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The mission of Reaching New Heights is to highlight the women’s programs at Cumberland Heights, raise funds to help women in treatment, and celebrate those women in our families and community who are experiencing their own recovery one day at a time. The 2018 Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 11th at 11:30am at Hillwood Country Club This year’s guest speaker is Laura Baugh, former LPGA pro and author of“Out of the Rough”. Purchase Sponsorship Package Purchase Luncheon Tickets

The Alumni Association of Cumberland Heights invites you to share the gifts of the season with our current patients. Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7PM, we will be gathering in the Dining Hall to spread hope and cheer! The party will include: A special performance by “The Jolly Jinglers” Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus BINGO Presentation of gifts to the patients and a Gratitude meeting The holiday season can be a tough time of year for those in recovery. Please join us in supporting our current patients and your fellow alumni. Your presence brings a sense of hope and happiness to those we serve. Bring a dessert or an appetizer if you wish!

Alumni Relations will be hosting a Holiday Movie Night on Saturday, December 16th at 6PM in the Dr. John Ishee Chapel (located in the Frist Family Life Center Auditorium). We will be showing “Elf” (2003) starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. This movie is rated PG. All alumni, families and staff are welcome! Just signup below to let us know you’re coming.

The Season of Giving is Here! Alumni Relations & Alumni Association of Cumberland Heights are hosting a volunteer opportunity on main campus, Saturday November 11th from 10AM – 3PM. There are several projects around campus that need attention including; cleaning light fixtures, touch up paint on doors, reorganizing storage areas and even stuffing brochures for Marketing. WHAT: Volunteer Service Day LOCATION: Cumberland Heights Main Campus (River Road) DATE: Saturday, November 11, 2017 TIME: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Volunteer Service Days at Cumberland Heights are a long standing tradition and are not only a great way to give back but also a fun way to get to know fellow alumni and get involved. Come on out and support Alumni Relations and AACH! Lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend and … Continue reading Volunteer Service Day

Katrina Cornwell, Case Manager

When I was a patient at Cumberland Heights the idea of leaving the bubble to begin life in recovery was overwhelming. Luckily, I did not have to figure out how to live life on life’s terms alone. I had a counselor and case manager who collaborated on a Continuing Care Plan that would guide me toward resources which would help me develop skills to remain clean and sober one day at a time. A Continuing Care Plan is developed and managed by a patient’s Case Manager. It’s comprised of several clinical recommendations by a patient’s treatment team and designed to support his/her recovery once s/he leaves campus. Providing an alumnus with a firm foundation for his/her recovery is not only a recommendation; it’s essential. Look at it as a road map to … Continue reading Components of a Continuing Care Plan

2017 SerenityFest at Cumberland Heightsbrought to you by Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights SerenityFest has been a tradition at Cumberland Heights for many years and we invite you to join us for a fun-filled day of fall activities! There will be s’mores, pumpkin painting, hayrides, games, prizes, musical guest Lindsey Valeda M. (pictured at right) and fellowship! This event is open to all alumni, staff and families. Please RSVP below so we may get an accurate alumni/guest count! In case you missed it, check out the photos from this years AWESOME 2016 SerenityFest!

Google recently sent a shock wave through the addiction industry when it eliminated advertising for many addiction-related search terms it determined were ripe for fraud. I join many in our industry in applauding this decision. Here is the statement by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP). I’ve been involved in a number of quality initiatives with NAATP and other industry associations the last few years. One of our priorities has been the rise of disreputable and even fraudulent marketing that is preying on vulnerable people and their families. The most egregious violators are third-party companies who collect leads online and sell them to treatment centers. They do not have treatment facilities and have no vested interest in the treatment outcome. They are not members of the national organizations like NAATP, … Continue reading Google Curtails Addiction-Related Advertising – And It’s A Good Thing

WHAT: Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Managing Emotion Dysregulation in Withdrawal and Early Recovery WHEN: September 29, 2017 – Choose one of 2 sessions 8:00AM – 10:00AM or 4:30PM – 6:30PM WHERE: Cumberland Heights main Nashville Campus (Address: 8283 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209) WHO: Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist Learning Objectives: Review Evidence-Based trends related to the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Compare the Stages and Targets of DBT with Twelve Step philosophy and literature Review components of the Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps curriculum, focusing on the modules of Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Practice skills from worksheets in the Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps curriculum and discuss how to support patients in using the worksheets and the skills Discuss the CeDAR … Continue reading Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Managing Emotion Dysregulation in Withdrawal and Early Recovery

WHAT: 2017 Education Series – Resistance into Strength WHEN: September 6, 2017, Two sessions 9AM – 12PM and 1PM – 4PM WHERE: ARCH of Cumberland Heights WHO: Thom Rutledge, LCSW This workshop will focus on how to use a patient’s resistance to treatment as a window into the patient’s world and motivation for positive change. Using his characteristic and humorous style, Thom Rutledge, LCSW, well-known author and addiction counseling expert, will assist counselors to create clinical scenarios and opportunities to help patients see the various “actors” within them. While these “actors” attempt to help and protect our patients, some of these characters may need a “makeover” so that they can work to help patients achieve long lasting recovery. Counselors may even meet a few of their own “inner actors” and learn how … Continue reading 2017 Education Series – Resistance into Strength

Cinde Stewart Freeman, RN, LADAC, QCS

I’ve just come down from the big slope and hill at the front of Cumberland Heights after watching the Eclipse. Along with everybody else, we’ve all been talking about it for weeks. The science, the mystery, the spirituality of it all. Metaphors abound. At the simplest, the Eclipse shows how active addiction gradually shuts out everything else in our lives until the Moment of Totality–Step One. When everything is blotted out and we can no longer see our way backwards or forwards, we finally surrender. We finally admit that we cannot control our alcohol and drug use—that we are powerless and that our lives are unmanageable. We admit that addiction is killing us. Like the Earth and all that is on it, we cannot live without the Sun, or in our case, … Continue reading Eclipse at Cumberland Heights

Angela Moscheo Benson, MDiv, MA, Spiritual Director

Poet E.E. Cummings once wrote, “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” I have that quote hanging by my desk. It reminds me why I do what I do for myself and for others and of the courage it takes to work for both. Every day the world sends messages to our egos telling us who and what we are. These messages also dictate who and what we should want to be, constantly encouraging us to compare ourselves to others. This message sending world is a human construct, material and subjective. It is not a spiritual message of love and tolerance. It’s … Continue reading Courage in Recovery

Celebrate our 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, October 18 at the legendary Ryman Auditorium featuring Scotty McCreery, Dailey & Vincent and Friends! PRE-PARTY & CONCERT DETAILS: Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Location: Ryman Auditorium Pre-Party Times: 5:00pm – 7:00pm @ Hilton Nashville Downtown (Address: 121 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201) Concert Time: 7:30pm @ Ryman Auditorium (Address: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219) Artists Scheduled to Preform: Cassadee Pope, Kristian Bush, Scotty McCreery, Lindsay Ell, Michael Ray, Dailey & Vincent Emcee: Henry Cho CONCERT FOR CUMBERLAND HEIGHTS HISTORY: Since 1996, the Concert for Cumberland Heights raises money for the John Hiatt Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment Fund at Cumberland Heights. Because of outstanding volunteer involvement the evening has developed into a special annual event on the Nashville social calendar raising over … Continue reading 2017 Concert for Cumberland Heights

Dr. Anderson Spickard Jr. presents “The Craving Brain” Please join us in the Frist Family Life Center Auditorium on the campus of Cumberland Heights for the following schedule of events: WHAT: Dr. Anderson Spickard Jr. presents “The Craving Brain” WHEN: September 13, 2017 WHERE: Frist Family Life Center Auditorium (on the campus of Cumberland Heights) SPEAKING: 1 PM to 3 PM – Lecture with Q&A SIGNING: 3 PM to 4 PM – Book Signing COST: $60 per ticket Click Here to Register Dr. Anderson Spickard’s book “The Craving Brain” will also be available for purchase in the Cumberland Height’s Book Shop. Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr., will draw on his 45 years of experience as a physician, professor and leader in the field of addiction studies to synthesize and summarize his current understanding … Continue reading Dr. Anderson Spickard Jr. presents “The Craving Brain”

Join Cumberland Heights on Saturday, September 16, 2017 as we Come Back to the Farm and celebrate our annual Sydnor Horn Alumni and Staff picnic! UPDATE: As of today, September 14th, the RSVP for priority seating is closed. Even if you didn’t get a chance to register, we encourage you to join us for the festivities and 1:30pm lunch seating. Hope to see you and your loved ones at the Farm! ALL THE DETAILS: WHAT: Cumberland Heights ‘Come Back to the Farm’ Sydnor Horn Alumni and Staff Picnic WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10AM – 3PM WHERE: Main Cumberland Heights Campus – 8283 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 FUN: BINGO! Life-size Inflatables for the Kiddos Hayrides, Horse Rides and a Petting Zoo! Arts & Crafts Cake Walk Face Painting FELLOWSHIP: … Continue reading Come Back to the Farm – Alumni and Staff Picnic

When I was discharged from Cumberland Heights I knew one thing for certain…treatment may have been complete, but recovery was just beginning. Today, there are many ways I’m active in my recovery and one of the most rewarding is what I’m able to do for others. Service work is an integral part of what keeps me sober one day at a time. Each simple act keeps me out of my own head long enough to focus on another individual or group’s recovery. I’m not seeking recognition, only trying to make someone else’s journey in sobriety a little easier. And while focusing on someone else, something magical happens…people begin to recover together. With this in mind, here are 10 ways to be of service to others in recovery: 1) Sponsorship – Becoming a … Continue reading 10 Ways to be of Service to Others in Recovery

Join our Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) for Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Don’t miss the Nashville Sounds taking on the Salt Lake City Bees! WHEN: July 29, 2017 WHERE: First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds WHO: Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (All CH Alumni and Friends invited!) COST: $5.00 per person/ticket UPDATE: As of 07/25/2017 we are currently sold out. If you’d like to put your name on the waiting list, please email Jaime Gibbons at Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) is hosting a special night at the ballpark. Alumni and families will enjoy preferred seating in the 375 Club right next to the band box! Please let Jaime Gibbons know if you have any questions.  Looking forward to having you out at the … Continue reading ARCH Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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