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Drug Rehab Tennessee

Tennessee is home to the majestic Appalachian Mountains and a thriving music industry. Many consider Memphis, Tennessee to be the birthplace of the blues. Tennessee has played a critical role in the development of rock and roll, country and rockabilly with many famous musicians having gotten their start in the state. Musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison began their recording careers in Tennessee. With a thriving nightlife, Tennessee has its fair share of alcohol and drug addiction problems.

The expansive drug market in Tennessee is perpetuated due to the states many highways, rural landscape and proximity to at least eight major illegal drug markets. Individuals looking to obtain illegal substances are able to do so quite easily due to the number of drug trafficking organizations working throughout the state. The criminal groups and gangs in the state supply drugs to nearly every major market throughout the United States. Tennessee's thriving drug culture has lead to increased violence, poverty, prostitution and gang activity.

During 2013, an estimated 4,475 residents of Tennessee enrolled in state and private drug rehab programs citing "other opiates" as their primary reason for needing treatment. Other opiates include non-prescription use of methadone, codeine, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, meperidine, opium, and other drugs with morphine-like effects. This category of drug rehab treatment made up 30.9 percent of all the drug rehab enrollments in Tennessee during 2013. The largest age group enrolling in Tennessee drug rehab programs during 2013 for other opiates addiction was between the ages of 26-30 years old. This age group made up 28.1 percent of all the residents who enrolled in treatment for other opiates addiction during 2013. The second largest age group admitted into Tennessee rehab programs during 2013 for other opiates addiction was between the ages of 21-25 years old; 22.9 percent of all enrollments for other opiates addiction during 2013.

Recovery from other opiates addiction almost always requires medical detox followed by long-term treatment. This category of substances is highly addictive and the user's body becomes physically dependent on the drug. When the substance is discontinued, a number of serious and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms may take place. For this reason, medical detox is necessary. Under the watchful eye of trained medical professionals, other opiates addicts can safely withdrawal from the substance they are dependent on in a controlled environment. During medical detox, the individual will be monitored around the clock and provided with any medication or other healthcare resources they need so that the process goes as safely and smoothly as possible.

Once medical detox for other opiate addiction is complete, the individual will then need to enroll in a Tennessee drug rehab program. Without this follow-up step, they leave themselves vulnerable to relapse. It is only by attending a long-term inpatient or residential drug rehab program that they will be able to address the underlying issues that drove them to substance abuse. Uncovering these issues and addressing them works to prevent future relapse and helps the individual take back control over their life. During their time in treatment, they will also learn and adapt a new lifestyle that no longer involves substance use. Learning a new way of handling life takes time and continued focus. This is why treatment professionals recommend inpatient or residential long-term programs to help overcome other opiate addictions. A long-term program where the recovering individual lives at the treatment facility prevents obstacles from arising during the recovery process. Living at the Tennessee treatment program allows the individual the time, safe environment and comradery of other recovering individuals and has shown great long-term success. These types of programs prepare the individual for living life clean and sober.

Marijuana use, abuse and addiction are another drug threat to Tennessee. As one of the most widely abused substances in the state and nation, marijuana addiction is a serous problem in Tennessee. With the state's sprawling landscape and many rural areas, marijuana cultivation and distribution has gone on for decades. While there is a large amount of Mexican marijuana being smuggled into Tennessee, the majority of the residents prefer locally grown cannabis to the Mexican marijuana available. This is likely because the domestically grown marijuana is more affordable, accessible and higher in THC levels.

State drug rehab programs enrolled 2,546 individuals in 2013 citing marijuana addiction as their primary reason for treatment. Marijuana addiction admissions made up 17.6 percent of all the Tennessee drug rehab enrollments during 2013. The greatest number of marijuana addiction enrollments during 2013 in Tennessee was teens; 26.7 percent of all the admissions into Tennessee rehab programs during 2013 were between the ages of 12-17 years old. The second highest number of treatment admissions during that year for marijuana addiction was addicted individuals between the ages of 21-25 years old; making up 21.6 percent of marijuana addiction enrollments into Tennessee drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

Tennessee has a number of quality drug rehab programs to assist residents in overcoming their marijuana addiction problem. Residents can choose from inpatient programs, outpatient treatment, residential facilities and a number of alternative treatment centers. The type of program one chooses determines the length of treatment. Short-term programs often run several weeks to just about a month. These programs are brief and often inpatient. Tennessee residents who have a brief history of marijuana addiction may find that a short-term program is all that is needed to help them get back on track and living the life they envision for themselves. Residents who have struggled with marijuana addiction for an extended period of time require long-term treatment to help them change their addictive behavior and develop new healthy skills to handle life sober. Long-term inpatient or residential programs are the best choice in addressing long-standing marijuana addiction problems. Programs that are considered long-term often run three to six months, or even longer. These types of programs provide the best success rates for lasting sobriety. This is because they remove the addicted individual from their using environment and give them the time necessary to address their addiction problem and make the necessary changes to their lifestyle.


Tennessee Drug Statistics

1. In Tennessee, the number of drug overdoses deaths have increase from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010.

2. The recorded total of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee, in 2010, represents an increase of 250 percent over the ten year time period.

3. In 2009, about 250,000 Tennesseans older than twelve reported abusing prescription opioids.

4. The rate of state-funded treatment admissions in Tennessee increased from one percent to seven percent from 1999 to 2009.

5. In Tennessee, the percentage of people reporting prescription opioids as their main substance of abuse increased from five percent in 1999 to twenty-three percent in 2009.

6. In 2009 Opioid abuse was greater than Crack, Cocaine and Marijuana in Tennessee.

Drug Facts
  • The intensity and duration of opiate withdrawal symptoms depends on the dose and speed of withdrawal. Short-acting opiates, such as heroin, tend to produce more intense but briefer symptoms.
  • Ecstasy is manufactured using chemicals and other substances such as caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine are sometimes added to, or substituted for Ecstasy in tablets.
  • The likelihood of youth becoming engaged in violent behavior increases with the number of drugs used in the past year.
  • Hashish use affects memory, judgment and perception.