Germantown Rehab

Grace Land Recovery Center is located right outside of Memphis. In fact, Grace Land Recovery is conveniently located near many cities in Shelby County, TN, including Germantown TN. The area of Germantown TN has had a colorful and turbulent past, from its founding in 1819 through the Civil War and reconstruction era. In the 1870s, the area was hit by a series of yellow fever epidemics carried by river passengers traveling along the waterways. These days, there is another epidemic ravaging the area. That’s why there is a need for Germantown rehab.

The Opioid Epidemic

Opioid-related deaths are continuing to rise throughout Shelby County. In fact, in 2017 more residents of Shelby County died from opioid overdose than in car accidents. If nothing is done to fight this epidemic, it will continue to get worse. 

According to the Provisional Annual Opioid Report, in Shelby County alone there were:

  • 1,184 opioid-related Emergency Department visits in 2018. This number increased 39% over 2018. While the race and sex of people taken to emergency departments is relatively evenly spread out, the age range of such people shows that most of the patients belong to younger age groups, 21-39 years old. 
  • 342 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2019. This represents a 61% increase from 2018. Most of these deaths occurred in white males and occurred in people 30-59 years old.
  • 3,112 reported suspected overdose events. Out of the total reported suspected overdose events in Shelby County in 2019, 13% resulted in death and an estimated 60% received naloxone, a medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose.
  • 1,499 Memphis Fire Department EMS administrations of naloxone were administered that resulted in an improved patient condition. Of all the naloxone administered by Memphis Fire Department EMS in 2019, 49% resulted in the improvement of the patient’s condition.
  • 515,985 prescriptions written for opioid painkillers in 2018
  • 1 in 6 Tennesseans misusing opioids as in treatment
  • The use of opioids is lower in Shelby County than in other areas of the state, but overdose deaths involving fentanyl and heroin have increased recently
  • 18.5% of high school students took prescription pain medication without a prescription or differently than how it was prescribed

Signs of Opioid Abuse

Both prescription pain medications and illegal heroin are in the same class of drug known as opioids. Although opioids can be prescribed by a doctor, their misuse may lead to dependence or addiction, known as an opioid use disorder (OUD). 

OUD is defined as:

  • not being able to stop using opioids even though
  • the dependence is interfering with daily life, relationships, and finances.

A person using opioids may not show symptoms at first. But, over time, there may be some signs including:

  • An inability to control opioid use
  • Unmanageable cravings
  • Drowsiness
  • Disturbances of sleep habits
  • Weight loss
  • Repeated flu-like symptoms
  • Drop in libido
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Stealing from friends, family, or workplace
  • New financial problem
  • Symptoms of withdrawal when attempting to stop or cut down on use such as:
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting

Alcohol Use in Shelby County

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Brief reports that the number 1 substance that’s abused in Tennessee is alcohol. The other two are opioids and marijuana. Thus, Germantown rehab facilities should make sure to offer alcohol, opioid, and marijuana rehab.

Furthermore, heavy consumption of alcohol is higher in Shelby County (11.7%) than in the state overall (8.5%). A survey of high school students by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) found that:

  • 21.2% had their first drink of alcohol (other than a few sips) before age 13
  • 15.9% were currently drinking alcohol
  • 3.3% were currently binge drinking

Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

An individual’s alcohol use disorder can sometimes be mild, moderate, or severe based on the symptoms you experience. 

Symptoms may include:

  • Not being able to limit the amount you drink
  • Wanting to cut down on drinking or making unsuccessful attempts to stop or cut down
  • Spending a lot of time getting alcohol, drinking, or recovering from drinking
  • Feeling strong cravings to drink alcohol
  • Failing at work, school, or home due to alcohol use
  • Reducing or abandoning social and work activities and hobbies
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol (this means you need a greater amount to feel the effects of alcohol or you have a reduced effect from the same amount)
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, and shaking when you don’t drink, or drinking just to avoid the symptoms

Marijuana Use

The CDC survey of high school students in Shelby County also found, with respect to marijuana that:

  • 44.9%of high schoolers have used marijuana
  • 11.3%have tried marijuana for the first time before age 13
  • 24.8% of high schoolers currently use marijuana

One of the main risks linked to marijuana addiction in young people is the potential for permanent brain damage. Marijuana addiction is a pattern of marijuana use that features many of the typical signs and symptoms of addiction to substance use disorders (SUD). The technical name for marijuana addiction is “cannabis use disorder.” 

Most people who use marijuana think addiction isn’t possible, but it is possible and something everyone should be aware of. If you exhibit symptoms of marijuana addiction occurring within 12 months of you using the substance, you may be using marijuana in a way that could be problematic. 

Signs of Marijuana Abuse

  • Continuing to use marijuana even when it’s causing a person social or relationship problems
  • Having strong cravings to use marijuana
  • Developing a tolerance for marijuana
  • Stopping or doing fewer activities than you used to enjoy because you’d rather use marijuana
  • Using larger and larger amounts of marijuana than you planned over a longer period of time 
  • Thinking about stopping or cutting back on marijuana use without success

Substance Abuse Among Shelby County Students

Besides the statistics previously mentioned, a study done by the Memphis Area Prevention Coalition reported that 29% of Shelby County students had been offered, sold, or given illegal drugs on school property before. The U.S. average for this happening is 19.8%. 

The substances that high school and middle school students in Shelby County have tried before include:

  • marijuana
  • cocaine
  • inhalants that are easily exceeded in state and national averages

Substance use among adolescents leads to: 

  • problems at school
  • worsening mental health and physical issues
  • poor relationships with peers
  • stress on the family

Substance abuse and dependence can have a negative effect on every part of an individual’s life. That’s why it’s important to intervene early to help youth who are struggling with substance abuse.

Treating Substance Use Disorders

The treatment of SUDs whether at at Germantown rehab facility or some other type of rehab facility typically follows this order:


When someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, that person usually needs to go to detox. This is an important first step in treatment. 

Detox is the process by which all traces of drugs or alcohol are removed from the body so the person is physically stable. The purpose of detox is to address the physical side of substance addictions, so that people are prepared to enter treatment programs that tackle the psychological features of their addictions. 

Medically-Assisted Detox

During detox, there may be withdrawal symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening. It depends on the drug used and the severity of the addiction. In a medically supervised detox center, medical professionals are able to prescribe medications to help ease the severe symptoms of withdrawal.

Treatment Therapies

After completing detox, the work of addressing the psychological issues surrounding addiction begins. Addiction is a disease of the brain, so any lasting addiction recovery program must include psychological counseling. In addition, underlying mental conditions are frequently diagnosed during addiction therapy and prove to be the root cause of many people’s addictions.

Behavioral Therapies

Behavioral approaches to addiction treatment helps: 

  • get people engaged in their drug abuse treatment
  • Provide people with incentives for them to stay substance-free
  • improve the life skills of people that are suffering from addiction. That way they can handle stress and environmental cues that might trigger their drug cravings.

Common behavioral therapies include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Anger Management Therapy
  • Contingency Management Therapy

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a one-on-one collaborative approach between a rehab patient and a counselor. During individual therapy sessions, trust is built that enables people to express their deep seated thoughts and beliefs.

Family Therapy

When one member of a family has an addiction, all family members are affected in one way or another. During the course of family therapy, members learn about addiction and how to take care of themselves while their loved one is focusing on himself. 

Treatment Programs

Residential Treatment–In a residential treatment program, the individual lives in the treatment facility 24-hours a day. This provides a secure environment to recover from addiction without the distractions and triggers of the outside world. Residential treatment programs are for people with severe addictions or those who have relapsed.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)–This program is less intensive than residential but it is appropriate for people who have severe to moderate addictions. PHP treatment occurs during the day and the patient may go home in the evenings.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)–IOPs are similar to PHPs but require a lower level of time commitment. This makes it possible to continue working or tending to one’s school obligations while attending treatment sessions.

Outpatient Program (OP)--In an outpatient program, you will still attend rehab sessions at a treatment facility but for fewer hours and days of the week. Outpatient programs are an excellent way to continue treatment after completing a higher level of care.

Grace Land Recovery Puts You First

Grace Land Recovery is a rehabilitation center that’s located in Shelby County near Germantown TN. Here at Grace Land Recovery, we’re experienced in the care and treatment of individuals with substance use disorders. 

We have addiction treatment specialists who can create a treatment program specifically for your needs.  From a medically supervised detox to make sure that you start your journey on the right foot to an aftercare program to help you transition smoothly into the rest of your life after treatment, we here at Grace Land Recovery offer services that are here for you. 

If you have a co-occurring mental condition, that is considered a dual diagnosis and we have a specific program for that. Thus, it’s important for people with dual diagnoses to have both conditions treated simultaneously and by the same treatment team. 

Are you ready to make that first step? Contact us today. Whether you’re from the Memphis area or not, our Germantown rehab is ready to help you take back your life from the control of addiction.


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