Posted: Aug 4, 2004, 14:26
Holly Cook, Director of Adolescent Program
With seven outpatient and residential facilities available, Cumberland Heights is a non-profit treatment program for both youth and adults who are struggling with chemical dependency. Located on a 177-acre farm outside of Nashville TN, the residential program accepts boys and girls ages 14-18 with a primary diagnosis of chemical dependency. Founded in 1966, Cumberland Heights began their specialized program for youth in 1985.
At Cumberland Heights, when youths enter the residential program, they are required to agree to a 30-day minimum stay with family support. Cumberland uses a holistic approach to treatment with an emphasis on the 12-Step program model. Each individual is assessed prior to admission to determine the appropriate level of care needed. The family is also included in the assessment phase because at Cumberland, they believe “the family perspective is vital to the solution.”
The youth participate in individual counseling, group counseling, medically supervised detoxification, psychiatric evaluation when indicated, chemical dependency education, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous orientation and participation, spiritual counseling, family programs, continuing care services, adventure based ropes course counseling, equine therapy and therapeutic recreation.
Youth admitted into the outpatient program at Cumberland Heights are in the “early stages of chemical abuse or dependency,” and as outpatients they are encouraged to keep up with school and outside responsibilities. While in the outpatient program, youth also participate in either the Intensive Youth Outpatient Therapy program for three hours per day for four days a week, or in the Low Intensity Youth Outpatient Therapy where they attend sessions for 90 minutes, one day a week. There are aftercare meetings and various support groups in the area for those who have completed the program.
Cumberland Heights also offers alcohol and drug treatment programs for adults, a relapse prevention program, and a children’s program to teach them how to cope with having chemically dependent families.