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New Recovery Tools; Cumberland Heights Rolls Out Patient Portal Tablet ProgramGone are the days of sticky notes.

Well, maybe they’re not gone, but they are being scaled back here at Cumberland Heights.

Instead of carrying around a flimsy piece of paper to keep track of their appointments, our patients are getting some scheduling help from a trusty tool called technology. On February 4th, the patient portal was rolled out, four months after CEO Jay Crosson expressed his vision to have a tablet in every patient’s hands.

“Cumberland Heights has a rich history with traditions that go back 50 plus years. That said, we also understand our responsibility to be forward-thinking and that was the idea behind the tablets,” said Crosson.

Initially, the goal was to provide a way for patients to take wellness screeners on their own time — those are the surveys patients take to rate their mood, energy level and other feelings. But Information Technology Director Jimmy Jamison thought, what if we could do more?

“I started thinking about what would be useful/beneficial to the patient to make the tablet a companion tool for their recovery while under our care,” said Jamison.

He got to work developing and now — it has just about everything a patient might need — all updated in realtime. It has the patient’s treatment plan, program schedule, program handbook, wellness surveys, daily menu, weekly weather forecast, a daily journal, the AA Big Book & 12×12, audio from AA & NA speakers, daily meditations and more.

“These are technological tools that help connect the patients to people and that is the crux of the entire effort. Whether we are connecting the patients to staff, each other, alumni, or the larger recovery community, we are using technology to build connections. Addiction is about disconnection; Recovery is about connection,” said Chief Clinical Officer Cinde Stewart Freeman.

Convenience and connection are just the beginning. The portal is helping the Research Division collect data in a way we’ve never been able to do before so we can measure success and better treat our patients. Nick Hayes, Director of Clinical Research and outcomes provided this example: “Perhaps a group of patients have a specified comorbid disorder that our staff would like to monitor. Tablets allow for our clinical teams to adjust who gets what (i.e. measures) and when (i.e. interval).

In return the data collected on our tablets will help us reach our overall goal of defining success and increasing the public’s access to what we measure, how we measure and how our treatments affects the average patient.

“If you were being treated for cancer would you like to be monitored? Wouldn’t we all hope that our doctors would want to check in with our radiation protocol to ensure that the affected tissue was responding to the treatment? These same fundamental practices in medicine should be adopted broadly by behavioral health. We have the science. We have the responsibility to our patients and their families. We hope that by better tracking patient change, that we can start to learn more regarding how our treatment’s affect different populations,” said Hayes.

All of this is in addition to our expert medical care, individual & family services as well as spiritual, expressive, recreational therapies.

“As we were building the app, we thought a lot about how technology should be used to create a complimentary service to each individual’s personal recovery” said Web Development Coordinator Chris Lindsay.

This is Patient Portal v1.0. The team is constantly working with lots of ideas to further develop the app and expand the use of personalized technology this year.

“My long term vision is to offer the same platform to alumni to access the content they created/had access to when in treatment as well as provide aftercare and other alumni driven information to further assist in long term recovery.  In my opinion, the sky is the limit on what we can provide our patients, current and past,” said Jamison.


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.

Prescription Abuse, Pills, Painkillers, Narcotic Abuse, and Addiction Treatment

Your friend was messing around with his nephew’s skateboard. It wasn’t going to end well — you guys aren’t in your early 20s anymore, after all — and he predictably took a spill when he ran into a curb. He ended up breaking his wrist pretty badly. The doctor gave him a script for some Vicodin to help with the pain. When he filled the prescription, he got a bunch of pills, but only ended up using a couple. They made him nauseous, so he switched to extra-strength Advil. 

A couple of weeks later, you mentioned you were having trouble sleeping. Your friend offered you the rest of his Vicodin — he wasn’t using it, and he’d heard it could help with that kind of thing. So you took it. And you realized it did more than just help you sleep; it made you feel happier and less stressed out. You took two on a Saturday morning just for fun, and enjoyed the pleasant drowsiness while you watched your favorite movies all day. 

When you ran out of the Vicodin, you started getting headaches. Your insomnia came back, and it was worse than before. You asked your friend if he had any refills; then, when those ran out, you went to your own doctor and claimed you’d been having some serious back pain. Before you even realized it, you needed painkillers to get through the day, and you were willing to lie to your physician to get what you wanted. 

Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as illicit “street” drugs. In many cases, they can be even more dangerous because they are more potent and — at first — are more easily accessible. Pain pill addiction — often called opioid addiction — isn’t the only type of addiction to prescription drugs, either. Anxiety medications and amphetamines for ADD/ADHD are addictive, too. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most commonly misused prescription drugs are: 

Opioids

  • Fentanyl (Duragesic®)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lorcet®, Lortab®)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®, Percodan®)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana®)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon®)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®)
  • Meperidine (Demerol®)
  • Diphenoxylate (Lomotil®)

Depressants

  • Pentobarbital sodium (Nembutal®)
  • Diazepam (Valium®)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax®)

Stimulants

  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®)
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Concerta®)
  • Amphetamines (Ritalin®) 

If you or someone close to you is prescribed any of these drugs, you need to be very careful to take them as directed. As soon as any signs of misuse appear, you should talk to a doctor; dependence on these drugs can arise very quickly, and withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. It’s easy to become trapped in a cycle of addiction to prescription drugs, but professional treatment can help break the cycle and give you another chance at life.


Trolley Tour of Nashville area Holiday LightsJoin us for a festive trolley tour of Nashville area holiday lights. We will board the trolley at Starbucks in the Belle Meade Plaza Shopping Center – Address: 4514 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, arrive early and get a holiday beverage on us!


WHAT: A festive trolley tour of Nashville area holiday lights
WHEN: Saturday, December 8th from 7:00PM – 10:00PM
COST: $8.00 (nonrefundable fee) per person – limited spaces available

The deadline to RSVP (signup form below) is Thursday, December 6th. This event may not be appropriate for small children due to the length of the tour as well as the seating arrangements on the trolley. If you RSVP and are unable to attend the event, please notify Jaime Gibbons by 12/6/18 – failure to cancel within the time frame indicated can result in higher costs and restricted participation in future events.

Wow! All available spots are gone!

Due to the overwhelming response we’ve had for our trolley tour, we’ve unfortunately run out of available spots. If you’d like to add your name(s) to the waiting list, please email Jaime Gibbons at jaime_gibbons@cumberlandheights.org

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

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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.

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.

Healing from Addictions, Cravings, and Choiceless Behaviors

A Workshop for Those Who Suffer and for Those Who Love Them

Sarah Peyton, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent CommunicationIn an ideal world, our emotional needs are met with warmth and understanding from the earliest age. For many of us, this is not the case. Instead we experience loneliness, internal conflicts and overwhelming emotional pain. Addictions and choiceless behaviors often become the brain’s creative strategies for survival.

Sarah Peyton, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, will teach us how to disentangle nervous system wiring which keeps us locked in these unhealthy patterns. Join us to experience the way Sarah’s innovative work can support the healing process.

Workshop Details:

Workshop pricing: Early-bird $225; after August 1st $275


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During the workshop, we will explore:

  • The connection between the latest brain research and the “decisions” we make that lead us toward and away from addictions and compulsions;
  • How to counteract old patterns to support healthy decision making;
  • How to leverage our own empathy skills to bring ourselves relief

If this workshop appeals to you and cost is the only barrier, please contact Melissa Red to discuss how we can help support your attendance.

Workshop site/venue:

United Methodist Publishing HouseUnited Methodist Publishing House
2222 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228

(A short distance north of downtown Nashville — 3 miles — with plenty of free parking)

Workshop Dates:

Date and Times: September 22/23, 2018

  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
    Family Constellations (optional; no additional fee)
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Workshop presenter:

Sarah Peyton speaks and writes internationally on the confluence of NVC, Family Constellation work and the world of neuroscience research. Author of the recently published book, Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, Sarah has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing to support brain and body connection. Funny, touching, and filled with personal stories and up-to-date research on our nervous systems, her presentations change lives and invite the healing and self-compassion that comes from hearing ourselves and others deeply. For more information about Sarah see www.empathybrain.com.

Join our Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights for Take Me Out to the Sounds Game!

Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights present Take Me Out to the Sounds GameAlumni Relations has reserved the AMi Power Alley for our annual night out at the ballpark! This area accommodates 40 guests with a mix of high-top table seating, couches and standing room. The RSVP cost for this event is $8.00 per person, limit 4 tickets per family. Once you reserve your spot (using the form below), your ticket will be available for pickup on August 18th beginning at 6:00pm at the Right Field Entrance. Please contact Jaime Gibbons for more information.

Don’t miss the Nashville Sounds taking on the New Orleans Baby Cakes!

WHEN: August 18, 2018 at 6:00PM
WHERE: First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds
WHO: Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (All CH Alumni and Friends invited!)
COST: $8.00 per person/ticket
UPDATE: As of 08/07/2018 we are currently sold out. If you’d like to put your name on the waiting list, please email Jaime Gibbons at jaime_gibbons@cumberlandheights.org or call (615) 432-3222.

Also, due to limited ticket availability, we ask that you make every effort to attend the event or make sure to cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event.


Join our Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) for Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

This Year’s Concert for Cumberland Heights Promises to be a Party at the Ryman Auditorium

‘Here Come the Mummies’ to bring the funk and the fun to this popular fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 10, 2018 – The Concert for Cumberland Heights on Oct. 2, 2018, will be a fun, memorable night of great music at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This annual concert will feature “Here Come the Mummies” and is the biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment at Cumberland Heights. Additionally, some of proceeds will go toward construction of Cumberland Heights’ new youth facility, ARCH Academy, to be competed in 2019.

“Here Come The Mummies” (HCTM) bills themselves as 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 the seasonal spirit.

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; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America.

The concert will start at 7:30PM. Cumberland Heights will also host a VIP pre-party (ticket details below) for donors from 5PM to 7PM.

Proceeds of the event support Cumberland Heights’ adolescent and young adult treatment programs and have raised more than $3 million in the past 21 years. With a treatment plan based in the 12 Steps, these programs help patients set goals for life-long recovery.

“The Concert for Cumberland Heights is always very popular with the community and our supporters,” said Cumberland Heights’ Chief Marketing & Development Officer Martha Farabee. “This year is going to be such a blast. ‘Here Come the Mummies’ is such a fun band, I predict we will all be out of our seats dancing and singing along for much of the night.”

Here’s what “Here Come the Mummies” have to say about themselves: “Some say we were cursed. Others claim we 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!'”

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 13 at 10AM via Ticketmaster outlets, online at Concert for Cumberland Heights as well as Ticketmaster, the Ryman box office and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50.

REGISTER TO ATTEND OUR 2018 ALUMNI & STAFF PICNIC

Recovery Under the Big Top

Step right up! Join us for the very greatest, most spectacular alumni & staff picnic in the universe! Recovery under the Big Top is this years theme and it’s sure to be one of our biggest and best ones yet! Come early and be prepared to see high-flying acrobats, a stilt walker, jugglers, have your face painted, a petting zoo, a camel, bounce inflatables, carnival games, BINGO, raffle prizes, and special speaker. Wow what a show!

WHO: All alumni, families and staff welcome!
DATE: Saturday September 15th
TIME: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
FUN: Acrobats, stilt walker, juggler, face painting, petting zoo, camel, lunch buffet, inflatables, carnival games, BINGO, raffle prizes, and special speaker.
FOOD: Priority lunch seating begins at: 11:30AM (300 spots), 12:30PM (300 spots), 1:30PM (300 spots) and finally 2:00PM – Open Seating

 

Lunch is FREE, Raffle is FREE

FREE T-shirts for the first 300 staff & alumni
Registration: RSVP below by 9/12/18

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2018 Alumni Relations Canoe Trip on the Harpeth River

Join Alumni Relations for a 5 mile float down the Harpeth River. You can pick your paddle buddy or we can pair you with someone the day of the event. Price includes canoe rental and cookout afterwards hosted by Scott A. (His address is: 8732 Cub Creek Road Nashville, TN 37209) Please wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Don’t forget to pack water, sunscreen, snacks and a change of dry clothes.

Event Details:

Saturday July 21st – launch at 9:30AM, please arrive by 8:45AM (The float will take approximately 4 hours to complete)
$5.00 per person (2 people per canoe)
$10.00 for a kayak (limited number available)
For more information, check out the Canoe Music City Website
1203 Highway 70 South, Kingston Springs, TN 37082


Alumni Event Registration & Ticket Purchase

  • STEP 1 - Personal Information

    The cost is $8.00 per person. Please also provide your name, email, cell & credit card information to hold your reservation. Please note tickets are non-refundable and will go to the Cumberland Heights Foundation General Donations Fund.

  • Ticket price total: .00

  • STEP 2 - Credit Card and Billing Information

    We accept MasterCard VISA American Express & Discover

    There is a required of $8.00 reservation per person that is non-refundable and will go to the Cumberland Heights Foundation General Donations Fund. Please fill out your credit card number, expiration month and year, CVN number and billing address to where your credit card statement is sent below.


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