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Relationships that harm recoveryAs previous research has shown us, one of the biggest influencers of recovery is support. Having someone by our side to lean on, to tell when things aren’t going the way we’d like for them to, to share our victories with – it all matters, and it can either pull us up (or push us down) in recovery.

Involvement in treatment is one of the biggest predictors of recovery success, but if we spend our time building our recovery with the wrong type of connections, we may wind up taking a few steps back in recovery – which is certainly not what we want.

Whether you’re in a 12-Step program or are meeting people through other avenues, it’s important to be careful in choosing who you invite to become part of your support system. Check out the following connections that may not be doing you any good:

  1. Keeping friends from the past. A 2015 study published in the journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy found that those who associated themselves more with non-using friends and less with friends who used to use actually experienced a better quality of life.
  2. Making friends with someone who attends 12-Step meetings but isn’t sober. We all know of that person who attends but isn’t 100% committed. Be wary of these types of connections because they could ultimately bring your recovery progress down – even if that wasn’t the original intention.
  3. Trying desperately to maintain connections with friends or family who do not support your recovery. As the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes, there are many reasons why family members may be unsupportive right now. The best you can do is let them know that you care and that you’re trying, and then give them space to work through their concerns while you continue to focus on your recovery.

The people we let into our lives can significantly alter the paths we take, so it’s wise to consider who you let in.

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.

Exploring types of connections in addiction recovery communities.The people whom we spend our time with are the ones who often have the biggest impact on our recovery. This is often because the conversations, activities and thoughts that are shared become taken into consideration by ourselves, which can cause us to take different paths along the way. Recovery communities are strong yet vulnerable communities because they’ve experienced trauma, substance abuse and more. Thus, social connections are a huge area of concern for those in recovery due to the significant influence they can have on us.

According to a 2017 study published in the journal Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, positive networks and social processes help those in recovery establish and maintain structure in recovery. These social connections could develop from:

  • Volunteer work
  • Self-help groups such as 12-Step programs
  • Recreational activities
  • Training and employment
  • And more

In fact, previous research has shown that the more we engage ourselves with supportive others in recovery (such as with a sponsor in a 12-Step program), the more likely we are to not only participate in treatment to a greater extent, but also to remain abstinent for a longer period of time.

Recovery communities essentially undergo a change in perspective when it comes to self-identity. Towards the beginning of recovery, individuals may view themselves as “addicts” but, over time and with the right social support system, they will come to view themselves as people in recovery. With this change in self-perception comes a change in lifestyle – one that is more conducive to sobriety. Recovery communities restore their mind, body and spirit through a number of therapies, activities and treatment modalities, but social support is one of the strongest influencers because those whom we spend our time with can carry such a great influence on our mind and spirit.

As American essayist, lecturer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated,

“The one person you are destined to be is the person you decide to be.”

Surround yourself with people who uplift you, inspire you and cheer you on. The more genuine support we can achieve, the greater our strength in recovery.

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.

Are you letting your thoughts hold you back in addiction recovery?Sometimes recovery can feel like a maze; you take these twists and turns, and winding roads, with no clear idea as to where you’re going. It’s normal for those in recovery to feel a bit “lost” along the way – in fact, it’s normal for anyone to feel that way. As humans, we don’t have the answer to everything – and there’s no way of knowing what lies ahead until we get there. While we can’t control the future, what we can control is how we think about it. The mind is a powerful tool that shapes our reality through perception, and the thoughts we place meaning to are the ones that guide that perception.

When it comes to addiction recovery, thoughts are what can make or break us if we let them. It’s so easy to become tempted by the negativity – by the thoughts that tell us we’re not going to succeed, or that we don’t know what we’re doing or that we’re only going to make it so far. A huge portion of what therapy teaches us, however, is that thoughts in and of themselves are not that important. In fact, we have very little control over our thoughts, but what we do have control over is whether or not we’d like to place meaning to them.

If you’ve been finding that you’re more cynical lately, it could be that you’re placing more emphasis on negative thoughts over positive ones. Without even realizing it, you could be sabotaging your own recovery – and all by assuming that the thoughts you’re experiencing actually deserve to hold weight in your life. From now on, whenever you have a negative thought, try combatting it with something positive. Even if it’s uncomfortable (because it may be, especially if your brain has become used to this pattern), purposefully choose to place emphasis on thoughts that boost your perception of recovery rather than thoughts that make you feel bad about your progress.

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.

Woman experiencing the benefit of intensive outpatient treatmentIntensive outpatient treatment programs (IOPs) provide direct services for people with substance use disorders (SUDs) who do not require supervision 24/7 or medical detoxification. When considering the many treatment options available for substance abuse, it’s important to consider what a person’s needs are. IOPs are considered effective alternatives to inpatient or residential treatment programs, as they can provide many of the same services that assist individuals with relapse prevention and psychosocial support. If you are currently considering an IOP, it’s important to assess the benefits. With Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, this is what you can expect:

  • Personalized assessments to ensure that you receive care that’s tailored to your needs
  • Convenient evening treatment hours so that you’re able to maintain family, work and school-related responsibilities
  • Group and family counseling
  • An approach that involves the whole person, not just the substance dependency
  • And more

A 2015 study published in the journal Psychiatric Services assessed several studies to explore just how effective IOPs are, and they found that IOPs have very high, comparable success rates to those of inpatient treatment programs. With an IOP, individuals can maintain their own lives while still working diligently in their recovery.

In fact, a publication by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights that IOPs are designed to provide optimum support to individuals through a supportive environment; new skills are learned by those in recovery related to stress management, relapse prevention, assertiveness training, drug or alcohol refusal training and more, which greatly enhances a person’s confidence in recovery. Those who do participate in IOPs are often self-motivated and able to practice what they’ve learned in treatment throughout their daily lives, which only serves to further reinforce their recovery.

If you’re currently searching for a reputable IOP, speak with someone from Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program, Hendersonville Treatment. An IOP could be the best step you could’ve taken for substance dependency, or it could be an excellent transition from formalized treatment to home life.

Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program in Sumner County Tennessee is designed for people whose needs and schedules vary. A quality intensive outpatient drug and alcohol rehab program will be designed to treat the whole person, not just the addiction. Take the first step by contacting us at 615-356-2700. Recovery is possible, and Hendersonville Treatment can help.

Woman expressing positive perceptionWhen we set certain intentions for the day, it’s likely that those intentions will become reinforced. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning”? That phrase is typically used when a person is trying to describe the fact that they’re not in the greatest mood that day; what many people don’t know, however, is that we’re actually setting the intention to not have a good day by using that phrase and confirming for ourselves that we’re in a bad mood! For this upcoming year, make the choice to set the intention that each day will be great – with each moment, you’ll be more open to new experiences, to love and to bettering yourself.

In the blog, the Science of Running, the author explained the very concept of perception on reality by stating,

“…Perception governs reality. How you are perceived, how you perceive others, what you perceive tasks as, all matters.”

In your recovery journey, the perception that you decide to take is what will ultimately create that day’s experience. Decide to take on a perception of positivity today. Here are some examples:

  • Today is going to be a great day.”
  • “I’m going to overcome whatever challenges come my way today.”
  • “I have so many things to be thankful for today.”

The perceptions that we hold don’t just apply to morning, however. We can assess and change our perceptions on nearly anything with some added awareness.

As you start to set these firm intentions, you’ll notice that your world starts changing. All too often, we believe that our emotions guide us throughout the day – when, in reality, we truly have the power to override them. In 2018, Medium emphasized that our past often holds a strong influence on the way we perceive ourselves, others and events. Trauma that you may have faced, negative people who may have come in contact with or experiences that left you with a bitter taste in your mouth may be playing a role in how you view your world. If you want to have a lighter, balanced, more positive life, however, you must start by changing your perception.

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.

Google Curtails Addiction-Related Advertising – And Cumberland Heights believes it's a Good ThingGoogle recently sent a shock wave through the addiction industry when it eliminated advertising for many addiction-related search terms it determined were ripe for fraud.

I join many in our industry in applauding this decision. Here is the statement by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP).

I’ve been involved in a number of quality initiatives with NAATP and other industry associations the last few years. One of our priorities has been the rise of disreputable and even fraudulent marketing that is preying on vulnerable people and their families.

The most egregious violators are third-party companies who collect leads online and sell them to treatment centers. They do not have treatment facilities and have no vested interest in the treatment outcome. They are not members of the national organizations like NAATP, accredited by the Joint Commission or licensed by state bodies.

They only care about finding potential patients who have insurance so they can sell them for the highest amount to the highest bidders.

These companies have mastered online marketing, including Google AdWords and SEO, and, in many markets, have taken market share from reputable treatment centers.

I believe Google’s action will have a profound effect on these companies.

This may sound like a strong statement, but no reputable treatment center should ever purchase leads from third-party aggregators. Human beings suffering from the disease of addiction have complex problems and deserve more than being a line on a spreadsheet.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Cumberland Heights also uses AdWords to find potential patients. It’s necessary in today’s market where lots of private investment is rushing to cash in on the $35 billion addiction industry.

At the same time, we want to make sure we use AdWords the right way. I’m proud of our leadership for recently adopting a Code of Ethics, the first line of which reads:

Our marketing efforts are based on awareness and engagement. We believe education is more valuable than fear. We use original content and never participate in predatory web practices. Our alumni have become our number one referral source because we provide quality care to our patients and continually cultivate relationships with them.

Since our founding in 1966, Cumberland Heights has been a place of hope and healing. Our Code of Ethics and marketing will always reflect these principles, the way our founders would have wanted.


Jay Crosson, CEO of Cumberland Heights

Jay Crosson is the CEO at Cumberland Heights, a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center in Nashville, Tennessee. Cumberland Heights was established more than 50 years ago and Crosson’s experience there has spanned half that time.

Jay is a member of the board for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), and is chair of the ethics committee.

Jay is a grateful recovering alumnus of Cumberland Heights. His personal experience of treatment at Cumberland Heights and the transformative power of the 12 Steps shape his leadership principles today.

Original Article: Green Hills News, Staff Writer, David Smith – February 22, 2017

Beloved Long-Haul Driver Bequeaths Home to Cumberland Heights Addiction Treatment Center
Beloved Long-Haul Driver Bequeaths Home to Cumberland Heights Addiction Treatment Center
A retired bus operator let it be know that upon his death he wanted to donate his home.

But Timothy Cotton, a retired bus operator who drove for major country music stars Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, Alan Jackson, Kathy Mattea and the country music group Lonestar, also had a more pointed message: he wanted the success he achieved in life to be a tool for people needing help.

The home at Setliff Place in East Nashville sold this January generating $285,000, all of which was donated to Cumberland Heights, an addiction treatment center.

“This home holds a special place in our heart,” said Mallory Gibson, who, along with her husband, purchased the home. “Our family also lives on Setliff Place and we will now be able to raise our children within walking distance of each other. Tim was deeply committed to his family and his community, and we look forward to honoring that legacy in this beautiful home.”

Following the transaction, Cumberland Heights announced the creation of the Timothy Cotton Fund for Patient Assistance. The fund is part of Cumberland Heights’ endowment and will provide financial assistance to patients who cannot afford treatment or do not have insurance to cover costs.

Cotton was himself a patient on a MusiCares scholarship.

“Tim Cotton was a generous soul who loved caring for others,” said Jay Crosson, chief executive officer at Cumberland Heights. “His incredible donation and the Timothy Cotton Fund for Patient Assistance will help many, many people recover their life from drug and alcohol addiction. Tim’s memory will live on at Cumberland Heights in perpetuity.”

Cotton was renowned for his ability to make friends. He touched so many people in the Nashville recovery community that they organized aftercare meetings in his hospital room so he did not have to miss meetings.

After his death, Cotton’s sister Cathy Reisch, received numerous calls from former Cumberland Heights’ patients who had met Tim Cotton during treatment and were touched enough to call with condolences.

“The Cotton family is grateful to Bill Branch and Life Style Real Estate Advisors. Bill did more than donate his commission – he put his heart into this task, was very supportive to our entire family and dedicated a lot of time to make this sale happen for all the parties involved,” said Reisch.

Bill Branch of Life Style Real Estate Advisors served as broker and donated his commission because proceeds were being donated to Cumberland Heights.

Branch describes the experience as follows: “Tim Cotton loved his family, his home, and his neighborhood.”

Having worked with Cumberland Heights on several other real estate transactions to support their mission, it was immediately apparent to me that this was a very special situation. After meeting Tim’s sister Cathy Reisch for the first time, I wanted to be a part of helping to make Tim’s dreams and wishes for his home come true. We had two goals from the start: to raise as much money for Tim’s endowment to Cumberland Heights as possible through the sale of his home, and do as much as possible to find new stewards for the property that would love the home and the neighborhood as much as Tim did. On both counts, we succeeded beyond our hopes, and there will be many people benefiting from Tim’s beautiful heart and enormous generosity for years to come.”

Cotton was the 1991 Honoree for the Mary Catherine Strobel Award as Volunteer of the Year from Nashville CARES and trained HIV/AIDS volunteer.

Dr. Chapman Sledge, the medical director at Cumberland Heights Addiction Treatment Center in Nashville, said he notices the increase every year around this time. He said it’s spurred by all the social pressure to drink around events like the Super Bowl, but that often it’s a problem that has started much earlier than that. Read more…


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