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Cornerstone of Recovery Accepts Medcost for Drug Rehab

How bad is the drug problem in North Carolina? In 2017, the personal finance website WalletHub released a study on the “States with the Biggest Drug Problems,” and the Tarheel State ranked in the Top 20. According to a report by the Raleigh, N.C., News and Observer newspaper, “the study compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia using 15 metrics – from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita. WalletHub drew its data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, among other sources.” In 2017, according to the News and Observer, North Carolina saw nation’s second-highest increase in opioid deaths — a clear sign that addiction is a serious problem in North Carolina, just as it is in the rest of the country. Fortunately for N.C. residents, Cornerstone of Recovery is just on the other side of the Great Smoky Mountains and offers some of the best addiction treatment in the nation. Our commodity is hope — that any addict can stop using, lose the desire to use and find a new way to live, and we work with a number of insurance plans, including MedCost, to help those who suffer get the help they need. Those with health insurance might be surprised to discover that their plans offset some, or all, of their drug rehab costs, from medical detox to residential inpatient to intensive outpatient. At Cornerstone, we understand that financial strains can be a detriment to the recovery process, and we have trained staff members who work diligently with your MedCost benefits so that you can get the most out of treatment without the worry of how to pay for it.

Why Does Medcost Pay for Addiction Treatment?

In 1956, the American Medical Association officially diagnosed alcoholism as a disease, and 31 years later, addiction was classified as the same. Ever since, the U.S. government has taken steps to make sure substance abuse treatment coverage is offered on equal footing with medical insurance benefits. In 2008, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) required health insurance companies and group health plans to offer equal benefits for mental health services that they do for medical care, and in 2010, the Affordable Care Act — known as “Obamacare” — made substance abuse treatment part of the behavioral health continuum of insurance coverage. As a result, addiction was recognized as a legitimate medical need, which means that coverage for its treatment can’t be denied out of hand, and that plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace cover behavioral health treatment. That means companies like MedCost — which provides insurance coverage for thousands of individuals in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia — are required by federal law to cover at least part of your residential addiction treatment.

Why Use Your MedCost Policy at Cornerstone?

A number of drug and alcohol treatment centers accept some form of health insurance, but not all treatment centers provide equal levels of service. To get the most out of your MedCost behavioral health benefits, it’s imperative for you to do your homework: Look into the centers that take MedCost and find the one that meets your treatment needs and provides you with the best chance at sustained, long-term recovery. At Cornerstone of Recovery, we’ve been a leading provider of such benefits for almost 30 years. We’ve treated thousands of addicts and alcoholics from across the country, many of whom are living fulfilling lives as responsible, productive members of society. We’re partnered with a number of major industries, including five major railroads and four major airlines, as well as a number of professional organizations, but everyone who comes to us for drug and alcohol treatment is given the same opportunity. Whether they make six figures a year or are effectively homeless, we help them discover that life without the shackles of addiction can be one worth living. We combine traditional 12 Step recovery with clinically proven scientific therapies to get to the root of the issues that contribute to addiction, and our work is done on a beautiful new four-facility campus in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, right outside of Knoxville, Tenn. We provide a whole-person approach to treatment that takes into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient, and works to provide therapy to each facet of their lives.

Does My Particular MedCost Policy Cover Treatment at Cornerstone?

We take patients from around the North Carolina region who have MedCost plans and choose to use their behavioral health benefits to seek addiction treatment with Cornerstone of Recovery. It’s important for those potential patients to evaluate the specifics of their individual MedCost plans in order to determine the exact nature of coverage it provides, but our team of Admissions counselors and Utilization Review specialists are on call 24 hours a day to help you do so. We’ll go over the fine print, explain your benefits to you if you don’t understand them and help you get the most coverage possible from your MedCost plan.

It’s important to us that when you arrive, you’re ready to focus on getting better, not on how you’re going to pay for it. Addiction often leaves lives in disarray, and the last thing those who suffer need or want is the added strain of financial hardship. At Cornerstone, we work diligently to address all concerns you have about the financial obligations your MedCost plan may or may not entail. They shouldn’t be a roadblock to your recovery, and we encourage you to call us today at 865-685-4086. We’ll assist you in verifying your MedCost benefits and initiate the process that puts them to work, serving youyou’re your recovery from addiction.

Your First Step Towards Recovery Starts At Cornerstone

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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.”

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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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