Tag Archives: addiction recovery

Tag Archives: addiction recovery


DATE: April 2-3, 2020
LOCATION: Cumberland Heights River Road Campus

There is no greater purpose in our field than to be a resource to the clients and families we serve.

Southeast Admissions & Marketing SymposiumWhat started as a dinner conversation in 2012 about the need for quality training and collaboration for our admissions and marketing teams has developed into an event many treatment center owners and executives count on to provide ethics, leadership, mentorship and collaboration for their employees. This unique professional development opportunity is attended by seasoned professionals and newbies alike, and is packed with outstanding informational keynotes and breakout sessions applicable to all.

As a program executive, admissions or marketing representative, you have the potential to change lives and heal generations of families. Every call or contact with a family is an opportunity to help. That initial voice on the phone, be it a receptionist, intake person or community representative, may be the only person the caller ever reaches out to. Our responses and communication with that person are vital. Raising the professionalism in our field with education, ethics, shared experience and communication of knowledge is essential to achieve success.

Our hope is that no matter how long you have been in the field – be it 10 years or 10 days – there is something new for you to learn and share at the Admissions & Marketing Symposium. It is our vision and goal to transform our field into a shared mindset of abundance rather than be divided by scarcity or competition. To collaborate and connect professionals and families with the best treatment resource and opportunity for healing is the take-away message for the event. These opportunities may or may not always be within the centers we are representing, so by sharing information, we will be better able to make the best referral for each and every family and we will continue to grow and save lives. The character traits you nourish, skills you develop, and new information you learn will benefit both your own personal and professional development as well as the success of your center.

The Admissions & Marketing Symposium is the ideal place to find collaborators and mentors, colleagues with years of experience and attitudes of abundance. Join us in this sharing of knowledge and support the change we wish to see in this field.

The Challenges of the Holidays

For some, the holidays are a carefree time spent celebrating and relaxing with loved ones. For those in early recovery, the pressures of seemingly endless parties and dinners present an obstacle to sustained sobriety. Catalysts for cravings can appear anywhere – reunions with old drinking buddies, difficult family members, busy travel schedules, financial stress, holiday gatherings fueled by alcohol or even the stress brought on by being back in your hometown. To aid you in preparing for these challenges, Cumberland Heights has compiled a list of tips that will help you to protect your sobriety this holiday season.

  1. Make a Plan for the Holidays

    Before leaving home or participating in any potentially triggering events, be sure that you have developed a plan. This may include asking a sponsor or sober friend to come with you or attending extra 12-Step meetings in preparation of the holidays. Remember that you can always limit your time in difficult situations; you can either set an expectation of leaving at a specific time, or text a friend to call you and request that you leave the party.

  2. Practice Moderation

    Over the holidays, it can be tempting to indulge in heavy meals and abandon your exercise regimen. As with all things, moderation is key. There is nothing wrong with setting aside some time for relaxation and rejuvenation during your time off, but be mindful of how changing these habits can affect your physical health and routine.

  3. Make Self-Care a Priority

    Be sure to take some time for yourself this holiday season. Get a good night’s rest, eat well and find some quiet time each day to meditate or reflect on your emotions. You may be surprised by small, free activities with restorative properties:

    • taking a bath
    • making a phone call to a sober friend
    • curling up with a good book
    • watching silly videos online
    • ice skating
    • asking for help with chores
    • cooking a new recipe
    • decluttering your closets or drawers
  4. Find the “Wise Mind”

    The holidays can be an emotional time of year. For some, unpleasant childhood experiences or past memories from active addiction can be particularly salient during this time. This flood of feelings can be difficult to handle in early recovery. Practice a technique straight from the DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) manual: finding your wise mind.

    This exercise creates a Venn diagram of possible views: your emotion mind (knee-jerk feelings or perceptions) and your reasonable mind (rational, logical thoughts). The ideal intersection of these two schools of thought is wise mind – a state in which you recognize your emotions, but are not ruled by them. If you are triggered at a holiday gathering, first try to name your feelings before acting impulsively. You may be tempted to lash out or react passive-aggressively. Instead, ask yourself, “Is this wise mind?”

    Wise Mind Holiday Coping

  5. Perform Acts of Service

    Giving your time to others can be a spiritually fulfilling practice. It provides purpose and reinforces your 12-step education, especially during the holidays. If you would like to volunteer from home, you can participate in activities like can drives, knitting hats for infants in the NICU and putting together hygiene kits for the local homeless shelters. If you would like to get out of the house, there are a few great places to volunteer:

    • Homeless shelters
    • Food pantries
    • Local libraries
    • Retirement homes
    • Animal shelters
    • Treatment centers
  6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help Over the Holidays

    Remember, there are countless others who are staying sober this holiday season. Whether this is your first December in recovery or your tenth, it can be a challenging time of year for anyone. If you find yourself struggling, be sure to reach out for help. This can take the form of calling your sponsor or checking yourself into a treatment center when things become overwhelming.

At Cumberland Heights, we provide residential and outpatient support to those struggling with addiction. Call our staff at 800-646-9998, 24/7. We are standing by to support you.

Sunday Sermon: Advent: A Season for Anticipating Change

December 1, 2019

Sunday Sermon Advent A Season for Anticipating Change
Advent Candles – Three Purple And One Pink as a Symbol of Faith with Bokeh Lights
On this first Sunday of the Christian season of Advent, we discuss the spiritual concept of hope, and talk about the hope that comes from inviting God/Higher Power into our lives. As God turned the world upside down with the birth of a baby on Christmas, our Higher Power has the ability to turn us inside out in our recovery, turning our despair into hope, our grief into joy, and our suffering into service.

Cumberland Heights Gratitude Meeting on Thanksgiving DayPlease join us on Thanksgiving Day and share your attitude of gratitude with patients and Alumni! Immediately following the gratitude meeting, we invite everyone to join us for Thanksgiving Dinner in the Craig Dining Hall! Cost for the meal will be $12/person however you MUST register below!

Event Details:

WHAT: Gratitude Meeting on Thanksgiving Day
WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 10:00AM – 11:00AM
WHERE: Frist Family Life Center – Auditorium (on the campus of Cumberland Heights)
Open to the public, alumni and Cumberland Heights Employees

  • Personal Information

    This event is come one, come all but RSVP is requested so we have a head count. Please provide your full name, email, cell phone number and number of participants below.

Grand Rounds Presentation: Couples and Addiction – Where do we go from here?

Grand Rounds Presentation: Couples and Addiction – Where do we go from here?

Event Details:

WHO: Kristy Roll, LCSW
WHAT: Grand Rounds Presentation: Couples and Addiction – Where do we go from here?
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM
WHERE: Frist Family Life Center – Room 114/115 (on the campus of Cumberland Heights)
COST: $15 – Open to the public, FREE for CH Employees!


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the issues that couples face when addiction is present
  2. Participants will be informed on research regarding couples
  3. Participants will be able to take away tools from several theoretical models to use when working with couples in residential treatment
  4. Participants will begin to understand ways to shift old shame based language to more positive/recovery supporting language

About the Presenter:

Kristy Roll is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 16 years experience in the addiction and mental health field. Kristy utilizes a multi-dimensional approach with families focusing on improving communication, decreasing conflict and increasing education about addiction. She is experienced in working with co-occurring adolescents and adults and skilled in supporting family members and those suffering from addiction.

The G.R.A.T.E EventCome out and celebrate the reason for the season! We’ll have a Fireside Meeting & Gratitude Lantern Lighting, Jam Session (bring your guitar), Marshmallow Roast with Hot Cocoa and lots of fun for our alumni, their families & kids!


WHO: All Alumni & Friends
WHAT: The G.R.A.T.E Event
WHEN: Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00-8:00PM
WHERE: Alumni Pavilion River Road Campus

  • Personal Information

    This event is come one, come all but RSVP is requested so we have a head count. Please provide your full name, email, cell phone number and number of participants below.

Sunday Sermon: The Promise of Freedom, Part 3

Sunday Sermon: The Promise of Freedom, Part 3

October 20, 2019

The Promise of Freedom, Part 3: Once we take the first step in recovery, admitting our powerlessness over our addiction and the unmanageability of our lives, we ask for help and become free from the substance. What remains are the deeper conditions of our disease: resentments, fears, shame, and character defects. This third message on freedom takes a look at how the process of recovery, notably in steps 4-7, we gain freedom from these deeper issues that keep us bound to addiction.

Sunday Sermon: The Promise of Freedom, Part 1

October 6, 2019

The AA Big Book promises a life in recovery that is “happy, joyous, and free,” but free from what? This message is the first in a series that explore the depth of freedom gained through the 12-step recovery process and spiritual awakening. This week’s message focused on freedom from substances, freedom from obsession, and freedom from the illusion of control.

Cumberland Heights - Recovery Live Podcast - Life actually has meaning to me now

Todd M Podcast – Sobriety doesn’t make you happy. It removes the things that make you unhappy.

Imagine your drug-addicted lifestyle being broadcast on national television. It happened to Todd M. on the popular A&E show “Intervention.” The season 16 episode followed Todd as he smoked meth and downed pills in his parent’s barn. The experience led him to Cumberland Heights where he now works with three years of sobriety under his belt. Hear how he felt watching that episode for the first time, and why the Californian decided to stick around Tennessee.

Tips on staying sober on vacation

When you’re in recovery most things are bound to look and feel very different, especially when you’re away from home. Let’s face it, recovery changes everything!

If you’re wondering how to approach your next vacation without alcohol or other substances, we have some tips to help you stay sober on your next journey.

Start by picking the perfect destination. 

If you’re traveling during spring break you may want to avoid the more notorious party places. Today there are many vacation packages that cater to those wishing to stay sober while having a fabulous getaway. Likewise, many cities have alcohol free party venues and more and more concerts designate an alcohol free zone in which to enjoy the festivities. In other words, pick a place whose reputation doesn’t necessarily revolve around its bar scene!

Remember that your basic needs haven’t changed. 

If anything, it’s even more important to try and stick to a regular schedule as much as possible in order to maintain a sense of balance.

This includes trying to get a good night’s sleep, for as many hours as you usually do back at home. Don’t forget to eat as regularly and as healthy as you can while being tempted by vacation treats and snacks! If you exercise, stick to your routine and be sure to take as many time-outs as you need in order to stay centered and feeling in control.

Staying sober doesn’t mean spending every single minute focused on that thought. Sometimes it helps to plan ahead so that you have something to look forward to. For example, you can shift your attention to day-planning, scheduling events in advance and also carving out room for spontaneous fun.

Remember that maintaining a sense of structure doesn’t have to come at the expense of spur of the moment fun– don’t get bogged down thinking about what you can’t do! Vacation is time for adventure and trying new things. Why not plan to cross some things off your bucket list, or try something out of your comfort zone—bungee jumping, rock climbing or a scenic helicopter trip all come to mind!

Keep your triggers and stress buttons in mind. 

Mental preparation is every bit as important as the logistical preparations you so carefully make.

For example, flights get delayed, luggage gets lost and inevitably your travel companions bring their own sets of dramas. If you are with a group keep in mind that everyone has different routines, travel rules and conceptions of what having fun means! So by all means, don’t forget to pack plenty of patience along with your earbuds, a pillow and a few munchies!

In other words, expect things to take a side trip (pun intended) from the norm, and be prepared for last-minute changes.

If you’re traveling with a group, communicate your needs and goals. Talk to your friends or family about the importance of your sobriety and share what they can do to support you. Many people find it helpful to talk about potential triggers and to set expectations before you leave home.

Likewise, don’t leave behind all of the helpful tools that you rely on at home. Make sure any recovery apps you use on a regular basis are on your phone and download recovery readings ahead of time. If there’s a playlist that influences your sobriety, make sure to have it handy.

Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t stay connected to your network of support. Call or text the people who motivate your sobriety and don’t forget to call into any online support groups you belong to.

Being away from home will bring its own set of unique challenges

There will still be obstacles, struggles and stress, and it’s very possible that being away from familiar territory will make sobriety harder, not easier.

Because of this, you may want to wait to plan a vacation bash until after you’ve maintained a certain length of time in recovery. While not a hard and fast rule, it is a consideration that many experts recommend you think about prior to making big, complicated or lengthy plans.

Whenever you decide to travel, and wherever you decide to enjoy your next adventure, by all means, don’t spend your entire trip focused on what you can’t do. Yes, the truth is that when you’re in recovery you are missing out on something—an unmanageable addiction that was adversely affecting your life and the lives of your loved ones. Now, instead of carrying that burden, you can wake up every morning feeling healthy and knowing that you’re giving yourself, the world, and your loved ones the very best you’ve got to give.

There’s no doubt that seeing someone downing a beer or sipping cocktails can be a one-way ticket to a pity party. Instead, choose to focus on the positives, like the brand new opportunities that sobriety brings into your life. Being in recovery is a grand adventure in and of itself. There are new things to discover and new people to meet.

Take that vacation, you’ve earned it! And when you do, remember that with just a little planning and a lot of patience you’ll be good to go—literally!

Recovery is possible—recover your unique, purposeful, sober life by reaching out to the dedicated experts at Cumberland Heights.

Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. For over 50 years we have carefully provided the highest quality of care for adults, adolescents and families who suffer from, or are affected by this devastating disease.

Our nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center is located on a peaceful, pastoral 177-acre campus on the banks of the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee. We provide a continuum of services through two 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes.

At Cumberland Heights, we always put the patient first, and value the importance of family participation in the recovery process. Take the first step toward healing by calling us at (866) 899-5231 today.

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