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Tag Archives: Outpatient treatment


Outpatient treatment in recoveryWhen we are involved in outpatient treatment, we’re able to pursue our addiction recovery in an intensive way – while still being able to return home to our families and carry out other responsibilities of daily life. A 2015 study published in the journal Psychiatric Services further evidence the success of these programs by assessing previous research conducted between 1995 and 2012; they found that overall, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) are extremely successful in aiding alcohol and drug use disorders. Of course, we have to be on the right track in our recovery for outpatient treatment to be a good fit; having a supportive home environment, a drive for success in recovery, appropriate transportation measures and not needing detoxification are a few qualities of those in IOPs. Once you’re in, however, there are many benefits you can gain.

A 2017 study conducted by researchers from Portugal assessed 254 individuals in IOPs for addiction recovery. They randomly placed participants in separate groups: individual psychological counseling, individual psychiatric counseling, both psychological and psychiatric counseling, or the attendance of both individual forms of counseling along with group sessions. Ultimately, the study proved what many treatment centers are just now catching up to: the importance of integration in addiction recovery care.

  • Individual psychological counseling
  • Individual psychiatric counseling (the implementation of medication for specific needs)
  • Both types of individual counseling
  • Group therapy sessions

Implementing all of these approaches to treatment can make a huge difference for someone in recovery – because we all have different needs, thought processes, learning styles and personalities, and the various implementations can help fill in gaps that other approaches to treatment can’t. In the book, Integrative Addiction and Recovery, the authors highlighted the various treatment modalities that have expanded over time. Some of these include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), neurofeedback therapy, 12-Step programs (such as Alcoholics Anonymous), contingency management, exercise, acupuncture, meditation and more.

If you’re ready to take on a holistic, integrative approach to recovery, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights. You’re not alone.

Cumberland Heights in Murfreesboro Tennessee is a 12-step based outpatient alcohol & drug rehab program. Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals age 18 and above who may be in the early stages of dependency or are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.

Building recovery through outpatient treatment Outpatient treatment programs have proven their success time and time again, as those who have already been working towards their recovery journey can find great support there. Peer support services are often a centralized component and may include more than just group sessions, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests – 12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), give those in recovery a chance to continue connecting with others walking through a similar – yet completely different – path. Interactions through this type of environment can help individuals develop skills needed to strengthen connections in real life as well as their own recovery.

In 2016, researchers published a study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment that highlights the strengths and weaknesses that a number of peer support services have provided those in recovery over the years. While not every outpatient program is perfect, there are specific strengths that can really make a difference, such as:

  • Building motivation
  • Skills training
  • Goal-setting initiatives
  • Coping strategies
  • Being a self-advocate
  • Encouraging sobriety

Addiction has been shown to affect a person’s mind, body and spirit and 12-Step programs in particular can help a person strengthen their spirituality by building a relationship with God or another Higher Power. For many, this type of connection gives them further grounding for a sense of purpose in life.

If you’re unsure what to expect from 12-Step programs, each one is different – but for many, the benefits are the same. One woman shared her story via Mint Arrow, a website that covers a variety of topics including fashion, beauty, lifestyle and more. She explained what 12-Step programs are like by stating,

“They’re held in strict confidentiality and are a safe place to be open about what you’re struggling with and a place where you’ll be inspired by other people who have found hope and healing from addiction.”

If you’re ready to begin your journey to recovery, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today. The time to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit is now.

Cumberland Heights in Nashville, Tennessee on Music Row is a 12-Step based alcohol & drug rehab program. Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals 18 and above who may be in the early stages of dependency or are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use. We offer personalized assessments and treatment plans, as well as convenient evening hours to accommodate your workday schedule. To get started on your recovery journey today, call us at 615-356-2700.

grateful to be soberBy definition, gratitude is, “the quality of being thankful; ready to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” When we talk about addiction, gratitude isn’t often the first on the list for discussion. Many may ask, “What is there to be thankful for?” Substances often provide us a way out – of our sorrows, our pain and our ignorance. They pull us away from what we already have, because they draw our attention elsewhere – to using. The truth is, one of the most vital components of addiction recovery is practicing gratitude and that’s because by recognizing and appreciating what we have, we can live a happier, healthier life overall.

A 2015 study conducted by researchers from around the U.S. sought to explore how gratitude played out for 23 adults in outpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD). They asked these adults to complete daily gratitude exercises that asked them to write down “Three Good Things” about their lives. Many participants completed the study and while some found this difficult to do on a daily basis, the process overall held a significant effect on the perceptions and temperament. More and more participants started to feel calmer, more at ease and the researchers concluded that this type of gratitude exercise was truly beneficial to their recovery.

If you get the chance, try out this exercise. What can you come up with? For many in addiction recovery, gratitude looks something like this:

  • Having another opportunity to get one’s life back
  • Developing a stronger connection with a Higher Power who loves you
  • Being able to rely on people from support groups or recovery programs
  • Sobriety and all of the wonderful benefits that come with it
  • And more

Gratitude is for anyone and everyone. It’s a spiritual practice, and it connects us to what truly brings us joy in life. Start incorporating more gratitude into your life today.


Cool Springs Treatment is a 12-Step based outpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation program. Designed for individuals 18 and older, we strive for individualized, quality treatment to meet each person’s unique needs. Our outpatient program gives you just enough structure to really keep a firm grip on your recovery, while still allowing you the time to follow through with outside responsibilities such as family, school or work.

Call us today at 615-356-2700 to get more information on seeking the help you need.

intensive outpatient program (IOP)Intensive outpatient treatment programs (IOPs) are extremely effective in guiding people through addiction recovery while also providing them with enough flexibility to carry out daily responsibilities that otherwise couldn’t be completed in a residential treatment program. With so many different treatment options available, it can be hard to decide which one to look into. Each program and center have their own way of providing services and the cost, location, approaches used and more can have an impact on what type of care you move forward with. The best time to go to an IOP really depends on your situation, because everyone’s story is different.

The best way to approach the thought of attending an IOP is probably to determine if you are a good fit for it. Here are a few common criteria often needed to go into these types of programs:

  1. Require intense treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD)
  2. Has a potential history of numerous relapses
  3. May have a co-occurring disorder (such as an SUD and a psychological disorder as well)
  4. Lack of confidence in one’s ability to carry out recovery on their own

Often people who attend these types of treatment programs have a safe environment they can return home to at the end of the day. They typically have proper arrangements for childcare and other responsibilities while in treatment; IOPs require that much of the day is spent on-site, so it’s important to have these types of things in order before attending. Many people find that IOPs are beneficial to attend after they’ve completed a residential treatment program – they find it to be a safe transition into more independent living.

By speaking with a reputable treatment center, you can find what type of programs you would be best suited for. IOPs can truly give you an immersive experience while still being able to return home at night, which is a huge benefit for most people.


Music Row Treatment near Downtown Nashville is one of twelve Outpatient Recovery Centers we operate in the state of Tennessee. Designed for individuals 18 and older, we strive for individualized, quality treatment to meet each person’s unique needs. Our outpatient program gives you just enough structure to really keep a firm grip on your recovery, while still allowing you the time to follow through with outside responsibilities such as family, school or work.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to get more information on seeking the help you need.


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