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Nashville Alcoholism Treatment & Alcohol Rehab Programs

The good news about Tennessee love affair with booze, according to a USA Today story from late 2017: Only 11.2 percent of adults in the state reported excessive drinking, the smallest share of any state. The bad news for the Nashville metropolitan area, though, is that it had the highest rate of any city in Tennessee. Excessive alcohol consumption isn't unique to Music City, of course, but those who live in or near Nashville seeking comprehensive alcoholism treatment for a drinking problem are often faced with a dilemma: which alcohol rehab to choose?

While there are plenty of excellent choices in the Nashville area, those individuals will be hard-pressed to find one that meets as many of their needs as Cornerstone of Recovery does. Located three hours to the east, halfway between Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cornerstone first opened its doors in 1989 and has since become a nationally respected alcohol rehab that treats individuals from across the country, including many from the Nashville and Middle Tennessee areas. We were founded by a recovering alcoholic, and his commitment to offering sobriety to anyone who seeks it is still at the foundation of our mission. But oh my, how we've grown — from a humble 18-bed building to one of the largest residential alcoholism treatment providers in the state, operating from a four facility campus that opened in 2017 and includes a multi-floor residence tower, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a combination dining hall and treatment building and more.

The amenities, of course, are secondary to the transformation we provide via one of our four residential inpatient alcoholism treatment programs, into which each patient is assigned after completing safe, medically supervised detox: Newcomers, for first-time treatment seekers who want to understand the disease that afflicts them as well as heal from it; Recovery Renewal, for those who have been to alcohol rehab previously or have relapsed after periods of abstinence; Young Adult, an engaging and intensive program for men ages 18 to 26; and our unique Women's Program, a safe space for female clients to process issues unique to their gender. In those programs, they'll be able to take advantage of a broad array of therapeutic modalities, from peer support groups to educational lectures to 12 Step facilitation to dual diagnosis care for co-occurring mental health disorders to family therapy that includes a weekend of healing and learning for a patient's family members themselves.

At Cornerstone of Recovery, we pride ourselves on being so much more than just another alcohol rehab. From the first phone call, we work hard to get potential patients the help they need, and whether we're talking you through your insurance plan (we're in network with most major commercial and private health insurance providers), assisting you in arranging for transportation or helping you find the right aftercare program after you complete residential treatment (and our Extended Care is always a great option!), we'll be with you every step of the way. Alcoholism treatment involves so much more than simply putting down the booze, and at Cornerstone of Recovery, we've made it our mission for the past three decades to provide the best — whether you live in Nashville, Tennessee, or Nashville, Wisconsin ... and all points in between.

Three Reasons Why You Need to Call Today to Get Addiction and Alcoholism Treatment

  • We’re in the middle of great economic uncertainty. Unemployment rates reached their highest levels in history in April, which means COVID-19 took a catastrophic toll on the job market this spring. If you have a job — or even if you don’t, but you still have benefits provided by your previous place of employment — you’re fortunate. And you should take advantage of those benefits to get the help you need for a drug or alcohol problem today, because there’s no guarantee you’ll have the resources to do so down the road.


  • No one is truly certain what life in the time of coronavirus looks like going forward. Yes, there are still new cases being logged daily, and yes, it’s certainly a health concern for anyone and everyone. But if you’re struggling with addiction and alcoholism, you’re already sick — and the disease you’re battling is far more likely to claim your life than COVID-19. Overdose deaths kill more Americans annually than all combat deaths in the Vietnam War, and alcohol-related deaths claim 88,000 lives yearly. If you have an alcohol or drug problem, you’re more likely to become one of those statistics than a COVID-19 victim.


  • Putting it off for another day is no longer an option. You may tell yourself that it is … and you may have made it this far without treatment … but are you truly living? In our experience — and many of us who work at Cornerstone are in recovery ourselves — suffering from addiction and alcoholism is just existing. Our problems slowly get worse, our health slowly declines and we’re stuck in wreckage of our own making, until we’re faced with two choices: get help, or lose everything. Why wait until the latter when with a simple phone call, you can choose the former?
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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 facility 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 Tennessee. 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 the banks of the Little River, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

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 alcoholism and/or drug addiction helping those who currently do is without parallel; when combined with academic knowledge and scientifically proven clinical methods of drug and alcohol treatment, that practical experience gives patients the best possible scenario for long-term sobriety after they leave our recovery center.

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What Does Alcoholism Treatment Involve At Cornerstone?

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 alcohol addiction 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 programs:

Newcomers Residential Program

The Newcomers Alcoholism Treatment Program is specifically designed for first-time treatment patients who are given a basic education about their ailment as well as the tools necessary to combat it. Those coming to terms with their alcoholism need support, nurturing and an understanding — that they're not "bad" people who need to be "good"; they're sick people who need to get better, and that healing begins here.

Young Adult Residential

In many instances, young people who start drinking in their teens — or even in their late childhood — often find their lives completely derailed before they've truly begun. School, a career, relationships ... they all get sacrificed on the altar of alcohol, but in our Young Adult Alcoholism Treatment Program, specifically designed for men ages 18-26, they're able to emerge from the fog of alcoholism and get their lives back on track.

Recovery Renewal Program

Those who have been to an alcohol rehab before, or who have some experience in a 12 Step or similar recovery program, often need more intensive therapy if they relapse. That's where our Recovery Renewal Alcoholism Treatment Program comes in. In it, individuals who are treatment- or recovery-savvy get a deeper understanding of the tools they need to apply toward long-term sobriety outside of treatment.

Women's Drug Rehab Program

Alcohol destroys the lives of men and women equally, but females often face far different recovery obstacles when it comes to issues, traumas and problems they need to address in order to get better. In our unique Women's Only Alcoholism Treatment Program, they have the opportunity to do that in a safe space, surrounded by other women and led by an excellent team of female counselors and therapists.

Each program includes the same core components that 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. Our treatment options also include an opportunity to extend into a multi-week Intensive Outpatient Program, which provides an additional layer of safety before patients return home to Nashville.

Does Cornerstone Accept My Health Insurance?

The short answer? Yes. If you have a private or commercial health insurance policy purchased through the Health Marketplace Exchange or provided by an employer (or a dependent’s employer), then chances are very good that Cornerstone is considered an in-network provider. For more than 30 years, we’ve worked with health insurance companies around the country to serve the needs of patients seeking alcohol rehab in or near Nashville. We understand that navigating the fine print of health insurance plans can be frustrating and nerve-wracking, but our trained staff members can help you overcome those hurdles so that you can begin the alcolholism treatment process unburdened by the worry of financial strain. Some of the plans accepted by Cornerstone include:

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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

In addition, TennCare recipients likely qualify for drug and alcohol treatment at Stepping Stone to Recovery, our sister facility based in Knoxville that provides TennCare and lower-cost alternatives without sacrificing the quality of the treatment provided.

What Happens Next?

Alcoholism treatment in Nashville and other cities, we’ve discovered through our decades of work in the field, has to be more than just the cessation of drinking. The alcohol is just a symptom of a much bigger problem, an internal one that can only be addressed through a dissection of emotional issues, stumbling blocks and life traps that keep alcoholics trapped in the vicious cycle of a disease that’s leading them down a ever-darker path toward an absolute finality.

That journey can be halted, however, and new paths can be forged; through the long-term sobriety that’s the ultimate goal of all patients at Cornerstone of Recovery, those who seek our help can put their disease into remission and find a new way of life that’s more fulfilling and rewarding than they ever imagined. None of that can begin, however, until you pick up the phone and make that initial call. Our trained and compassionate Admissions counselors are standing by, ready to help you take those first tentative steps toward that renewal.

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Why Consider Leaving Nashville For Treatment

There are, of course, plenty of options for alcohol and drug rehab in Nashville, Tennessee, some of them no doubt effective. What we do at Cornerstone, however, is comparable, and in some ways superior, to most other alcoholism and addiction treatment programs in the nation. From residential treatment to evaluation of co-occurring mental health disorders to group therapy to evidence-based clinical tools, the spectrum of care offered at Cornerstone is vast and comprehensive.

Our belief is that alcohol is just a symptom of the problem, and that a number of genetic, environmental and behavioral factors must be looked at and reckoned with in order for patients to sustain long-term sobriety.  Alcoholism and substance abuse aren't attributable to moral failure or weakness of will; they're legitimate medical illnesses that can be treated with the right combination of therapy, compassion, support and encouragement. Regardless of where you may find that in Nashville, you'll certainly find it at Cornerstone, just three hours east of Music City down Interstate 40.

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Common Addictions We Provide Treatment For

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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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