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Opened in 1989, Cornerstone of Recovery was founded by Bill Hood, a recovering alcoholic, in Louisville, Tennessee. After a long battle with alcoholism, he set out to create a facility that would help those who suffered from substance abuse through the use of the 12 steps. In a safe haven that follows a well-tested path, addicts and alcoholics have been able to get relief at an affordable cost.

Accommodations and Food

The 35-bed residential treatment program is housed in a freestanding facility that resembles an office space. Clients are provided with a warm twin bed in a room shared with one other person. A shared common room allows clients to watch TV during their free time. Private electronics such as cell phones and laptops are not allowed. An on-site gym is available for physical fitness. When weather permits, the grounds provide serene walks, outdoor yoga classes and smoking breaks. Weekend outings to mountains, movies and bowling also provide opportunity for recreation and off-site fun.

All meals are held in the dining hall, just a quick walk from the bedrooms. Clients are able to enjoy hearty meals, served cafeteria style.

Treatment and Staff

Clients are typically at Cornerstone for 28 to 35 days, during which they receive a comprehensive mix of the 12 steps, education on addiction, medical attention, individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, spirituality and fitness. For clients who are struggling to get themselves into treatment, interventions can be arranged. During an intervention, family members are able to safely confront their loved one with the help of a trained mediator and counselor. Once in treatment, on-site medical detox can be arranged, with 24-hour attention provided by nurses, doctors and an in house psychiatrist. The detox option typically costs an additional $4,500.

Once clients are stable, they begin following a rigorous daily schedule. Residents meet with their primary therapist twice a week in addition to multiple daily groups that focus on the 12 steps, relapse prevention, trauma, life skills, communication, codependency and processing. Mental health support is available during both group and individual therapy. Clients attend daily on-site and off-site meetings, as they gain a better understanding of the programs of NA and AA. There are also educational groups on the disease of addiction and on the 12 steps.

Cornerstone specializes in pain management specialization for those who suffer from chronic pain. For clients who have previously been through the 12 steps and rehab, the program is geared toward individual therapy that addresses the underlying causes of addiction and relapse.

For family members of residents, a peer group is held twice a week in addition to weekly family sessions with the client’s individual therapist.

Additionally, Cornerstone offers a variety of outpatient options following residential care. The eight- to 10-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) includes group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy and educational lectures several hours a day. The outpatient program is offered once a week for an hour-and-a-half, optimizing time through group therapy. During this time, clients can focus on couple’s therapy, women’s relationships, men’s relationships, pain management and peer support. Sober living is also offered for those looking to live in a sober community while working a job, attending school or engaging in other real-world activities.


Cornerstone believes the 18 months following a client’s release from treatment are an extremely vulnerable time. As a result, it has created an 18-month complimentary aftercare program for all clients who have completed their treatment plan, during which they can participate in weekly meetings with staff, goal setting follow-ups, sponsorship, support groups and stress management education.

All outings are included in the monthly cost.

In Summary

With an intense introduction to the 12 steps, specialization in chronic relapse and great aftercare, Cornerstone has a lot to offer someone who needs residential treatment at a reasonably affordable price. While the typical time spent in treatment is short, those who are suffering are able to get a good footing in the world of sobriety. Cornerstone’s outpatient programs make it easier for the client to stay sober long term.

Cornerstone of Recovery Location

1214 Topside Rd
Louisville, TN 37777

Cornerstone of Recovery Cost

$15,000 (30 days). Reach Cornerstone of Recovery by phone at (855) 925-4673. Find Cornerstone of Recovery on Facebook and YouTube

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  1. Janna Sipes McKnight on

    Drove 5 hours to take my husband to Cornerstone after he was approved by admissions personnel. Filled out paperwork and paid deposit. Someone came to get him and my son had to help him to the little golf cart – it was obvious what kind of shape he was in but nobody asked myself or my children for any details. Four hours later I had to drive back to get him to take him to ER even though I had left him at a facility that advertises “medical detox”. I did this even though I had already had him at our local ER and was told there was nothing wrong with him. He was admitted to receive IV antibiotics for bacteremia. When the hospital D/C’d him Cornerstone said he was still too weak to come to their facility so I took him to an inpatient physical therapy center. Now that he will be released from there in two days, Cornerstone called to say he’s “not appropriate” for their facility. I am tired, heartbroken, desperate, and scared. What do you do with the alcoholics that no one will accept. My husband was a good man, a professional, a wonderful father. I guess if inpatient facilities with medical detox won’t take you then you truly are without hope. So, if you’re mildly alcoholic look into Cornerstone. If you are severely alcoholic just see if you might qualify for hospice so that you can die peacefully at home. I guess this screening process makes their outcomes appear more impressive.

  2. JAMES r sells on

    Don;t go. Went there 3 times. First wasn’t so bad. The last time was a horror show. Dont have enough space to list the unnecessary misery that occurred on a daily basis. example, it took 22 days for me to get the clothes I brought in with me. I had one pair of pants for 21 days. would change into sleep shorts, was that pair when I could. They “lost” the tobacco I brought in..which amazingly appeared just before I was transferred to another unit. Series of actions to break you, make you feel dependent to force you to become part of the group. Many of the therapists were sicker than me, and they were in charge. The entire group was on Lock down for maybe 6 weeks of last 3 months I was there. Was a pharmacist, so followed rules about as good as you can do, but following rules there does not make your life any easier. Today, I truly believe they made me much, much worse than I was when I went in and its been 7 years ago. Will never forget. Anyway, you have been warned. Almost daily brow beatings, over things you didnt even know about. OK, enough.

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