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Elton John takes to Twitter to announce his 29th Year Sober
Elton John takes to Twitter to announce his 29th Year Sober

At Cumberland Heights we encourage patients, alumni and staff to recover out loud if they feel comfortable. It helps erase the stigma and gives hope to others who may be struggling. Many of us look up to celebrities who choose to recover out loud – I mean, think of the number of people someone like Sir Elton John reaches compared to us!

Just look to his latest tweet that read, “I finally summoned up the courage to say 3 words that would change my life: ‘I need help.’ Thank you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety. I am eternally grateful.” As of Aug. 2, that tweet had been liked by nearly 125,000 people, retweeted by 14,000 and commented on by more than 2,000. Talk about an impact.

The star’s struggles with addiction were also laid out in a recently released movie, “Rocketman”, an unapologetic, biopic musical that doesn’t sugarcoat his years of sex, drugs and other risky behaviors.

Elton has said it was difficult for him to watch.

“This is how my life was, and I didn’t want to cover it and gloss it over,” he said. “And it’s difficult to watch because I thought, ‘God, I don’t want to go back there. Thank God I came out of it’.”

He continued, “Success was fantastic, and then I couldn’t cope with it,” he added of the pressures of fame. “And you can’t leave out the bad.”

Elton John, Courtesy: Smooth Radio
Courtesy: Smooth Radio

It was the 1990 death of Ryan White, a young AIDS victim and friend of John’s that made the superstar take a step back and look at his own life. He checked into treatment shortly after.

Elton John even used his new lease on life to start the Elton John AIDS foundation which has raised over $400,000 dollars to combat the disease. John is also celebrating his 5th wedding anniversary this year to David Furnish, who he has been with for 25 years. Together they have two sons – Zachary, 8 and Elijah, 6.

“I am survivor. I’ve survived a lot of things. Life is full of pitfalls, even when you’re sober. I can deal with them now because I don’t have to run away and hide,” said Elton.

The 72-year-old has a big fall planned. He will resume his farewell tour in September. He’ll be here in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on October 28th. The Grammy winner also penned a new song “Never Too Late” for “The Lion King” that just hit theaters.

Celebrate our 22nd Anniversary on Wednesday, October 9th at the legendary Ryman Auditorium featuring Josh Turner!

2019 Concert for Cumberland Heights featuring Josh Turner

PRE-PARTY & CONCERT DETAILS:

Performer: Josh Turner
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Location: Ryman Auditorium
Pre-Party Times: 5:00PM – 7:00PM (location TBA)
Concert Time: 7:30PM @ Ryman Auditorium (Address: 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219)


CONCERT FOR CUMBERLAND HEIGHTS HISTORY:

Since 1996, the Concert for Cumberland Heights raises money for the John Hiatt Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment Fund at Cumberland Heights.

Because of outstanding volunteer involvement the evening has developed into a special annual event on the Nashville social calendar raising over $3.3 million for adolescent and young adult patient care. ncluded with a Sponsorship Package or Premium ticket purchase we include an exclusive pre-concert party, if interested in buying a corporate block of tickets at a discounted rate? Please contact Rachel Williams at 615.432.3228 or send an email to rachel_williams@cumberlandheights.org.


Due to the overwhelming success of this years concert, please call Rachel Williams at 615.432.3228 or Dian Myers at 615.432.3224 to purchase tickets. Thank you for your support of Cumberland Heights!


ENTERTAINMENT DETAILS, CONCERT SPONSORS & ARTIST BIO:

Josh Turner performs the 2019 Concert for Cumberland Heights at Ryman Auditorium

JOSH TURNER

With his rich, deep voice and distinctive style, MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, Turner has scored multiple GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM Awards nominations and received six Inspirational Country Music Awards. As one of the youngest members inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Turner has sold more than 8 million units, topped more than 1.5 billion in global streaming and populated radio with such memorable hits as “Hometown Girl,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Your Man,” “Time Is Love,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and “Long Black Train.”

2019 Concert SponsorsWith his newest project, I Serve A Savior, which debuted at No. 1 atop the Nielsen’s Country Albums chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums Chart, Turner adds an exciting new dimension to his already acclaimed career. I Serve A Savior is a thoughtful gospel collection that finds Turner’s rich, distinctive baritone paired with timeless classics including “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art” and “Great Is Your Faithfulness,” as well as introducing originals including the title track, “I Serve A Savior,” and “The River (of Happiness),” written by his wife, Jennifer, and their eldest son, Hampton. In addition to the 12-track studio project, Turner has released a complementing 90-minute live performance DVD featuring a special interview of Turner with gospel legend Bill Gaither, a performance with Turner alongside his wife Jennifer and their four sons, and more. The DVD has been edited to air as a one-hour television special hosted by Bill Gaither, which will air on numerous networks across the U.S. and Canada. Turner is a disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists, and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. Turner has been an Opry member for over 10 years and he recently reveled in his 150th performance on the famed Opry circle.

Turner checked off another bucket list item when he added author to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood was released in 2014. As highlighted in the book, the Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.


2019 Reaching New Heights - April 3, 2019
This annual women’s event is an important fundraiser for the alcohol and drug-addiction recovery center. The mission of “Reaching New Heights” is to highlight the women’s programs at Cumberland Heights, raise funds to help women in treatment and celebrate women in our families and community who are experiencing their own recovery one day at a time.

The 2019 Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 3rd at 11:30am at Hillwood Country Club.

This year’s guest speaker is Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006.

WHO: Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006
WHAT: 2019 Reaching New Heights Women’s Luncheon
WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 11:30AM
WHERE: Hillwood Country Club – 6201 Hickory Valley Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

Due to the overwhelming interest in the luncheon this year we are currently sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list in case a ticket becomes available, please contact Rachel Williams at (615) 432-3228.

International Recovery InstituteInternational Recovery Institute training’s provide the theoretical basis and ethical standards for services offered by Recovery Specialists.

Recovery Specialist is defined as an individual who provides one on one client and family services within a treatment setting and/or client’s home community or travel and has completed the training offered by IRI and received a Certificate of Completion. Recovery Specialists work with client’s and their families who suffer from substance abuse, addiction, mental health and eating disorders, process addiction and many other co-occurring issues. Training objectives include increasing ethics, professional skills and knowledge of a Recovery Specialist.

Common titles for the role of the Recovery Specialist may include:

  • Sober Coach
  • Sober Companion
  • Personal Recovery Assistant
  • Transport (Safe Passage)
  • Family Support Specialist
  • Case Manager
  • Direct Care Staff, etc.

What: International Recovery Institute’s 3-day LIVE training offers comprehensive learning, hands-on training from two leading professionals in the Recovery field.

Where: Cumberland Heights Campus, Nashville, TN

8283 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Price: $1195

($300 additional 6 Online CE Course, PLUS 6 Weekly Telephonic Supervision Post Online Training and Consultation Calls)
($450 additional for late sign up for consultation and coursework)

Date & Times:

November 6, 2018 from 8:00AM – 5:30PM
November 7, 2018 from 8:00AM – 5:30PM
November 8, 2018 from 8:00AM – 5:30PM

REGISTER NOW

Participants are eligible for certification after attending the 3-day LIVE training followed by an online course and 6 hours of supervised consultation calls. Registrants are given the option to add the online course and supervision calls to this registration or they may register for those courses at a later time.

History of Recovery Specialists

The Ethical Role & Responsibility of Recovery Specialists Developing the Skills and Tools of Recovery Specialists Providing Safe Passage (transports). To become an IRI Certified Recovery Specialist, you will need to participate in 6 hours of telephone group consultation plus some online coursework.

Dedication on Sept. 21 at 1:00PM

WHAT Grand opening of Cumberland Heights’ Spring Hill Outpatient Recovery Center
WHEN Friday, Sept. 21
Noon to 2:00PM
1:00PM – Remarks and dedication
WHERE 220 Town Center Pkwy, Suite 205
Spring Hill, TN 37174
WHO Cumberland Heights Board of Directors

Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson

 

ABOUT CUMBERLAND HEIGHTS’ OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS With the addition of Spring Hill, Cumberland Heights will have 11 outpatient recovery centers across the state.

“Outpatients recovery programs are flexible to meet the needs of professionals and busy parents working through drug and alcohol addiction issues,” said Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson. “We’re excited about the opportunity to serve Spring Hill and the great team serving patients directly in the community.”

Cumberland Heights admission counselors are available 24 hours a day at 1-800-6464

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Sept. 6, 2018Cumberland Heights is pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Hayes, M.S., LMFTA (TX), LCDC (TX) as Director of Clinical Research and Outcomes and Greg Snodgrass as Regional Outreach Coordinator.

Nick Hayes - Cumberland Heights, Director of Clinical Research and Outcomes
Nick Hayes – Director of Clinical Research and Outcomes
Hayes will focus on efficacious treatment protocols, predictive analytics, feedback-informed treatment procedures and collaborations with institutions of higher education for all of Cumberland Heights, including inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

As Regional Outreach Coordinator, Snodgrass will serve as the liaison between Cumberland Heights and a variety of referral sources to ensure seamless and timely admissions as well as treatment and continuing care services for patients and families seeking help with addiction.

Greg Snodgrass, Regional Outreach Coordinator
Greg Snodgrass, Regional Outreach Coordinator
“Nick and Greg have skills that reinforce why Cumberland Heights has consistently remained a nationally renowned treatment center for more than 50 years,” said CEO Jay Crosson. “The research overseen by Nick is critical to demonstrating the effectiveness of our treatment programs and sustaining – and growing – our authority in the industry. Likewise, Greg’s ability to build referral networks ensures that we are reaching patients and families who need help recovering life from the grips of drug and alcohol addiction.”

Hayes holds dual licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate (LMFTA-TX) as well as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC-TX). He has advanced training in quantitative methods, neuro-analysis and systems theory.

Hayes is a doctoral student within the Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy Graduate Program at Texas Tech University, where he has also served as a student member in university’s Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities for the past seven years. He had worked with the Cumberland Heights Foundation while pursuing his degree.

Like many of Cumberland Heights’ staff, Snodgrass is living in recovery. He is actively involved in 12-step programs and sponsors men in recovery.

Snodgrass completed treatment 14 years ago and has since dedicated his life to helping others struggling with addiction. He received a scholarship to return to higher education at the Collegiate Recovery at Texas Tech University. He was then responsible for the five-year design and implementation of the Collegiate Recovery at the University of Alabama and served as director of the program.

He also served as National Director of Corporate Relations and Sponsorship for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education, where he oversaw the fundraising, donor relations and organizational growth for the association.  Most recently, he worked as a sober companion for Rick Parrish and Jamie Eater at Sober Escorts Inc. and John West of The Guest House in Ocala, Fla.

Snodgrass spends his free time with his wife and daughter traveling to horse shows across the southeast with their thoroughbreds, Harley and Pickles.


About Cumberland Heights

Cumberland Heights’ mission is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction. As a non-profit organization, Cumberland Heights is committed to the approximately 2,500 men, women and adolescents it serves every year and the communities where its facilities are located. The organization has followed the teachings of the 12 Steps since its founding in 1966.

Overdose Awareness Day at Cumberland Heights

Friday August 31, 2018

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Together we honor those we have lost and share hope for the future.

A Service of Remembrance of those lost this year, especially to addiction, helping us to move from grief toward hope and healing. A list of first names with last initial of those we are remembering will be read at the service. If you would like to add a name to the list, please submit that using the form below.

Davidson County Community Education Program

EVENT TOPIC: Vaping, Juuling are the new Smoking for High School Kids

Flavored e-cigarette products and trendy new vaping devices like Juul are luring teenagers away from smoked cigarettes but keeping them hooked on nicotine, federal health officials said Thursday.

The latest tobacco use survey shows a drop in the number of high school students who use tobacco, from 24 percent in 2011 to about 20 percent in 2017.
The drop could potentially have been bigger. E-cigarettes were barely known in 2011, so virtually all teen tobacco users were smokers. Now, just under 13 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes.

Almost all of the rest are vaping a CDC Survey found. Join us for an educational discussion about current trends and what to do if you think your child may be vaping or juuling.

Davidson County Community Education

EVENT DETAILS:

LOCATION: Sage Hill Counseling 400 Overbeck Lane, Suite 202, Nashville
DATE: September 27, 2018
TIME: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

REGISTER NOW!

ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS:

Chandler Ross, MSW
Chandler grew up in Nashville and then moved to the southwest. He lived in Arizona for 12 years working in hospitality and IT sales. After finishing undergrad at the Northern Arizona University, Chandler moved back to Nashville to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Tennessee for Social Work. Since then, Chandler has worked for Cumberland Heights in admissions and intake, Big Brother Big Sister as a family interviewer, and the Oasis Center for Youth as a family therapist. Chandler has a heart for adolescents and young people experiencing grief, trauma, substance abuse issues, depression and anxiety and feeling disconnected from family. Outside of therapy, Chandler enjoys gardening, cooking, road trips in the south and writing silly stories on the internet.

Amara Schweinberg, MA
Amara currently serves as the Adolescent Admissions and Outreach Specialist for Cumberland Heights. She provides assessments for the adolescent population and is also vital in the admissions process in regards to tours, assessments, insurance authorization, and phone screenings. In addition, Amara also serves in an outreach role by marketing to the local and regional communities for the current Adolescent Program and the new adolescent recovery center, ARCH Academy opening in 2019. Amara joined the Cumberland Heights team in 2012.

Amara has served as an Administrative Assistant in the Intake Department at Cumberland Heights before advancing to a Senior Admissions Counselor. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University and completed her internship in the Counselor Department of a local private high school.

Cumberland Heights Among the Few Centers Approved for Google AdWords Program and Welcomes New Screening Process for Treatment Industry

Google Sets Limits on Addiction Treatment Ads, Citing SafetyCumberland Heights is among the first 100 treatment centers nationwide approved to participate in a new Google AdWords program designed to stop unethical marketing that had been plaguing the industry before now.

“I commend Google for recognizing that vulnerable individuals and families were being targeted and taken advantage of by several online marketers,” said Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson. “The new AdWords program recognizes treatment centers like Cumberland Heights that focus on quality care, ethical marketing and helping patients recover life.”

Last fall, in an effort to protect the public from possibly unethical marketing practices, Google banned all ads containing keywords like “drug treatment” or “alcohol addiction.” Predatory marketers that did not provide any treatment services had mastered collecting online leads and selling them to the highest bidder to the detriment of legitimate treatment providers nationwide – and likely to many people who were seeking qualified help. Stopping these practices had become a top priority for industry organizations like the National Association of the Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP).

In Spring 2018, Google announced that it partnered with LegitScripts to screen providers that want to advertise using AdWords. To be approved under the new program, treatment providers had to complete an extensive review process focused on quality, safety and transparency.

“The process was onerous but welcome,” said Crosson, who also chairs NAATP’s Ethics Committee. “Online marketing has changed and will continue to change how we reach people who need help. What has not changed and will never change is the need to respect patients and provide them the best possible care to them and their families.”

Read more about Cumberland Heights Code of Ethics and our commitment to reputable marketing.

Original Article By: Stephanie Langston, WKRN News Channel 2, Nashville
Posted: Aug 02, 2018 05:55 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A family is sharing their story of heartache after losing their son to addiction. Now, they are doing what they can to raise awareness about the crisis.

It was a battle the Witthauer’s faced for years. They told News 2 despite numerous rehab facilities, the disease was too powerful for their son Greg. “I lost my brother to this disease, but losing my child was much worse,” Karen Witthauer said with tears in her eyes.

At the age of 13, her son Greg had his first taste of drugs. “They smoked marijuana on the beach and then it was head to the ground from there.”

His use increased, and after being dismissed from the soccer team for a drug offense he entered rehab at 15. But he soon relapsed. “He was trying to find something that he could control that would make him feel better. The whole progression, he went through cocaine and from opiates to pills to heroin,” Greg’s father Mark told News 2.

The struggle didn’t get any easier. Several rehabs later and some legal issues finally gave Greg some clean time, almost two years.

“He was working, and he was doing really really well. He bought a car and his job was stable and he was really proud of himself, you could tell,” said Karen. However, a back injury landed Greg a Lortab prescription and he was back using fulltime. “He only had 10. He gave him a prescription for 10 and that was all it took,” stated Karen.

The Witthauer’s said he was never able to put together a long stretch of sobriety again. This time he spent three months in a Florida rehab. “and he was gone within two weeks,” said his mom.

Greg was found in his car near Percy Priest. He had overdosed on heroin likely laced with meth.

“We knew in our hearts that he had probably overdosed somewhere but even though you still get that phone call and it’s like the whole world just starts spinning around,” explained his father. Today Karen wears a bracelet that reads “always have heart,” the same tattoo her son had across his chest. “Even though he had the disease of addiction, I was very proud of my child, very proud of the man that he was, I was proud of his heart, of how he treated people.”

In his sober time, they said Greg wanted to help others struggling with addiction. Now they hope to carry on his mission.

The Witthauer’s started a fundraiser called always have a heart in their son’s honor that goes to support those in treatment.

On August 12, they are hosting a forum, Breaking the silence: Addressing Youth Substance Abuse. It will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church.


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