Our History

Cumberland Heights began admitting men for treatment in 1966 and became the first treatment center of its kind in the southeast

The History of Cumberland Heights

Cumberland Heights began admitting men for treatment in 1966 and became the first treatment center of its kind in the southeastIn 1965, Nashville businessman Robert Crichton, Sr. traveled many miles from his home to receive treatment for alcoholism. Alcoholism carried a taboo then, and good treatment centers were hard to find. Inspired in his recovery, he called a friend, prominent physician Thomas F. Frist, Sr., to see about starting a recovery center in Tennessee – not as a business for profit, but as a service to the many who needed help and had no place to turn. Soon after, the Cumberland Heights Foundation was born.

“We aren’t going to establish a country club or a regimented institution,” said co-founder Robert Crichton, Sr. “We want to have a location and program which will enable a man to go back to the primary meaning of his life so he can start over again.”

Opening the doors in 1966

Cumberland Heights began admitting men in 1966 and became the first recovery center of its kind in the southeast. In 1975, we opened one of the nation’s initial centers for women, followed by one of the first family programs. By 1985, the success of these programs was clearly apparent and paved the way for our pioneer model to treat adolescents, followed shortly thereafter by intensive outpatient (IOP) services in 1987.

“Unwavering dedication to recovery from addiction made Cumberland Heights a stalwart in this industry for more than 50 years,” said current Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson. “This passion will guide us as industry leaders during the next 50 years.”

Our Philosophy for more than 50 Years

Fifty years ago, chemical dependency was widely believed to be a moral weakness. This belief created a social stigma that prevented millions from reaching out for help. Today we understand that addiction is not caused by moral weakness or a lack of personal character – it is a medical disease over which the addict has no control. As with other diseases, without help the outcome is often tragic.

Fortunately, there is help. Since we opened our doors more than 50 years ago, Cumberland Heights has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and their families. Five decades of experience has taught us that recovery is not only possible, it’s a path that no one has to walk alone.

Our philosophy and staff are committed to providing the highest quality care possible for addiction recovery. Our treatment programs encompass the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of recovery through professional excellence, the principles of the 12-Steps, and a safe, loving environment.

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“What you have done for me isn’t just for me. It’s for my parents, my own family and all the other addicts and alcoholics I can potentially help.”

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