Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Tennessee

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Drug addiction can tear apart families, end careers and cost people their lives every year in the United States. In Tennessee, the state saw 1,307 drug overdose deaths in 2018, while populous Nashville-Davidson County broke records for overdose deaths in 2019 and 2020.

If you struggle with a substance abuse problem, seek help through American Addiction Centers. Our facilities provide quality, compassionate, and innovative care to adults with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, in Tennessee as well as across the country.

Whether you’re seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one in Tennessee, this page offers guidance regarding rehabilitation and addiction treatment. You’ll find informative material about addiction treatment, detox treatment, and withdrawal treatment services in the state. If you need inpatient, outpatient, or other services, you’ll be able to locate help and learn options for payment in Tennessee.

Types of Rehab in Tennessee

There are various types of addiction treatment that may be offered by rehab centers in Tennessee. While what treatment you undergo will depend largely on your medical needs, there are several common treatment types offered at many facilities. Some of these treatment types may include:

  • Medical detoxification services, commonly known simply as detox, is the process during which the body rids itself of substances. Many prefer to undergo detox in a medical setting due to the potential of physical withdrawal symptoms.
  • Inpatient and residential. Often considered the mainstay of addiction treatment, inpatient treatment will see a patient living at a facility and receiving around the clock addiction treatment and care. Inpatient treatment tends to last a few weeks, while residential treatment can last up to a year.
  • Outpatient treatment. Normally considered a follow-up to a more intensive inpatient track, outpatient treatment allows one to live at home and participate in daily life while still receiving critical addiction care.

This table shows how Tennessee has more than 221 facilities that offer the different types of treatment.

Type of Care, by number and percent
No. %
Outpatient 198 89.59%
Regular 160 72.40%
Intensive 118 53.39%
Day Treatment/Partial Hospitalization 38 17.19%
Detoxification 20 9.05%
Methadone/buprenorphine maintenance or naltrexone treatment 41 18.55%
Residential (non-hospital) 60 27.15%
Short Term 45 20.36%
Long Term 54 24.43%
Detoxification 26 11.76%
Hospital Inpatient 15 6.79%
Treatment 11 4.98%
Detoxification 15 6.79%
Total 221 100.00%

The Cost of Rehab in Tennessee

The cost of rehab in Tennessee can vary greatly depending on a wide variety of factors. Some of these factors may include:

  • Where you attend treatment.
  • Whether a rehab is in-network with an insurance plan.
  • The type of insurance plan.
  • How long treatment lasts.
  • How intensive the treatment is.
  • The accommodations and amenities offered by a rehab.

It’s important to reach out to your insurance provider and any potential rehabs in Tennessee to determine the extent of your coverage before committing to treatment.

Private & State-Funded Rehab in Tennessee

Private centers and federal or state-funded addiction treatment facilities have several key differences.

Private programs are typically patronized by individuals who have personal financial means or employer-based health insurance that will cover its costs. These programs generally have higher quality services, can have a higher ratio of staff to patients, and are less likely to have the potential limitations of government or state-funded programs. They might also offer more types of therapies.

State and government-funded treatment programs may be more accessible to those who do not have private insurance or personal funds for private treatment. These facilities often accept patients on an as-needed basis as they may not have the capacity for new patients at a given time. Consequently, clients with the most severe addictions usually receive treatment first, while others may be placed on a waitlist.[8]

This table breaks down the number of treatment facilities in Tennessee by whether they are private non-profit, private for-profit, locally-funded or federally-funded.

Facility Operation, by number and percent
No. %
Private Non-Profit 142 64.25%
Private for Profit 74 33.48%
Local, county, or community government 0 0.00%
State government 1 0.45%
Federal Government 4 1.81%
Tribal Government 0 0.00%
Total 221 100.00%

Ways to Pay for Rehab in Tennessee

Spending on drug treatment through private insurance has stayed mostly stable in recent years, although total alcohol and other drug treatment spending in the country has declined since 1986. At that time, private insurance contributed nearly 30 percent to the treatment of alcohol and other drugs. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all plans cover substance use disorder treatment, but not everyone is able to afford a plan through the ACA Marketplace.

Some common ways to pay for addiction treatment in Tennessee include:

This table breaks down the typical payment methods used and shows how many facilities in Tennessee accept each payment type to help you know your options.

Facility Payment Options, by Number and percent
No. %
Cash or self-payment 210 95.02%
Private Health Insurance 175 79.19%
Medicare 96 43.44%
Medicaid 147 66.52%
State-financed Health insurance 127 57.47%
Federal military insurance 100 45.25%
No payment accepted (free treatment for all clients) 4 1.81%
IHS/Tribal/Union (ITU) funds 9 4.07%
Other payments 1 0.45%
Sliding fee scale 142 64.25%
Treatment at no charge or minimal payment for clients who can’t pay 93 42.08%
Total 221 100.00%

The table above shows that 175 of the 221 total treatment facilities in Tennessee accept private insurance, while 210 accept cash or self-payment as well. At least 127 of the 221 accept state-financed health insurance and 100 work with federal military insurance plans. Lacking a private insurance plan could limit your options, but don’t let that stop you from seeking the help you need, as some treatment facilities offer assistance programs.

How to Find Rehab Centers in Tennessee

If you’re looking for withdrawal treatment in Tennessee, consider one of our facilities. American Addiction Centers (AAC) provides detox and all forms of treatment across the country, while being dedicated to addressing any co-occurring mental disorders that may impact your addiction. We operate a free and confidential helpline, where our team members can help you get the information you need to start you on the road to recovery. We can be reached at or through text.