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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

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

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