approach is meant to give them both structure and responsibility as they move through the process.

Recovery Renewal Program

A program for those who are treatment-savvy but haven’t managed to apply the tools they’ve learned toward long-term sobriety outside of treatment. Often, those who have been to an alcohol and drug rehab in the past but haven't managed to maintain long-term sobriety find themselves discouraged when they relapse. This program offers hope and a deeper dive into issues that have kept them sick.

Women's Drug Rehab Program

Women's only program for female patients that gives them the safety and security they need to focus on the issues specific to their gender. It's a program monitored by women, for women, and patients often discover that it becomes a life-affirming sisterhood in which clients lift one another up, cheer one another along and forge long-lasting friendships in the light of sobriety.


Each program includes the same core components: one-on-one counseling, group therapy and attendance at 12 Step meetings, alongside evidence-based treatment methods. Those components make up what’s known as the Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual approach to treatment, meaning that all aspects of an individual must be healed in order for total recovery to be fully enjoyed: the body, mind, emotions and spirit. For certain career-minded patients, we provide more extensive treatment opportunities as well; our Professionals Program includes regular meetings of patients in a variety of careers, from physicians to pilots to nurses, and we offer some of the best treatment in the nation for certain arms of the transportation industry, specifically aviation and railroad employees.

Does Cornerstone Accept My Health Insurance?

If you're wondering how to pay for a stay at Cornerstone of Recovery, you may be feeling all manner of stress and anxiety. Alcoholics and addicts aren't exactly flush with cash, and the fear of finding the right rehab but being unable to pay for it is a very real one. However, we can work with you to come up with financial arrangements, and while we're a private pay/private insurance facility, we're also in network with most major commercial health insurance plans, including:


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

Rehab Center that takes aetna blue cross blue shield untied healthcare Humana Cigna

If you don't see your particular plan on this list, that doesn't mean we don't take it. Your best bet is to call our Admissions Department to talk through your options and find out what, exactly, your plan covers. Because of federal guidelines, commercial health insurance is required to cover some, if not most, if your mental health treatment, which includes substance abuse. How much, and how much you'll have to pay, needn't be a deterrent from making that initial phone call.

What Happens Next?

In a perfect world, everyone who suffers from alcoholism or addiction would be eligible for Medical Detox, four weeks of residential inpatient treatment, 10 weeks in our follow-up Intensive Outpatient program and an Aftercare plan that monitors you for up to 18 months after you come to us. While that's not always a possibility, we can assure you that whatever time you do spend at Cornerstone, we'll make the most of it and get you started on a life you can't currently conceive is possible. We understand that at this very moment, you're at one of the lowest points in your life, but let us assure you that there's hope. We know, because we've been there. Please call us today and let us help you get there, too.

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Why Consider Leaving Louisville For Treatment

Whether you struggle with drug and alcohol problems or you're a family member of someone who does, you may be wondering what Cornerstone of Recovery offers that you won't find in Louisville, Kentucky. While there are, no doubt, a number of successful treatment options in the Louisville area, few offer the sort of time-tested success that Cornerstone does.

Over the past three decades, we've treated thousands of alcoholics and addicts who find that our treatment services help with so much more than just the substances to which they're addicted. Whether they suffer from health problems or mental health issues, the goal at Cornerstone is to get to the heart of what lies beyond the surface-level detritus of drugs and alcohol. The substances are often a symptom of a deeper malaise that must be addressed before long-term sobriety can be sustained, and that's where we excel.


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Common Addictions We Provide Treatment For

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Alcoholism Treatment

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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