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.

Learn More…

“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.

IOP groups will not meet on Monday 5/26 due to the Memorial Day holiday. However all groups will meet on Wednesday 5/26.

Billy Reid

MFJ: You’ve cooked in NYC among other places. What lead you to choose Nashville as the right location for The Silly Goose?

RB:  Well, I actually came to Nashville to go to treatment at Cumberland Heights (a local rehabilitation center) for alcohol and drug addiction, in August of 2008…

After the Chapel service on Sunday 4/20 our Alumni Assoc will host an Easter Egg hunt after the noon meal. The Easter Bunny will join us and we will set up a place where families can get a picture with the Easter Bunny.


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