Montgomery Gentry and Special Guest Aaron Lewis Perform
to Benefit Cumberland Heights

Popular Fundraising Concert Scheduled at Historic Ryman Auditorium

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – August 26, 2015 – On Wednesday, October 21, the Concert for Cumberland Heights will feature country music stars Montgomery Gentry with special guest Aaron Lewis at the historic Ryman Auditorium to benefit the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment at Cumberland Heights.

“Alcohol and drug addiction affects our entire community,” said Troy Gentry. “We are excited to help Cumberland Heights support young people suffering from this disease.”

On Wednesday, October 21, the Concert for Cumberland Heights will feature country music stars Montgomery Gentry with special guest Aaron Lewis at the historic Ryman Auditorium to benefit the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment at Cumberland HeightsProceeds of the event support Cumberland Heights’ adolescent and young adult treatment programs. With a treatment plan based in the 12 Steps, these programs help patients set goals for recovery while helping them process life’s consequences and unmanageability.

“We look forward to this concert every year,” said Cumberland Heights’ CEO Jay Crosson. “The money raised is so important to us in supporting our mission – plus, it’s fun for everyone involved. We are grateful to the artists and sponsors who make it all possible.”

Tickets for the concert are on sale now via Ticketmaster outlets,, the Ryman box office, and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $49.50, $42.50 and $32.50.

Since 1966, Cumberland Heights has been the proven experts in alcohol and drug addiction treatment. They provide quality care, based on the foundations of the 12 Steps, to individuals and their families suffering from addiction. Cumberland Heights is a private, nonprofit organization located on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee.

About Montgomery Gentry

With over 20 plus charted singles, the Kentucky-born duo just celebrated a major career milestone as Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were recently inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. On June 9, the pair released Folks Like Us, their eighth studio album and first with label partner Blaster Records.

Montgomery Gentry has earned countless CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards and nominations with undeniable blue collar anthems like “Hell Yeah,” “My Town,” and “Hillbilly Shoes.” They’ve notched five #1 singles (“If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me”) and will soon celebrate their sixth anniversary as Grand Ole Opry members. For more about Montgomery Gentry, visit, engage with Troy and Eddie on Facebook, @mgunderground on twitter, and check out their YouTube channel.

About Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis has often been called one of the most versatile artists around. He has written and played everything from metal to traditional country. He was the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock group Staind. After seven albums he ventured into country music with his debut solo EP, Town Line, which included his first single, “Country Boy.” He followed it up with the LP, The Road, with “Endless Summer” which also made the country charts.

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Cumberland Heights Promotes Jay Crosson to Chief Executive OfficerCumberland Heights has promoted Jay Crosson to chief executive officer. Crosson served as interim chief executive officer since November 2014 in addition to his duties as chief financial officer.

“It was important to Cumberland Heights’ patients, alumni and supporters that we conduct a national search for the best new chief executive officer,” said Jay Perkins, chairman on the board of directors. “After six months of interviewing top candidates, I am pleased to say that we found the ideal person in Jay who understands the organization inside and out and is prepared to lead Cumberland Heights to the next level.”

Crosson joined Cumberland Heights in 1993 as an admissions associate. In 2011, he was promoted to chief financial officer. He also served as admissions and accounts receivable manager and director of admissions and accounts receivable.

“I’m honored and humbled to serve as Cumberland Heights’ next CEO,” said Crosson. “It impossible for me to say how much Cumberland Heights has positively impacted my life personally and professionally.”

In addition to his work at Cumberland Heights, Crosson was a patient in 1989.

“I’m just one example of how Cumberland Heights and our amazing staff have helped thousands recover from drug and alcohol addiction over the last 50 years,” said Crosson.

Crosson earned his masters in business administration from Belmont University and his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a native Nashvillian.

Cumberland Heights will be  participating in the  following conferences during the summer of 2015


May 15 – 17

The 4th AnnuaSoutheastern CRC Summitl Southeastern CRC Summit at the University of Mississippi in Oxford
Please join other Collegiate Recovery Community professionals and students from across the Southeast for panels, presentations, and fellowship as we continue to build communities and programs that support academic success and strengthen recovery. Cumberland Heights will be hosting this event.

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May 16 – 18
NAATP AnnualNational Association of Addiction Providers (NAATP) Annual Leadership Conference  
This year’s conference will feature leading speakers in the addiction treatment field, with a focus on spirituality, public policy and leadership topics to help treatment leaders improve their quality of care and success of their business. Cumberland Heights will be a sponsor and exhibiting at this event.  

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May 27 – 29
BCHC_cGe_reasonably_small6th National Collegiate Recovery Conference
The Association of Recovery in Higher Education’s 6th National Collegiate Recovery Conference is designed to facilitate a greater understanding about Collegiate Recovery Communities and Programs and their essential role in colleges and universities across the nation.   Cumberland Heights will be exhibiting at this event.

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June 6 – 10
ama-logoAmerican Medical Association (AMA) Conference
Cumberland Heights will be attending this event.

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June 22 – 24

iibh-2015-sidebarInnovations in Behavioral Healthcare
Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare is a new conference at the intersection of the treatment industry, the medical field and business management. With an emphasis on physical health, mental health and the health of your business, Innovations in Behavioral Healthcare provides ethics training, effective methods for treating substance abuse, best practices for treating mental health conditions, approaches for timely interventions, insights into revenue management and more. Cumberland Heights will be a sponsor and exhibiting at this event.

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July 19 – 24
adbookNational Labor Assistance Program (LAP) Conference
Cumberland Heights will be exhibiting and attending this event.

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July 20 – 23
COREthumbnailC.O.R.E. Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience
The C.O.R.E. conference is one of the premier addiction and recovery conferences hosted by C4   Recovery Solutions for addiction professionals to advance their understanding of the principles behind abstinence-based recovery practices. The conference is structured as a forum to increase the collective understanding of the addiction recovery processes. The goal is to improve addiction treatment outcomes by better integrating abstinence-based practices and Twelve-Step principles into therapeutic initiatives. Cumberland Heights is a founding patron, will be exhibiting and attending this event.

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July 21 – 23
logoMississippi Association of Addiction Professionals Annual Conference
Together, we are “Bringing all the Pieces Together” to help enhance the quality of life for those directly or indirectly affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse. MAAP’s mission is three-fold: “To provide education, training and certification to professionals in the field of chemical dependency.” Cumberland Heights will be attending this event.

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Dr. Chapman Sledge, the medical director at Cumberland Heights Addiction Treatment Center in Nashville, said he notices the increase every year around this time. He said it’s spurred by all the social pressure to drink around events like the Super Bowl, but that often it’s a problem that has started much earlier than that. Read more…

This years picnic weekend is full of new things to do! You can participate in some of the unique experiential treatment sessions that we offer. Have you ever wanted to try out the ropes course, rock wall or walk the Labyrinth? We will also have sessions in the art and music rooms as well as lectures and other treatment highlights that you can be a part of. More information is available by visiting

We hope you and your families are able to come out and enjoy the weekend with us!


Women’s Day
Friday, Sept. 19 1-4 PM

Ladies Day will be held in the gymnasium 1:00 – 4:00 with interesting and fun exhibits for women. From jewelry, homemade soaps by Neon Soap, Essential Oils by Vitality, Chocolatier Laura Miller, Mini chair massages by Chiropractor Dr. Kyle Webb, Initials, Inc by Lori Gunn Quinn, It Works! Wraps and Supplements, Noels Hair Salon, Exercise by Design by Martha Lee and much more.

Fashion show by Flash and Trash and a little bit of Sass Clothing Store.

Alumni Weekend Cross Over
Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:45 – 9 PM
Frist Family Life Center Chapeltorium

Youth Speaker Meeting 7:45 PM

Traditions Play presented by the Friday Night Cross Over Steering Committee (they can’t act, so it’s a good thing this is a comedy!)

Picnic Lunch Registration Now Open

Have you ever tried to plan a party and didn’t know how many people were attending? Let alone FEED them? Here’s how you can help us out. Pre-register and save some cash on lunch.

$12 Adults ($15 at the door)
$7 Children 6-12 ($10 at the door)

NEW! Breakout Sessions
Experential Therapy

Session I: 10:30 to 12 Noon
Session II: 12:45 to 1:45
Fellowship Meetings: 11:15 to 1:00

Ropes Course, Equine, Music & Art Therapy, Medical Education and more..

Silent Auction

A Silent Auction will be taking place throughout the day.

If you would like to donate a good or service, please contact Jay Rowe

FREE Child Care

Free child care and children’s activities will be provided all day during the Alumni Picnic courtesy of the Alumni Association of Cumberland Heights.

Guest Speaker: Travis Meadows
Chapeltorium 2 PM

Singer songwriter Travis Meadows is an artist to the core, but his is not a story about music. It is a story about life; a story about religion and family; a story about addiction; a story about survival, sobriety and freedom, with music as the narrator.
Here’s what he says about himself:

An orphan who turned into a preacher

A preacher who turned into a songwriter

A songwriter who turned into a drunk

A drunk who is learning how to be a human being

Dr. Chapman Sledge, Cumberland Heights’ chief medical officer, has been named Nashville’s top addiction doctor by the Nashville Business Journal. The annual Best Doctors lists, published by business journals in major cities, recognize the top doctors in the community. Only about five percent of doctors practicing in the United States are selected for the Best Doctors list, and a physician must be nominated by a current listee to be considered for inclusion.

“Dr. Sledge has a stellar reputation not only locally but nationwide,” said Jim Moore, Cumberland Heights CEO. “I’m happy he’s here to help those fighting addiction, and I’m proud to see him honored for his hard work and dedication. He is part of Cumberland Heights’ important role in the addiction community.”

About Dr. Chapman Sledge:
Dr. Charles Chapman Sledge, FASAM, is the chief medical officer at Cumberland Heights. During his tenure he has helped guide many patients into recovery and is responsible for streamlining the detox and rehabilitation process. A nationally recognized addiction treatment specialist, Dr. Sledge believes the physical and mental processes of recovery go hand in hand.

chapmansledgeDr. Sledge is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and serves as chair of the Certification and Eligibility Committee. He was certified by ASAM in 1992, re-certified in 2002 and received designation as a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 1999. In 2005, he was elected to the ASAM Board of Directors, representing Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico. From 2009 until 2011, Dr. Sledge served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the organization. Dr. Sledge also serves on the Medical/Scientific Committee of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (courtesy), Division of Addiction Medicine, at the University of Florida and supervises its Addiction Medicine fellowship training. He is also a member of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Safety Advisory Panel.

Prior to his position at Cumberland Heights, Dr. Sledge spent 15 years as the medical director of Addiction Treatment Services at Pine Grove Behavioral Health in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While practicing in Mississippi, Dr. Sledge served as president of the Mississippi Physicians Recovery Program and the Mississippi Society of Addiction Medicine. In 1990, Dr. Sledge completed fellowship training in Addiction Medicine. In May 2009, Dr. Sledge was among the first group of physicians to receive certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Sledge is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Family Medicine and was certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1986.


Via The Tennessean Link

A Nashville drug treatment center has taken toYouTube  to capture candid conversations with people with histories of addiction.

The first  two-minute video  posted by Cumberland Heights delves into detoxification, a process that often raises fears for addicts considering coming forward for help.

In the video, a Nashville-area man in his 20s who got help at the center talks about recovering from heroin addiction that “mentally and emotionally” destroyed his life and landed him in jail.

The center’s chief medical officer, Chapman Sledge, also appears in the video to describe how detox can be dangerous if carried out incorrectly. He said discomfort can be minimized and fears reduced by involving recovering addicts in group therapy sessions with people with similar experiences.

Upcoming video topics will address women with addictions, treatment, music therapy and the role of families in recovery. The videos are available at

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Conner Davidson grew up in a middle class family in Nashville. He went to a small private school and appeared to have things together.

Davidson, however, said he was living a double life, battling a serious drug addiction.

He started using heroin at a young age when someone offered him the illegal drug.

“He asked me if I wanted to get high and I said yes, and I fell in love. I was doing it every day after that,” recalled Davidson.

He eventually went to a treatment center and has now been clean for two years.

While maintaining his sobriety, Davidson now helps other young people at Cumberland Heights Treatment Center on their journey to recovery.

“I can only share my experience with them and hopefully they can learn from that,” he said.

Heroin use among teenagers continues to be a big problem in Tennessee.

According to a report from the Center for Disease Control, teenagers are using heroin and shooting up drugs at a much higher rate than the national average in Tennessee.

A youth risk behavior report revealed 4.7 percent of high school students in the state said they have injected heroin or other illegal drugs, while 4.9 percent answered “yes” to using methamphetamines.

The national average was 1.7 percent.

“The kids we see here are just like the kids you would know. They are school students. They are in Williamson, Davidson and Cheatham County. They are upper-middle class; sometimes they are successful still in their academics,” said Paul Citro, Youth Services Director with Cumberland Heights.

He explained that heroin is very easy for teenagers to their hands on.

Dealers sell heroin to teenagers in $5 and $10 bags.

“Go ahead and be a nosey parent. Go ahead and ask those questions that your gut is telling you to ask. If you are hearing inconsistencies in your child’s story about why they are late, why they dented their car, why they are stealing money, why they are looking so tired all the time, follow up with targeted questions,” said Citro

Treatment counselors said it is a conversation parents should have with their teenagers.

Davidson agrees from a firsthand experience.

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“Nonprofits do life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee and it’s time for us to come together through The Big Payback to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors, in our own backyards,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. On May 6, 2014 Cumberland Heights participated in The Big Payback, an inaugural giving day for area non-profits, presented by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This historic day of giving was the most inclusive, most collaborative giving event in Middle Tennessee history. Nearly 525 non-profits raised $1,492,492.50 over a 24 hour period.

We are pleased to announce, thanks to our wonderful donors, that we raised $4,545.00 of the $8,000.00 we need for our new Fit Trail System. The Cumberland Heights Recreational Therapy Program is designed to encompass physical activity, exercise and health awareness into patients’ individualized treatment plans. The Recreational Therapy Program includes activities like walking/jogging, strength training and/or conditioning. The mission of Cumberland Heights states that, “Treatment encompasses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of recovery.” The addition of this Fit Trail will provide us with a unique opportunity to develop this exercise program which can alleviate a patient’s withdrawal symptoms, increase their success rate to lead a sober life beyond treatment, and increase awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

We are still taking donations for the Fit Trail which will enhance our already beautiful Walking Trail. If you would like to make a contribution to this campaign, you can do so by calling the Development Office at 615.432.3228.

See our video we made for The Big Payback

Nashville, Tenn., June 5, 2014 – Jim Moore, CEO of Cumberland Heights, has been awarded the prestigious Administrator of the Year award by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). Moore received the award at the NAATP conference on May 20, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Moore has served as the leader of Cumberland Heights since 1990.

“I was honored and humbled to receive this recognition but it more properly belongs to all of the outstanding and dedicated staff at Cumberland Heights who made it possible,” said Moore.

Each year the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators presents the Administrator of the Year award for significant achievement in the field of addiction treatment administration. Moore received the award for contributions to the treatment field in patient care, professional development of others, management, healthcare activities and current healthcare environment.

About Jim Moore:
Jim Moore is nationally recognized as an administrator in alcohol and drug treatment with over 30 years experience in addiction treatment. An alumnus of Battle Ground Academy and the University of Tennessee, he is a member of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators and serves on the board of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. His recent activities include working with the Partnership for Recovery and the NAATP Public Policy Committee to end discrimination against the alcoholic/addict by influencing federal and state legislation.

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