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Cumberland Heights Talks Gender Roles in Recovery - While every person who walks through our doors is unique, we see similarities among those of the same gender when it comes to feelings of guilt and shame. WATCH VIDEO
Cumberland Heights Talks Gender Roles in Recovery – While every person who walks through our doors is unique, we see similarities among those of the same gender when it comes to feelings of guilt and shame.

Cumberland Heights prides itself on treating the whole patient, and not just the disease. While every person who comes through our doors is unique, we see similarities among those of the same gender when it comes to feelings of guilt and shame.

“Men are unique in the sense that when they come to treatment they are providers for their families. They are fathers and husbands and brothers and sons and they feel that responsibility on their shoulders,” said Vivian Sypolt, Director of the Men’s Program.

Sypolt says many male patients come into treatment feeling like they failed.

“For a lot of them, they feel ashamed or shameful that they need to ask for help and be in treatment so we let them know it’s okay. Going into treatment is providing for your family. It is setting a foundation. If you need help, you ask for help,” said Sypolt.

Women also grapple over the decision to enter treatment because of their many roles and responsibilities.

“Today women have more roles than they’ve ever had before. They work outside of the home, but they are also caregivers for children so I think it’s sometimes hard for women to say, ‘Okay I am going to take care of myself for a minute,'” said Director of the Women’s Program Melissa Hudgens.

And even when they do say yes to treatment, and complete the program, there is worry about making the transition home.

“There is a fear of how am I going to parent when I leave here? The stress of working and taking care of children can be overwhelming. There is fear. How am I going to handle all of that?” said Hudgens.

Hudgens  says that’s why Cumberland Heights’ parenting groups, the children’s program and all of the other continued support we offer is so important.

“They are going to meet other women in recovery who really build them up and support them through some of the most difficult experiences in their lives. It’s not just a treatment experience. It’s about live long relationships with healthy women who really understand what they are going through. It’s beautiful. It’s really beautiful,” said Hudgens.

If you are struggling, the time for help is now. Begin your recovery journey today.

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.

Trolley Tour of Nashville area Holiday LightsJoin us for a festive trolley tour of Nashville area holiday lights. We will board the trolley at Starbucks in the Belle Meade Plaza Shopping Center – Address: 4514 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205, arrive early and get a holiday beverage on us!


WHAT: A festive trolley tour of Nashville area holiday lights
WHEN: Saturday, December 8th from 7:00PM – 10:00PM
COST: $8.00 (nonrefundable fee) per person – limited spaces available

The deadline to RSVP (signup form below) is Thursday, December 6th. This event may not be appropriate for small children due to the length of the tour as well as the seating arrangements on the trolley. If you RSVP and are unable to attend the event, please notify Jaime Gibbons by 12/6/18 – failure to cancel within the time frame indicated can result in higher costs and restricted participation in future events.

Wow! All available spots are gone!

Due to the overwhelming response we’ve had for our trolley tour, we’ve unfortunately run out of available spots. If you’d like to add your name(s) to the waiting list, please email Jaime Gibbons at jaime_gibbons@cumberlandheights.org

If you talk to anyone who has worked with James Luna during his tenure at Cumberland Heights, you’ll hear all kinds of anecdotes about his impact and personality. There is one theme you’ll hear over and over – that James was a no-nonsense kind of guy. In recovery, James often told people things they didn’t want to hear but needed to. It always came from a place of love.

Remembering Our Friend, James Luna
Remembering Our Friend, James Luna
James was Clinical Director of the Men’s Program for 19 years. As his obituary states “His own personal recovery, that spanned decades, was paralleled only by the love and energy he put into patients and friends alike struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. His life’s work will be remembered by the thousands he touched who are now, in turn, helping others themselves.”

Cumberland Heights Board Member Rob Crichton had this to say about James:

“I first met James Luna 31 years ago. James was quite a force at Friendship House. I suppose you could put him in the category of the ‘tough love’ type. Staying sober and participating in the program was top priority. He introduced me to a rather rough looking fellow in the coffee bar at 202 one afternoon and informed me I was going to be his sponsor. What an experience. James was emphatic to put it mildly. He also called it like he saw it in the meetings, not cross talking, but he always let you know where he stood. I admired his AA orthodoxy especially in a meeting.”

Many years later I became reacquainted with James after he became employed at Cumberland Heights, but something had changed. James was much more mellow. The rough edges seemed to have smoothed out. I cannot tell you how this happened. Perhaps it was his marriage to Dawn or being in the Cumberland environment, but he had transformed into a much gentler person. We worked on two projects together at Cumberland Heights and I felt totally comfortable around him. It felt like we were beginning to be friends.

“One thing is for certain in my experience – James Luna was always a good man regardless what chapter of life he was in.”

Vivian Jo Bell, who works in Medical Records said, “I found him to be direct, honest, grateful and compassionate. My favorite memory of James is 22 years ago. I was diagnosed with cancer. James Luna was the first person to come to me just to talk and offer prayers.”

Our Chief Clinical Officer Cinde Stewart Freeman had this to say about James:

“I met James during my first 60 days in recovery. I didn’t know how to talk to people and I was afraid this recovery thing wouldn’t work for me. James caught my attention in meetings because he spoke rarely, concisely, and always something that rang as true to me. During a day that I was really struggling, I got my nerve up and asked the $1,000,000 question. ‘James, how do you get faith?’ I think my voice was shaking; I know my hands still were. I thought he was going to give me a mystical and deeply theological answer that would change my world. He looked at me closely and then simply said, ‘Well, Cinde, you lived through things that you thought you couldn’t live through, and when you look back, you realize that God helped you. That’s how you get faith.’ At the time, it seemed too easy to be true and much too simple. As the years have gone by, James and I have had many conversations about God and the nature of spirituality.  I learned so much wisdom from him. But I am not sure that anything he taught me was as powerful as that first simple truth a truth that turned out to be mystical, deeply theological, and that did indeed change my world. Godspeed, my friend. I love you.”

James had a way with words, both spoken and on paper. You may be one of the millions who read his articles on Grapevine, AA’s monthly publication.  And few could forget his goodbye letter to Cumberland Heights when he retired in 2012.

It read in part:

 “To have been allowed a minor part in this unfolding passion play of God after his wounded and devastated children for the past 25 years has been, for me, nothing short of…words are often insufficient in this realm. Fortunately, God has languages that need no words.”

A Life Celebration will be held for James Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Center. A reception will follow at The Pavilion.

Learn more about James Luna’s life and legacy by reading his obituary.

12 Step Training – Experience, Strength & Hope (6-part series)This 2018 Summer and Fall, Cinde Stewart Freeman and Tammy Stone will be conducting 12 Step training for Cumberland Heights staff once a month for the next 6 months. All staff in attendance will receive continuing education credit (CEUs) for attending each of the training sessions.

WHAT: 12 Step Training – Experience, Strength & Hope (6-part series)
WHO: Cinde Stewart Freeman RN, LADAC QCS and Tammy Stone LPC-MHSP, LADAC
WHEN: Multiple Dates from 12:00-1:30PM (see below)
WHERE: Multiple Locations (see below)

2018 SUMMER / FALL SCHEDULE:

  • 1st Training: July 26th | 12:00-1:30PM in FLC Training Room – Experience, Strength, & Hope
  • 2nd Training: August 30th | 12:00-1:30PM in Founders Room – How Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Came to Be
  • 3rd Training: September 27th | 12:00-1:30PM in Founders Room – The Structure of the 12 Step Program
  • 4th Training: October 25th | 12:00-1:30PM in Founders Room – TDB
  • 5th Training: November 29th | 12:00-1:30PM in FLC Training Room – TBD
  • 6th Training: December 13th | 12:00-1:30PM in Founders Room – TBD



The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous

Cumberland Heights Among the Few Centers Approved for Google AdWords Program and Welcomes New Screening Process for Treatment Industry

Google Sets Limits on Addiction Treatment Ads, Citing SafetyCumberland Heights is among the first 100 treatment centers nationwide approved to participate in a new Google AdWords program designed to stop unethical marketing that had been plaguing the industry before now.

“I commend Google for recognizing that vulnerable individuals and families were being targeted and taken advantage of by several online marketers,” said Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson. “The new AdWords program recognizes treatment centers like Cumberland Heights that focus on quality care, ethical marketing and helping patients recover life.”

Last fall, in an effort to protect the public from possibly unethical marketing practices, Google banned all ads containing keywords like “drug treatment” or “alcohol addiction.” Predatory marketers that did not provide any treatment services had mastered collecting online leads and selling them to the highest bidder to the detriment of legitimate treatment providers nationwide – and likely to many people who were seeking qualified help. Stopping these practices had become a top priority for industry organizations like the National Association of the Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP).

In Spring 2018, Google announced that it partnered with LegitScripts to screen providers that want to advertise using AdWords. To be approved under the new program, treatment providers had to complete an extensive review process focused on quality, safety and transparency.

“The process was onerous but welcome,” said Crosson, who also chairs NAATP’s Ethics Committee. “Online marketing has changed and will continue to change how we reach people who need help. What has not changed and will never change is the need to respect patients and provide them the best possible care to them and their families.”

Read more about Cumberland Heights Code of Ethics and our commitment to reputable marketing.

Join our Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights for Take Me Out to the Sounds Game!

Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights present Take Me Out to the Sounds GameAlumni Relations has reserved the AMi Power Alley for our annual night out at the ballpark! This area accommodates 40 guests with a mix of high-top table seating, couches and standing room. The RSVP cost for this event is $8.00 per person, limit 4 tickets per family. Once you reserve your spot (using the form below), your ticket will be available for pickup on August 18th beginning at 6:00pm at the Right Field Entrance. Please contact Jaime Gibbons for more information.

Don’t miss the Nashville Sounds taking on the New Orleans Baby Cakes!

WHEN: August 18, 2018 at 6:00PM
WHERE: First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds
WHO: Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (All CH Alumni and Friends invited!)
COST: $8.00 per person/ticket
UPDATE: As of 08/07/2018 we are currently sold out. If you’d like to put your name on the waiting list, please email Jaime Gibbons at jaime_gibbons@cumberlandheights.org or call (615) 432-3222.

Also, due to limited ticket availability, we ask that you make every effort to attend the event or make sure to cancel at least 48 hours prior to the event.


Join our Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights (ARCH) for Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

This Year’s Concert for Cumberland Heights Promises to be a Party at the Ryman Auditorium

‘Here Come the Mummies’ to bring the funk and the fun to this popular fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 10, 2018 – The Concert for Cumberland Heights on Oct. 2, 2018, will be a fun, memorable night of great music at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This annual concert will feature “Here Come the Mummies” and is the biggest fundraiser of the year to benefit the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment at Cumberland Heights. Additionally, some of proceeds will go toward construction of Cumberland Heights’ new youth facility, ARCH Academy, to be competed in 2019.

“Here Come The Mummies” (HCTM) bills themselves as an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their “Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave” is sure to get you into the seasonal spirit.

Since their discovery HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; played massive festivals like Summer Camp, Common Ground, Voodoo Fest, Musikfest, Suwannee Hulaween, and Riverbend; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America.

The concert will start at 7:30PM. Cumberland Heights will also host a VIP pre-party (ticket details below) for donors from 5PM to 7PM.

Proceeds of the event support Cumberland Heights’ adolescent and young adult treatment programs and have raised more than $3 million in the past 21 years. With a treatment plan based in the 12 Steps, these programs help patients set goals for life-long recovery.

“The Concert for Cumberland Heights is always very popular with the community and our supporters,” said Cumberland Heights’ Chief Marketing & Development Officer Martha Farabee. “This year is going to be such a blast. ‘Here Come the Mummies’ is such a fun band, I predict we will all be out of our seats dancing and singing along for much of the night.”

Here’s what “Here Come the Mummies” have to say about themselves: “Some say we were cursed. Others claim we are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready, for ‘Here Come The Mummies!'”

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 13 at 10AM via Ticketmaster outlets, online at Concert for Cumberland Heights as well as Ticketmaster, the Ryman box office and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $49.50, $39.50 and $29.50.

Sunday is Mother’s Day and in an effort to recognize those amazing women in our lives, Cumberland Heights staff members share what makes their Moms so special.

My favorite thing about her is her ability to make everyone around her laughHere’s my Momma and me on my wedding day! My favorite thing about her is her ability to make everyone around her laugh. She is the most hilarious person I know with a heart of gold! Her favorite saying is ‘wear your seat belt’ or ‘did you pack a snack?’

~ Lauren Osborne, Patient Accounting


As close to perfection that God has ever gotten when he made my mother Patricia!As close to perfection that God has ever gotten when he made my mother Patricia!

~ Frank Vega, Utilization Review


This was taken less than a year before she lost her battle with cancerThis is my mom and my son. This was taken less than a year before she lost her battle with cancer. What I love about her is that she is responsible for me becoming the person that I am today. She walked through some of the hardest moments of my life with me and never gave up. When she was diagnosed with Cancer, she stood up and fought as hard as she could, until she had nothing left and because of my recovery, I was able to stand right beside her.

I love this picture because it shows two humans at opposite stages in life.

~ Stacy Bridges, Business Development


Life hasn’t always been easy for her, but she has remained loving and graceful through it allMy favorite thing about my Mom is her strength. Life hasn’t always been easy for her, but she has remained loving and graceful through it all. I am lucky to have her! I love when she says, ‘Have a groovy day!’ and ‘Home again. Home again. Jiggity Jig!’

~ Rachel Smith, Patient Registrar


She's the best Mom anyone could ever hope forMy Mom turned 92 Last December. She’s the best Mom anyone could ever hope for. I love her dearly!!!

~ Wanda Yates, Medical Records


You can do anything you set your mind to – but of course I was an only child and she thought I was perfectMama always said, ‘You can do anything you set your mind to’ – but of course I was an only child and she thought I was perfect!  She always called me the light of her life and really made me feel special.

~ Martha Farabee, Chief Development and Marketing Officer


Why is your Mom special to you? Please share some moments below!

Is Your Family Stuck in Patterns of Addiction?  We can help.  Contact Cumberland Heights today!Cumberland Heights recognizes addiction is a family disease and developed its family program to help educate and guide patients’ families as they navigate their way toward recovery. In our Family Program we show families how to rebuild vital pieces of their relationships, including trust, boundaries, and communication by utilizing experiential and therapeutic group exercise.

If you find yourself stuck in any of the following patterns you may find a family program helpful:

  • Repeatedly bailing your loved one out – of jail, financial problems, and other tight spots
  • Giving them “one more chance” – then another…and another…
  • Ignoring the problem – because they get defensive when you bring it up, you hope it will magically go away, or they will grow out of it
  • Joining them in the behavior when you know they have a problem with it – drinking, gambling, etc.
  • Joining them in blaming others – for their own feelings, problems and misfortunes
  • Accepting their justifications, excuses and rationalizations – “I’m destroying myself with alcohol because I’m depressed.”
  • Avoiding problems – keeping the peace, believing a lack of conflict will help
  • Doing things for them they should be able to do for themselves
  • Softening or removing natural consequences
  • Trying to fix them or their problem or situation
  • Repeatedly coming to the rescue
  • Feeling Responsible for their problem
  • Trying to control your loved one’s behaviors, whereabouts, activities, friends, etc.
  • Waiting for the other shoe to drop
  • Walking on eggshells
  • Being caught in the middle attempting to keep or create peace
  • Keeping secrets
  • Isolating from friends or family
  • Making excuses for inappropriate behaviors
  • Unable to focus due to preoccupation with your loved one
  • Feeling exhausted, unappreciated, and cannot seem to do enough

New Starts in Recovery

 

For many, January signifies the start of something new: a new year, new resolutions, a new start. Many people make resolutions hoping to meet personal goals or to improve their quality of life. New Year’s resolutions are also reminiscent of the commitment we make to recovery. The first step we take in recovery is a step toward a new start.

The following are reflections on new starts in recovery from Cumberland Heights’ staff members:

A life in recovery from drugs and alcohol is a wonderful life with many new beginnings. A few of the many gifts I’ve received have been, stronger and deeper relationships with friends and family, a new way of living life with peace and serenity, and a greater understanding and love for myself and others. John Boolos (Case Manager, Men’s Department)


For me “New Start” has meant opportunity, and new found hope. A “New Start” has afforded me the opportunity to be the son, friend, brother, uncle and peer I feel I was meant to be. In active addiction I was far from the person I feel I was meant to be, but I felt completely hopeless. An overwhelming fear I had lost my authentic self, someone not only my family and friends missed, but I did as well. A new beginning filled me with the hope the real me was not gone, just lost. It was up to me to put in the work to find him again. With new found hope and a Higher Power of my understanding, I received the power and direction needed to find myself and sustain my recovery.  ~ Conner Davidson CPRS (Clinical Associate Team Leader, Young Men’s Department)


New Starts to me is the opportunity to get this thing called life right, and live it the way God intends me to live. With new starts, and the program of recovery I’ve not only been able to find myself, but actually love myself again. (Being worthy is a hard thing to feel when in active addiction.) I’ve been given what I call my dream job, and I get to have true happiness in my life because of new starts. None of it would be possible if I didn’t come to Cumberland Heights to find out I needed a program, a tribe, and a family of other like-minded people to help support me, care for me and encourage me along the way. In my New Start, I found God, the program and myself. ~ April Sambuco (Human Resources Generalist)


For me, I see the opportunity for New Starts more like a “Personal Renovation.” Much like fixing up an old house, the framework is there, but in active addiction I allowed my house to become dilapidated and unlivable. Luckily on September 5, 2005, I was given the opportunity to hire a new “interior designer,” (which I currently identify as my Higher Power) to remodel this ole house. A relationship with my Higher Power and the 12-Step program has given me a new “Design” for living. In recovery I’ve become a father to two beautiful children, I’ve been an employee at Cumberland Heights for 10 years, and I have wonderful relationships with my family again. I’ve been sober for over 12 years, and none of this would be possible without my New Start. As we start this New Year I look forward to many more opportunities for New Starts. ~ Travis W. Hupp, LADAC II (Clinical Coordinator, Men’s Program)


One of the worst things about my addiction was the rotting ball of shame and guilt I carried around in my gut every day. Made up of lies, failures, losses, wrong choices, and missed opportunities, I couldn’t get away from it unless I drank and used. Even then, it always came back when the high wore off. After a while, it was with me even with the alcohol and drugs—a horrible mess of feelings I couldn’t name. What a relief to hear the Third Step Prayer and know I could ask a Power greater than myself to “relieve me of the bondage of self.” It was scary to think about turning my will and my life over to the care of this Power I wasn’t totally sure would take care of me, but considering the alternative, I was willing to give it a try. People told me to try it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time, as often as necessary. Each time I was willing to follow that suggestion, I could start again. I could have a New Start anytime I was willing to ask for help. The ball of shame and guilt began to unravel—sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly, as the Big Book says. Today, that ball is mostly a memory. And, if I start to feel that old sludge, thanks to a 12-Step program, its fellowship, and a Power greater than me, a New Start is always within reach. ~ Cinde Stewart Freeman, RN, LADAC, QCS (Chief Clinical Officer)

How have you experienced New Starts in your recovery? Please share your experience with us in the comments below.


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