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Bill HoodAbout Stepping Stone to Recovery

In the mid 1970s, Bill Hood was a successful executive who had captained ships of industry in Ohio, Tennessee and South America, but as his star rose, his spirit plummeted. Bill was an alcoholic, and by the time he entered treatment for his disease, he had lost everything except for the support of a family that was desperate for a miracle. In East Tennessee, not far from where Stepping Stone is located today, Bill Hood got sober, but more than that, he found a second chance in the local recovery community. Within a year, he was an employee of the facility that had shown him a better way of life, and when changes to the clinical direction brought an end there to residential inpatient treatment for addicts and alcoholics, Bill Hood struck out on his own.

In 1989, Cornerstone of Recovery opened on Topside Road, in the same residential facility for Stepping Stone clients today, with 18 staff members and 22 beds; almost three decades later, Bill’s vision has succeeded beyond the wildest expectations of anyone who was there in the beginning. Although Bill Hood died in 1993, Cornerstone survived, often on prayers and sweat in those early years, and is now one of the most respected treatment centers in the nation. Over time, however, Cornerstone staff members and the Hood family began to realize that while successful, a segment of the East Tennessee population was unable to obtain private insurance or the funds necessary for drug rehab. From their desire to serve this population, often made up of friends and neighbors and members of the community in which they live and work, Stepping Stone was born.

Stepping Stone is a new organization designed to provide high-quality treatment for those with limited financial means or government-issued healthcare, using time-tested clinical and traditional models that have proven effective for almost three decades. It is a unique entity, separate from Cornerstone but with deep roots in the local recovery community, which provides many of the staff members who will help patients find what they themselves have discovered: that it’s possible for anyone to stop using, to lose the desire to lose and to find a new way to live.