REHAB: TENNESSEE DRUG & ALCOHOL TREATMENT CENTERS

This information has been composed by non-commissioned admissions staff. The article seeks to give those seeking rehabilitation impartial guidance on the journey to recovery and prevent those people from falling prey to recovery centers with questionable practices.

Tennessee offers a wide variety of drug rehab centers to help people find a new way of life. There are several items to consider when seeking addiction treatment, and it is important to make an informed decision prior to finalizing admission for you or a loved one.

 

Addiction Treatment Factors to Consider

Price, often referred to as tuition, is usually the most important variable in the rehab equation. Without quality health insurance, the cost of addiction treatment is substantial and can exceed $10,000 for a 30-day program.

Even with a good insurance plan, rehab can be costly. The average plan in the state of Tennessee covers approximately 60% of the costs of treatment, leaving the client responsible for 40% of tuition.

While many treatment centers offer a free service to verify substance abuse benefits, it is best for the potential client to call the insurance provider to determine benefits.

It is critical to understand that health insurance providers typically approve substance abuse treatment in blocks of 5 days. This means that, at any time insurance deems appropriate, they can refuse to continue paying for inpatient care.

Most facilities require clients to sign financial agreements that make the party liable for costs in the event health insurance denies the claim. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to deny the claim despite a treatment center stating it will cover the costs.

If you or a loved one is admitted to a facility for substance abuse, and insurance decides to deny the claim, you or a loved one could be unexpectedly discharged.

Please make sure you know exactly what substance abuse benefits your policy covers. In many situations, it may be advantageous to pay out-of-pocket to ensure a 30-day stay at a recovery center.

Program modalities should also be considered. Are the methods employed evidence-based? If yes, what evidence supports the methods employed? Is this evidence from a reputable source?

According to Dr. John Kelly and Dr. Gene Beresin of Harvard University, 12-step intensive models with comprehensive continuing care offer the most cost-effective and outcome-oriented solution.

Programs that fail to provide comprehensive continuing care should be approached with skepticism. Comprehensive continuing care means that support is offered after treatment is completed. This should not be merely check-up phone calls or alumni events.

Facilities should afford alumni the opportunity to continue to be a part of the program at minimal or no cost to the client.

Geographic location plays a primary role in the addiction treatment decision. There is definitely truth in the old adage that those with substance abuse problems should, “…change their playmates, playgrounds and playthings.”

This often involves relocating from home to commence the road to recovery. But the questions is how far?

For those who are highly motivated, a short distance is adequate. They simply need some distance between home and their new recovery city. Personally, I live about an hour from my hometown. It was a distance that allowed me to rebuild a social network based on sobriety rather than drug use, and at the same time, visit family when desired.

For those with a family (a wife, husband or significant other and/or children), I feel it is important to get sober close to home. Since the individual would return home at some point to be with his/her family, there’s no point in getting sober away from home. It’s best to begin the recovery process close to home and start to develop a recovery support network in his/her immediate geographic area.

For those with a history of chronic relapse, it is best to put a lot of distance between hometown and recovery city. If attempts have been made to get sober in the local area and failed, there’s no point in trying again. You already know the results.

I am a huge believer in the principle of recovery continuity: where someone gets sober, someone should stay (at least for a year or more). For example, if I go to treatment in Smithville, I should remain in the Smithville area for at least one year or longer. To transition to a new city, I should seek the advice of a sponsor and other trusted persons in my recovery support network.

Amenities offered is usually most important to the potential client, and less important to the client’s family. Just because a facility offers Reiki massage, art therapy and acupuncture doesn’t mean these methods are conducive to long-term recovery. In fact, none of the aforementioned methods have any evidence-based merit.

Reputation plays, or should play, a vital role in the addiction recovery decision. Far more important than amenities offered, an organization’s reputation gives credibility to the claim that it does good work. There are some easy ways to assess reputation too.

First, ask to speak with program alumni who are not employees of the facility. If the facility cannot accommodate this request, it’s probably not a program for you or a loved one. Here are some good questions to ask:

How long were you a patient of facility X?

What substances did you struggle with prior to entering treatment?

How long have you been continuously sober since you left facility X?

Could you describe your experience while you were in the program?

What did you find most helpful during your time at facility X?

What did facility X provide to help you stay sober after you left the program?

Second, do a Google search of the organization’s name with their geographic location. For example, if you were interested in Discovery Place in Burns, TN, simply perform a search using the term “Discovery Place Burns, TN.” The image below shows where you can find reviews written about the facility.

Even more powerful than Google, Facebook is a popular platform for addiction treatment centers to publicize their services. Again, using Discovery Place as an example, search for “Discovery Place” on the Facebook search bar. Sometimes there may be multiple results for organizations with the same name, so it is helpful to include the center’s state in the search. Thus we might search for “Discovery Place TN.”

Once you find the treatment center’s page, simply click “like” and go to the reviews section. This section has reviews from alumni and family of alumni. There should be at least 20 reviews to make an informed decision. Make sure to read all reviews. If appropriate, feel free to try and connect with that reviewer via Facebook for more information.

 

Drug Rehab Centers in Tennessee

The following facilities meet our criteria for reputation and program quality. If you work for a substance abuse rehabilitation center in Tennessee and would like your facility to be considered for addition to this page, please send us an email.

Recovery Ranch

The Recovery Ranch specializes in treatment for eating disorders and sex addictions. They also offer top-notch substance abuse treatment.

Located outside of Nashville, TN in the small town of Nunnelly, Recovery Ranch offers some of the best programs in the South. I’ve personally spoken with some of their alumni who claim the program was equal parts challenge and reward. All of them had very positive words to describe their experience at Recovery Ranch.

Detox offered?

Yes.

Scholarships offered?

No.

Gender exclusive?

No, but my sources say Recovery Ranch does an excellent job of prohibiting contact between male and female patients.

Free family program?

Yes.

Free comprehensive continuing care?

No.

Accepts insurance?

Yes.

Click here to visit Recovery Ranch’s website.

Cumberland Heights

Founded 40 years ago, Cumberland Heights has become the dominant force in substance abuse treatment in the Middle Tennessee area. They offer an array of programs ranging from inpatient substance abuse to outpatient programs designed for working professionals.

With a beautiful campus and excellent clinical staff, this organization offers high-quality programs. The only drawback, especially for the uninsured, is the cost.

Detox offered?

Yes.

Scholarships offered?

No.

Gender exclusive?

No.

Free family program?

Yes.

Free comprehensive continuing care?

No.

Accepts insurance?

Yes.

Click here to visit Cumberland Heights’ website.

La Paloma

La Paloma is an addiction treatment center located in Memphis, TN. It is owned by Foundations Recovery Network and specializes in cases of dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is a term that refers to a patient with substance abuse dependence and a co-occurring mental health condition.

The primary drawback to La Paloma is the cost. They have, however, done an excellent job of researching their program outcomes, which is hallmark of top-notch addiction treatment programs in Tennessee.

Detox offered?

Yes.

Scholarships offered?

No.

Gender exclusive?

No.

Free family program?

Yes.

Free comprehensive continuing care?

No.

Accepts insurance?

Yes.

Click here to visit La Paloma’s website.

English Mountain

English Mountain is located in East Tennessee outside of Knoxville. It is a 90-day treatment program and is surprisingly affordable.

The program is complete with an entire clinical staff, and from secondhand information, I’ve heard patients respond exceptionally well to their approach.

Detox offered?

No.

Scholarships offered?

No.

Gender exclusive?

No.

Free family program?

Yes.

Free comprehensive continuing care?

No.

Accepts insurance?

Yes.