Long Associated With Country Music, Cumberland Heights Brings Addiction Clinic To Music Row

Aug 9, 2016

Nashville's Music Row is home to recording studios, publishing houses — and now, an addiction treatment facility. Cumberland Heights cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new outpatient clinic in what has been the center of of the Nashville music industry. 

Cumberland Heights isn't shy about its association with country music. Although it doesn't disclose names of patients, several big names like Keith Urban and Trace Adkins have spoken publicly about their rehab experiences there. So has alt-country artist Jason Isbell, whose 2013 album Southeastern deals with his addiction and recovery.

The relationship between the 50-year-old health care company and the music industry started out because of proximity, says CEO Jay Crosson. It was one of the only treatment centers in Nashville for a long time, and musicians tended to come into contact more often with drugs and alcohol.

"The music industry has some occupational hazards that other industries don't have — being on the road, being around other people who are using. You don't find that at a bank, for example," he says.

In that sense, the new location on Music Row is fitting. But Crosson says it wasn't completely intentional. Cumberland Heights had been looking for a space somewhere near midtown, to cater to people who live or work near downtown.