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talking to teen about alcoholNew Year’s is a holiday that sparks a lot of anxiety for parents, as holiday celebrations mean easier access to substances for teens. Most parents want to have that conversation with their kids on the dangerous effects of alcohol and drug abuse, but they aren’t quite sure what to say. As a subject that’s difficult to discuss, you still don’t want to skip it. Previous research has shown that parents who express their view on drugs – in particular, that they don’t want their kids using them – are more likely to warrant more favorable responses from their teens when the time comes that they’re approached with it. As a parent, you want to make sure that you’re telling your teen exactly what they need to make an informed decision – so what do you say?

Your Teen Mag gives some excellent pointers:

  • Have a discussion and set expectations but don’t lecture your teen
  • Express steps for being safe if they do decide to drink – because the reality is that while we cannot control what our teens decide to do, we can suggest ways they can be safe if they do move forward with it
  • Emphasize just how dangerous it is to drive under the influence or to be in the car with someone who is under the influence

Adolescents and teens are likely going to face experimentation and peer pressure, but maintaining a respectful, open dialogue with your teen is most likely going to give you the most favorable outcomes. As your teen is in a stage where their brain is still developing, they want explanations – not commands – for why they shouldn’t drink or use substances. Make it a collaborative effort and they’ll be much more likely to refrain from use (or at least take safety precautions if they do).


Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.

spiritual experiences in addiction recoverySpirituality is more than just connecting with God or a Higher Power. A lot of it also involves finding one’s purpose in the world, doing good for others, learning how to cope with difficult circumstances and feelings in healthy ways and more. Teens are so vulnerable to negative outside influences, and the spiritual component of addiction recovery can really help them find some grounding amidst the chaos.

Sometimes, spiritual components that are involved in 12-Step programs and similar services actually help teens develop a stronger sense of spirituality, even if they didn’t have one before; for example, a study published in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly assessed 195 adolescents court-referred to residential treatment. Forty percent of these teens who identified as agnostic or atheist left residential treatment identifying as spiritual or religious upon leaving. Why is this? Because teens are likely to experience so many heart filling, transformative, mind-altering moments in recovery, such as:

Learning more about what it means to be on this Earth.

  • Finding out how our actions impact the people we love and others around us
  • Recognizing how what we do affects our mind, body and spirit
  • Reducing this need to please ourselves, and finding more happiness in helping other people

Teens in the study were found to be more prosocial and were less narcissistic overall. They had greater likelihoods of abstinence, and this is probably because they felt more stable in their journey to recovery. Painter, teacher, mother and author of the novel April & Oliver Tess Callahan described the notion of addiction and spirituality as this: “Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger. Call it transcendence if you want, but it’s like a rat in a maze. We all want the same thing. We all have this hole.”

Spirituality helps fill that hole. It gives ourselves and our teens, and others in addiction recovery a new chance at becoming better people – for ourselves, and for others.


Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) originally began in 1985 when there were few other adolescent programs like it in the country. In 2019, we’re expanding our continuum of services with ARCH Academy, a unique program located in Kingston Springs that offers 60 days to 6 months of residential care to adolescent boys ages 14-18 who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction. This new program stems from Cumberland Heights, which has been around since 1966 and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The adolescent age is a critical time for development, making this a crucial time of positive influence. For more information, call us today at 1-800-646-9998

Original Article By: Kelly Fisher, The Tennessean | Published: April 27, 2018

On Thursday, April 26, Cumberland Heights broke ground on ARCH Academy, an addiction treatment center for teen boys slated to open in summer 2019. (Photo: Kelly Fisher, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee)
On Thursday, April 26, Cumberland Heights broke ground on ARCH Academy, an addiction treatment center for teen boys slated to open in summer 2019. (Photo: Kelly Fisher, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee)

Cumberland Heights, a nonprofit addiction treatment organization, broke ground on its second campus in Cheatham County on Thursday afternoon.

The upcoming facility will be used for addiction recovery in teen boys aged 14 through 18.

The 67-acre site in Pegram, once home to a bed and breakfast, will become ARCH Academy, or Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights , at 1062 Highway 70.Cumberland Heights also treats drug and alcohol addiction in adult men and women on its campus at 8283 River Road Pike in Nashville.The total cost of the project is estimated at $8.1 million, including the purchase of the property, construction, renovation, infrastructure and other costs, according to information from Cumberland Heights.

Cumberland Heights Chief Executive Officer Jay Crosson said with three new builds and three renovations of current structures on the Cheatham site, the goal is to open the ARCH Academy by summer 2019.

In its first year, the new campus is expected to serve 84 teens, according to information from Cumberland Heights.

The site will include two residence halls, a dining facility, a private high school and more. The campus and adolescent program staff will offer 12-step recovery, clinical therapy and other services.

ARCH Academy Rendering - Residence Hall 2
Rendering of the New ARCH Academy Residence Hall
The location is also an “ideal environment” for hiking, mountain biking and trail rides, as well as engaging in fishing, pottery, service work and more in Pegram, a Cumberland Heights news release states.

“When you work with adolescents, they don’t respond to typical therapy, sitting across from them and just talking; you have to engage them,” Adolescent Program Director Dean Porterfield said. “You have to get them thinking, and this environment’s going to be perfect for that…It’s exciting. (It’ll) save lives.”

Crosson said the plan to open the new facility has been in the works since 2015 with plans to use it for the adolescent program, which initially launched in 1985. Since then, he said that teens accounted for approximately 10 percent of the Cumberland Heights population.

The new location will allow a length of stay of 60 days to six months; the current adolescent program only lasts up to 30 days with some extended care options, according to Cumberland Heights’ website.

ARCH Academy will also increase capacity to 30 teens from about 17 at its main campus.

Crosson said he wanted to be “good neighbors” to Cheatham, and Porterfield expressed interest in community involvement, noting that service is emphasized to those in the program.

“We want to be part of the community, (and) we want to be a resource for the community,” Porterfield said. “We also want to do our part to prevent adolescents from needing to come here, if we can do that.

“We’re just as much about prevention as we are (about) treating the kids that unfortunately have suffered from the disease of addiction.”

Matt Norton, an alumnus of Cumberland Heights, drove from Atlanta to Pegram to be part of the groundbreaking Thursday.

“I don’t think I’d be breathing if it wasn’t for Cumberland Heights and Dean (Porterfield),” he said. “I’m grateful for this place and I think the things that they’re doing is remarkable.”

Norton was 16 when he arrived at Cumberland Heights in 2012 to confront his addiction. He recalled first using drugs at 12 years old, and the problem continued until he overdosed in October 2012.

After that, he agreed to seek treatment.

“When I was at Cumberland Heights, I was really able to find myself as a person,” Norton said. “They equipped me with the tools to do the right things when I got out in order to be a part of society and not only be sober, but be a better man.”

Norton completed the program at Cumberland Heights and returned home, graduated high school, got accepted into college and landed a job.

He said he owes all of that to his treatment at Cumberland Heights. He’s hopeful that the staff and the new campus will change lives for others struggling with addiction.

“Without it, many young people (might not) be here,” Porterfield said of the adolescent program and ARCH Academy. “I think it’s important that we have a place to be able to just pull them away from the day-to-day stressors, and help them to get to know themselves and set them on a track…There’s nothing better. We save lives.”

Original Article By: Nashville Post Posted On: 04/20/2018
Cumberland Heights to build ARCH Academy in Pegram

Cumberland Heights officials led by CEO Jay Crosson will next week formally launch construction work on another facility for adolescents in alcohol and drug addiction recovery. The nonprofit will break ground Thursday in Pegram — just west of Bellevue — on ARCH Academy, a 30-bed center located on 67 acres off Highway 70.

The facility will provide therapy and programming for between 60 days and six months for adolescent boys and is expected to open in the Summer of 2019. The center, which includes a licensed high school, was designed by a team from Orcutt Winslow — the former Street Dixon Rick — that was led by Steve Rick.

Have a look at the design rendering of the 67 acre campus to be completed in Summer of 2019

ARCH Academy Rendering

PEGRAM, Tenn. (WKRN) – Jay Crosson has a big vision.

He’s CEO of Cumberland Heights, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Nashville.

Next summer, the nonprofit plans to turn a 67-acre plot of land into a recovery center for teen boys called ARCH Academy.

“They’re progressing into substances that can kill them really quick,” Crosson said. “We really need that intervention to break that cycle of addiction.”

ARCH Academy will offer a six-month recovery program for boys ages 14 to 18 battling addiction.

“We want these kids to graduate high school,” he said. “We want them to go to college.”

Up to 30 teens will live on campus which will be designed will three residence halls, a school, dining hall, and counseling room where they’ll work with therapists like Dean Porterfield.

“Anxiety, depression, trauma, we treat the whole child,” said Porterfield, director of adolescent services for Cumberland Heights.

Porterfield says about 57 percent of the teens they treat are addicted to marijuana. 10 percent are addicted to cocaine, five percent to heroin or opiates, and about 29 percent to a mix of drugs.

“It’s not uncommon for that teenager’s first experience to be at 10, 12, 13 years old,” Porterfield said.

The goal of the new center is to go more in-depth with teens, offering six months of help instead of the current program which is one to two months long.

“If we can get a longer length of stay, we can get a more solid recovery,” Crosson said.

The nonprofit will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the teen center on Thursday, April 26.

They hope to have it up and running by summer 2019.


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Young people have always faced distinct pressures as they come of age. There are countless stories in history, literature and film depicting the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence, and the difficulties of taking on new responsibilities, fitting in with peers and discovering the first stages of independence. These challenges have only grown in our digital age, with new generations feeling obligated to keep up with the barrage of trends on social media. It’s easy for adolescents to fall into the trap of unhealthy behaviors and habits — including drug and alcohol abuse.

At Cumberland Heights, we know that adolescents who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse need engaging treatment that will resonate with them. We want to empower young people to say no to drugs and alcohol with confidence, and to find happiness and fulfillment in healthier activities. With their whole lives ahead of them, it’s important for this demographic to heal after substance abuse and addiction and to understand that they don’t need to rely on these substances to have fun, look cool or fit in. To address the specific needs of younger teens (and young men in particular), Cumberland Heights offers a boys-only adolescent program targeted toward young men ages 14 to 18.

Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH Academy)

ARCH Academy - Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights - Teen Addiction Treatment & Recovery CenterCumberland Heights began offering its Adolescent Program in 1985. At the time, there were few other adolescent services or programs like it in the country. We helped pave the way for adolescent-specific treatment and are among just a handful of recovery programs with time-tested and well-developed programming for young men. Since our program began, it has grown exponentially in size and breadth. In 2019, we will be expanding to a new state-of-the-art facility in Kingston Springs to better accommodate our teen clients. ARCH Academy is currently located on the Cumberland Heights River Road campus, but our Kingston Springs property affords a separate, 67-acre space in the hills of Tennessee.

Surrounded by wooded hills and free of city distractions while remaining within arm’s reach of Nashville’s amenities, ARCH Academy provides the ideal setting for adolescent recovery. With a length of stay ranging from 60 days to 6 months, teen boys ages 14-18 can rediscover themselves through our time-tested methods and within a supportive community of their peers. Our programming focuses on 12-Step recovery, proven clinical therapies, educational services and adventure programming. Together, these modalities create a program that allows our young people to discover and experience fun without alcohol and drugs, while learning about addiction, developing life skills and restoring their self-esteem.

Since teens are in a critical developmental stage in their lives, recovery from alcohol and drug use looks different for them than it does for adults. To account for this, we have designed ARCH Academy specifically for adolescent males. Our programs are based on research regarding emotional and physical development, common concerns of the modern teen and proven techniques that engage our kids in a meaningful way

The Academy

ARCH Academy is a full-time program that includes regular education alongside recovery education. Your son will not fall behind in school if he joins ARCH Academy: we operate a fully accredited private high school equipped to teach grade levels 7-12, including GED prep, credit recovery options and follow-up academic placement. We focus on preparing our students to return to school, begin college or start a career so they are ready to lead healthy and productive lives upon program completion. Our licensed teacher and principal work closely with each of our students’ families to provide support and guidance through the process. ARCH Academy proudly celebrates frequent graduations for those who finish high school while in treatment.

ARCH Academy is a residential program, which means your teen will be living on our campus during the length of their stay. Our facilities include comfortable, modern amenities; fully prepared, nutritious meals; access to our counselors and staff and more. You will be able to keep in touch with your son via phone — and, we work closely with each family to provide regular updates, facilitate visits and include family members in therapy activities whenever appropriate.

Recovery Activities

We take full advantage of our beautiful location and offer adventure therapy as a key component of our programs. Alongside more traditional therapeutic methods (e.g., individual and group therapy, 12-Step education and exercises), we incorporate engaging and challenging outdoor activities to teach teamwork and interpersonal skills, encourage physical activity, build self-confidence and show a breadth of healthy hobbies that don’t involve drugs or alcohol.

A typical day in our Adolescent Program includes a breadth of activities, including:

  • School and study sessions
  • Meditation
  • Prepared group meals
  • Recreation
  • Group and/or individual therapy
  • Personal time
  • 12-Step meeting

Is ARCH Academy Right for My Teen?

ARCH Academy is a top-quality recovery program for teens with a long history of success. We welcome young men from the Nashville, Tennessee area and beyond, and our clients come from many walks of life and backgrounds. If you are worried about your son and believe he may be struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please reach out to us. We can work with you to determine whether our programs offer the kind of care your teen needs, and to help you learn more about available resources to ensure your son makes a full recovery.

The ARCH Academy Adolescent Program is available for teen boys ages 14 through 18. Cumberland Heights also offers a Young Adult program for young men aged 18 through 25. If you or your child is on the cusp of these age groups, we can work with you to determine which setting will be more appropriate.

Planning for the Future at Cumberland Heights

Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. Studies have shown accountability with a continuing care plan, sober fellowship, family involvement and extended support serve as the cornerstone for long-term recovery. At Cumberland Heights, we want to make sure that every client who passes through our programs is prepared to lead a long and fulfilling sober life — we offer alumni services, connect clients with external recovery resources, include family members in therapy and care plans and offer one-year extended care via our Recovery Care Advocacy program.

Recovery Care Advocacy

Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. Studies have shown accountability with a continuing care plan, sober fellowship, family involvement and extended support serve as the cornerstone for long-term recovery. Recovery Care Advocacy at Cumberland Heights is a service provided to all our alumni through their first year of recovery after completing a treatment program at Cumberland Heights.

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Get your teen the help they need, in an environment created just for them — visit our ARCH Academy website to learn more about our adolescent program and to start the admissions process. Call ARCH Academy today at 844-ARCH-ORG.


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