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Join the ARCH program for a FREE white water rafting adventure! We have 18 spots available for this event. Your RSVP is required and includes your float cost and a BBQ dinner served after the float is complete, compliments of Scott A. You will need to provide your own transportation (It takes approximately 3.5 hours from Nashville to Adventures Unlimited Resort) and if you wish to stay overnight there is lodging available however it is not included in your registration. If you are interested in caravanning please contact me for more information. Tennessee state law requires floaters to be at least 12 years of age. Please wear comfortable clothing, wear water shoes/sandals with straps (no flip flops), and bring sunscreen. You must RSVP below by Wednesday May 3, 2017 Date: Saturday May … Continue reading ARCH White Water Rafting

Grand Rounds 2017 – Norman Hoffmann, Ph.D. presents “Outcomes Focused Treatment Process” DESCRIPTION Norman G. Hoffmann, Ph.D., President of Evince Clinical Assessments, is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the development of practical, scientifically sound assessment instruments and the evaluation of behavioral health treatment programs. His assessment instruments are used throughout the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe. The instruments include brief and comprehensive interviews for the identification of mental health and substance use disorders in accordance with current diagnostic criteria as well as treatment planning aids based on the ASAM Criteria. He has provided consultation services on assessment and evaluation issues for state and federal agencies, corporations and public organizations in the US, Canada, Sweden, and Norway. A popular current area consists of assisting treatment programs in the implementation … Continue reading Grand Rounds 2017 – Norman Hoffmann, Ph.D. presents “Outcomes Focused Treatment Process”

The ropes course experience at Cumberland Heights allows participants to experience emotions in a dynamic way. These experiential activities place the participant in scenarios, often outside of comfort zones, that allow emergence of a core truth about themselves. Concepts of powerlessness, surrender, keeping it simple, honesty, courage, community support, trust, faith, and many others emerge. The participant is able to draw parallels and metaphors from their experience then transfer it to practical application to their recovery journey. What: Recover Trust: Alumni Ropes Day When: Saturday April 15th 9AM – 12PM (Noon) Where: Cumberland Heights Alumni Pavilion Details: Must RSVP below by April 13th (limited space, register your spot now!) This event is always a blast, be sure you register early! Plus check out some photos from our 2016 Ropes Day last year.

Cinde Stewart Freeman, RN, LADAC, QCS

I’m not what you would call an “outdoorsy” type, but six years into my recovery I stood on the side of a mountain in southeast Tennessee waiting for my boyfriend, Guy, to jump off. Somehow Guy talked me into watching he and his friends hang glide. For anyone not familiar with this sport, it’s basically jumping off a cliff with a giant kite on your back and hoping air currents will help you to the ground—without dying. There was a ramp protruding off the side of the mountain, and I held my breath as Guy stepped onto it. Two of his friends checked every inch of his contraption—how the struts were placed along the wings, how he was strapped into the harness, how the bar in front which is supposed to control … Continue reading Ready to Launch: Forming the Right Relationships in Recovery

Grand Rounds – The Department of Children’s Services presents Mandatory Reporting Participants can expect to learn the guidelines for mandatory reporting of suspected or actual child abuse or neglect of children and dependent adults in the state of Tennessee. WHO: Anyone Interested & All Staff of Cumberland Heights WHAT: Grand Rounds – The Department of Children’s Services presents Mandatory Reporting Training WHEN: April 26, 2017 from 1PM – 4PM WHERE: Frist Family Life Center, 8283 River Road Pike Nashville, TN 37209 3 CE’s will be offered via NAADAC and NBCC Purchase Tickets

Stan Bumgarner M. Div.

Sunday Sermon: February 12, 2017 Our spiritual care Chaplain, Stan B. uses many techniques including mindfulness meditation which is a kind of ‘being in the moment’ meditation practice known to decrease relapse risk and a labyrinth experience, modeled after the one in Chartes Cathedral in France, which helps you to gradually let go of all your worries on the way in, stopping in the center to relax, and taking something a little new with you as you walk out. Stan Bumgarner M. Div. Chaplain, Cumberland Heights Foundation

The event will take place at The Cookery. We only have 25 seats available so space is limited and requires a reservation and $5.00 cost per person/seat to hold a spot. All monies collected go to the Cumberland Heights Unrestricted Fund. Please Note: You must RSVP with your $5.00 payment below. All RSVP’s for dinner will be closed on March 14, 2017. For details about The Cookery and our host space, please visit thecookery.org. Dinner at The Cookery and Movie Details Movie: Ben Hur | Dinner: Menu Offering Appetizers: Columella Salad and Soft Boiled Eggs Main Course: (Choose one, your choice) Roast Wild Boar with Roasted Carrots, and Cinnamon Apples -OR- Roast Tuna with Roasted Carrots, and Cinnamon Apples Dessert: Nut Tart

Jay Crosson, CEO, Cumberland Heights

I am so grateful to announce the new Timothy Cotton Fund for Patient Assistance, which will provide financial assistance in perpetuity for Cumberland Heights patients. Tim Cotton, a beloved alumnus of Cumberland Heights, passed away in January 2016 and willed the proceeds from the sale of his East Nashville home to Cumberland Heights. Tim’s donation ranks among the top 20 donations Cumberland Heights ever received. The fund is part of Cumberland Heights’ endowment and will provide financial assistance to patients who cannot afford treatment or do not have insurance that covers costs. Cotton was himself a patient on a MusiCares scholarship, so his gift back is especially meaningful. Tim’s story is not about how much money he donated. His story is about making an impact in the lives of others regardless of … Continue reading Truck Driver to Benefactor – The Remarkable Story of Tim Cotton

Triumph Over Tragedy One woman’s journey from drunk driving to addictions professional Louder than the sound of a 44 Magnum reverberating in the memories of my cousin’s failed suicide attempt. More deafening than the thunder in my scariest childhood storms. It was the sound of metal crunching against a concrete wall in the blackest of nights. It jolted me awake while drunk driving in a Xanax and wine induced blackout. I hit something with my car. I remember thinking, ‘What was that?” but I didn’t see anything. Disoriented and barely conscious, I drove away in the dark. Click. Click. The clasping of silver handcuffs on my wrists was a cold awakening the moment the police jimmied open my car door. I’d never seen so many blue lights. I had no idea what was … Continue reading Recovery Blog: Triumph over Tragedy

Stan Bumgarner M. Div.

Sunday Sermon: February 5, 2017 Our spiritual care directors use many techniques including mindfulness meditation which is a kind of ‘being in the moment’ meditation practice known to decrease relapse risk and a labyrinth experience, modeled after the one in Chartes Cathedral in France, which helps you to gradually let go of all your worries on the way in, stopping in the center to relax, and taking something a little new with you as you walk out. Stan Bumgarner M. Div. Chaplain, Cumberland Heights Foundation

Stan Bumgarner M. Div.

Sunday Sermon: January 22, 2017 Our spiritual care directors use many techniques including mindfulness meditation which is a kind of ‘being in the moment’ meditation practice known to decrease relapse risk and a labyrinth experience, modeled after the one in Chartes Cathedral in France, which helps you to gradually let go of all your worries on the way in, stopping in the center to relax, and taking something a little new with you as you walk out. Stan Bumgarner M. Div. Chaplain, Cumberland Heights Foundation

Yolanda Lancaster, BSW, CPRS. LADAC II

3 Common Fears of Mothers Seeking Treatment Seven years ago, when I entered treatment, I was a mess. My focus was on getting through my withdrawals, and I wasn’t able to focus on anything else. After detox I began to feel human again until I realized I was going to be away from my children. My instinct was to run to them, beg their forgiveness and promise to never leave them again. However, I’d spent most my children’s lives begging forgiveness because of my addiction to methamphetamine and morphine. I was physically present for most of their milestones, but I wasn’t there emotionally. I was constantly thinking about how I was going to get high. My children were not my priority. So why was it so difficult to seek treatment as a mom? … Continue reading 3 Common Fears of Mothers Seeking Treatment

The Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) invites everyone to participate in our Outdoor Ice Skating party! Join us at the Smashville Outdoor Rink on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1:30-2:45pm for a private outdoor ice skating party. Saturday February 18th 2017 @ 1:30PM – 2:45PM Admission is FREE and includes skate rental. Coffee, Hot Coco and Cookies will be available as well. Skate sizes range from Toddler all the way to Men’s – size 14. Click for more details: https://www.nhl.com/predators/fans/smashville-outdoor-rink Please RSVP below so we know you’re coming!

Stan Bumgarner M. Div.

Sunday Sermon: January 8, 2017 Our spiritual care directors use many techniques including mindfulness meditation which is a kind of ‘being in the moment’ meditation practice known to decrease relapse risk and a labyrinth experience, modeled after the one in Chartes Cathedral in France, which helps you to gradually let go of all your worries on the way in, stopping in the center to relax, and taking something a little new with you as you walk out. Stan Bumgarner M. Div. Chaplain, Cumberland Heights Foundation

How Do I Know I’ve Hit Bottom? You can’t predict when you will “Hit bottom.” For some the mere threat of failing out of school, losing our spouse, family support or a job is motivation enough to begin the process of recovery. For others the bottom is a much messier, deeper, darker place. Those of us who experience increased physical tolerance for alcohol or drugs inevitably see an increase in our mental and emotional tolerance for pain, suffering and compromising our values. This desensitization is an integral part of the denial system a person needs to sustain their drinking or drug use. It sounds like, “Sure, my wife left me, I got a DUI and I was fired, but I don’t see why everyone else is so upset.” Similarly, a comment I’ve … Continue reading How Do I Know When I’ve Hit Bottom?

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