While ads on TV make it seem like you need to travel for an addiction rehab program, there are a lot of quality treatment centers in Tennessee. You have many options available to you to treat an addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana or other substances without leaving the state or even your general area.

Tennessee Drug And Alcohol Rehab Centers 

Cocaine and Alcohol Awareness Program (CAAP)

Located in the major city of Memphis, this program provides long-term inpatient drug rehab of 60 to 120 days for many populations, including men, women, Christians, gays and lesbians, and those with a hearing impairment, HIV/AIDS, a co-occurring mental disorder or a DUI/DWI with a court order.

Mending Hearts

Located in Nashville, Mending Hearts offers 60-, 90- and 120-day long-term residential treatment. It serves many populations and offers holistic and alternative treatment, aftercare and beds for clients’ children.

Bradford Health Services

Bradford Health Services, which provides services to teens along with other specialty populations and offers holistic and alternative treatment.

Tennessee Inpatient Drug Rehab

Choosing a residential program in Tennessee means that you will stay at the facility 24/7 as you go through its rehab program. This can be beneficial because it allows you to completely focus on recovery without other distractions and temptations. Also, when you don’t have to drive to the facility every day, you can pick the best facility for your needs from the entire state’s listings rather than being limited by nearby options. Further, residential treatment can be beneficial because it provides comprehensive treatment. These programs tend to offer intensive individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and other programs and amenities. Many also provide detoxification on site if needed. You can take care of the full scope of addiction in the same place at the same time.

Tennessee Outpatient Drug Rehab

When you need to continue with your job or you have family responsibilities, outpatient Tennessee drug rehab could be right for you because you have flexibility around your treatment sessions. You can choose from an intensive outpatient program, which has many of the components of a residential program, or from a more flexible yet less intensive outpatient program.

Alcohol and Marijuana Rehab Treatment 

A lot of people think that alcohol and marijuana are not serious enough drugs to require rehab for using them. But in reality, many people do go to rehab for these substances, and these substances can harm your life and the lives of those around you just like other substances can. In 2016, Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) information showed that 2,180 people entered treatment in Tennessee for marijuana use, while 2,000 went for alcohol and 2,031 entered for alcohol plus another drug. Together, these substances made up a large portion of the 15,783 total admissions that year.

It’s possible to have abuse or an addiction, also known as substance use disorder, related to alcohol or marijuana, as well as other drugs. Characteristics of these problems can be that you think about the substance a lot, you end up using more of it or using it more often than you meant to and you sacrifice other parts of your life to the substance. When it is affecting your life like this and potentially causing problems, such as relationship struggles and trouble at work or school, you may have a substance use disorder. If you are unable or unwilling to stop on your own, a treatment facility with trained professionals may be able to help.

Treatment for Other Drugs

Of course, you could be addicted to other types of drugs instead of or in addition to alcohol and/or marijuana. The other substances that contributed the highest numbers of admissions in Tennessee were heroin with 1,678 admissions, other opiates with 4,202 admissions and amphetamines with 1,891 admissions. Nonetheless, the state also had admissions for cocaine, stimulants, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, sedatives, inhalants and other drugs. No matter what type of drug you use, you wouldn’t be the only person to go to treatment for that substance. Treatment can provide support for addiction overall, which has similar characteristics regardless of the type of substance.

Which Is Better: Inpatient or Outpatient?

There is no one right answer to this question. Some people succeed in reaching sobriety through inpatient treatment, while other people need the outpatient type of rehab to fit their lives. The key is in finding the type of program that will help you best with your own needs and situation. You also need to determine whether a short-term program of up to 30 days or a long-term one of 30 days or more would be best for you.

In Tennessee, most people entered outpatient treatment, while other types of admissions included a mix of detoxification services, medication-assisted opioid therapy, and inpatient care. Out of 14,916 admissions in the state, 782 entered a long-term residential program of 30 days or more. This information comes from 2015 data of the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). People have their own reasons for entering a certain type of programs, such as their budget, a court order or healthcare referrals. You should choose a program for yourself based on your own individual needs and situation.



Substance Abuse in Tennessee

Many people in this state have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs. In Tennessee, 1,128,000 people between the ages of 12 and older binged on alcohol within the past month, according to the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health in 2015 and 2016. As for illicit drugs, 515,000 said they had used them in the last month.

Alcohol was the most used substance in this state, according to the Tennessee Epidemiological Profile of Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Abuse in 2016. Like many other states, Tennessee has a problem with its residents abusing prescription medications, especially opioid prescriptions, or using them in an illicit way, such as using them without a prescription. The main illegal drug that is used to a significant level in the state is marijuana. Tennessee has lower levels of alcohol and marijuana use than the national average, yet use in the state is still at a level of concern. Prescription drug use previously tended to be higher than the national average for prescription drugs yet has been going down.

Entering Tennessee Drug Rehab

There are different paths to treatment in Tennessee. A person can choose to enter a treatment program on his/her own. The state has state-funded treatment for people who cannot afford other treatment, or a resident could enter a private treatment facility and pay for it through health insurance and/or private payment. Also, someone could be obligated to go to treatment because of a court order. In Tennessee, it is possible for non-violent offenders to attend drug treatment instead of going to jail, according to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services. If this happens, the cost of treatment, including a residential program, could be covered if you cannot afford the treatment. Tennessee has many treatment centers throughout the state that can help with an alcohol or drug problem.


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