Tag Archives: The Adolescent Program

Tag Archives: The Adolescent Program

Adolescent Treatment: How Recent Treatment Trends May Not Meet Patient Needs

Presentation Details:

During the presentation, we will identify current trends in adolescent substance use, explore a number of adolescent treatment modalities, and outline discrepancies between pertinent research and treatment trends.

  1. Gaining a better understanding about current trends in adolescent substance use;
  2. Exploring recent changes in adolescent treatment options around the country;
  3. Evaluate whether trendy treatment modalities align with current research on the needs of adolescents with substance use disorders

Presentation Date:

September 12, 2018 – 2 sessions; participants only need to choose 1 session. They are identical sessions.

  • 9:00AM – 12:00PM
  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Cost: $10.00 per attendee


Presenter Bio: Kelly Little, MSW, LCASA

Ms. Little received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Elon University and her Masters in Social Work at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Her passion for working in the field of addiction grew out of her experience with harm reduction strategies, as she worked as a college-level peer educator for 5 years. Through this experience, she researched the impact of body image on male and female college students, as well as the impact of CBT on adolescents with substance use disorders. Ms. Little has worked the treatment field since 2011, specializing in the treatment of adolescents. She has been at the Dilworth Center for 5 years and is currently responsible for adult and adolescent assessments, adolescent patient caseloads, patient and family education, and group therapy facilitation.

Adolescent Assessments Presentation at The Cookery, Nashville

WHO: Amara Schweinberg, MA — Kyle Cruze, LMFT, — Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC
WHAT: Adolescent Assessments Presentation
WHEN: Wednesday July 18, 2018 from 8:30AM – 10:30AM
WHERE: The Cookery in Nashville 1827 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Amara Schweinberg

Amara Schweinberg, MA

Amara Schweinberg is the Adolescent Admissions and Outreach Specialist for Cumberland Heights. Amara completed her undergraduate in Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University and went on to complete her graduate degree in Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University. Amara completed her internship at Father Ryan High School in the Personal Counseling Department. Amara started in the Intake Department at Cumberland Heights in 2012 and now focuses on adolescent admissions.


Kyle Cruze

Kyle Cruze, LMFT

Kyle Cruze is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Clinical Coordinator of the Adolescent Program at Cumberland Heights. Kyle completed his undergraduate work at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and went on to complete his graduate work at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Kyle joined the Cumberland Heights team in the fall of 2014. Kyle also maintains a private practice in Brentwood, TN.


Cumberland Heights - Adolescent Program Director - Dean Porterfield

Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Dean Porterfield currently serves as the Director of ARCH Academy. Dean has been with Cumberland Heights for over 8 years. As the Director he is responsible for day to day operations of ARCH as well as overseeing program development, staff development, referral relations, research and community outreach/education on teen addiction.

Dean has served as Executive Director of an outdoor therapeutic program for male adolescents for over 10 years. Dean also has served on the Board of Director of NATSAP (National Board of Therapeutic Schools and Programs), and frequently presents at national, regional and local conferences. Dean is also an approved LPC clinical supervisor.

Dean brings over 18 years experiences working with the adolescent population and their families. He believes in a strength-based approach and understands that authentic relationships with the teens and families we serve is paramount for lasting change. Dean is also invested in combining true tested approaches such as the 12 steps with other evidenced-based clinical modalities of intervention to treat not only the substance abuse, but also the underlying struggles that complement the teen’s self-medicating behavior.

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.

Meaningful Engagement with the Substance Abusing Adolescent Male

DATE: June 29, 2018
LOCATION: The Dilworth Center — 2240 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203
TIME: 8:30AM – 3:00PM

PRESENTED BY: Cumberland Heights
Dean Porterfield, LPC, MHSP, NCC
Cole Szabo, CPRS

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This presentation will focus on how to best engage adolescent males and young men who suffer from primary substance abuse diagnosis and co-occurring issue within a therapeutic context. Research driven approaches and techniques will be explored and applied to direct service delivery. Adolescent development issues, including exploration of the developing adolescent male brain, social influences and family systems will be considered. These modalities taught will be multi-sensory focused, explaining how such approaches as Impact Therapy, kinetic engagement and experiential exercises lead to enhanced comprehension of traditional therapeutic skills and techniques. This presentation will provide demonstrations on how to effectively incorporate the 12-step philosophy, CBT, Transactional Analysis, family systems and other proven strategies into the adolescent’s treatment experience.


  • Participants will be able to identify the developmental issues that need to be considered when providing treatment to the adolescent male.
  • Identify how brain development impacts the adolescent male treatment experience.
  • Participants will learn effective strategies to increase comprehension of skills taught.
  • Participants will better understand the statistics and trends that lead these young men to seek treatment.
  • Participants will learn how to integrate the 12-step philosophy to traditional therapeutic approaches.

    8:30AM – 9:00AM — Registration

    9:00AM – 10:15AM — Meaningful Engagement with the Substance Abusing Adolescent Male

    10:15AM – 10:30AM — BREAK

    10:30AM – 11:30AM — Meaningful Engagement (cont.)

    11:30AM – 1:00PM — LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

    1:00PM – 2:45PM — Meaningful Engagement (cont.)

    2:45PM – 3:00PM — Workshop Wrap-up

    Dean Porterfield, LPC, MHSP, NCC – Director of Adolescent Services, Cumberland Heights
    Dean Porterfield currently serves as the Director of the Adolescent Program at Cumberland Heights and also overseeing the program development of the new adolescent recovery center ARCH Academy in which he will serve as Executive Director. Dean joined the Cumberland Heights team in 2010.

    Dean has served as Executive Director of an outdoor therapeutic program for adolescent’s male for over 10 years. He also is owner of Do Life! Counseling and Consulting, PLLC where he specializes in treating adolescents and young adults. Dean also has served on the Board of Director of NATSAP (National Board of Therapeutic Schools and Programs), and frequently presents at national, regional and local conferences. Dean is also an approved LPC clinical supervisor.

    Cole Szabo, CPRS – Adolescent Specialist, Cumberland Heights
    Cole Szabo currently serves as the Adolescent Specialist at Cumberland Heights. Cole developed programming for the Extended Care Program, for which he oversees. Cole has also been instrumental in program development of the new Cumberland Heights Adolescent Recovery Center, ARCH Academy, opening in Spring of 2019. Cole joined the Cumberland Heights team in 2013.

    Cole has also served as a Clinical Associate in the Men’s program and Young Men’s Program before advancing to the Team Leader Role in the Young Men’s program. Cole was instrumental in establishing specialized treatment for this population. Cole is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is in pursuit of his LADAC.

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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Come join us for the April 26, 2018 Sumner County Community Education event on adolescent & substance abuse event at Indian Lake Peninsula Church. By the time they are seniors, almost 70% of high school students will have tried alcohol, half will have taken an illegal drug, nearly 40 percent will have smoked a cigarette, and more than 20 percent will have used a prescription drug for a non- medical purpose. Join us for an educational evening with Dr. Chapman Sledge, as well as other substance abuse professionals, to learn more about youth brain development and the effects substance abuse can have during these developmental stages.

There are many reasons adolescents use these substances, including the desire for new experiences, an attempt to deal with problems or perform better in school, and simple peer pressure. Adolescents are “biologically wired” to seek new experiences and take risks, as well as to carve out their own identity.

DATE: Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
LOCATION: Indian Lake Peninsula Church, 235 Indian Lake Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075


About Cumberland Heights

Organizer of Sumner County Community Education
The mission of Cumberland Heights is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by drugs and alcohol. Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. We carefully provide the highest quality care for adults, adolescents, and families who suffer from, or are affected by, this devastating disease.

By: Brett Martin
WKRN New Channel 2, Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Addiction is sweeping the country and impacting young people every day. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 25 percent of teenagers who use drugs become addicted before they turn 18.

“Drug addiction is chaotic,” said a former addict at Cumberland Heights in northwest Davidson County. Addiction is becoming far too normal for people, including teenagers. “Not all of them have gotten to that point, especially the youth, where they could be addicted, but they are definitely on a path,” said Dean Porterfield, Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Services.

There is no doubt in Alex Booth’s mind that he is a recovering addict. Booth is 28 years old now and once was hooked on pain pills. “Drinking on the weekends, partying, having fun was all that I really cared about, and it’s not realistic to have that kind of lifestyle,” said Booth. Booth came to Cumberland Heights years ago. He said without their help, he might not be alive today.

“I was on death’s door when I got to Cumberland Heights. I had a very low heart beat from being on so many depressants for so long,” said Booth. That is a scary reality for many teenagers and young adults. “I had pretty much given up and I said, ‘Do whatever.’ I’d follow any suggestion,” Booth told News 2.

A report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse says 50 percent of teens have tried alcohol and 40 percent have used some kind of illegal drug by their senior year in high school.

Porterfield said most of the teenagers coming to them are addicted to alcohol and marijuana and headed down a dark path with prescription pain pills. “We are starting to see teenagers and young adults getting into substances at a faster rate and a more lethal rate,” said Porterfield. Porterfield said the biggest challenge is making sure teenagers understand the disease and want to get help. “It’s not uncommon for someone to get to us and have the drug history, substance abuse history of someone that is much older,” explained Porterfield.

That is something Booth said was a huge hurdle for him and others who have hit rock bottom.

“I remember being a teenager and thinking that I had the entire world figured out,” Booth said.

Young people have always faced distinct pressures as they come of age. There are countless stories in history, literature and film depicting the physical and psychological changes that occur in adolescence, and the difficulties of taking on new responsibilities, fitting in with peers and discovering the first stages of independence. These challenges have only grown in our digital age, with new generations feeling obligated to keep up with the barrage of trends on social media. It’s easy for adolescents to fall into the trap of unhealthy behaviors and habits — including drug and alcohol abuse.

At Cumberland Heights, we know that adolescents who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse need engaging treatment that will resonate with them. We want to empower young people to say no to drugs and alcohol with confidence, and to find happiness and fulfillment in healthier activities. With their whole lives ahead of them, it’s important for this demographic to heal after substance abuse and addiction and to understand that they don’t need to rely on these substances to have fun, look cool or fit in. To address the specific needs of younger teens (and young men in particular), Cumberland Heights offers a boys-only adolescent program targeted toward young men ages 14 to 18.

Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH Academy)

ARCH Academy - Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights - Teen Addiction Treatment & Recovery CenterCumberland Heights began offering its Adolescent Program in 1985. At the time, there were few other adolescent services or programs like it in the country. We helped pave the way for adolescent-specific treatment and are among just a handful of recovery programs with time-tested and well-developed programming for young men. Since our program began, it has grown exponentially in size and breadth. In 2019, we will be expanding to a new state-of-the-art facility in Kingston Springs to better accommodate our teen clients. ARCH Academy is currently located on the Cumberland Heights River Road campus, but our Kingston Springs property affords a separate, 67-acre space in the hills of Tennessee.

Surrounded by wooded hills and free of city distractions while remaining within arm’s reach of Nashville’s amenities, ARCH Academy provides the ideal setting for adolescent recovery. With a length of stay ranging from 60 days to 6 months, teen boys ages 14-18 can rediscover themselves through our time-tested methods and within a supportive community of their peers. Our programming focuses on 12-Step recovery, proven clinical therapies, educational services and adventure programming. Together, these modalities create a program that allows our young people to discover and experience fun without alcohol and drugs, while learning about addiction, developing life skills and restoring their self-esteem.

Since teens are in a critical developmental stage in their lives, recovery from alcohol and drug use looks different for them than it does for adults. To account for this, we have designed ARCH Academy specifically for adolescent males. Our programs are based on research regarding emotional and physical development, common concerns of the modern teen and proven techniques that engage our kids in a meaningful way

The Academy

ARCH Academy is a full-time program that includes regular education alongside recovery education. Your son will not fall behind in school if he joins ARCH Academy: we operate a fully accredited private high school equipped to teach grade levels 7-12, including GED prep, credit recovery options and follow-up academic placement. We focus on preparing our students to return to school, begin college or start a career so they are ready to lead healthy and productive lives upon program completion. Our licensed teacher and principal work closely with each of our students’ families to provide support and guidance through the process. ARCH Academy proudly celebrates frequent graduations for those who finish high school while in treatment.

ARCH Academy is a residential program, which means your teen will be living on our campus during the length of their stay. Our facilities include comfortable, modern amenities; fully prepared, nutritious meals; access to our counselors and staff and more. You will be able to keep in touch with your son via phone — and, we work closely with each family to provide regular updates, facilitate visits and include family members in therapy activities whenever appropriate.

Recovery Activities

We take full advantage of our beautiful location and offer adventure therapy as a key component of our programs. Alongside more traditional therapeutic methods (e.g., individual and group therapy, 12-Step education and exercises), we incorporate engaging and challenging outdoor activities to teach teamwork and interpersonal skills, encourage physical activity, build self-confidence and show a breadth of healthy hobbies that don’t involve drugs or alcohol.

A typical day in our Adolescent Program includes a breadth of activities, including:

  • School and study sessions
  • Meditation
  • Prepared group meals
  • Recreation
  • Group and/or individual therapy
  • Personal time
  • 12-Step meeting

Is ARCH Academy Right for My Teen?

ARCH Academy is a top-quality recovery program for teens with a long history of success. We welcome young men from the Nashville, Tennessee area and beyond, and our clients come from many walks of life and backgrounds. If you are worried about your son and believe he may be struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please reach out to us. We can work with you to determine whether our programs offer the kind of care your teen needs, and to help you learn more about available resources to ensure your son makes a full recovery.

The ARCH Academy Adolescent Program is available for teen boys ages 14 through 18. Cumberland Heights also offers a Young Adult program for young men aged 18 through 25. If you or your child is on the cusp of these age groups, we can work with you to determine which setting will be more appropriate.

Planning for the Future at Cumberland Heights

Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. Studies have shown accountability with a continuing care plan, sober fellowship, family involvement and extended support serve as the cornerstone for long-term recovery. At Cumberland Heights, we want to make sure that every client who passes through our programs is prepared to lead a long and fulfilling sober life — we offer alumni services, connect clients with external recovery resources, include family members in therapy and care plans and offer one-year extended care via our Recovery Care Advocacy program.

Recovery Care Advocacy

Alcohol and drug addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. Studies have shown accountability with a continuing care plan, sober fellowship, family involvement and extended support serve as the cornerstone for long-term recovery. Recovery Care Advocacy at Cumberland Heights is a service provided to all our alumni through their first year of recovery after completing a treatment program at Cumberland Heights.

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Get your teen the help they need, in an environment created just for them — visit our ARCH Academy website to learn more about our adolescent program and to start the admissions process. Call ARCH Academy today at 844-ARCH-ORG.

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