Wellness Master Q&A

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Get ready to dive in with Jason Cronan, MS, CSCS, CEP  as he speaks to special guest Morgan Coyner, Marketing and Communications Manager for The Next Door.  Make sure to listen to the end of the podcast because Morgan shares how to recognize anxiety and how to cope with both anxiety and a panic attacks. Listen as Morgan shares her story and how we can keep our mind healthy and free of anxiety.

Nashville’s “The Next Door” celebrates “Day of Hope” today

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Fear and isolation have been crippling for people in recovery during the pandemic.

Wednesday, March 10, “The Next Door” is celebrating TN’s “Day of Hope” to bring people back together, provide resources, and talk about hope found in recovery.

“Recovery, you don’t do that alone. You need community. So isolation for people struggling with mental health and addiction, and need that support, with that being essentially stripped away in a lot of ways has been really difficult,” said April Barnes, the Director of Outreach and Business Development at The Next Door.

That’s why Barnes and the organization are putting together the celebratory event, to lessen the isolation.

“We’re going to have people share their story of recovery and how they found hope, and what that looked like.”

Not only will stories be shared but Narcan training will also be given as Barnes points out, you never know when you may come across someone struggling with addiction and need the life saving medication.

 “There is hope for recovery and even when during a year when we’ve seen overdoses increase and suicide rates increase, and it’s just felt really dark, we just want this day to be about celebration and shining light onto the hope that’s found in recovery.”

The “Day of Hope” even begins at 2PM, in person, at “The Next Door” at 402 22nd Ave in Nashville.

Anyone is welcome to join to share in the hope of recovery and to learn more about addiction.

Leading Forward Podcast with Christie Berger

No Matter What Podcast

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Marketing and Communications Manager, Morgan Coyner, sat down in the studio with Hanna Seymour to record an episode of the “No Matter What Podcast.”

In this episode, Morgan talks about the loss of her mother to an opioid overdose, the deep grief she felt in that season, and how her faith helped her through it all. At the end, she talks about The Next Door and the work we do for women ready to live a life of recovery.

You can listen to the podcast here.

Lightning 100 Interview – Nashville By Nicole

Take 2: Promises Behavioral Health and The Next Door

The pandemic has led to an increase in substance abuse in Middle Tennessee and created challenges for those in recovery. So places like Promises Behavioral Health and The Next Door have adapted adding COVID protocols and more, to get people the help they need especially now during National Recovery Month.

During National Recovery Month, both The Next Door and Promises not only celebrates those in recovery, they also provide virtual activities for understanding and coping with the challenges of recovery for both the individuals and families.

The ways they’ve adapted are helping people heal.

Begin recovery now. Visit Promises Behavioral Health or The Next Door online.

Today’s Take 2 segment was sponsored by Promises Behavioral Health. For Take 2 segments click here.


Segment posted September 10, 2020

CEO Statement on Racism, Diversity, and Current Events

COVID-19 Response

This page includes our most up-to-date program adaptations and organization updates regarding COVID-19. 

The Next Door’s Management Team has created a response plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus within the TND community and to maximize the health and safety of our clients and staff. This plan is evaluated as new information about the virus becomes available.

Until further notice, we have:

  • Implemented pre-admissions phone screening and screening for symptoms upon arrival
  • Implemented a telehealth option for our Intensive Outpatient Program. Call 855-TND-HOPE (863-4673) for more information or to register.
  • Masks are required in all common areas of our facility
  • Suspended acceptance of any used clothing donations. If you still wish to donate, please buy brand new items and have them sent directly to:

The Next Door
402 22nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37203

The Next Door is currently not providing COVID-19 testing on-site. For more information on this decision, click here.

Please see the following for more information:

Letter from our Medical Director

Opportunity Behind The Next Door

Written by Tracy Korney, Posted November 22, 2019

We all have imperfections we like to hide.

But for those battling drug or alcohol abuse, hiding can destroy lives and families for generations.

33-year-old Jennifer, who asked that we keep her last name private, calls herself a “master hider.”

She says she started sneaking alcohol, cold medicine, and cough syrup at age 11 or 12.

“Yeah, for most addicts, you try whatever you can get your hands on,” said Jennifer.

A car accident at 17 put her on painkillers, the drug that would become her full-fledged addiction.

“So I used that as an excuse for the next 3 years, until I got arrested,” she added.

The courts forced her to enroll in a recovery program as part of her deal.

She says she called multiple recovery centers from jail, but no one would take her calls.

Except one: The Next Door.

“I had a bed date within 10 minutes,” she said. “They answered not just one time, but every time. You do not understand how important that part is, okay, because it starts to rebuild faith in people. And that’s one of the things you lose the quickest. You lose faith in people.”

Amanda Dunlap is The Next Door’s director, a faith-based, multi-story treatment facility on Charlotte Avenue in Nashville.

It offers everything from medically monitored detox, to residential and outpatient treatment.

Dunlap first worked as a therapist there for 12 years, then as director for four.

“We’re creating a community for women,” Dunlap said. “They go through the treatment journey together, and they have the same therapist, care manager, nursing staff. The same support staff are working with them from day one.”

Off the lobby sits a sun-drenched chapel.

The center’s key values, such as hope, faith, wholeness, and love, grace the walls.

“Many women walk in the doors feeling that loneliness, so we are wanting to connect them to something that goes way beyond us in this building,” Dunlap added.

“They never let you NOT know you’re cared about here,” said Jennifer. “It has saved my life and given me hope. Everything has changed. You start from learning you are not worthless–not only that you’re not alone, probably the biggest thing–but you have worth.”


Link to full article here.

3 Nashville Organizations We’re Thankful For

Written by Annie Reeves at StyleBlueprint, Posted November 2019

The Next Door

Fifteen years ago, The Next Door was formed as a place to receive women after their release from jail. At the time, there was nowhere else in town where women could turn after incarceration, so for 10 years, The Next Door invited women in, easing their transition. “We named it this because we wanted to be the next door, a good door, that a woman could walk through after leaving a bad one — prison, prostitution, or other struggles,” says Kate McKinnie of The Next Door.

Now, The Next Door has shifted based on the needs of our city, and it offers substance abuse and mental health services to the women of Nashville regardless of their ability to pay. Tennessee has been hit particularly hard by our country’s opioid epidemic. In 2018, surrounding states saw a decrease in their overdose death rates while Tennessee saw an increase. Now, 85% of The Next Door’s patients seek treatment for opioid abuse.

The Next Door offers myriad treatment options — from 30-day inpatient care to an intensive outpatient program. Additionally, they have Freedom Recovery Community, a 21-unit affordable housing community designed for women and their children to have a safe, affordable place to live where they can have access to The Next Door’s programming.

One of the most unique and beautiful things about The Next Door is its staff. Kate tells us that many of the staff members are also alumnae of the program, and the patients are often experiencing some of the hardest moments of their lives. “Sometimes they’ll say, ‘You just don’t understand,’ which is often true.” But, there is an undeniable ease when they’re met with the experience of a staff member who can say, ‘I’ve been in your shoes before.’ It’s powerful,” Kate says.

The Next Door steps in on one of the toughest days of a woman’s entire life — when she has made the courageous step to voluntarily walk through the “next door” to a healthy, sober life. Addiction is a disease that ruins a person’s quality of life and often her will to live, so most of these women have hit rock bottom and are in crisis due to their substance abuse disorder. Last year alone, The Next Door served 1,413 women in some capacity, and their hope is to continue to grow that number as each year passes.

How to Help: “Nearly 90% of our women are mothers. It’s really challenging to be away from their kids during the holidays. We try to make the whole week of Christmas a big celebration. We’re looking to gift 100 travel mugs filled with a $15 gift card to a Walmart, Target, Kroger or fast food restaurants for the holidays. Additionally, it’s a women’s facility, so we need tampons, hairbrushes, socks, basic toiletries, bras and sports bras.” To get involved, email volunteer@thenextdoor.org or call (615) 251-8805.


Link to full article here.