Tag Archives: Treatment for Addiction

Tag Archives: Treatment for Addiction


NASHVILLE, TN DECEMBER 17, 2019 – Cumberland Heights is proud to announce it has become not only the first addiction treatment center in the state of Tennessee to achieve certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), but also one of the first in the nation.

The ASAM Level of Care certification, created in partnership with CARF International (CARF), provides an independent, comprehensive assessment of an addiction treatment program’s capacity to deliver services consistent with Levels of Care described in The ASAM Criteria. The certification will help patients and payers identify treatment programs capable of delivering evidence-based care.

“This certification really speaks to the quality of care Cumberland Heights has been providing for more than 53 years. Today, there are so many options when it comes to addiction treatment. When you choose a facility that is ASAM certified, you know you or your loved one is going to a place that incorporates research, science, technology and compassion to create a path to life-long recovery,” said CEO Jay Crosson.

Certification through ASAM marks a significant development in the addiction treatment industry which has long struggled to establish consistent standards nationwide. The ASAM Criteria is considered the nation’s most respected, comprehensive and widely used set of standards for providing outcome-oriented care. It was developed over three decades of research and will help place patients in a care setting that suits their individual needs.

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

About Cumberland Heights

Cumberland Heights’ mission is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction. For more than 53 years we’ve helped those struggling rewrite their story and live a life free from addiction.

Critter from Old Crow Medicine Show sits down with Jay CrossonIn 2008, Old Crow Medicine Show released a song that spotlighted an epidemic tearing across the cities and counties they called ‘Home’. Today, they want to help those who have been struggling with addiction to get the help they need. Therefore a portion of the single ‘Methamphetamine’ will go towards Cumberland Heights Treatment Center and they encourage you all to give whatever you can. Or you can simply text the word DONATE to 615-257-8666 to donate today right over your phone. Old Crow Medicine Show and Cumberland Heights thank you for your generosity.

Check out a special conversation Critter from Old Crow Medicine Show has with Jay Crosson, Cumberland Heights CEO.

Recovery Live Podcasts

Recovery Live Podcasts - Liz Stanislawski from Cumberland Heights sits down with a few key figures in recovery to discuss life and what sobriety means to them.

Recovery Live Podcasts

Liz Stanislawski from Cumberland Heights sits down with a several key figures in recovery to discuss life and what sobriety means to them.

Listen to podcasts on your Apple® iPhone, Apple iPad, Google Android®, Mac/PC, Alexa smart speaker – and even in your car. For free!

Episode 1:

Cumberland Heights - Recovery Live Podcast - Travis Meadows

Travis Meadows Podcast – God did for me what I couldn’t do for myself.

Liz talks candidly with “Nashville’s Favorite Underdog” Travis Meadows about losing his brother at a young age, cancer, addiction and his treatment journal that inspired an album. Even with so much success, writing songs for Eric Church, Brothers Osborne and Wynonna Judd, Meadows says his biggest triumph is making it this far in his sobriety journey.

Episode 2:

Cumberland Heights - Recovery Live Podcast - Addiction is about isolation. Recovery is about connection.

Jaime G Podcast – Addiction is about isolation. Recovery is about connection.

Liz sits down with Jaime Gibbons, alumna of Cumberland Heights– to talk about what 16 years of sobriety looks like and how engaging with friends in recovery kept Jaime clean. Also in this episode: relationships that make you sick, a spiritual awakening while free-falling 30 feet, and Jaime’s greatest triumph in recovery. Hint: It’s a person and he only stands about 2.5 feet tall.

Episode 3:

Cumberland Heights - Recovery Live Podcast - Addiction is about isolation. Recovery is about connection.

Alexis H Podcast – I’m 100% grateful I’m an addict.

When Alexis went to treatment for the first time, she decided she was going to prove everyone wrong and not take any suggestions. When that didn’t work the first or second time, she finally decided to take all the suggestions when she was in treatment for the third time. Now sober for four and a half years, Alexis talks about how recovery got her through her parents’ divorce, allowed her to experience true joy for the first time, and make it possible for her to help other women struggling like her.

Episode 4:

Cumberland Heights - Recovery Live Podcast - Life actually has meaning to me now

Alex H Podcast – Life actually has meaning to me now.

Spending his early 20s in the restaurant industry meant late nights, free booze and social night caps. But as Alex explains, things got out of hand quickly and he found himself at Cumberland Heights. Fortunately, now in recovery, he’s able to use his talents as a chef to serve others fighting similar demons.

Episode 5:

Cumberland Heights - Recovery Live Podcast - Sobriety doesn't make you happy. It removes the things that make you unhappy.

Todd M Podcast – Sobriety doesn’t make you happy. It removes the things that make you unhappy.

Imagine your drug-addicted lifestyle being broadcast on national television. It happened to Todd M. on the popular A&E show, “Intervention.” The season 16 episode followed Todd as he smoked meth and downed pills in his parents’ barn. This experience led him to Cumberland Heights, where he now works with three years of sobriety under his belt. Hear how Todd felt watching that episode for the first time, and why this Californian decided to stick around Tennessee.

Is addiction recovery possible?Treatment for addiction has evolved drastically over the past 4 centuries. In the early 1700s to early 1800s, Native Americans used to gather around for sobriety circles. By 1810, sober houses were created – and by the late 1800s, Dr. Leslie Keeley created “The Keeley Cure” which was an injection that claimed to “cure” alcoholism, morphine addiction, opioid addiction, nicotine dependency and more; while it was also known as “The Gold Cure”, researchers suggest that there was indeed no gold in it – only 28% alcohol, ammonium chloride, tincture of cinchona, and aloin (derived from the aloe plant). By the 1900s, those struggling with alcoholism found themselves in drunk tanks, public hospitals or asylums. More and more regulations became apparent for drugs, with the 1900s denoting the beginning of 12-Step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Addictions such as alcoholism first became recognized as an illness, or a disease, in 1956 by the American Medical Association (AMA). Over these centuries, more research has been done – which means that we’re the closest we’ve ever been to providing tools needed to recover from addiction. Addiction recovery is possible because of these tools; the researchers that have spent their lives focusing in on effective treatment modalities and approaches that not only are used directly in addiction recovery, but are used in helping clients more holistically, too. The mind, body and spirit is perhaps the most “recent” acknowledgement in the addiction recovery field – the fact that those attending treatment should not receive help strictly for their substance dependency, but also in other areas of life that have influenced them in negative ways.

Addiction is not yet curable, but treatment and recovery still remain. Reflect upon the number of methods that have been used, such as:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Neurofeedback therapy
  • Individual and group psychotherapy
  • Creative therapeutic methods (such as with art, music, dance, etc.)
  • Meditation, yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture and other holistic modalities
  • Career support, alumni connections, etc.
  • And more

Those in addiction recovery will find that they’re most successful when they integrate methods of treatment. If they remain dedicated and continue to surround themselves with those who support their healing and restoration, they are much more likely to find success 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.

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