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WKRN – Nashville Recovery Center Focuses on Helping Women in Crisis

By: Samantha Fisher

“The first three times was when I first started doing it, and I just went out and had friends that got me in the shower and brought me back,” she told News 2. She overdosed for a fifth time in the bathroom where she worked, after which she decided it was a critical time to get help.

“I didn’t want to die, especially like that. The pain I was putting my family through was tormenting,” Cook said.

Her drug addiction has left a trail of broken relationships, including losing custody of her son.

“Just felt terrible about it, about myself. Just something missing, and so that’s just what drove me to do it,” explained the now-recovering addict.

At The Next Door recovery facility for women, Cook could safely detox from heroin and receive intensive care both physically and psychologically.

Coordinator and counselor Lanjericha Finch says she treats many women suffering with that addiction.

“The mission of The Next Door is really to provide a continuum of services for women that are dealing with addiction, dealing with mental illness, that are dealing with trauma or incarceration to help them and their families and we really strive to provide that with Christ centered compassionate care,” she explained.

Finch says she’s seeing more women come into the facility addicted to heroin, and many are young.

“We’re seeing them come in and the younger they are the less life skills they have the less coping skills they have, the less insight they have,” she told News 2.

There’s also a stigma associated with drug addiction that can make rehabilitation more difficult.

Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long says efforts are made to help addicts who become incarcerated, but more recovery facilities are needed.

“We’ve got to try to turn the tide by getting some treatment facilities that will accept these people,” Long said.

He continued, “Trying to get some programs that will help to get them diverted and get them back on the right track.”

The sheriff told News 2 the problem is everywhere, and the drug itself is more intense and deadly.

“We’re seeing the people mix it with different things, and it’s deadly when they start mixing it, in particular with Fentanyl is the real dangerous thing we’re facing,” Long explained.

Cook knows the odds of staying off heroin after rehab are not in her favor. That’s why she’s transitioning to a sober living community as she prepares the exit The Next Door.

“It’s just gonna be great to live life sober we take walks to the park, a whole different ball game. It’s beautiful. Never really noticed it. Just a whole new outlook on life,” she said.

To learn more about The Next Door, which is located just off Charlotte Avenue near Midtown, visit their website at They are a women-only facility.


Nashville Lifestyles – 5 Local Organizations Led by Women

As Nashville changes, so too do its most pressing issues. From opioid addiction to human trafficking, a rare genetic disease, and art in the classroom, these needs are being met by a group of strong women who have risen up by necessity, calling, and passion.

Nashville Predators Foundation

Launched concurrently with the NHL franchise in 1998, the Predators Foundation has grown at the same pace. In its inaugural year, it doled out a respectable $150,000 to local charities focused on youths and families. Fast forward to 2017, the second year in a row its namesake team made the playoffs, and it dispersed $600,000 in one day—only a part of a total $2 million that year.

Being nestled under a pro sports team has its perks, the main being low overhead: Its office is housed with the rest of the team, and its employees draw salaries from the same. This allows nearly all funds, which it raises through events like fishing tournaments and home-game merchandise auctions, to be pumped right back into charities.

“Our goal,” says community relations senior director, Rebecca King, “is always to raise more money and to give more money.”

While longtime partners such as Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the YWCA, and the playground-building KaBOOM!, receive substantial sums, its greatest impact comes from micro grants between $5,000 and $10,000, which spreads its resources over a broad range of organizations, including some in this feature.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Roberta Ciuffo West leans in and says, very earnestly, “Since the beginning of time, the arts have been pivotal to advancing society.”

With this underlying belief, then, it’s no wonder that the Manhattan native and executive vice president of education and outreach for the organization is passionate about being a resource for both students and teachers, who themselves are the future of Middle Tennessee. Bussing in groups to watch matinee performances of some of the biggest traveling Broadway shows is a major part of the nonprofit’s work—more than 40,000 attend every year. But the greater part of its efforts takes place far from its stage.

Under Ciuffo West’s guidance for the past 20 years, TPAC has taken the theater to the schools. Its Disney program pairs directors with the students to put on fairy tales in the classroom, and it curates myriad lesson plans for teachers that incorporate the art with a number of core subjects. But its most time-intensive program is the residencies. Almost 400 visits every year are facilitated, with performers like puppeteers and musicians performing in the classroom.

“It’s in people’s DNA to want to be heard,” she says, “and when they are heard, good things happen.”

Project Alive

When Melissa Hogan’s son, Case, was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome, her horror didn’t come from the expected mid-teens mortality rate.

“It was that he was going to lose everything,” she says of the disease’s debilitation, “and then die.”

Case, now 11, was fortunate to be selected for a groundbreaking clinical trial. But other parents weren’t as lucky.

“With the slow pace of medical science, this was not going to get to the point of FDA approval,” she says. “We knew that it would take lots of hustle, and we didn’t see anyone else doing it.”

Hogan, a lawyer by profession, founded Project Alive in 2014, a year after Case’s treatment began. The organization raises funds to one day cure the disease. Experimental gene therapy is on the horizon, but the disease’s rarity—only around 2,000 cases are documented around the world currently—has meant that private donations are its main focus.

Nevertheless, Hogan is forging ahead, even as she cares for her son: “I felt like I had the bandwidth,” she says, “because my kid was doing OK.”

End Slavery Tennessee

When Derri Smith spoke with state congressmen about human trafficking in their districts, they flat-out denied a problem. Smith didn’t blame them—it was only 14 years ago that she herself discovered it, explaining it as the relationship between sex, money, and coercion, often of children.

“It’s every kind of social injustice rolled into one,” the 36-year Nashvillian says. But in End Slavery Tennessee’s six-year history, Smith’s tireless drilling down into Middle Tennessee’s under-our-noses issue has created both increased awareness and, maybe, most importantly, a pocket in which traffickers know is risky to operate.

“Small, regional work is the only way to be effective,” Smith says. “We have to be small enough that we can give the attention to each survivor that they need.”

Of the more than 200 women who came through its doors last year seeking shelter, counseling, and a community, 80 percent were from Davidson and surrounding counties. They are also overwhelmingly women. But with a beachhead established, Smith’s team now turns its attention to labor trafficking, of which she will again learn its nuances and then advocate for public policy.

The Next Door

The “Wild Group of Praying Women” from First Baptist Church Nashville had a building, but no mission. That’s the way Linda Leathers, CEO of The Next Door, recounts her organization’s genesis story (pun intended) from 11 years ago. The original property, at 8th and Demonbreun, was lying fallow, so Leathers and her team went to the Lord and a host of Nashville charitable organizations to find out the community’s needs. The near universal response came back: women’s addiction services were in short supply.

While TND started as a midpoint between incarceration and reintroduction to society, its scope has since broadened, and it now focuses its efforts on both in- and outpatient services for addiction and mental illness. No woman, regardless of economic situation, is turned away, and its capacity has risen with demand. Its new headquarters, at 22nd and Charlotte, holds 82 inpatient beds, medically monitored detox, licensed therapists, and weekly meetings for program alumni. In an adjacent building, transitional housing is available for more than 20 families. But while its mission has remained constant, women’s needs are changing, and clients from all walks of life are arriving with opioid addictions.

“We want to break the stigma of addiction,” Leathers says. “It’s become everyone’s disease.”

WSMV News 4, Nashville – Fewer Women Than Men Receiving Treatment for Addiction

Fewer women are getting the treatment they need in Tennessee when it comes to addiction. Experts say women have access to a quarter of the number of treatment beds that men do.

The reason, according to the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug, and other Addiction Services, is that women are often times forced to choose between their families and getting treatment. Because most women choose family, facilities can’t provide the resources they need.

“I receive a call or so a month that sounds like this: ‘I need your help getting my daughter or granddaughter, son, grandson, arrested because they’re addicted and need help and the only we can get help is to get them arrested,’” said Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall. “You need to provide services in the community that do not require you to go to court to get them.”

Inmates wait, he said, an average of 40 to 50 days to get a bed at treatment center. But, according to the executive director of TAADAS, the people who do get beds are most likely men.

“Women are more often the caregivers for their families,” said Mary-Linden Salter, “So they either have to leave home and leave their children behind, or leave adults [and] relatives behind. For them to receive treatment, they have to figure out how to take care of their families while they’re gone.”

There are 46 licensed detox centers in Tennessee. Of those, 37 take women, but only 12 take pregnant women.

“Family is one of the chief motivations for women to actually get into treatment because they want to maintain their family,” Salter explained.

But, she said, there are currently no standards for family residential care in Tennessee and many women are faced with the possibility of losing custody if they go to treatment.

“They’re going to keep their children, and they’re going to figure out how to make it work,” Salter said.


Here’s a list of detox centers that accept women in Middle Tennessee:

  • Brentwood Springs LLC – Brentwood
  • Mirror Lake Recovery Center – Burns
  • Plateau Mental Health Center – Cookeville
  • Buffalo Valley – Howenwald, Lewisburg, Nashville
  • JourneyPure at the River – Murfreesboro
  • Cumberland Heights – Nashville
  • Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center – Nashville
  • Mending Hearts – Nashville
  • The Next Door Inc. – Nashville
  • The Ranch – Nunnelly

News Channel 5 – Compassion in Action

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — All around Nashville we see it — Compassion In Action. For more than 15 years, “The Next Door” has been helping women fight addiction.

Monika Stafford says she was scared to leave her hometown and move to Nashville. Stafford is one of 21 women and 23 children who live at “The Next Door.” She had lost her kids through addiction and found the non-profit after some jail time.

Kristy Pomeroy is the Community Services Manager. She says the affordable housing community helps women battling addiction, with services on-site. “Being able to provide those services not just in our treatment center but in-house – it’s just greatly needed,” she said. Pomeroy says over the years, the substances may change, but the need for compassion hasn’t.

“We have definitely seen the ups and downs of different substances. What we are seeing with the opioid epidemic is definitely different. The face of addiction looks different,” she said.

“The Next Door” and Monika Stafford each received a $1,000 gift card provided by Kroger as part of our “Compassion in Action” project.

WVLT 8 – Miss Tennessee Talks About Her Dad’s Suicide and His Drug Abuse

Addiction is a disease that touches almost every person in Tennessee, even Miss Tennessee.

One in six people in Tennessee are misusing drugs, according to the CDC.

Local 8 News Anchor Lauren Davis spoke to Caty Davis who knows what it’s like to lose someone to addiction.

Behind the classic blonde hair and the crown, this Powell native has a heart of hurt. Miss Tennessee Caty Davis says, “My father was an addict, and three years ago on June 11, he committed suicide.”

Instead of letting that addiction define her, she’s using her title as Miss Tennessee to empower families affected by substance abuse. Caty Davis says, “It’s also about me visiting recovery centers and raising money for children dependent on opioids.”

She says every 25 minutes a baby is born dependent on drugs in the United States, and Tennessee is three times the national average.

Caty has raised three thousand dollars so far for the babies born addicted to drugs. She says, “The tiniest and most innocent are affected by this addiction epidemic.”

Caty walks on bringing awareness and educating as many people as she can.

If you would like to help Caty raise money for drug dependent babies, she’s having “Spray for a Cause” on July 14-16 at Sun Tan City. You get a free Versa Pro Spray Tan with a $5 donation to “Addiction Doesn’t Define Me”.

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The Tennessean – Nashville’s Top Workplaces: 2017 Winners



Small companies

1. Peachtree Planning
Local employees: 40

2. Barbershop Harmony Society
Local employees: 35

3. Accurate Mortgage Group
Local employees: 42

4. Hastings Architecture, LLC
Local employees: 59

5. Thompson Nashville
Local employees: 84

6. Paradigm Group
Local employees: 42

7. Acopia, LLC
Local employees: 109

8. Rolling Hills Community Church
Local employees: 38

9. Care Supply Co, LLC
Local employees: 62

10. Concept Technology, Inc.
Local employees: 47

11. Entrada
Local employees: 43

12. International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc.
Local employees: 47

13. DSi
Local employees: 64

14. Aerotek
Local employees: 37

15. Houzz
Local employees: 73

16. American Income Life
Local employees: 71

17. McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations
Local employees: 68

18. Primary Care & Hope Clinic
Local employees: 79

19. WGU Tennessee
Local employees: 53

20. Workforce Essentials, Inc.
Local employees: 45

21. Kimbro Oil Company
Local employees: 55

22. Richards & Richards
Local employees: 53

23. High Hopes Development Center
Local employees: 58

24. Hendersonville Christian Academy
Local employees: 52

Local employees: 70

26. Insight Global
Local employees: 68

27. axialHealthcare
Local employees: 42

28. InfoWorks
Local employees: 100

29. TEK Systems
Local employees: 37

30. Saint Joseph School
Local employees: 39

31. Freeland Chevrolet
Local employees: 110

32. Logo Brands Inc.
Local employees: 50

33. PICA, a ProAssurance Company
Local employees: 109

34. LOGICFORCE Consulting, LLC
Local employees: 40

35. The Next Door, Inc.
Local employees: 123

36. LPS Integration Inc.
Local employees: 71

37. StrategyCorps
Local employees: 43

38. Capital Financial Group, LLC
Local employees: 61

39. Des-Case Corporation
Local employees: 68

40. Saint Bernard Academy
Local employees: 54

41. Biscuit Love
Local employees: 86

42. Tennessee Foundation Services
Local employees, 91

43. JLL
Local employees: 107

44. Metro Carpets, LLC
Local employees: 68

45. Goodall Homes
Local employees: 105

Channel 5 – The Plus Side of Nashville: The Next Door



The Tennessean – Faith-Based Group Aids Women Fighting Addiction

Addiction is a complicated disease, especially for women. Women’s bodies process medication differently, and they experience a higher incidence of depression and anxiety.

Often, as the primary caregivers for their families, women experience increased emotional and financial distress during treatment.

Those are just some of the reasons The Next Door, a faith-based organization in Nashville, offers a wide range of addiction treatment services designed specifically for women. In this Q&A, Chief Clinical Officer Cindy Sneed talks about the challenges women in recovery face and the current opioid crisis in the state.

Why did The Next Door choose to focus on treating women who are addicted to drugs or alcohol?

The women who founded The Next Door were members of a local church congregation. They found an empty building in downtown Nashville that they wanted to put to use in a way that would help others. After completing a community needs analysis, they looked for gaps where they could make a difference. They saw that women who were coming out of incarceration faced multiple barriers and often fell through the cracks when rebuilding their lives. The congregation bought this vacant building on Eighth Avenue that became The Next Door’s first home.

Working with women coming out of incarceration, we quickly recognized the majority of them struggled with addiction, mental illness and trauma, and these challenges impacted the women’s families as well.

Through experience, we learned that clients could do really well when they were in residence, but after they moved out of The Next Door, they continued to struggle with relapse because they had limited to no recovery skills.

We saw the cycle of addiction play out right before our eyes and said, “We can do better.” As a result, we expanded our original mission to include residential addiction treatment.

How did residency affect recovery?

As the residential treatment grew, clients were staying clean and sober longer; as a result, we began to see families coming together in healthier ways. As we further evaluated our clients’ needs, we realized that effective treatment would involve multiple levels of care over a longer period of time. So we added outpatient services and enhanced our recovery support services.

What do you see as the foundation for success with your clients?

Building quality, trusting relationships with our clients.

Working with women requires creating a safe, supportive environment; otherwise, the women we serve cannot begin to make the changes necessary while in treatment.

The collaborative relationship between our clients and our staff is the vehicle for change. Our clients know that when we say, “We will be here for you,” we mean it.

We understand that addiction is a chronic disease and that at some point in the future, our clients may need our services. If they find themselves in a place where they need help again, we have an established relationship, and they can reconnect with us to get the recovery support they need.

What happens when a woman comes to The Next Door for help?

Addiction is a complex disease, and to recover from addiction, a woman has to learn healthy coping skills and develop a quality support system. That begins when they walk in the door.

Our treatment is tailored to each client’s needs and can include:

  • A thorough needs assessment that begins with both medical and psychiatric evaluations.
  • An integrated clinic that provides medical and psychiatric care.
  • A fetal doppler monitor for the babies of our pregnant clients.
  • 24/7 on-site nursing care.
  • Medically monitored detox.

We offer a holistic approach to treatment that includes individual, group and family therapy, and trauma intervention is woven throughout the process.

The Power of Blue
The BlueCross BlueShield Health Foundation has awarded more than $50,000 to The Next Door to help them provide physical, emotional and spiritual rehabilitation for women in crisis, and the foundation provided financial support to help build a KaBOOM! playground on-site. To learn more about how BlueCross is helping your community, visit

This story is provided and presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

WKRN – Nashville Recovery Center Focuses On Helping Women In Crisis

The Contributor – Women’s Day On The Hill Draws Crowd

Several hundred participants turned up for Women’s Day on the Hill March 8 full of energy and a sense of empowerment.

Presented by The Business and Professional Women of Tennessee Inc., the “2017 Tennessee Women’s Policy and Action Day on the Hill” worked with partners to make the day, on International Women’s Day, a success for the several hundred who participated.

Partners included Tennessee Women Political Caucus; Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee; Advocates for Women’s and Kid’s Equality; Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence; Healthy and Free Tennessee; Memphis Area Women’s Council; Contracts for Women Inc.; A Better Balance; AAUW-Tennessee; YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee; Nashville Feminist Collective; Tennessee Women Chamber of Commerce; The Next Door; Native American Indian Association of Tennessee; Exodus Inc., and other women’s organizations.

Event organizer Zulfat Suara said since the beginning of this century, the day has experienced low turnout but the resurgence is no surprise considering anti-women legislation at hand. The measures are anti-reproductive rights, anti-refugee, and anti-public health care, she said.

“The significance for 2017 is that due to the political climate, many women are active and ready to be involved,” Suara said. “It is important for our legislators to hear from the constituent and how they feel about these bills.”

The day this year began with a group breakfast, featuring House Speaker Beth Harwell followed by break out groups to visit with legislators, then a group lunch and more visits. The day concluded with a women’s rights rally.

Alison Cooke, communications director for The Next Door (Credit: Ashley Heeney)

One participant of the event was Alison Cooke, communications director of The Next Door, an addiction treatment center especially for women, and one of the only gender-specific centers in the area. The center accepts pregnant women and provides treatment for uninsured individuals like the homeless.

“The idea of this group to get behind one another and me a stronger voice for issues that affect women is extremely important,” Cooke said. The Next Door has joined the fight against the state’s opioid epidemic.

“Beth Harwell has put together a task force on the issue,” Cooke said, adding  that The Next Door would love to be part of it. “Our bottom line is that we want to help women and help stop overdoses. We want women to reach out to us for help and we would welcome the support from our representatives in making sure that Tennessee women know they have someone to call (at) 1-855-TND-HOPE.”

Anna Carella, co-director of Healthy and Free Tennessee, also participated in advocacy day.

“Healthy and Free Tennessee believes that people, including homeless, should have the freedom to make choices about their health that are in the best interest of their families free from government coercion or intrusion. Being pro-choice is being pro-family,” Carella said.

“What was alarming about Rep. (Matthew) Hill’s defense of his bill (HB 1189) today is that he believes that the government should override science and medical facts in determining fetal viability. He is also confusing case law and constitutional right. Just because legislation hasn’t been challenged yet in another state – he mentioned a law in Ohio – doesn’t mean it’s constitutional,” she said.

“As Rep. Clemmons said during testimony, the cumulative effect of all of these restrictions including other bills from 2012 and 2015 is undue burden on women seeking abortion. This bill will end up in court and is a waste of taxpayer money.”

“We know that access to contraception, not abortion restrictions, lowers abortion rates,” Carella said. “We need legislators to focus on making contraception more affordable and accessible for Tennesseans, not finding new ways to restrict abortion access.

“The biggest barrier [of the day] unfortunately is that some of our legislators have made up their mind to vote a certain way, and do not listen to reason and the voices of the people,” Suara said. “The past couple of years have been very hard for advocates in Tennessee.”

While last year saw a few “wins,” like the anti-stalking bill, there was a “loss” of The Tennessee Economic Council on Women, Insure Tennessee, and protection for refugees.

“Giving up, going away, or not challenging the legislators on bills that are not good for Tennesseans is not the solution,” Suara said. “It is against our ideals. We must continue to engage and to hold our elected officials accountable.”

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