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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.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The alleged leader of a Honduran drug group has been arrested in Nashville.

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said in a Tweet Tuesday morning that Victor Cardoza Martinez was taken into custody at an apartment on Nolensville Pike.

Check out Cumberland Heights’ own Dr. Chapman Sledge discussing the local heroin epidemic and Honduran drug leader’s arrest with News Channel 4.

According to investigators, Martinez is the group’s suspected leader. Police also seized heroin, cocaine and cash in the raid.

Sunday Sermon: Caught Between Our Joy and Our Fear

“We all know what it’s like to be caught between our joy and our fear. Those moments where this life in recovery feels pretty good and then something happens and our fear kicks in. The Magi found themselves caught between their joy and fear, but made a decision to choose their joy. They refused to go in the direction of their fears and instead recognized that inner-joy is worth trusting, following, and building a life around. Epiphany is a celebration of God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. We are reminded to choose joy over fear and seek out God’s presence and light in our own lives.”

Scripture text is Matthew 2: 1-12

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Rev. Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC
Director of Pastoral Care Services
Cumberland Heights Foundation

Sunday Sermon: When God Reaches out for us, God is not Looking for Perfection

“God finds ways to disrupt our lives to remind us that there is something more for our lives. The good news is that when God reaches out for us, God is not looking for perfection. God chooses the ordinary. God chooses the flawed…the very human. God disrupts our lives to do the extraordinary with us. God disrupted the lives of Bill W and Dr. Bob to help create this program which touches millions of lives. And God disrupts our lives so that we can be of service to God’s people.”

Scripture text is Luke 1: 26-39, 47-55

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Rev. Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC
Director of Pastoral Care Services
Cumberland Heights Foundation

Sunday Sermon: We All Have the Choice of What We Maximize

“In those difficult situations in life, we all have the choice of what we maximize and what we will minimize. The person who has learned to choose gratitude for the positive in the midst of the negative is far better equipped to cope with whatever comes, and to make the best of things in the worst of times.”

Scripture text is Philippians 4: 4-13

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Rev. Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC
Director of Pastoral Care Services
Cumberland Heights Foundation

Sunday Sermon: YES that willingness to surrender

“It is truly amazing that God can take our “YES”, that willingness to surrender, and when it is given from a genuine heart, with a grateful spirit, and a generous attitude multiply it many times over.”

Scripture text is Mark 12: 38-44

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Rev. Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC
Director of Pastoral Care Services
Cumberland Heights Foundation

Sunday Sermon: May we be able to hear and accept God’s calls

“Unbind him, and let him go!” These words are not given to Lazarus; they are given to his community. Because now, the community needs to assist in his resurrection. We cannot do this alone. We need the help and support of others. May we be able to hear and accept that God’s calls us to new life. May we embrace the promises of this program and a life that truly can be lived happy, joyous, and free.”

Scripture text is John 11: 32-44

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Rev. Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC
Director of Pastoral Care Services
Cumberland Heights Foundation

Sunday Sermon: We are free…free from the bondage of addiction

“Our past, our hurts, even our successes may be descriptively true of us, but they do not define us. Nothing we have done or has been done to us captures who we are completely. Only one thing can do that: God, our Creator and Sustainer. And God has chosen to call us God’s beloved children and we are precious to God and we are loved. That is what defines us. And so with God and this program we are free. We are free to work these steps, embrace this spiritual principles, and free to define and embrace the God of your understanding. We are free…free from the bondage of addiction. We are free to live life abundantly.”

Scripture text is Mark 10: 46-52

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Rev. Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC
Director of Pastoral Care Services
Cumberland Heights Foundation

Sunday Sermon: God gave us the gift of freedom, self-will

God gave human beings wonderful gifts from the very beginning. The first gift was the gift of life itself, a gift so sacred and so valuable that humankind was to treasure and respect it always. The second gift is one which has proved to be the most problematic for human beings. God gave us the gift of freedom, self-will. And the third gift reflected in the reading is the gift of community. Humans need companionship. We need to be relationship with God’s creation.

Scripture text is Genesis 2: 1-22

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Rev. Carrie Fraser, MDIV, LMFT, CADC
Director of Pastoral Care Services
Cumberland Heights Foundation


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