About ARCH Academy

Cumberland Heights first opened its doors in 1966, and in 1985 we expanded programming to serve adolescent boys. Research shows adolescents are our most vulnerable patients, and we wanted to create a place they could really take their time to recover among peers in wide open spaces. Our adolescent program has changed and grown a lot in the past three decades, but our core mission remains the same: To transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction. Addiction is a chronic, progressive and potentially fatal disease. We carefully provide the highest quality of care to adolescent males and their families who are at varying degrees of substance abuse, ranging from misuse to substance abuse dependence to full-blown addiction. ARCH Academy strikes a balance between therapy, academics and recreation and is designed to provide an individualized treatment within a therapeutic group milieu. Though a primary 12-Step addiction program, ARCH Academy treats the whole child, including underlying co-occurring mental health issues, family issues, relational barriers and poor academic confidence.


We are currently located on Cumberland Heights’ beautiful 177-acre campus on River Rd in Nashville, TN, but in early 2020, we will transition to our 67-acres property in Kingston Springs. It’s about 15 miles and a 25-minute drive from our main campus.


To transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by alcohol or drug addiction.


At Cumberland Heights we have a deep commitment to the ethical implementation of addiction treatment. In our more than 50 year history, we have developed programs aligned with the principles embedded in the 12-Ateps. We value honesty, accountability and transparency in our operations. We are members of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Our Core Values Honor Our History and Traditions by:

  1. Always putting the patient first.
  2. Providing the highest quality care throughout our continuum of services.
  3. Recognizing the principles embodied in the 12 Steps as the essential foundation of lasting recovery.
  4. Providing a physical and therapeutic environment conducive to the transforming power of a spiritual awakening.
  5. Valuing the importance of family participation in the recovery process.
  6. Remaining grateful for those who support our mission and share our passion for recovery.
  7. Demonstrating the same care and respect for our employees they show for our patients.


Adventure therapy, otherwise known as experiential therapy, has been shown to greatly benefit adolescents in recovery by breaking down some of the barriers and stigmas associated with typical treatment and by getting youth actively involved in unique ways.

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ARCH Academy offers a variety of Alumni Services for those who want to continue their recovery journey with others. They include weekly onsite meetings led by fellow ARCH alums.

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