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2017 Annual Donor Report

Dear Friends,

Every morning when I drive through Cumberland Heights’ arched gates, I am thankful for the opportunity to help patients and families “recover life.” And every night when I leave, I am reminded to “Let go and let God,” and am grateful for the thousands of little things our staff members do each day as they walk new paths of recovery with our patients.

What our entire Board of Directors and I appreciate most is the generosity of the Cumberland Heights community – donors and volunteers alike – who support our mission. Throughout the pages of this report, you will see how much Cumberland Heights has grown since we started in 1966 with only three patients and a handful of staff.

Everything we accomplish is because of donors like you and the hundreds of others who generously give to Cumberland Heights every year. Thank you for helping change the lives of our current patients, families, alumni and all those who will seek our help in the years to come.

Sincerely,
Jay Crosson CEO

Everything we accomplish is because of donors like you and the hundreds of others who generously give to Cumberland Heights every year.

What gifts we all have the most precious of which is each other — that we have one another and can help one another. Miracles happen, and they happen to us.

—Dr. Arch MacNair, Former Chaplain

CLARKSVILLE, TN NOVEMBER 2, 2018 – As addiction numbers continue to rise in Tennessee, so does the need for treatment facilities. Cumberland Heights is pleased to announce the grand opening of our Clarksville Outpatient Recovery Center, making this our 12th ORC in Tennessee.

Cumberland Heights Opens 12th Outpatient Recovery Center

“Addiction does not discriminate. It does not care if you live in a big city or small town. It’s our job to make sure more communities have access to care, helping us fulfill our mission to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol and drug addiction,” said CEO Jay Crosson.

Cumberland Heights’ ORCs are structured to include individual counseling, experiential learning groups, family education groups and group counseling. The program is designed to treat the whole person, not just the addiction.

At Cumberland Heights we understand that the need of each patient varies. Not everyone suffering from addiction requires 30-day inpatient treatment. Our ORCs are meant for those who do not require detox, and have a stable, supporting home and work environment.

Our grand opening took place November 15th, and we were thrilled to have many special guests including Sarah Schwartz and Jeff Bibb with the Community Health Foundation, as well as Clarksville Mayor-elect Joe Pitts. Please take a look at some of the candid shots taken from our grand opening!

About Cumberland Heights:
Cumberland Heights’ mission is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction. Their ability to achieve this over the past 50 years has been through unwavering commitment from an expert staff and a dedication to recovery through abstinence and the teachings of the 12 Steps.

Relapse prevention is a serious component for anyone in recovery, as lapse and relapse can feel like taking 10 steps backwards. Many people fear that relapse means they’re weak or that they’ve failed, and this certainly isn’t true. In fact, relapse is considered a normal part of recovery and should be taken as a lesson learned – of course, there are still strategies you can take to help prevent it from happening. Men are unique in their experiences of addiction recovery because of societal pressures, thought patterns, and behavioral tendencies. Since men and women think and respond to different situations/emotions differently, these differences must be recognized in order to work through relapse prevention in the best way possible.

Bucky Sinister, author of the book Get Up: A 12 Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos, put it this way: “Your best days are ahead of you. The movie starts when the guy gets sober and puts his life back together; it doesn’t end there.”

Sobriety can feel like the end, and in a way, it is – it’s the end of a life of addiction. It’s also a beginning, however, and that beginning starts with you finding yourself and creating a path towards health, happiness, and fulfillment in life.

It All Starts with Creating a Plan

If you’re in a recovery program, you’ll want to work closely with your healthcare team to construct a plan that you can put into action if triggers arise. Triggers can appear out of nowhere, or they may be sparked by a particular person, place, instance, thought, or feeling. Typically, it’s when you least expect it; something gets the best of you – and that’s when you become most vulnerable to using substances again. The following are some major components that need to be part of your game plan:

The Basics (with some examples to spark some thought, of course):

  •    Who are you going to call? A sponsor? Recovery leader? Peer in your program?
  •    What are you going to do? Leave the situation? Tell someone ‘no’? Turn off the commercial that’s triggering you?
  •    When are you going to do it? As soon as you recognize that you’ve been triggered, right?
  •    Where are you going to go? Do you have a safe “getaway” plan?
  •    Why are you going to do this? Can you remind yourself of the reasons why sobriety is important to you in this instance? Can you recall all of the pain, misery, and devastation that addiction brought to you and those around you?

Write your plan down and put it in your wallet if you need to, as a gentle reminder if something comes up. In the moment you’re triggered, it might harder to remember some of these steps – having an action plan set beforehand will make it that much easier to implement.

Getting Deeper into Thought

A more advanced tool used in recovery is called cognitive restructuring, and this is where you essentially talk yourself “out of” the initial triggering thought that you had. You reason with yourself and provide some logic to those emotions that are trying so desperately to convince you that you’re lonely, angry, hurt, depressed, etc. Here are some examples:

Example 1:

Instead of: “Nobody loves me. I must be worthless.”

You say this: “Yeah, I’m feeling pretty lonely right now. But I just met a new friend in group the other day, and he seemed pretty cool. I think I’ll check in with him in a bit.”

Example 2:

Instead of: “I can’t believe she/he just said that to me. I’m about to lose it.”

You say this: “I can’t control what other people say or do, but I can control my actions. What’s going to benefit me the most right now?”

It’s a different way of thinking, but it’s effective. It takes time and practice, and you’re not always going to feel comfortable with changing your thoughts to something that’s more beneficial for your recovery – that’s because you’re not used to it. Over time, we train our mind on certain thinking patterns, and for most of us, that involves some form of negativity. We may not always be able to “get rid of” those negative thoughts, but we can restructure them if they arise – and this could really help you in those moments where you’re about to be triggered.

Finding Something Outside of Yourself

The most common emphasis of 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is spirituality. Addiction is considered a disease that disturbs the mind, body, and spirit, and finding something outside of yourself is what can help ground you. Many people have found spirituality to be an incredibly powerful tool in their recovery, because God (or a Higher Power) takes that control that we so desperately try to grasp and gives us a lesson of acceptance and faith. We can’t predict what’s going to happen in our recovery, and while we can prepare for it the best that we can, we have to know that everything is going to be okay.

We have to trust that we’re exactly where we’re meant to be – and that by doing the best we can, with what we have, where we are, we’re succeeding in recovery. Relapse prevention is an important part of your path, but it all boils down to taking things day by day, one step at a time.

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-campus, we are made up of 2 twelve-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.

Sobriety is a beautiful, courageous journey, but for many, it comes with ups and downs. Recovery involves major lifestyle changes – abstinence from substance use, a change in social groups and activities, different ways of thinking and coping, and more. Humans aren’t particularly fond of change, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it – it just takes time. Addiction causes our mind, body, and spirit to become disrupted and chaotic, with only one goal in mind: the desire to fulfill that craving. You may still experience cravings from time to time, but you have to go back to what you’ve learned in recovery so far; sobriety brings more benefits to you than substances ever will.

American musician and songwriter Ace Frehley described the beauty of sobriety as this: “I personally believe this: We have only today; yesterday’s gone, and tomorrow is uncertain. That’s why they call it the present. And sobriety really is a gift…for those who are willing to receive it.”

Whether you’ve recently begun your journey to recovery or you’ve been working towards your goals for quite some time, sobriety is a daily choice. You have to actively make the decision to improve yourself and your life, day by day.

The Rules of Recovery

Relapse prevention is a core component of recovery, and sobriety ensures that goal. When relapse occurs, we momentarily revert back to old, addictive habits – sometimes it only occurs once, and other times, we must find our way back to recovery over a longer period of time. In a 2015 study published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, researchers spoke with several people in addiction recovery to find what they consider to be the most important “rules” for maintaining sobriety and promoting relapse prevention. This is what they listed:

  1.     Change your life towards one that makes it easier to not use
  2.     Be completely honest, with both yourself and other people
  3.     Ask for help when you’re in need of it
  4.     Engage in self-care daily
  5.     Don’t bend the rules!

Implementing the Rules

It’s much easier to live a sober lifestyle if you do not associate with people, places, or things that make you want to use again. It’s hard to let these things go, and it’s absolutely okay to grieve them – but you have to give that power up to God (or another Higher Power) and have faith that this is for your better happiness and health. The only way you can truly improve your life is to be honest with yourself, and sometimes this involves being honest with others, too. In 12-step programs, for instance, individuals are led to take responsibility for their actions and to apologize to those they’ve hurt. This honesty is raw and painful, but it can have such a powerful effect on your ability to heal and move forward with your life.

One challenging aspect of recovery is asking for help when you need it. Nobody really likes to reach out to others and admit they’re feeling weak or vulnerable, but this time it’s crucial to speak up to a sponsor, family member, or recovery leader as you navigate your recovery path. You’re naturally going to experience ups and downs – after all, that’s what life is all about – but you need a social support network to lean on in times of hardship, as well as people who can be excited for you during times of success.

Post-Traumatic Growth & Self-Care

Just last year, researchers published an article in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology that highlighted individuals’ experiences with post-traumatic growth – a term used to describe the positive changes that a person undergoes as they work hard to recover from major life instances, like addiction. After speaking with 104 people who described themselves as in recovery from addiction, they found that 12-step programs and perceived social support (having people in their lives that believed in them and cared about them through the good times and bad) was vital for post-traumatic growth success.

In addition to social support, self-care is something that every person in recovery must practice daily. Self-care typically involves those activities that seem to “fill” your cup rather than “empty” it – that could be reading, spending time with your pets, taking a hot bath, setting aside time to make crafts, going for a walk, or something else. Self-care could also mean saying ‘no’ to activities that aren’t in your best interest or distancing yourself from people who may not lend well to your recovery.

The Road to Sobriety

Over time, you’ll find what works for you and what doesn’t. It will become easier for you to make choices that are for the betterment of your happiness and health, because you’ll gain confidence in standing up for these choices as life events arise. You’ll become firmer in what you need to do remain sober each day, and you’ll more easily be able to identity triggering people, places, events, thoughts, or feelings. You won’t always get it right, and that’s okay – recovery is a learning process.

If you do find that relapse becomes part of your journey, know that you didn’t fail. You’re not weak, and you haven’t ruined your recovery journey. In fact, you’re still on it – living a life of sobriety means finding what works for you just as much as what doesn’t. With this, you can discover what needs to be changed or reinforced in your daily life to ensure that you have an action plan if that trigger arises next time.

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-campus, we are made up of 2 twelve-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.

There is nothing like the story of our lives. With unique twists and turns, your story is unique to you and you only. Nobody else on this Earth has the same combination of people, experiences, thoughts, achievements, challenges, and upbringing. That’s what makes your story important – the lessons you’ve learned matter, and that’s why so many people in recovery eventually want to help others by sharing their story. Researcher Brene Brown, from the University of Houston, once described the act of storytelling so beautifully. She stated, “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”

Our story let’s others know where we’ve been and where we are now – it gives hope for others so that they can visualize what their future could be like, and it inspires people to take similar steps towards recovery. It also reinforces the hard work we’ve been doing towards our own recovery – a study published in 2016 in the journal American Philosophy Quarterly noted that the stories we create about our lives do the following for us:

  • They serve as an attempt for us to better understand the events we’ve gone through.
  • They depict our intentions and beliefs surrounding our lives.
  • They help us change false or negative beliefs that we have about ourselves.

The act of sharing your story is a spiritual one, as you’re helping others to better themselves, and you’re also strengthening your understanding of yourself, too. If you’ve decided to take on this selfless, powerful pursuit, it’s time to construct a story that will really speak to the hearts of others.

Structure

You want to decide exactly how much depth you want to incorporate into your story. Do you feel that giving a broad, sweeping description of life events you’ve experienced could help others get an understanding of what you’ve been through, or would you prefer to talk more deeply about specific situations? From the study above, the authors called this “thin” or “thick” narrative – and it’s completely up to you to decide. We all have moments in our lives that we consider to be pivotal points – the time when we realized we needed help, the time someone held our hand while we detoxed or prayed or cried, the time when we fell so hard that we didn’t know if we’d get back up again, and more. These are the moments that you want to share with others.

Second, you want to structure your story by what seems to feel best to you – most people prefer to tell their stories chronologically, since this gives a timeline of events from what you went through when addiction entered your life to now as you live a life of recovery. This type of organization will help people follow along and get a better understanding of your life. You may even find it beneficial to create an outline.

Language

You really want to use descriptive words to help your listeners visualize parts of your story. Here are some examples:

  • “Tears were streaming down my face that day, and that’s when I had a revelation that it was time to change.”
  • “I felt myself sinking, and I couldn’t stop the whirlwind that had become my life. I was trapped in this never-ending cycle.”
  • “I’ve worked so hard in my recovery, and it’s one of my proudest accomplishments. I’m here. I made it. Every single day that I wake up, I tell myself that I’m not giving up.”

When it comes to recovery, you want to really emphasize the struggles you’ve gone through as well as the path you’ve taken, and how it’s gotten you to where you are today. You want to show people that it’s possible to build a healthier, happier life – it just takes time, support, and genuine effort.

The Biggest Takeaways

Consider what messages you really want people to take away from your story. If you’re having trouble with this, ask yourself what your own biggest lessons have been:

  • Have you learned that sobriety gives you more memories, more time with family, and adds more fulfillment to your life than abusing substances ever did?
  • Have you come to understand that your connection with God, or another Higher Power, is one of the most important relationships you could ever have?
  • Would you say that the biggest lesson you’ve learned thus far is to keep pushing towards recovery, and to never give up?

The big “takeaway” lessons are what should be guiding your story, so that it’s apparent what has come from your journey thus far.

You may also want to talk about the perspective that you used to have before you sought recovery, and how you view yourself, others, and your life now. This is a key point that could really hit home for people – everyone has felt stuck, low, or depressed at some point or another, and your story could show them a way out of that.

In a study published in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, researchers spoke with several people in recovery from addiction, personal stories were shared. Here is an example of perspective that one participant gave: “We forget…we forget even a month ago how bad alcohol had affected us, how we get sick, how we become homeless, how we lose all the money….”

Lastly, be proud of how far you’ve come! Recovery is such a courageous journey, with so many obstacles to overcome. You’re incredibly strong, and you need to take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back for not only improving yourself and your life, but also in helping to inspire others to do the same.

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-campus, we are made up of 2 twelve-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.

For many years now, researchers have been exploring the exact linkages for what makes one person more likely to develop an addiction over another. Hereditary genes are one likely factor, along with a person’s social environment, age, and overall development. Just as a certain personality trait, talent, or eye color may become more prominent in family generations, so can addiction vulnerability. This genetic linkage could be related to the difficulty in which family members are able to quit using substances, or even the types of symptoms passed down from family members who have tried to quit. If you’re able to ask questions and get some good insight to how your family has experienced addiction, you may get a clearer understanding for your personal vulnerabilities towards it.

Just last year, researchers published a study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence that sought to explore the differences between those with a family history of addiction versus those without. They found three main characteristics that led to individuals being more at-risk for developing addiction:

  • Cognitive – poor working memory and decision making overall
  • Reward-related – willing to make more risky decisions in order to experience rewards
  • Emotional risk factors –being more likely to get emotionally heated in triggering situations

If you’ve been noticing a clear pattern in your family, and you’re afraid you may be at high-risk for addiction, it’s important to remember 2 things: 1) despite your genetics, you can make deliberate decisions to ensure you don’t go this route, and 2) you can always, always, ask for help when you need it. Recovery from addiction is absolutely possible and seeking this out could mean that you’re breaking the cycle of addiction – which gives both you and your family a new level hope and possibilities for the future.

There may be a lot of factors that make you vulnerability to developing an addiction, but that doesn’t mean that you’re destined to struggle with it at all. Genetics is just one puzzle piece to make sense of why addiction occurs – as humans, we have the capability to change and make different decisions that could place us in a position where addiction isn’t even a concern. No matter what your family has gone through, remember that you have the power to change the story. After all, it’s your story – and it’s time to break the cycle.

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-campus, we are made up of 2 twelve-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.

Dedication on Sept. 21 at 1:00PM

WHAT Grand opening of Cumberland Heights’ Spring Hill Outpatient Recovery Center
WHEN Friday, Sept. 21
Noon to 2:00PM
1:00PM – Remarks and dedication
WHERE 220 Town Center Pkwy, Suite 205
Spring Hill, TN 37174
WHO Cumberland Heights Board of Directors

Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson

 

ABOUT CUMBERLAND HEIGHTS’ OUTPATIENT PROGRAMS With the addition of Spring Hill, Cumberland Heights will have 11 outpatient recovery centers across the state.

“Outpatients recovery programs are flexible to meet the needs of professionals and busy parents working through drug and alcohol addiction issues,” said Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson. “We’re excited about the opportunity to serve Spring Hill and the great team serving patients directly in the community.”

Cumberland Heights admission counselors are available 24 hours a day at 1-800-6464

Original Article By: Stephanie Langston, WKRN News Channel 2, Nashville
Posted: Aug 02, 2018 05:55 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A family is sharing their story of heartache after losing their son to addiction. Now, they are doing what they can to raise awareness about the crisis.

It was a battle the Witthauer’s faced for years. They told News 2 despite numerous rehab facilities, the disease was too powerful for their son Greg. “I lost my brother to this disease, but losing my child was much worse,” Karen Witthauer said with tears in her eyes.

At the age of 13, her son Greg had his first taste of drugs. “They smoked marijuana on the beach and then it was head to the ground from there.”

His use increased, and after being dismissed from the soccer team for a drug offense he entered rehab at 15. But he soon relapsed. “He was trying to find something that he could control that would make him feel better. The whole progression, he went through cocaine and from opiates to pills to heroin,” Greg’s father Mark told News 2.

The struggle didn’t get any easier. Several rehabs later and some legal issues finally gave Greg some clean time, almost two years.

“He was working, and he was doing really really well. He bought a car and his job was stable and he was really proud of himself, you could tell,” said Karen. However, a back injury landed Greg a Lortab prescription and he was back using fulltime. “He only had 10. He gave him a prescription for 10 and that was all it took,” stated Karen.

The Witthauer’s said he was never able to put together a long stretch of sobriety again. This time he spent three months in a Florida rehab. “and he was gone within two weeks,” said his mom.

Greg was found in his car near Percy Priest. He had overdosed on heroin likely laced with meth.

“We knew in our hearts that he had probably overdosed somewhere but even though you still get that phone call and it’s like the whole world just starts spinning around,” explained his father. Today Karen wears a bracelet that reads “always have heart,” the same tattoo her son had across his chest. “Even though he had the disease of addiction, I was very proud of my child, very proud of the man that he was, I was proud of his heart, of how he treated people.”

In his sober time, they said Greg wanted to help others struggling with addiction. Now they hope to carry on his mission.

The Witthauer’s started a fundraiser called always have a heart in their son’s honor that goes to support those in treatment.

On August 12, they are hosting a forum, Breaking the silence: Addressing Youth Substance Abuse. It will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Original Author: Nashville Post Staff Reports

Belmont University’s health sciences simulation program has received accreditation in the teaching/education sectors from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH) and the Council for Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs.

The status is for a five-year period and is valid through December 2022, according to a release.

Belmont’s simulation program, the first in the state to receive such accreditation, aims to improve patient safety and health outcomes by providing evidence-based, experiential education.

Additionally, the program’s material recycling program was acknowledged as one of Belmont’s best practices. The program saves the university more than $40,000 per year, the university notes.

Dr. Beth Hallmark, director of the program, stressed the importance of the program.

“Simulation is a safe place to participate in patient care,” Hallmark said. “It enhances patient safety and improves patient outcomes by increasing confidence and improving clinical reasoning. We also are able to expose our students to interprofessional training.”

PhyMed Healthcare Group partners with Michigan entity

Traverse Anesthesia Associates, which provides comprehensive anesthesia and interventional pain management services in Northern Michigan, has partnered with Nashville-based PhyMed Healthcare Group, a physician-led and owned leader of anesthesia and pain management services.

Through the partnership, financial terms of which were not disclosed in a release, TAA will expand its presence in the Michigan market to service health care facilities across the state.

Cross Keys Capital served as exclusive financial advisor to TAA.

TAA comprises 55 physicians and anesthetists.

“We are excited to partner with TAA, one of the premier anesthesia groups in the state of Michigan,” Marty Bonick, president and chief executive officer of PhyMed. “PhyMed understands the challenges facing practices like TAA, and we provide the support and resources to create a platform for lasting success.”

PhyMed has practice partnerships in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Kentucky.

Aetna Institute recognizes Cumberland Heights

Nashville-based nonprofit substance abuse treatment center Cumberland Heights (an aerial view of the campus is seen above) has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality for Behavioral Health – Substance Abuse facility.

Aetna, which makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members, recognizes facilities in its network for excellence in care, commitment to continuous improvement, the meeting of standards of quality and cost efficiency.

“The Institute of Quality validates the great work Cumberland Heights does every day to help patients and families suffering from alcohol and drug addiction,” Cumberland Heights Chief Executive Officer Jay Crosson said in a release. “Designations like this are a total team effort that begins with the first phone call and extends through a lifetime of recovery opportunities.”

Cumberland Heights began operations in 1966. Every year, approximately 2,500 patients seek drug and alcohol abuse treatment at its River Road facility and its 12 outpatient treatment centers throughout Tennessee.

InfoWorks marks 20th anniversary

Nashville-based business solutions provider InfoWorks has recognized its 20th anniversary this year.

Of note, the company continues to expand throughout the Southeast and has been recognized as a three-time (2014-16) entry on Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing companies in America list, according to a release.

InfoWorks has worked with more than 300 companies, with its client roster having included multiple 2017 Fortune 500 companies.

“The foundation of InfoWorks’ 20-year success is in our hiring practices, which focus on identifying talented people who are a great fit with our culture and, ultimately, our clients,” Jim Clayton, company chair and CEO, said in the release. “This guiding principle has allowed InfoWorks to expand our reach from Nashville into the Southeast, and it’s the foundation that we’ll build upon in our third decade.”

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.


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