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  • Throughout the state of Tennessee, there are 259 substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. The state has long dealt with a growing substance abuse epidemic and recorded 2,089 drug overdose deaths in 2019 alone.   

    With tens of thousands struggling and hundreds of available treatment options, you can learn more about addiction treatment. 

    How To Find & Choose Addiction Treatment In Tennessee

    In Tennessee, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services (TDMHSAS) oversees addiction treatment throughout the state. 

    TDMHSAS tracks substance abuse data, maintains a network of grant-funded rehab facilities, provides recovery support services, and issues licensing for substance abuse treatment professionals. 

    This agency can also help you find an addiction treatment facility in your area. You can learn more by visiting TDMHSAS’s Treatment & Recovery page.

    To locate the right Tennessee treatment center for your needs, you can also: 

    As you evaluate substance abuse treatment programs to find one that meets your unique needs, consider a program that has: 

    • licensed drug and alcohol counselors who have completed state licensing through TDMHSAS 
    • individualized treatment plans that are designed to accommodate each patients unique circumstances, needs, and goals of treatment
    • treatment for co-occurring disorders for individuals who have a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental health issues
    • a full continuum of care, from medical detox and inpatient treatment to outpatient services and aftercare programs
    • evidence based services that have proven research demonstrating their efficacy in addiction treatment

    As part of your facility evaluation process, other things to consider include treatment program duration, your personal treatment goals, cost of care, whether facilities accept insurance, and your history with substance use. 

    Tennessee Alcohol & Drug Treatment Programs

    The Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Services details a wide range of substance abuse treatment services available throughout the state. These include:

    • substance abuse screenings
    • crisis detoxification
    • medically managed inpatient detox
    • inpatient treatment
    • outpatient services 
    • medication-assisted treatment
    • co-occurring disorder treatment
    • aftercare support services

    When you enter an alcohol or drug rehab program, the type of treatment you’ll receive will likely be based on an individual needs assessment. 

    Based on the results of your screening, you’ll then have access to various levels of care designed to meet your personal substance use and behavioral health needs. 

    Medical Drug & Alcohol Detox

    Before you embark on your substance abuse treatment journey, you’ll need to allow your body and mind to detox from alcohol or drugs. To provide a safe and supervised space for withdrawal, many Tennessee treatment facilities offer medical detox programs.  

    In a medical detox program, you’ll typically have access to:

    • 24-hour medically directed evaluation, monitoring, observation, and withdrawal management
    • medications to manage symptoms, if required
    • behavioral support and comfort measures
    • IV nutritional and fluid support 

    Residential/Inpatient Drug Rehab

    Residential or inpatient programs throughout Tennessee provide short- or long-term treatment, depending on your individual needs. In this type of program, you’ll live in a residential treatment facility for the duration of your care. 

    Throughout your treatment program, you’ll have access to a variety of services, which may include:

    • one-on-one counseling
    • group therapy
    • holistic care approaches, such as meditation, equine therapy, or yoga
    • dual diagnosis care for co-occurring disorders
    • medication-assisted treatment
    • evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy 

    Outpatient Addiction Treatment

    Outpatient treatment requires you to travel to and from the rehab facility to each session. In many cases, outpatient services are a viable alternative to residential treatment for those who have demanding careers or pressing life obligations they must attend to. 

    This type of care is frequently used as a step-down form of treatment after the completion of an inpatient rehab program. Outpatient treatment programs in Tennessee are offered at several levels, including:

    Medication-Assisted Treatment

    Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in Tennessee combines medication administration and behavioral therapy for those who struggle with opioid or alcohol addiction. 

    Medications are designed to relieve physiological cravings for substances, block the euphoric effects of substances, and normalize brain chemistry and bodily functions.  

    Aftercare Support

    Addiction recovery is a lifelong journey that almost always requires ongoing support and care even after the completion of a dedicated rehab program. To provide that support, the best addiction treatment facilities in Tennessee offer aftercare programs. 

    These programs offer access to a variety of resources, which may include:

    • sober-living or recovery housing
    • case management
    • relapse prevention skills building
    • employment skills coaching
    • recovery skills building and activities
    • group or self-help therapy sessions

    Using Health Insurance For Addiction Treatment In Tennessee

    Many addiction treatment centers throughout Tennessee accept various private insurance policies to help cover the cost of care. Medicaid/TennCare and Medicare can also help cover the cost of treatment, but keep in mind that insurance benefits vary according to policy and provider. 

    To find out whether a treatment facility accepts your insurance to help cover the cost of treatment in Tennessee, you can:

    • call the number on the back of your health insurance card 
    • contact the treatment provider directly to ask about insurance coverage
    • discuss your benefits with your HR department, if you have group health insurance from your employer 

    If You Don’t Have Insurance

    If you don’t have insurance, Tennessee maintains an extensive network of grant-funded treatment facilities for those who meet specific financial requirements. You can browse state-funded treatment providers at Tennessee’s Substance Abuse Treatment Provider Directory.  

    Tennessee Substance Abuse Facts

    Drug-related overdose deaths have steadily increased over the past five years in Tennessee, but the state saw its most significant year-to-year increase from 2019 to 2020.

    Other facts collected from the Tennessee Department of Health include:

    • Tennessee recorded 3,032 drug overdose deaths in 2020, which was a 45% increase from the deaths in 2019 (2,089).
    • Opioids were involved in 79% of 2020 overdose deaths, accounting for 2,388 fatalities.
    • Fentanyl was involved in over 2,000 overdose deaths in 2020.
    • Stimulant drugs were involved in 1,315 deaths in 2020, which represents a 218% increase from 2016.
    • In 2020, 73% of stimulant-related deaths involved a type of opioid.

    Tennessee residents age 35 to 44 accounted for most of the 2020 overdose deaths (800). Officials also note that many overdose deaths involved multiple substances, suggesting polysubstance use is a significant risk factor for overdose.

    Addiction Treatment At Ark Behavioral Health

    Ark Behavioral Health operates four recovery centers throughout the state of Massachusetts. We aim to provide a comprehensive continuum of care for addiction treatment, which includes the following services:

    • Medical detox
    • Inpatient treatment
    • Intensive outpatient rehab
    • Partial hospitalization treatment
    • Standard outpatient treatment
    • Aftercare services 

    Our treatment facilities are located in Canton, Ashby, Falmouth, and Quincy, Massachusetts, and we offer comprehensive care for individuals throughout the United States, including Tennessee.  

    Tennessee Addiction Treatment FAQ

    How Do I Access Treatment In Tennessee?

    To access addiction treatment services in Tennessee, you can:

    What Does Addiction Treatment Look Like In Tennessee?

    Addiction treatment in the state of Tennessee is customized to each individual’s unique needs, history with drug addiction, and goals of treatment. Treatment programs include medical detox care, inpatient treatment, outpatient services, and aftercare support services, depending on the patient’s needs.  

    Does Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment In Tennessee?

    Yes, both private and public insurance can help cover the cost of addiction treatment at many facilities throughout Tennessee. To learn about the specifics of your policy and what your benefits entail, speak with your provider directly or contact a treatment provider for further details about your coverage. 

    Can I Go To A Drug Rehab Center In Tennessee Without Insurance?

    In Tennessee, you may be able to access addiction treatment services even if you don’t carry insurance. The state operates a network of grant-funded rehab facilities that provide both substance abuse and mental health treatment services. 

    Are There Walk-in Opioid Clinics In Tennessee?

    Tennessee offers a number of walk-in opioid clinics that administer medication-based treatment, including in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis. If you are experiencing an intoxication crisis, you can see all service providers here.

    Are There Free Or State-Funded Rehab Centers In Tennessee?

    Yes, Tennessee maintains state-funded rehab centers for individuals who struggle with addiction and meet specific financial requirements. 

    How Long Does Drug Rehab Last In Tennessee?

    The length of your rehab program will vary according to your unique needs. 

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & Other Addiction Service - The Tennessee Redline Helpline
    Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services - Medically Managed Inpatient Detox
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
    Tennessee Department of Health - TENNESSEE'S ANNUAL OVERDOSE REPORT 2021
    Tennessee Department of Health - 2020 Tennessee Drug Overdose Deaths

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