Claire and Mia Fontaine, the mother-and-daughter duo who authored Comeback: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back


Claire and Mia Fontaine

Best-selling authors of Comeback: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back

The month of April 2021

Live Q & A with Claire and Mia April 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Recovery Stories from Women Alumni and Families

Addiction is a family disease. Recovery can be found not only by those in active addiction, but also their loved one who are impacted by this cunning, baffling and powerful disease. Throughout the month we will be adding stories of hope and healing to this section from both the perspective of the person in recovery, and from family members. Please visit back for more inspirational stories of lives transformed.

Much like our keynote speakers Claire and Mia Fontaine, Alexis and her mother Gina also struggled with their relationship while Alexis was in the throes of active addiction. But they also found healing, not only in their relationship with each other, but also with themselves as individualls.

Cumberland Heights feels like home for Samantha. Unlike other treatment centers she’s tried, she felt loved as soon as she walked in, and before long she was able to start loving herself again.

Walking into the Women’s Program at Cumberland Heights was scary for Ashley. But soon she made lifelong friends who shared the same struggles with her and helped her heal. After 12 years, she still (and always will) lean on her recovery community for support.

One of our alumni who recently completed the Women’s Program shared with us this beautiful drawing she did of our resident rescue dog, Teague. This is just one of the many pieces she did for staff who made an impact on her early recovery journey. Active addiction robbed her of this amazing talent and hobby. She found it again at Cumberland Heights.

About the Reaching New Heights Luncheon

Thank you for taking part in the Reaching New Heights 2021  fundraiser benefiting the Women’s Program at Cumberland Heights! This always-sold out event highlights our steadfast mission to help women and their families impacted by the disease of addiction. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate women who have made a difference in the recovery community.

This year’s Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held as an interactive online fundraiser due to COVID-19 health precautions.  This virtual series of events will take place throughout April, culminating the live “VIP Meet & Greet” with the Fontaines on April 28.

Each VIP Ticket includes a copy of Comeback, an invitation to participate in private virtual book club parties, and access to the April 28 meet and greet.

This year’s luncheon co-chairs are Ansel Cline and Lauren Ross. They have a committee of about three-dozen volunteers serving as virtual table hosts, patrons, and hosts of book clubs.

Sheila Keeble Award Winners

We are pleased to honor Susan Binns (2021) and Elizabeth “Betty” Stadler (2020) for their contributions to Cumberland Heights.

The winner of the 2021 Sheila Keeble Award is Susan O. Binns. Susan has worked in the field of addiction treatment and recovery for over 40 years. At Cumberland Heights, Susan helped create our Alumni Program as well as Aftercare. Every year for a decade, she was the Christmas day speaker, bringing hope and healing to those away from their families during the holidays. Susan also founded YANA in 1983, the first and only women’s recovery center in Tennessee.

We are also honoring Elizabeth “Betty” Stadler, the 2020 Sheila Keeble Award winner. Unfortunately, we were unable to celebrate Betty last year due to the pandemic, but we could not let her passion and dedication go unnoticed. Betty is currently an honorary lifetime board member at Cumberland Heights who has tirelessly donated her time, energy and provided financial support throughout the years. While serving on the board in the mid-70s she was influential in bringing Dottie Threadgill on board to provide our patients with proper nutrition. Personally, and through her foundation, Betty has been a generous donor of Cumberland Heights since the 1970’s.  She has generously supported major capital campaigns such as Cumberland Heights’ “Campaign for Recovery” to build the Frist Family Life Center on our maincampus and most recently, ARCH Academy, our new state-of-the-art treatment facility for teen boys. Please join us in honoring Betty Stadler for her loyal commitment, love and support of those seeking recovery.

Photo Gallery

We’ve had so many wonderful speakers and attendees through the years at our Reaching New Heights Luncheon. Here are just a few of our favorite memoires.

Gifts Given in Memory or Tribute

Cumberland Heights is pleased recognize these gifts in tribute or memory of specific people.

In honor of Linda P. Benson

In honor of Ansel Cline and Lauren Ross

In honor of Diane P. Edwards

In honor of Alexis R. Hatler

In honor of Heidi Richardson

In honor of Mariana Richardson

In memory of Keltie Peay