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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

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.

The Continuum of Care

What:

The Continuum of Care in 1-Day: A Guide to Recovery

When:

Friday, August 10, 2018
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Presentation: 8:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Where:

Marriott, Nashville Airport
600 Marriott Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Driving Directions

Contact:

Ruth Ann Rigby – 601-613-7088

Stacy Bridges – 615-390-8224

This program is co-sponsored by Capstone Treatment Center and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 7.50 contact hours, with full attendance required. There is no additional fee for making application for continuing education credit. Application forms and other CE materials will be available on site. CE verifications are mailed to attendees following the Conference. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education learning objectives, presenters, or for grievance issues, contact The Institute at: 800-557-1950 / email: instconted@aol.com

NOTE:  To receive continuing education credit, applicants must complete all CE materials, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit an evaluation form for the sessions attended.  

NOTE:  It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board, including the Ethics Workshops scheduled. 

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor  continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.   

Counseling/ MFT: The Institute for Continuing Education and Capstone Treatment Center are co-sponsors of this program. This co-sponsorship has been approved by NBCC. The Institute for Continuing Education is an NBCC approved continuing education provider, No. 5643. The Institute for Continuing Education is solely responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit. 

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 1007, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 04-13-2018 – 04-13-2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

 

Alabama: Board Social Work, Provider 0171.

Florida: Dept. Health, Div. SW, MFT, Counseling Provider BAP 255, expiration 03/19.

Non-Credit Events: Registration, breaks, lunch, Q&A

Skills Level: This program is open to mental health professionals of all skill levels.

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion.

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact Ruth Ann Rigby, 601-613-7088, ruthann@capstonetc.com or Stacy Bridges, 615-390-8224, Stacy_Bridges@cumberlandheights.org

 

Friday, August 10, 2018 • Marriott, Nashville Airport
600 Marriott Drive • Nashville, TN

 

Please join our hosts:  Capstone Treatment Center, The Guest House of Ocala, Cumberland Heights, BRC Recovery, Caron Treatment Center and Milestones at Onsite for a free one day workshop and guide to recovery.

Our presenters are Adrian Hickmon, PhD, LPS-S, LFMT-S, CSAT-S, CTT, CMAT, EMDR, Judy Crane, MA, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, CSAT, Chappy Sledge, MD, Mandy Baker, LCDC, Brad Sorte, MSW, MBA and Cindy Wescott, LCSW.

 

Cost of event is Free
but you must register to attend!
Up to 7.50 CE hours will be provided.

 

Celebrate our 21st Anniversary on Tuesday, October 2nd at the legendary Ryman Auditorium featuring ‘Here Come the Mummies’!

Here Come the Mummies are an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind.

PRE-PARTY & CONCERT DETAILS:

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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)
Artists Scheduled to Perform: Here Come The Mummies (HCTM)


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 $3.1 million for adolescent and young adult patient care.

For Sponsorship Packages or Ticket information please select from the options below. If you have any additional questions before you purchase, please contact Rachel Williams at 615.432.3228 or send an email to rachel_williams@cumberlandheights.org.

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.


ENTERTAINMENT DETAILS & ARTIST BIO:

About Here Come the Mummies

Here Come the Mummies are an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa).

Since their discovery HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Suwannee Hulaween, and Riverbend.
Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.

It is claimed that they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready, for Here Come The Mummies.


nFocus Nashville: Reaching New Heights welcomes golfer Laura Baugh

Original Author: Holly Hoffman | Photographer: Daniel Meigs

Anyone who was not familiar with Laura Baugh will certainly never forget her after Reaching New Heights. The engaging professional golfer and author of Out of the Rough: An Intimate Portrait of Laura Baugh and Her Sobering Journey shared her courageous story of recovery to a packed room at the annual luncheon, which benefits the Women’s Program at Cumberland Heights.

Reaching New Heights welcomes golfer Laura BaughCo-chairs Monica McDougall and Sally Nesbitt welcomed a crowd of familiar faces to Hillwood Country Club before the presentation of the Sheila Keeble Award. “I love getting to brag on my friend!” proclaimed Louise Mandrell as she handed the award to Janice Lovvorn, who has been involved with the organization for 22 years.

Opening with “I’m Laura, and I’m definitely an alcoholic,” the guest speaker had the audience immersed in her tale that was honest, grim and, at times, amusing. Always a golfer, Laura was three years old when she won the first of five national pee-wee championships. She burst onto the national scene when she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion at 16 in 1971 and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1973. At age 24, she had her first drink, and then “for years, I was always pregnant or drinking,” said the mother of seven children. It wasn’t until she nearly died from internal bleeding caused by heavy drinking that Laura was determined to quit. Now celebrating 22 years of sobriety, she zealously embraces her life, family and health.

Since becoming sober, Laura has developed into a new kind of champion. She supports programs for abused women and for women in recovery. Her love of golf remains steadfast, and she helped establish the U.S. Senior Women’s Open with the inaugural championship to be played this July. After delivering such inspiring words at Reaching New Heights, Laura has a contingent of Nashville fans rooting for her in more ways than one.

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.”

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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PART I: ARISE® EDUCATIONAL INTENSIVE

ARISE® Three-day Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop

A) ARISE® 3-Day Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop (no prerequisites)

This workshop can be taken:

  • By experienced interventionists choosing to learn a new model
  • By therapists, clinicians, counselors, and administrators as a general course with 28 PCB-approved continuing education hours
  • As the first step toward becoming a Certified ARISE® Interventionist (CAI)

Location: Cumberland Heights
Dates: Thursday, June 28; Friday, June 29; and Saturday, June 30
Training Time: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm CT.

ARISE® Three-day Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop

**Please plan your travel arrangements around completing the course by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Any missed training time can be made up in a one-on-one Skype session with an ARISE® Trainer at the rate of $250/hour. Typically, missing one morning/afternoon session will require 1 – 2 hours of make up time. Please make arrangements with the training office.

The curriculum provides:

1. Practice of learning ARISE® Comprehensive Care with Intervention

  • Learning to conduct the three levels of the ARISE® Intervention
  • Applying ARISE® Comprehensive Care / Case Management
  • Building a family genogram and recognizing family patterns
  • Mobilizing a family support network
  • Determining level of care
  • Understanding when an intervention is necessary
  • Collaborating with family, support network, professionals and treatment providers/facilities

2. A theoretical overview of:

  • The origins of addiction
  • The relationship of trauma and loss to addiction, behavioral health, and mental health issues
  • The role of families in recovery from addiction and mental health challenges
  • The 3 Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) approved intervention models, their history, and relevant data
  • ARISE® research and outcome data
  • Neurobiology and addiction
  • Professional ethics

3. Training Methodology

  • Hands-on skill building
  • Experiential exercises and role-plays
  • Video
  • Small and large-group exercises
  • Interactive lectures
  • Homework

B) ARISE® Practicum

Prerequisites

  • Complete 3-Day Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop
  • Complete one online course (other courses optional)

ARISE® Practicum Information

  • Apply and practice the ARISE® method with a hypothetical case to familiarize yourself with the protocol.
  • Participants are placed in a small group that meets with an ARISE® instructor for a total of 12 hours via Zoom video conference.
  • Meetings are held on Saturdays in blocks of 3 – 6 hours.
  • Over the course of the meetings, participants create, develop, and present a hypothetical case using the ARISE® method.

TRAINERS

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI | President, Founder

Kevin Keefe, MSW, LICSW, CAI | ARISE® Supervisor, ARISE® Trainer


ARISE® Three-day Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop

VENUE

Cumberland Heights River Road Campus – FLC Auditorium
8283 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209


CONTINUING EDUCATION

Earn 28 CIP/PCB-approved Continuing Education Hours by completing Part I: ARISE® 3-Day Continuing Care with Intervention Training.


REGISTRATION FEES

Part I: ARISE® Education Intensive (fees include 3-day workshop and ARISE® Practicum)

  • Standard Registration: $1,650
  • Early Bird Registration (prior to May 28): $1,550
  • Refresher Registration: $500 (Welcome back ARISE® Alums! Contact arisecoordinator@arise-network.com for the promo code.)

Complete Part II: ARISE® Supervision to become a Certified ARISE® Interventionist

  • Standard Registration: $750
  • You will not find the option to register for ARISE® Supervision until after the 3-day workshop. Because ARISE® Supervision requires you to find and work on a live case under the guidance of an ARISE® Supervisor, we advise that you register for ARISE® Supervision when you have found your case and are ready to join a group.

Refund Policy: Cancelled registrations less than 3 weeks prior to the training date can be rolled over to a future ARISE® training – no refunds will be issued. Cancellations more than 3 weeks prior to the training date can either be rolled over to a future ARISE® training or receive a refund of 90% of the paid registration (10% administrative processing fee). Eligible refunds will be issued via check within 2 weeks following the training.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

The Nashville International Airport is approximately 25 miles from Cumberland Heights and 21 miles from the Hampton Inn.


ACCOMMODATIONS

Hampton Inn Bellevue / Nashville I-40 West 

7815 Coley Davis Road, Nashville, TN 37221
615-662-3133

The Hampton Inn is approximately 11 miles from Cumberland Heights. You will receive the link for the discounted room block after you register. Please book your room ASAP – rooms will fill fast.

 


Marvin Ventrell - NAATP Executive Director - National Association of  Addiction Treatment Providers
Marvin Ventrell
Executive Director
National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

23 Million Americans suffer from addiction. An estimated 10% get the specialized care they need. Compare this to diabetes where an estimated 87% receive specialized care. Addiction is a disease and addiction treatment is a health care service. It is plain to see we have a serious health care gap between addiction treatment and need, and the need is great.

Unlike most healthcare, government funding is the primary source of payment for addiction care and that funding is woefully inadequate. Private insurance doesn’t adequately close the gap. It pays about 40% of medical care generally but only about 10% of addiction care. While parity law and addiction as an essential healthcare benefit have the potential to close that gap, we are not there yet.

Accessing appropriate treatment, therefore, is a considerable challenge. We who work in the field know what appropriate treatment, for the appropriate level of care, looks like, and where to find it. However, identifying treatment that is both high quality and attainable is a serious problem for both the typical consumer and even the payer.

good healthcare is never easy but for most conditions, consumers follow a sensible path. We seek the advice of trusted professionals who work in the field. We inquire with those who have experienced the condition. We ask our primary healthcare provider for a referral. We contact our insurer to find out what services are covered.

Consumers searching for addiction care frequently do not follow this path and are prone to falling into a web of marketing deception. Rather than focusing on appropriate health care criteria, the consumer can be lured toward flashy amenities, false promises, and economic bargains. These are not sensible healthcare selection criteria. It is alarming to think that a lifesaving healthcare selection would be influenced by luxury accommodations and whether the facility has a pool or is near the beach.

NAATP - National Association of  Addiction Treatment Providers

Addiction treatment is confusing and misunderstood to the consumer. We even have a confusing name for it: rehab. (The term rehab is both inaccurate and minimizes the gravity of the disease. It is time we stopped using it.) Further, the consumer or the consumer’s loved ones are typically operating in crisis and are vulnerable to deception.

So, the consumer turns to the internet. The landscape for finding treatment is dominated by the internet, which is dominated by Google, which is itself a function of marketing and the aggregation of consumer identity and behavior. The system is not built to help the consumer find the best care. It is built to help the advertiser direct the consumer.

The internet is frequently the source of manipulation and deception conducted by a minority of treatment providers and treatment brokers. Google AdWords can be dominated by unscrupulous marketers. Numerous other predatory web practices are designed to deceive the consumer. The AdWords game became so dangerous to the consumer that Google agreed to suspend that source of considerable income for the time being. NAATP is currently working with Google to develop a plan to reintroduce AdWords, accompanied by certain safeguards against deceptive practices.

Online treatment directories to the rescue! Not so fast. Such private directories can be of limited value to the consumer and can be misleading. They may be merely disguised advertising tools for one or more treatment centers or treatment brokers. Despite listing many other programs, frequently without permission, and presenting as independent resources, they still direct the consumer to call a specific 800 number where “caring professionals” are available. These directories are not, as some have suggested, analogous to the phonebook yellow pages, nor are they the Yelp of treatment. The buying and selling of patient leads can also be facilitated by online directories (remember, this is an identity aggregation system), a practice prohibited by the NAATP Code of Ethics. Additionally, the consumer must beware of so called treatment program rankings. Such rankings are not a recognized practice in the field.

The consumer may also find itself visiting a website that purports to be a treatment educational resource but is, itself, designed to aggregate identities and market certain treatment programs to them. Some such sites can be operated by a single program while not clearly branded with the program’s identity.

The government, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has produced an online repository of mental health and addiction services. It is a large repository that contains approximately 13,000 addiction treatment service entities. It is an important and useful repository of information, particularly for professionals working in the field, researchers, and policy-makers. In its depth and selection criteria, it may not be the most useful tool for the consumer to narrow and select care.

Good consumerism requires discernment based on objective criteria. To aid the consumer and payer in this process, NAATP has produced a guide to treatment program selection. We encourage the consumer and the professional to read and use this guide in the process of selecting addiction treatment. We further encourage treatment providers themselves to review this guide and ask themselves whether they meet the conditions set forth.

Continue Reading NAATP Executive Director’s Article on Treatment Program Discernment

Read the NAATP Guide to Choosing Treatment

Access the NAATP Addiction Industry Directory


Read about Cumberland Heights’ Code of Ethics and learn about 12 Questions to Ask Before You Choose an Addiction Treatment Program written by Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson.


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