I would like to begin with what I have learned while working at Cornerstone of Recovery. I had made assumptions about drug and alcohol addiction in my past. The fact of the matter is, I was blind to the fact that addiction can strike anyone at any income, educational or cultural level. My eyes have been opened to the hurt and pain that addiction has and can cost families.
I began working at this facility after one of my children revealed her addiction to drugs and alcohol. She has been clean and sober for twelve years now. Knowing little about this my curiosity peaked and I decided, after retiring from Levi Strauss, to learn more. I am responsible for answering the phone, auditing medical charts, urine drug and/or alcohol screens to be sent to the lab as well as various other clerical duties.
As I am 71 years old, the closer that I stay to home the easier is will be for me to drive to work. Knoxville to Louisville can take a toll on one. Especially the highway to Maryville.
I work with various groups of people. The patients being the most important and co workers of whom some are in recovery themselves. The hardest part of my job is also working with addicts and alcoholics due to the nature of their personalities. The most enjoyable part has been the discovery of how mental illness, addiction and the field of recovery works.