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Inpatient treatment can positively transform your life

Everyone wants a “quick fix”. Something that will easily dispel of the addiction and return a person back to normal functioning – but the reality is that addiction is far more powerful and destructive than that. It’s incredibly hard to simply “quit” – otherwise many people would’ve succeeded by now. At-home detoxes are incredibly dangerous because the mind and body are accustomed to high and frequent doses of a particular substance; of all the options, inpatient treatment offers the most intensive care.

What Does Inpatient Treatment Mean?

It may seem confusing after reading up on all the various types of treatment – but inpatient treatment is typically the longest and provides those in recovery with optimum recovery services. Many people who struggle with addiction fear the process of recovery – which is quite normal because recovery can involve many aspects that are difficult to predict. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that these programs,

“…focus on the ‘resocialization’ of the individual and use the program’s entire community – including other residents, staff and the social context – as active components of treatment.”

Inpatient treatment programs provide structure every day, which can greatly help a person in recovery establish routines that benefit their total wellness. The structure of inpatient treatment may go something like this:

Morning Wake Up: Residents may be expected to rise early and to enjoy a healthy breakfast, along with morning rituals such as meditation or prayer, yoga and relaxation.

Afternoon: During this phase of the day, residents will attend a number of different recovery-related activities, such as 12-Step meetings, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, specialized sessions and more.

Evenings: By the evening, residents may have some free time to relax and focus on their own recovery-related pursuits. With inpatient treatment, it’s important for residents to establish a nightly bedtime and routine so they can carry this with them once they return home.

Inpatient Treatment at Cumberland Heights

Traditional inpatient treatment programs may offer a rigid structure of therapy, but Cumberland Heights aims to provide more than that for residents. In fact, programs are individualized based on our healthcare team’s assessments, psychiatric evaluation and other information collected. In turn, residents may partake in a number of creative, adventurous pursuits to uplift their spirits, such as:

  • Adventure Based Therapy – physically active and mentally engaging, our adventure therapy courses extract, through metaphor, the 12-Steps such as powerlessness and teamwork.
  • Art Therapy – the exploration of thoughts and feelings can be opened through creative processes such as art therapy; those in recovery can even use art to articulate how they’re feeling if no words seem to surface.
  • Labyrinth Experience – the labyrinth is meant to be used as a form of walking meditation and individuals can find deep, meaningful experiences that they can associate with healing.
  • Music Assisted Therapy – with a trained music therapist, addiction recovery clients can improve their state of mind, reduce stress and anxiety through musical practices – both individually and as a group.
  • Sand Tray Therapy – the sand tray is meant to serve as a symbolic “playground” where individuals can explore those struggling with intense thoughts and feelings. Some topics that may be addressed in sand tray therapy include but are not limited to trauma, grief, relational problems, identity issues and more.
  • Spiritual Care Services – the idea of these services is to remind those in recovery that all hope is not lost; individuals of all faiths – or those with no faith – are welcome to attend these services. We offer a non-denominational church along with communion services to bring people together as they find healing and restoration.
  • Yoga – the healing powers of yoga are undeniable; this practice has been used for centuries and can even help people in recovery develop the discipline needed to participate in 12-Step programs.

A Transformational Experience

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publishes recovery success stories on those who’ve worked hard in addiction recovery programs. Emory Young, a man who once struggled not only with addiction but the aftermath of combat and trauma, stated,

“I have come full circle from being addicted, whose life was unmanageable to one fully involved in the helping professions of mental health services. I believe my path was chosen not by me but by a power greater than myself. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. Thanks to the God of my understanding for creating a path for me to contribute to the betterment of society.”

Inpatient treatment programs are transformational because they show those in recovery what a sober lifestyle – with extensive work on mental, physical and spiritual wellness – truly looks like. It then becomes much easier to apply what one has learned in recovery to their daily lives – and that’s why so many people have been so positively impacted by it.

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 two 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. For more information, call 1-800-646-9998 today.

How you should respond to alcohol cues in addiction recoveryAlcohol advertisements are nearly pervasive in the United States today, which can make it all the more difficult for those in recovery. Commercials, depictions in movies, references to alcohol in songs and so much more only perpetuates the fact that alcohol is practically celebrated in today’s society. In fact, in 2015, Adweek reported that over the past 40 years, alcohol advertisements have increased by 400%! No matter how long you’ve been in recovery, it’s always important to have some pre-set plans for how you might handle alcohol cues should they arise. Of course, it’s not always going to be feasible – nor wise – to avoid anything and everything that could have alcohol cues. If you’re faced with it, though, how should you respond?

Know Yourself: Identify Patterns of Your Reactions

First, it’s best to have an understanding for how you think, feel and behave when alcohol cues are present. Keep a journal and mark down what it was that came up and how that affected you – over time, you’ll start to recognize not only what types of alcohol cues seem to have the biggest influence on you, but also what your most common reaction is. With this, you’ll be able to establish “tells” – or, in other words, signs – that you’ll immediately be able to pick up, which you’ll then be able to act on before things get too out of control.

Sometimes, understanding the power of addiction can help in recognizing that some of the automatic reactions you experience to alcohol cues aren’t just you – they’re the disease, too. In 2016, an article published by Science Daily and written by researchers from Concordia University emphasized that Pavlovian cues – reacting to alcohol cues based on previously learned behaviors (such as through addiction) – can cause us to react, even when we least expect it. One person shared their story of alcoholism via the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) main website. They stated:

“I’d tell myself I have two weeks off (of drinking), then start back with a couple beers…I’d never last the two weeks and I’d always drink way more than I’d told myself I would, and the pattern would begin again.”

If you’re able to understand that reacting to alcohol cues does not mean that you’re weak or that you’ve failed – and you’re able to recognize patterns in your mind and body’s automatic reaction to alcohol cues, then you’ll be better prepared to work through them.

Combat the Cues with What Works

At the very beginning of recovery, avoidance may very well be your best option. Finding places to go that don’t serve alcohol, changing the station when a commercial with alcohol shows up and only surrounding yourself with people who prioritize sobriety are excellent ways to begin navigating the world of alcohol cues and recovery. Over time, however, you’ll want to become well-versed in a number of cognitive strategies for being able to handle alcohol cues – even when they are present – so that you can continue to enjoy your life without being affected by them. Through formal treatment and support groups such as 12-Step programs, you’ll learn a lot about what works – and you’ll be able to find out for yourself, too.


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective tool that is learned in therapy and can help those in recovery combat alcohol cues by changing their thought patterns. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime lists some examples of this approach in action:

  • Reminding oneself of the negative consequences that alcoholism brings, and recalling strong motivations for sobriety
  • Taking inventory of oneself by recognizing what it is that may be influencing their sensitivity to alcohol cues that day and noticing how they’re thinking/feeling so they can take appropriate action
  • Planning “exit” strategies in case a person feels uncomfortable in a situation presented with alcohol cues
  • Practicing saying “no” to alcohol cues in various scenarios
  • Purposefully spending more time in places that uplift recovery rather than places of prior substance abuse
  • And more

Relapse Prevention

Relapse prevention is a key component of both formalized treatment programs and mutual-support groups such as 12-Step programs. In addition to the CBT strategies listed above, those in recovery may learn from one another some additional effective coping skills for handling alcohol cues, such as:

  • Engaging in positive self-talk by telling oneself that they’re capable of working through these cues, that they know how to handle high-risk situations, etc.
  • Garnering support from others to practice problem-solving skills when cues are present
  • Practicing relaxation techniques, such as breathing, meditation, yoga, etc.
  • Recognizing key emotions that can make a person more susceptible to relapse, such as anger, depression and others.

Don’t Give Up

Recovery is a lifelong process, and you’re not going to get it “right” all of the time. It’s going to take some learning and growth – but as long as you continue using the support of those around you, and you continue building your skills through treatment, you’ll become stronger than you ever thought possible.

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.

Volunteering during adolescent addiction recoveryAdolescence is a period of growth and learning. Typically described as the time between 13-and-19-years old, adolescence is one of the most crucial periods of development. As the University of Utah suggests, adolescence is when reasoning and decision-making starts forming. Unfortunately, it is also during this time that adolescents are likely to try substances, because they’re brain is not fully developed yet with the ability to weigh out consequences and make more rational decisions. For parents and family members with a teen in addiction recovery, it’s often challenging to identify what would work best for them in terms of recovery. Structure is clearly important and a formal treatment program that speaks to adolescent needs is very much needed, along with spiritual guidance to help teens find their place in the world. What else can help?

Service work (such as volunteering) can be incredibly fruitful for young people. A 2016 study published in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly sought to examine some of the “spiritual values” that teens obtain by engaging in service work during recovery; they assessed 195 adolescents in a residential treatment center for substance dependency and compared acts of service and strengthened spirituality against factors like criminal involvement, sobriety and character development. They discovered that volunteering actually reduced recidivism, reduced relapse and enhanced character development for teens in recovery. What is it about volunteering that is helping youth to such an extent?

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADDD) lists several benefits gained from service work for adolescents, such as:

  • Feeling needed
  • Learning new skills
  • Making a difference in someone’s life
  • Increasing one’s self-esteem and confidence
  • Contributing to their own community
  • Feeling part of something larger than themselves
  • And more

During this stage, teens may not fully grasp the concept of their identity, how they affect others and what meaning they bring to life. Service work – along with the building of spirituality – can greatly help teens bridge more of these gaps together.

If you’re ready to start your journey to recovery today, speak with someone from Cumberland Heights.

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.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.

exercising youthPrevious studies have shown exercise can provide many mental and physical benefits to adolescents, but what about for those teens in addiction recovery? Addiction affects the adolescent brain in many negative ways, such as with critical thinking, learning, memory and more. Researchers believe that exercise can help mitigate these effects; Dr. Nora Nock, a professor at Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, stated in a 2018 article published by Medical Express,

“Exercise may help to reinforce these underdeveloped connections between reward and regulatory processes and offset reward-seeking from substance use in adolescents.”

Since the adolescent brain isn’t fully developed, teens are more likely to make risky choices that could lead to addiction. A 2017 review published in the journal Frontier Psychology noted that outside of substance abuse, teens often face pressure from parents and family, peers and the desire to conform, school responsibilities, stress as they experience developmental changes, boredom as they experience more “free time” by themselves and with friends and comorbid mental health concerns.

In 2018, however, U.S. News reported that exercise can impact serotonin levels, which help regulate mood. Exercise can also release cortisol, the “stress” hormone, which will naturally make your teen feel lighter on their feet. Exercise builds positive self-esteem and helps teens sleep better, which can greatly improve their overall functioning. By taking part in a form of healthy physical activity, your teen may find they’re better able to connect with others and work through their recovery – which places them at a further step towards building their happiness and health.

If your teen is ready to begin their journey to recovery, speak with a professional from Cumberland Heights today. The sooner they seek help, the better their chances of preventing future addiction.

Adolescent Recovery of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) originally began in 1985 when there were few other adolescent programs like it in the country. In 2019, we’re expanding our continuum of services with ARCH Academy, a unique program that offers 60 days to 6 months of residential care to adolescent boys ages 14-18 who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction. This new program stems from Cumberland Heights, which has been around since 1966 and is located in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. The adolescent age is a critical time for development, making this a crucial time of positive influence. For more information, call us today at 1-800-646-9998.

Supporting women during recoveryAddiction is a complex disease and with so many contributing factors, researchers have been exploring for many, many years the multifaceted components that make up someone’s recovery process. Spirituality, abstinence, therapy and more are all significant areas to build in recovery, but one that is enacted – and not as often discussed – is social support. Women in particular may experience different vulnerabilities than men do when it comes to triggers and cravings and social support may be that guiding factor. If you’re a woman in addiction recovery, it’s time to really start thinking about your social network to ponder who is aiding your recovery – and who is hindering it.

As we navigate this road filled with ups and downs, trying to figure out which path to take, it’s difficult to let go of those who may not be helping us in recovery. In a purest sense, letting go is a form of self-care. In order for you to lead a life that you’re incredibly proud of, you’re going to have to change some of the people in your life to reflect what you want.

One woman shared her story with having to let go as part of her addiction recovery via Cosmopolitan. Here is an excerpt from her story:

“…My sobriety changed the dynamics of those relationships and many of them were beyond repair. With some people, it turned out that once we didn’t have booze or drugs between us, we had literally nothing to talk about.”

For many women in recovery, priorities change – and so do friends. A 2014 study published in the journal Qualitative Health Research found that many women, while adding friends to their recovery network, also isolate or distance themselves from others in an attempt to diminish the negative impact that those people have had on their recovery. Ultimately, it’s these connections that grow to be the foundation of your recovery, so you always want to choose those around you wisely.

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.

Call us today at 1-800-646-9998 to take the next step towards your happiness and health.

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