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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 Cassadee Pope, Kristian Bush, Scotty McCreery, Dailey & Vincent and others! 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 … 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 jaime_gibbons@cumberlandheights.org. 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 jaime_gibbons@cumberlandheights.org know if you have any questions.  Looking forward to having you out at the … Continue reading ARCH Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

The initial fear and devastation a family experiences when a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic disease can be overwhelming and confusing. Many people will turn to their family physician for treatment recommendations and information about the disease. Families will also consult relatives, friends, clergy or survivors for support or to find out where they received effective treatment. But this isn’t common with addiction. The stigma surrounding the disease of addiction is so prevalent families often turn to the anonymity of the internet to seek help for their loved one sometimes leading them into unsavory treatment schemes. These searches and schemes are contributing to growing unethical practices in addiction treatment where corrupt treatment providers are preying on unsuspecting and uneducated families in crisis. This recent news story aired on … Continue reading 12 Questions to Ask Before You Choose an Addiction Treatment Program

Cumberland Heights Alumni Canoe Trip You can pick your paddle buddy or we can pair you with someone the day of the float. Price includes canoe rental and cookout afterwards hosted by Scott A. (His address is: 8732 Cub Creek Road Nashville, TN 37209) Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Don’t forget to pack water, sunscreen, snacks and a change of dry clothes. Event Details: Saturday July 22nd at 10:00AM (however you must RSVP below by 07/19/17) $5.00 per person (2 people per canoe) For more information, check out the Tip-A-Canoe Website 1279 Hwy 70, Kingston Springs, TN 37082

Join us for a one-of-a-kind twilight zip line adventure! The tour starts at 7:30pm so make sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to start time to sign Adventureworks required waivers. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete the zip tour. This is an activity that requires closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing. For more information on restrictions regarding age and physical abilities please visit Adventureworks website. WHO: This is an event offered by the ARCH program for alumni WHAT: Twilight Zip Line – ONLY 15 spots available WHERE: 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Rd, Kingston Springs, TN 37082 WHEN: 7:30PM SUNDAY June 11th — Required $10.00 (RSVP below) will be open from May 17th – June 7th ATTN: Due to strong alumni interest we are currently at capacity for this event. If … Continue reading ARCH Twilight Zip Line

2017 Grand Rounds Presents… HIV and HEPATITIS Overview Event Registration: Register Now! Event Goals/Objectives: In depth discussion of each disease starting with Hepatitis and HIV Hepatitis: Describe the history and epidemiology of Hepatitis A, B, and C List available hepatitis vaccine options Discuss treatment for HBV List available HCV direct acting antivirals (DAAs) available for HCV regimens Discuss factors that impact the selection of appropriate DAA regimens for patients with HCV HIV: Describe the epidemiology of HIV Discuss the history of HIV, including the impact of activism List factors that put someone at high risk for contracting HIV Describe how Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) has evolved since the 1980s Outline current treatment regimens and trends in HIV Define PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) To ensure you receive your continuing education credits for this training, sign-in … Continue reading 2017 Grand Rounds Presents HIV and HEPATITIS Overview

In the days and weeks after leaving Cumberland Heights for a new adventure in early recovery, I discovered I was painfully shy when it came to meeting new people in the rooms. Initially this made it difficult for me to make the meaningful connections so necessary for someone in early recovery to achieve and maintain sobriety. I was afraid of them. I was afraid of me. I was afraid to be vulnerable enough to let anyone see how much I was hurting over what I’d done and how I’d hurt others and myself through my actions. So, I went to the meetings, kept to myself and left immediately after for many weeks isolating myself in the crowds of recovering people. I warmed up slowly to the people in the AA groups I … Continue reading How a Sponsor Strengthened My Early Recovery

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

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