Cornerstone of Recovery Reunion celebrates victories, offers hope

Brandon Price, Brendan Sweet and Pam Collett are ready to serve up the food to guests at the Cornerstone of Recovery reunion.

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Brandon Price, Brendan Sweet and Pam Collett are ready to serve up the food to guests at the Cornerstone of Recovery reunion.

The first weekend of the month was a time to celebrate at Cornerstone of Recovery.

The clinical treatment facility in Alcoa welcomed former patients back on campus on Sept. 1, 2 and 3, for the 22nd Annual Alumni Reunion at Cornerstone of Recovery.

The event is a time to celebrate the operation that founder Bill Hood started in September of 1989, said Eric Amburgey, director of Marketing with Cornerstone of Recovery.

“There was a lot of camaraderie. It was good to have former patients come back and renew acquaintances and celebrate the new lives they’ve discovered in recovery, as well as to be around current patients who got to see alumni sharing what good things have happened in their lives because of what started at Cornerstone,” he said.

In addition to good meetings and speakers, there was a silent auction and golf and bowling tournaments, with all proceeds going to the Bill and Andy Foundation.

“It is an organization that makes zero-interest loans to individuals needing to get into halfway houses, and it is not just for patients of Cornerstone,” Amburgey said. “A lot of times people don’t have the money available. This fund makes money available for those patients wanting to get into a recovery-sober environment halfway house.”

Amburgey said the reunion celebrates the message that recovery is possible. “So many times when people are in the grasp of addiction, they can’t see any way out. A lot of times, that is the same thing with their family,” he said. “The person who is addicted and the family members have tried numerous things to no avail.”

Amburgey said often the addicts and their families feel hopeless. “We want them to know help is a phone call away,” he said.

For more information, visit www.CornerStoneofRecovery.com or call 865-970-7747.

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