2019 Alumni Relations Canoe Trip on the Harpeth River
Join Alumni Relations for a 7 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.
Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights invites you to participate in Back to Basics: Steps and Stories. This intensive 12 step workshop, much like the original step working format from the 1940’s, is open to all persons in recovery.
All materials will be provided for participants as well as box lunches.
WHAT: Back to Basics – Steps and Stories
WHEN: Saturday May 18th 9:00AM – 4:00PM
WHERE: River Road Main Campus – Ishee Chapel
All three of our guest facilitators, Wally Patton, Brit Schanks and Carver Brown, are experts in Back to Basics and have taken hundreds of people through the 12 steps in group settings.
We will begin promptly at 9:00AM and end at 4:00PM, please make sure to arrive no later than 8:45AM to get your supplies and seats. During lunch there will be an assignment to process with your partner or small group. Please be prepared to stay for the duration of the workshop, each participant should begin and end the day with the group.
“Every Brilliant Thing” – Alumni Relations March Event
“Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillian, with Jonny Donahoe
This one-woman play depicts a daughter who learns as a child that her mother has been hospitalized for doing, as her father puts it, “something stupid.” She resolves to show her mother that life is worth living, by writing a list of 1,000 brilliant things and leaving them on scraps of paper for her mother to find.
Cost: Tickets are $8.00 and include show and post-show discussion panel
“Every Brilliant Thing” offers an unflinching view of chronic depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Far from being sad or tragic, the play approaches the topic with love and sincerity, with hope and even humor. This unique theater experience involves the audience in the story, evoking empathy, tears, laughter, insight and deep compassion.
After the show, a panel featuring Cumberland Heights staff & alumni will discuss the impact of mental illness on the family.
Join Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights in supporting our very own Nashville Predators! Cost for this event is $25.00 per person and is open to all alumni, families and staff (children under 2 years of age are free but must sit on the lap of the ticket holder).
Seats are located in section 317 Fan Zone. Check out the seating chart below to see where this section is located. All tickets will need to be picked up from the Alumni Relations Department prior to 2/20/19.
Join 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 email@example.com
Join our Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights for Take Me Out to the Sounds Game!
Alumni 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!
Summer is host to some of the year’s most festive holidays and events. Parades, fireworks, barbecues and parties are iconic summer traditions which can be stressful for a person in early recovery. Cumberland Heights staff compiled these 5 recovery tips for summer fun to help you enjoy all the season has to offer.
1. Plan ahead
Don’t let an event catch you off guard. Bring your own beverages to ensure you have non-alcoholic options, and prepare a response if someone offers you an alcoholic drink. Plan an exit strategy in case you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation. Make certain you have reliable transportation, and bring a sober friend for support and accountability.
2. Do your own thing
Be the party planner. Create a fun barbecue or party so you control the environment. Planning your own event will ensure you’re not put in unwanted circumstances.
3. Mentally prepare
If you’re attending a party or event where alcohol will be served, evaluate your motives before going. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “So our rule is not to avoid a place where there is drinking, if we have a legitimate reason for being there. Ask yourself on each occasion, ‘Have I any good social, business or personal reason for going to this place?’”
4. Attend meetings
Go to a meeting every day of the week leading up to and through the event or holiday weekend. If you’re going to be out of town, check local meeting schedules in the area. Meeting makers make it, and a holiday is just another day to stay sober.
5. Ask for support
Don’t be afraid to call your family or friends and ask for support. Ask someone you love and trust to check in on you throughout the weekend.
Join the Alumni Relations program for our annual white water rafting adventure!
We have limited spots available for this event. Your RSVP is required and includes your float cost and a BBQ dinner served after the float is complete, compliments of Scott A. You will need to provide your own transportation. It takes approximately 3.5 hours from Nashville to Adventures Unlimited. If you wish to stay overnight, there is lodging available. However, it is not included in your registration. If you are interested in caravanning please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Tennessee state law requires floaters to be at least 12 years of age. Please wear comfortable clothing, wear water shoes/sandals with straps (no flip flops), and bring sunscreen.
Due to the overwhelming response we’ve had for our alumni relations white water rafting trip 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 email@example.com
Art therapy is a growing experiential therapy used by the Traditional Men, Women, Young Men, and Extended Care programs at Cumberland Heights. It’s offered through weekly groups as well as to individual patients referred by their primary counselors.
Art therapy allows patients a non-confrontational mode of expression and communication which fosters self-discovery, internalization of core beliefs and improved self-esteem and identity exploration, while also supporting and enhancing 12-Step work. At Cumberland Heights we’re fortunate to have access to a variety of media for the patients to take risks and play with – including painting, drawing and collage, as well as repurposed and “trashed” materials which can be used to create something new – something out of “junk.”
No artistic skill, background or even desire is required for art therapy. All that’s asked is a patient remains open to the process and keep criticism of self and others at bay. This is a huge obstacle for many who’ve been told by others they aren’t creative or aren’t good at creating art – and have ultimately internalized a belief that art is not a mode of expression they’re capable of utilizing.
I have many patients who come through and have experienced some form of “art trauma” and find it very threatening to do something creative outside of their comfort zone. It’s incredibly rewarding to witness these individuals step up with courage to allow themselves to be vulnerable.
There are many things I love about art therapy; namely, there is tangible evidence of a patient’s process. There’s proof of how they’re feeling or thinking in the moment of creation. Art-making is inherently self-esteem boosting and allows patients an opportunity to get “out of their heads.” They begin to make sense of what seems out of control, especially when it’s difficult to find the words to describe or identify what they’re experiencing.
I worked with one young woman who entered treatment as the victim of a violent assault. Through art therapy, she was eventually able to tell her story using an artistically altered book as the method for her narrative work. She already had a lot of mature coping skills in place and had done some amazing work in boundary setting and self-care while in treatment.
After an art-therapy assessment, I decided she had the ability to self-structure. Her work showed she was very intelligent, insightful and expressive, but also revealed a struggle with unhealthy relationships and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness. I asked her to create an altered book using an old hard-backed library book and mixed media. I gave her no directive beyond this in hopes this freedom would allow her to tell her story. By the end of this book, she showed her attack and trauma, and asked me to join her in her primary group so she could share her story using her book as the guide to show the story she was unable to tell.
The young woman began a new altered book before leaving treatment; the first page was full of messages of self-empowerment. It was inspirational to see her find her voice by taking away the power of her traumatic experience through externalization and storytelling. She no longer carried the burden of her shame and fear alone. Through art therapy, she reclaimed her life and found courage and inspiration from within.
Art therapy is powerful in a group setting as well, allowing peers to share themselves at a deeper level and demonstrate trust and willingness in the process.
I worked with an adult male patient who admitted he felt art therapy was the least helpful group for his recovery. After he skipped group, I gave him an assignment to explore how this avoidance was indicative of old patterns or defenses, encouraging him to think about what was holding him in these well-worn patterns of addiction.
From this challenge, he created a sculpture representing his long-term struggle with true acceptance in his life, and acknowledging for there to be a higher power, darkness also has to exist. He connected this to an understanding he had to find balance in his life and work in order to accept that which he cannot change, so he would be empowered in his recovery. His presentation changed completely and his work demonstrated a catharsis, a shift in breaking through his defenses and finally being authentic.
These are just a couple of examples of the powerful work I have been fortunate enough to witness in art therapy. I truly believe in its value as part of addiction treatment. I continue to be blown away by the power of the creative process in self-discovery and, most importantly, self-healing. I am eternally grateful to Cumberland Heights and to the people who have passed through these doors for the healing and growth I receive daily.
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