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Rebecca Sledge Johnson, LPC-MHSP, ATR, Clinical Coordinator of Experiential Therapies and Art Therapist

Art therapy is a growing experiential therapy used by  the Traditional Men, Women, Young Men, and Extended Care programs at Cumberland Heights. It’s offered through weekly groups as well as to individual patients referred by their primary counselors. Art therapy allows patients a non-confrontational mode of expression and communication which fosters self-discovery, internalization of core beliefs and improved self-esteem and identity exploration, while also supporting and enhancing 12-Step work. At Cumberland Heights we’re fortunate to have access to a variety of media for the patients to take risks and play with – including painting, drawing and collage, as well as repurposed and “trashed” materials which can be used to create something new – something out of “junk.”

Cumberland Heights Alumni Association EventCumberland River Cruise Let’s go cruising with Captain Jim Steele, the originator of Scenic Nature Cruises in Tennessee. Every year since 2002, he has entertained thousands of passengers aboard the Blue Heron, a U.S. Coast Guard inspected 40’ pontoon boat. The scenery offers both relaxation and adventure, as the boat glides past waterfront homes and through 30,000 acres of wildlife refuge. The foliage and wildlife changes from spring to summer to fall. The narration, music and mood are tailored to the passengers aboard! Water & Snacks Included! WHAT: Cumberland River Cruise WHEN: Saturday 5/19/18, 4:00PM – Sunset WHERE: Blue Heron Cruises 175 Old Cumberland Street Ashland City, TN 37015 (meet at Boat Ramp) Please RSVP below if you plan to join us!

Come join us for the April 26, 2018 Sumner County Community Education event on adolescent & substance abuse event at Indian Lake Peninsula Church. By the time they are seniors, almost 70% of high school students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40 percent will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a non- medical purpose. Join us for an educational evening with Dr. Chapman Sledge, as well as other substance abuse professionals, to learn more about youth brain development and the effects substance abuse can have during these developmental stages. There are many reasons adolescents use these substances, including the desire for new experiences, an attempt to deal with problems or perform better in school, and … Continue reading Sumner County Community Education

This three-day conference will include workshops for both new and experienced domestic and sexual violence advocates as well as allied professionals including law enforcement, prosecutors, sexual assault nurse examiners, university staff, and activists in the field of violence prevention. This conference will include four unique workshop tracks with a variety of speakers – Rural Communities, Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART), Coordinated Community Response & Collaboration, and Mental Health and Organizational Wellness. Register now and attend all three days for just $220 for members and $275 for non-members! Early Bird Registration Ends on March 20th! Don’t miss out on the discounted rate! REGISTER HERE Location: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin TN 37067 Speaker: Cinde Stewart-Freeman, Chief Clinical Officer, will be speaking Monday April 9 from 1:00-2:30pm Topic: Recovering Life: … Continue reading Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence’s 2018 Conference

Beginning on June 28, 29 & 30th Cumberland Heights is proud to host the ARISE® 3-Day Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop. Participants will apply and practice the ARISE® method with a hypothetical case to familiarize yourself with the protocol and participants are placed in a small group that meets with an ARISE® instructor for a total of 12 hours via Zoom video conference. The meetings are held on Saturdays in blocks of 3 – 6 hours. Over the course of the meetings, participants create, develop, and present a hypothetical case using the ARISE® method.

6th Annual Southeastern Collegiate Recovery Community Summit The 6th Annual Southeastern Collegiate Recovery Conference is a great opportunity for collegiate recovery professionals and students in the southeastern region to come together, collaborate, and learn about addiction and recovery education, training, and clinical best practices. Students in recovery will have the opportunity to enhance their collegiate experience through leadership training and fellowship. Event Details: WHAT: Southeastern Collegiate Recovery Community Summit founded by Cumberland Heights WHERE: Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA WHEN: May 16 – 18, 2018 REGISTER HERE Event Prices: FREE for Collegiate Recovery staff and students (Please use promo code provided at checkout) $30 for all other attendees Note: Each attendee needs to register. Group reservations are not permissible. Event Lodging: Hampton Inn 3405 Busbee Dr. NW Kennesaw, GA 30144

Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights invites to join us for an experiential activity and a day of fellowship experiencing emotions in a dynamic way! The Alumni Ropes Day consists of both low and high rope elements and processes. 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 (Boxed Lunch Included) When: Saturday, April 21 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (DATE CHANGED DUE TO RAIN) Where: Cumberland Heights Alumni Pavilion Details: Must RSVP below by … Continue reading 2018 Alumni Ropes Day

Cumberland Heights Annual Egg Hunt: Hosted by the Alumni Association of Cumberland Heights Bring the family (kids under 13) to this full day of fun beginning with a service at 11:00AM in the Ishee Chapel at Cumberland Heights followed by lunch. At 2:30PM we’ll gather in The Crossings for the annual Egg Hunt, and the kids won’t want to miss the surprise guest hopping over. Pictures will also be available with the Easter Bunny! Event Details: WHO: All staff, alumni & patients’ children 13 and under are welcome to participate WHAT: Cumberland Heights Annual Egg Hunt WHEN: Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 2:30PM WHERE: Cumberland Heights – The Crossings (River Road Campus) This event is sponsored by The Alumni Association of Cumberland Heights, a 501(c)(3) founded to support patients, families and staff … Continue reading Alumni Association 2018 Annual Egg Hunt

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Cumberland Heights recognizes addiction is a family disease and developed its family program to help educate and guide patients’ families as they navigate their way toward recovery. In our Family Program we show families how to rebuild vital pieces of their relationships, including trust, boundaries, and communication by utilizing experiential and therapeutic group exercise. If you find yourself stuck in any of the following patterns you may find a family program helpful: Repeatedly bailing your loved one out – of jail, financial problems, and other tight spots Giving them “one more chance” – then another…and another… Ignoring the problem – because they get defensive when you bring it up, you hope it will magically go away, or they will grow out of it Joining them in the behavior when you know they have a problem with … Continue reading Is Your Family Stuck in Patterns of Addiction?

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Cumberland Heights’ programming is based on the principles of the 12 Steps of recovery. Each month we ask a member of our expert staff to share his or her experience on a specific Step. This month Spiritual Directors Angela Moscheo Benson, M. Div. MA and Stan Bumgarner M. Div. LADAC will focus on Step Two: Came to believe a power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity. My first sponsor asked me to define each word in each Step we were working. Working through the definitions for Step Two brought my attention to the word sanity: the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner. I remember reading that definition only to laugh out loud at how far from sane my ability to think was in that moment. It’s … Continue reading Step Two: How to Ask for Help

Cumberland Heights Family Education Program – “Help When You Need It” Deaths from overdose are rising in all 50 states. Drugs are now the number one cause of accidental death. Narcotic addiction creates changes to the brain that merit the need for therapy. Almost all people suffering from addiction to drugs, of any kind, require assistance to get their lives back on track. WHAT: Cumberland Heights Family Education Program – “Help When You Need It” WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 12:00PM – 2:00PM WHERE: Cumberland Heights Sumner County ORC 1531 Hunt Club Blvd, Suite 300, Gallatin, TN 37066 Cumberland Heights is proud to partner with the Sumner County Anti Drug Coalition to provide both prevention information and resources for treatment. Please join us to learn more about prevention and treatment of … Continue reading Cumberland Heights Family Education Program

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DO’S TALK TO YOUR SPONSOR – Talk to your sponsor and others in recovery. They will share their experience, strength and hope with you. GROW TOGETHER – If you’re dating someone in recovery continue to work your individual programs to make it work one day at a time. PUT RECOVERY FIRST – Keep a strong relationship with your Higher Power so you’re happy with or without someone in your life. When relationships don’t work it can be devastating. If you’re not emotionally sober this could trigger a relapse. Put your recovery first. DON’TS DATE TOO SOON – Don’t date in early recovery. Relationships take time and energy. If you’re focused on a relationship you’re taking away from your recovery. GO TO ALL THE SAME MEETINGS – Don’t attend all the same 12-Step … Continue reading Dating in Recovery – Do’s & Don’ts

Event includes 16×20 Canvas and all painting supplies. Artist, Lisa Gardiner, will guide you step-by-step through the process. It’s easy and it’s fun! You’ll take home your masterpiece that day! Included to the right is an actual copy of the print we will be painting of the Nashville Skyline & the event flyer. Cost is just $5.00 – all you need to do is RSVP below (deadline is 3/13/18 and space is limited). WHO: Cumberland Heights Alumni, Families & Friends WHAT: Recover Your Inner Artist (join us and paint the Nashville skyline!) WHEN: Saturday March 17th from 1:00PM – 3:30PM WHERE: Mud Puddle Pottery Studio – Harpeth Art Center & Gallery 462 Highway 70, Pegram, TN 37143 Less than 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, near Bellevue. Take I-40 West toward Memphis. Take … Continue reading Recover Your Inner Artist

Ethics, Best Practices and Effective Strategies Training by AMSymposium for Executives, Admissions and Marketing professionals. WHEN:    April 18 – 19 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day WHERE: Cumberland Heights River Road Campus – in the FLC Auditorium COST:     $399 (includes admission both days, 12 CE’s, breakfast and lunch both days) REGISTER HERE NASHVILLE PRESENTERS BECK GEE-COHEN CANDACE BRUCE DEREK DALEY ELIZABETH IRIAS GREG ROSENBAUM HOLLY DANIELS ILANA ZIVKOVICH KELLY FARRELL MARK OERTHER ROBBIN MOONEY RUTHANN RIGBY

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The addiction industry is changing at a rapid rate, especially with the national opioid crisis. For the second year in a row the centers for disease control lowered the average life expectancy for U.S. citizens, due in large part to the number of overdose deaths from opioids. Here are trending topics to be aware of in addiction treatment. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) MAT is the use of FDA- approved medications to provide treatment of substance use disorders in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies. Two commonly used medications are buprenorphine and naltrexone. As an abstinence based recovery center, Cumberland Heights prefers the use of naltrexone for a set period of time – usually a year – and then to transition patients off. Ethics in the Treatment Industry Due to the national opioid crisis … Continue reading Trending Topics in Addiction Treatment

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