Hundreds of people are gathering in East Tennessee this weekend for a reunion to celebrate their sobriety from drugs and alcohol.
For the 23rd year, the Cornerstone of Recovery is hosting their annual reunion to celebrate the program's alumni and to help inspire those currently going through the program.
The program's message is simple: "Recovery does work."
Hundreds have gone through the program in the past. They say Cornerstone led to their recovery and sobriety. Alumni are thankful for that support.
"There are so many things that happened in my life even after I left here that without the support I had from this, I basically learned how to live. I probably would never have gotten through it," said Gary Stewart.
"It's not easy. You've got to work for it, but just have some willingness and it will come," said Russell Howard.
"People were able to do that for me and give me the hope that I could recover and that life could be different. And that's why I've come back to show them that's what worked for me and that's what happened to me," said Mara Nogler.
The weekend wraps up Sunday with several events including a golf tournament.