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.
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.
In 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.
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.
Jaime G Podcast – Addiction is about isolation. Recovery is about connection.
Liz sits down with Jaime Gibbons – Cumberland Heights’ Alumni Relations & Volunteer Coordinator – 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.
When Alexis went to treatment 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 decided to finally take all of the suggestions her third time in treatment. Now sober for 4.5 years, she talks about how recovery got her through her parents divorce, allowed her to experience true joy for the first time and made it possible for her to help other women like her struggling.
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.
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 downed pills in his parent’s barn. The experience led him to Cumberland Heights where he now works with three years of sobriety under his belt. Hear how he felt watching that episode for the first time, and why the Californian decided to stick around Tennessee.
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)
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.
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.
If you or a loved one would like to speak directly with one of our licensed admissions staff, please call us now at (800) 646-9998 or submit the following information. If outside business hours, we will get back to you the following day.
Why is it so meaningful to give to Cumberland Heights?
Your gift to Cumberland Heights through our annual and capital initiates gives immediate support to patients and their families. To make a longer term impact a gift to the endowment fund will provide patient assistance funding for years to come.