The average drug use in Tennessee is about the same as the average drug use in the rest of the country. Roughly 3% of the populations of both the United States and Tennessee struggle with addiction to illicit substances. The highest concentration of people who are addicted to these substances are between the ages of 12 and 17. In this demographic Tennessee has a slightly lower rate of addiction than the rest of the country.

About 7% of Tennessee residents between 12 and 17 years old report illegal drug abuse, the rate for the rest of the country is just under 10%. Average rates of alcohol dependence are also slightly lower in Tennessee than the rest of the country; just under 6% of the state’s residents admit to heavy alcohol abuse while about 6.5% of Americans report a similar dependence.

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The most frequently abused drug in Tennessee by a large margin is prescription pain-killers. Among people admitted into the state’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities 45% of patients say that prescription pain-killers are their primary reason for seeking treatment. Marijuana was the second most often mentioned illicit substance in the state’s recovery centers. About 25% of respondents said that marijuana was their primary drug abused. The third most cited drug in Tennessee was cocaine with 19% mentioning it as their primary drug. Stimulants were cited by another 6%, and the remaining amount of respondents mentioned tranquilizers, heroin, and various sedatives as primary dependencies.

In Tennessee, only about 12% of people with illicit drug addictions receive treatment for their dependencies. The rate of treatment for people who are addicted to alcohol is even lower; only about 1% of reported heavy alcohol abusers enroll in a treatment program in order to overcome their addiction. It is highly recommended that anyone struggling with addiction in Tennessee find the immediate assistance of a rehabilitation facility.

In Tennessee there are 137 different facilities offering treatment programs for people struggling with addiction. Most of these facilities are privately owned and operated, but there are also several publicly funded options in the state as well. Among the people enrolled in rehabilitation programs in the state, 48% are in recovery from drug addiction, 16% for alcohol addiction, and 37% for addiction to both illicit drugs and alcohol.

Tennessee Behavioral Health Resources

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
500 Deaderick Street
Andrew Jackson Building, 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone Number: (800)-560-5767
Fax Number: (615)-532-2419
Web Site: http://tn.gov/mental/A&D/index.html