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Inpatient Alcoholism Treatment & Alcohol Rehab Programs Nashville TN

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.

What People Are Saying About Us

James Salliotte
James Salliotte
a month ago
The staff, Counselors, and Therapist's are all amazing and truly caring. I will miss so many of them. The food isn't the greatest but they do occasionally hit one out of the ball park. Especially the brownies. The Medical staff is badly understaffed. My only complaint is they sent me to two out of network doctor appointments while I was in R. And R. I've tried talking to many people but keep getting brushed off. But this is just my experience. If your looking for your best Chance of sobriety. This is the place. You learn so much about yourself and why we do the things we do. And how to change those behaviors. I highly recommend Corner Stone of Recovery. "It became the solid foundation for which I'm rebuilding my Life."- J.K. Rowling
Fred T
Fred T
3 months ago
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Cornerstone. I went there the last time for me in Sept.2001 and left in March 2002 and because of the treatment that I received I have been clean and sober for 21 years. I took a early retirement from the railroad and became a substance abuse counselor because I wanted what the staff at that time had and to do for others what they did for me. Thank You Cornerstone. If you are reading this and on the fence look no further because they are the best especially if you are serious about Recovery.
Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith
7 months ago
The staff is second to none. most of the councilors had been in my shoes and that alone was comforting. Every employee from the nurses to the kitchen staff seemed so genuine. There may be nicer, newer facilities around the country but i would pick the staff at Cornerstone over any of them.
Alyssa Munoz
Alyssa Munoz
4 weeks ago
Amazing staff and facilities. Would go back but hope I never have too. Amazing place and people definitely recommend to others looking for help.
the first step to the rest of your life starts at cornerstone of recovery

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.

Inpatient Alcohol Drug Rehab

Alcoholism Treatment & Inpatient Alcohol Rehab Programs Nashville

Cornerstone has developed alcohol and drug rehab & recovery programs to fit the needs of our patients. As with many things in life, there is not a one size fits all approach to treating the addiction disease. Through a proper assessment and evaluation period, Cornerstone of Recovery can make the best recommendation for each individual that will give them the best opportunity to achieve a lasting recovery.

Newcomers Inpatient Program

Clinically, the Newcomers Residential Alcohol & Drug Rehab Program is inpatient based and typically lasts between 28 and 35 days, during which time our trained counselors and other professionals develop individual treatment plans for each patient according to needs, backgrounds and situations. During that process, patients participate in a 12-Step recovery.

Young Adult Inpatient Program

Our Young Adult Residential rehab and recovery program is specifically structured for persons between the ages of 18 and 26. Understanding that this age group faces its own unique set of circumstances, our clinical staff focuses on developmental issues, behavior styles, and energy levels specific to the young adult.

Recovery Renewal Inpatient Program

Intensive residential inpatient program for those who have tried to stay clean in the past but been unsuccessful, even after exposure to an addiction treatment program and 12 step programs in the past. It’s designed to help patients target the triggers and issues that factor into their inability to stay clean and the factors that lead to a relapse

Women Only Inpatient Program

Cornerstone recognizes that women face issues in addiction and alcoholism that are unique to them. Clinically, the Womens' Programs is inpatient based and typically lasts between 28 and 35 days, during which time therapies are carried out within the safe space of a women’s only program. Group therapy, individual counseling, activity therapy, acceptance/integration therapy – they’re all designed for both the individual and the gender.

Rooms Designed With Comfort In Mind

Memory Foam Mattresses

Each Room Has Its Own Private Bathroom With Shower

Temperature Controls In Each Room

Personal Armoire For Storing Your Belongings 

The Program Includes

Lasts 28-35 Days On Average

While a month seems like forever on the front end, it flies by and is a really short period of time to make such significant changes

Individualized Care

Treatment plans specifically tailored to the individual's needs. Every patient’s care plan is different and is regularly updated to maximize effectiveness.

Activity Therapy

Patients will participate in various activities that will help reintroduce problem solving and teamwork which helps re-establish trust and builds healthy relationships.

Medical Detox

Medically supervised and safe detox is included in each of our programs. Detox typically lasts 3-5 days. Time is dependent on the substance and severity of use.

Semi-Private Rooms

Each rooms has two beds, a private bathroom, a desk and chair, a lounge chair, and two armoires to store your belongings.


Fitness Therapy

Our full-size gym presents the perfect opportunity to begin the physical healing process. Exercise enhances the body’s ability to restore balance and health.

12 Step Programing

The 12 Step program informs and influences everything we do. We also incorporate the best behavioral health has to offer. We are a dual-diagnosis facility and treat so-occurring psychiatric disorders with psychiatry.

Family Therapy

Families need to work through the issues and damage that addiction causes in family relationships. Re-establishing trust and healthy relationships takes time, sharing openly and honestly, and intentional effort.

Recovery Coaching

18 months of Recovery Coaching is available for every patient at Cornerstone. Our Recovery Coaches are available for support and connection 40 hours a week. We offer continued counseling, coaching, support, and online Alumni meetings.

Healing The Body Starts With What You Put In It.

Enjoy three freshly prepared meals a day including fruit, salad and soup bars. 

Special dietary needs are no problem as well. The team goes out of its way to meet any special dietary restrictions or needs.

In addition to meals in our dining hall, an on-campus store is always well stocked with snacks, beverages, sweets and other comforts. 

Alcohol Rehab & Alcoholism Treatment Nashville TN

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.

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.

What Else Do I Get To Do In Treatment?

In Activity Therapy, you’ll participate in team based activities

Full size gym with cardio machines and free weights

Indoor/outdoor basketball court and a sand volleyball court

Outdoor ropes course

Wooded and waterfront walking trails

Recreation rooms with tvs and kitchenettes 

Weekend fun and excursions such as; bowling , going to a movie or sporting event, and hiking in the mountains are just a few examples. (Post COVID)

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Cornerstone Is In-Network With Most Health Insurance Companies

Our Admissions Team can verify your benefits by phone or online through Bradford, our parent company.

We also offer private pay options.

Cornerstone of Recovery is an in-network provider with most major commercial health insurance plans, meaning that your health insurance policy will likely cover some, if not all, of your treatment program. Our Patient Financial Services and Admissions Teams work with insurance companies to help you get the most out of your behavioral health benefits.

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

Ready To Get Started?

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.