Nashville Top Sober City
By Bill Dinker
Good grief, we didn't have any idea the "soberest city in the U.S.", according to data compiled by the Daily Beast, is Nashville, TN. But if the data is correct, that's exactly what Nashville can claim. Huffington Post also cites Nashville as a top ten sober city (Nashville is slide 6 of 12). Discovery Place has always known Nashville possesses a world-class recovery community. Nashville is also known as a "big city with a small city climate" because we're so darn friendly in the South. But with 280+ meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in Nashville, no wonder we stay sober in the Guitar Town. The big 12 step meetings in town like Back Room Group and Primetime, where Discovery Place guests attend on a weekly basis, are electric. Even my mom, a very spiritually-oriented lady, but not in recovery, loves to attend. The men and women in these groups are beacons of recovery for newcomers, many of them in long-term recovery. Additionally, Discovery Place has found a healthy, thriving recovery community vital to sustained sobriety. It is also equally vital to enjoying high quality recovery, where an alcoholic or addict can honestly profess being "happy, joyous and free."
Staying Sober and Having Fun in the Soberest City
To stay sober, you must have fun (it's hard, I know). This often neglected ingredient to healthy sobriety certainly applies to Discovery Place residential recovery program guests and staff. Just look at our Facebook page; at Discovery Place, we know how to have fun in sobriety! Music City USA definitely affords our guests and alumni the opportunity to engage a wide range of fun, fulfilling activities. Yes, we have music (and not just country). Nashville is also home to the Tennnessee Titans, an NFL football team, the Nashville Predators, an NHL team, incredible concerts, a thriving economic climate (we are ranked #2 for jobs in Forbes magazine), top-notch universities (Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Aquinas, Trevecca, Middle Tennessee State University), top-rated hospitals and food so good (Fleming's, Kayne Prime, Samurai Sushi, Pharmacy Burgers, Prince's Hot Chicken),you might pack on a pound or two. Who wouldn't love getting sober in Nashville? You might even see someone famous at the grocery store (hint: check out Whole Foods in Green Hills).
Nashville Top City for Quality of Life
Now before you go thinking I'm gushing a little too much about Nashville, consider this article from Forbes magazine appropriately entitled Nashville is Nowville...And Has Been for Awhile. Paul Jankowski writes, "The nation’s eye has turned to this Heartland city as one of the most promising places to live and work." So you don't even have to be interested in sobriety to move here. As someone raised in this town, I enjoy a certain sense of pride knowing our beloved Nashvegas is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. The South's best-kept geographic secret isn't so secret anymore. Come visit and find out why!