JourneyPure vs. Cornerstone of Recovery – Which is better?

Both JourneyPure and Cornerstone of Recovery have earned a reputation for consistently providing quality addiction treatment in Tennessee (and beyond).

Below, we’re going to compare JourneyPure and Cornerstone in terms of:

  • Reviews and Testimonials
  • Staff Credentials
  • Support for family members
  • Aftercare
  • Locations

Keep in mind the “best” rehab is the one that fits your needs and helps you get sober. Both JourneyPure and Cornerstone of Recovery are great options. Here’s a snapshot:


Google Reviews 4.8 Stars, 103 Reviews 4.2 Stars, 55 Reviews Reviews 4.4 Stars, 59 Reviews 3.3 Stars, 47 Reviews
Staff Credentials • 11 Doctorate Degrees
• 30+ Masters-Level
• Many in recovery
• 16+ Highly Accredited Staff Members
• Many in recovery
Family Support • Intensive Family Weekend (2 days, in-person)
• Optional family & relationship counseling
• Intensive Family Program (3 days, in-person)
Aftercare • Recovery Coaches
• JourneyPure Coaching -Alumni App
• Proactive phone calls for 12 months after treatment, ability to call or text in the app forever
• Follow-Up phone calls up to 18 months after treatment
Locations • Inpatient facilities in Murfreesboro and Knoxville
• 4 Outpatient Clinics in TN
• 2 inpatient facilities outside of TN
• Combined campus in Louisville, TN

Does JourneyPure or Cornerstone of Recovery have better reviews?

JourneyPure shines with hundreds of positive reviews from alumni and family members. Their Tennessee inpatient facilities average 4.7 out of 5 stars on Google. Cornerstone of Recovery comes in a strong second with a 4.2-star rating on Google.

On, customers gave Cornerstone of Recovery 3.3 stars out of 5. By comparison, JourneyPure’s Tennessee inpatient facility has 4.4 stars on

As of 9/10/20, here’s the latest reviews for Cornerstone of Recovery and both JourneyPure Tennessee rehabs:

Latest Google Reviews - JourneyPure & Cornerstone

JourneyPure is the clear winner as far as scores go. While reviews aren’t everything, it’s important to hear from people who have been through the program and can tell you what it’s really like.  

Which one has more experienced staff?

When it comes to staff credentials Cornerstone of Recovery and JourneyPure boast well-qualified therapists, medical experts and support staff. One thing these treatment centers can be proud of is their medical leadership- both have alumni leading their medical teams. JourneyPure’s website features the treatment team at each facility, highlighting staff members who are either in recovery themselves or know someone who is.

Although most reviews of Cornerstone of Recovery were positive, some alumni had mixed feelings about the communication between staff members.

JourneyPure alumni had overwhelmingly positive things to say about staff members. Some reviews even mentioned staff members by name that made an impact during treatment:

Do they offer support for family members?

Family involvement in the treatment process greatly increases the chances of success. While most addiction treatment centers incorporate topics like relationships and family dynamics, JourneyPure and Cornerstone of Recovery take it a step further by inviting family members to the facility for therapy with their loved one.

At JourneyPure, family weekend is a two-day event packed attend sessions specifically geared toward mending the damage to relationships from addiction. These sessions tend to be highly emotional, but everyone always walks away with a new perspective. In addition, JourneyPure offers one-on-one sessions geared towards relationship and family therapy during or after treatment.

Cornerstone of Recovery hosts a similar family program for 3-days, where loved ones are invited to the campus for group sessions specifically geared towards family dynamics. Even if a participant’s family members cannot attend in person, clients still gain knowledge about addiction as a family disease.

Both JourneyPure and Cornerstone have robust family programs, so you really can’t go wrong.

Do they offer aftercare?

One of the biggest indicators of rehab success is continued, active participation in recovery after completing treatment. That means participating in follow-up care like IOP or private therapy, attending support meetings and getting a sponsor.

Both Cornerstone of Recovery and JourneyPure have alumni programs designed specifically to help people stay connected when they leave. Cornerstone Recovery promises follow-up aftercare in the form of phone calls the first few months to a year after treatment. And, they have a sober living residence that provides temporary housing for program graduates. Sober living is a great option for those who need help getting back on their feet after inpatient or during outpatient treatment.

JourneyPure has a robust alumni program aimed at keeping alumni engaged in recovery as they take what they learned in treatment and apply it to life. They don’t offer sober living, but they partner with a network of sober living homes and can help you transition there after treatment. One of the standouts of JourneyPure’s alumni program is the companion app, JourneyPure Coaching. Through the app, alumni can connect with dedicated JourneyPure Recovery Coaches, log their progress, and stay accountable to the recovery plan they developed while they were in treatment.

JourneyPure Coaching App for Alumni

Where are JourneyPure and Cornerstone located?

Although locations shouldn’t be your determining factor, JourneyPure has two residential locations in Murfreesboro and Knoxville and four outpatient locations in Tennessee for support after rehab.  Cornerstone of Recovery has one location that has residential and outpatient to support you after rehab, if you live nearby.

JourneyPure Tennessee Rehab Locations

Cornerstone of Recovery’s campus is located in Louisville, Tennessee, a suburb about ten minutes outside of Knoxville. They provide several levels of care in one location, including inpatient and outpatient options. Amenities at Cornerstone of Recovery include:

  • 25 Acre Campus
  • Gym & Ropes Course
  • 10 minutes from Downtown Knoxville & Airport

Do Cornerstone of Recovery and JourneyPure take insurance?

Yes, both Cornerstone and JourneyPure are generally in-network with all major insurance providers. JourneyPure also accepts Tenncare (Tennessee Medicaid) on a limited basis. (the US government treatment database) reports that Cornerstone of Recovery accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Medicaid
  • Private health insurance
  • Cash or self-payment
  • State-financed health insurance plan other than Medicaid

Even if you aren’t insured or don’t know what your plan covers, it never hurts to call and discuss your options. When you call either JourneyPure or Cornerstone, you’ll talk to a real person who has been in your shoes. They can help you discuss treatment options and answer any questions about insurance or coverage.

JourneyPure and Cornerstone of Recovery are both great choices for addiction treatment- it just depends on your specific needs. While it’s hard to pick a winner, JourneyPure’s reviews and alumni testimonials alone make it the #1 option in Tennessee.


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