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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Introduction to Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga is is the fourth largest city in Tennessee with a population of approximately 155,000 people. Chattanooga is the seat of Hamilton County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Chattanooga metropolitan statistical area has an estimated population that is approaching 500,000 people.

Chattanooga is located in southeast Tennessee, on the border with Georgia. The Tennessee River flows through Chattanooga. Chattanooga is about half way between Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. Atlanta is approximately two hours southeast, and Nashville is approximately two hours northwest.

Chattanooga was a past finalist for the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award". Outside Magazine named Chattanooga "A Top Ten Dream Town" in September of 2001. Expansion Management Magazine named Chattanooga one of the "Top Fifty Hottest Cities for Attracting Business" in January of 2000. Other notable awards received by Chattanooga include: Family Fun's "Top Ten Family-Friendly Cities", and "Most Cost-Effective" city in Foreign Direct Investment magazine's "US Cities and States of the Future 2005-06" awards. Chattanooga is home to one Fortune 500 company headquarters, UnumProvident.

Chattanooga experiences hot, humid summers, and cool, damp winters. July is the warmest month of the year, with an average daily temperature of almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the coldest month, with an average daily temperature of almost 49 degrees Fahrenheit. Chattanooga does experience temperatures below freezing and averages one day per winter with an inch or more of snow. Chattanooga receives an average of slightly over 54 inches of precipitation a year.

Chattanooga History

The first inhabitants of the Chattanooga area were Native American Indians. Chattanooga's first European visitors were from Spanish expeditions lead by Hernando DeSoto. Chattanooga was established as Ross's Landing in 1816 by John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Indians. The city adopted the name Chattanooga in 1838. The name is of Native American origin. Some key dates in Chattanooga's history include:

  • In 1819, Hamilton County was formed
  • In 1908, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station was built
  • In 1863, during the American Civil War, the Campaign for Chattanooga was fought
  • In 1941, the city was made famous by the first gold record big-band swing song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Glenn Miller
  • In 1948, Chattanooga became the first major southern city to have African-American Police Officers

Chattanooga Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Chattanooga is a center for arts, culture, and entertainment. Some of Chattanooga's more notable cultural attractions include:

  • The Bluff View Art District
  • The Boys Choir of Chattanooga
  • The Chattanooga Ballet
  • The Chattanooga Girls Choir
  • The Chattanooga Regional History Museum
  • The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
  • The Chattanooga Theatre Centre
  • The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
  • The Creative Discovery Museum
  • Choral Arts of Chattanooga
  • The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts
  • The Hunter Museum of Art
  • The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Miller Plaza, the site of numerous performances and exhibits
  • The Nightfall Concert Series
  • Rock City Gardens
  • The Tennessee Aquarium, the world's largest freshwater aquarium
  • The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
  • The Tivoli Theatre

Chattanooga also hosts Riverbend Festival every year. Riverbend Festival is a week-long music festival in the downtown area.

Chattanooga Sports and Leisure

Chattanooga has a few professional sports offerings, which include:

  • Baseball - The Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Chattanooga Lookouts. The Lookouts are a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Football - The National Indoor Football League (NIFL) Tennessee River Sharks.

Chattanooga is also home to the NCAA Division I-AA national football championship every year at Finley Stadium, on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A two hour drive northwest or southeast offers Chattanooga residents all of the sporting attractions of either Nashville, Tennessee, or Atlanta, Georgia.

Chattanooga "Must See" Attractions

Chattanooga has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Chattanooga's more unique attractions include:

  • The NCAA Division I-AA national football championship
  • Rock City Gardens
  • Riverbend Festival, a week-long music festival
  • The Tennessee Aquarium, the world's largest freshwater aquarium

Chattanooga at Night

Chattanooga offers a rich and vibrant nightlife including a full spectrum of culinary offerings, and other entertainment options to satisfy just about anyone. The best source of information on dining, the latest events, happenings, night clubs, and performances can be found in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, or one of two free weekly newspapers, The Pulse, or Enigma.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPop.Median Family
Income (2000)
Chattanooga155,554$41,318
Collegedale6,514$52,337
East Ridge20,640$43,858
Jasper3,214$42,467
Red Bank12,418$41,696
Signal Mountain7,429$86,997
Soddy Daisy11,530$41,394

High Points

Chattanooga strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Tennessee):

CategoryTrophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 1%Chattanooga Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 7%Chattanooga Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 11%Chattanooga Well-Paid Single Women
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 14%Chattanooga Affordability of Rents
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 14%Chattanooga Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 15%Chattanooga College Educated Adults
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 17%Chattanooga Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 19%Chattanooga Well-Paid Single Men


The listings in Chattanooga, Tennessee and surrounding areas provide the following services:

(18) Outpatient
(7) American Sign Language
(2) Halfway House
(5) Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less
(4) Residential Care Long-term 30 to 90 Days Treatment
(5) Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum
(6) Females
(1) Residential Beds for Children
(8) Drug/Alcohol Detoxification
(3) Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment
(4) Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders
(2) Clients With Legal Issues
(2) Mental Health Services
(5) Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
(3) Hospital Inpatient
(6) Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
(6) Teens and Adolescents
(2) Spanish Speaking
(4) Methadone Maintenance
(4) Methadone Detoxification
(2) Persons with HIV/AIDS
(2) Gay and Lesbian
(2) Seniors/Older Adults
(3) Males
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If you or a loved one living in Chattanooga has a drug or alcohol addiction problem, you may be overwhelmed and not know where to turn; but our mission is to support you and to let you know that you do not have to face this situation alone. We care about you and your loved ones in Chattanooga, Tennessee; the good news is that you have identified that there is a drug or alcohol abuse problem, and are now looking for a positive solution. We will help you to assess the seriousness of your drug or alcohol abuse problem and to locate the Chattanooga Drug Rehab or Alcohol Rehabilitation Center that will best be suited to your individual needs.

The different types of drug treatment in Chattanooga, TN. can include holistic drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Short-term Drug Treatment, Long-term Addiction Treatment, Outpatient Drug Treatment Programs, Inpatient Addiction Treatment Programs, partial hospitalization, and sober living just to name a few. The type of Alcohol Rehab or Drug Rehabilitation Facility that is needed will depend upon the degree of dependence, the individual's social situation, and the kind of substance which they have become addicted to.

The ultimate goal of all Alcohol Rehab or Drug Rehabilitation Centers should be to enable the individual from Chattanooga, Tennessee to achieve lasting abstinence. Much research has indicated that in order for drug and alcohol addiction treatment to be effective, it must teach the individual how to change to their compulsive behaviors in order to remove the addiction and to be able to avoid a possible relapse. Overall, Alcohol Rehab or Drug Rehabilitation Facilities need to address both the physical and psychological dependency of an addiction; the behavioral and social symptoms also need to be adequately addressed before an individual from Chattanooga can have the tools that they will need to help sustain that recovery for the remainder of his or her life.

Drug detox is the first step in the Chattanooga, TN. rehabilitation treatment process toward recovery from a drug and alcohol addiction. The main goal in this component of the Chattanooga Alcohol Rehabilitation or Drug Treatment Program is to rid the body of toxins that accumulate over the course of a long term drug or alcohol addiction. It is very common to see individuals from Chattanooga, TN. in drug detox that has combined different drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or pain pills with alcohol.

When an individual from Chattanooga has sustained the use of any of these various kinds of drugs, it causes adaptations within their body that lessen the drug's original effects over time; this is a phenomenon that is known as drug tolerance. At this point, the individual from Chattanooga, Tennessee has developed a physical dependency on the substance and withdrawal symptoms will be experienced upon discontinuation. The reason that it is imperative that an individual from Chattanooga have professional supervision during the detox process is because the staff at a Drug Rehab or Alcohol Treatment Facility can help to make this process much easier by administering elements of treatment that can help to alleviate some of the painful withdrawal symptoms.

Once the early stages of withdrawal have passed, an individual from Chattanooga will then be able to begin a directed, Alcohol Rehab or Drug Rehabilitation Program that will begin to address aspects of the psychological dependency by teaching behavioral skills that will help them to function without the use of alcohol or drugs. This component in drug recovery treatment will usually involve some type of individual or group counseling. There may also be occupational and behavioral therapies that are utilized as components of treatment in order to help to teach the individual from Chattanooga, TN. life and social skills that may have been lost while they were under the influence of addiction.

Before an addict is finally willing to surrender to the Drug Treatment or Alcohol Rehab Facility process, they may have already made repeated promises to their loved ones in Chattanooga who have been experiencing the negative effects from the individual's drug or alcohol abuse; because of the way that these substances chemically alter the person's brain, these empty promises cannot be fulfilled. If loved ones in Chattanooga, Tennessee continue to believe these empty promises, it could possible mean that the addicted person will then have time to overdose on drugs or have a serious car accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In a Drug Rehab or Alcohol Treatment Center, the individual from Chattanooga will become educated about the ways that drugs and alcohol affect the various functions of the brain; they will learn that it was these physiological changes that made it almost impossible for them to stop using on their own, and not personal integrity. As an individual from Chattanooga, TN. learns more about how to deal with drug triggers and as they master to the tools that they will need to use in order to stay sober when they return home to Chattanooga, they will become confident in their ability to do so.

Getting Help

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There are 9 local Alcohol Rehab and Drug Rehabilitation Facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We have also provided 11 additional Alcohol Treatment and Drug Rehab Facilities that are closest geographically to Chattanooga:

Bradford Health Services Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Treatment Facility
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance
Council for Alcohol and Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Program
Services Offered: Residential Beds for Children, Halfway House, Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum, Residential Care Long-term 30 to 90 Days Treatment, Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Council for Alcohol DA Servs Inc Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Alcohol Treatment and Drug Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Clients With Legal Issues, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Halfway House, Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum, Residential Care Long-term 30 to 90 Days Treatment, Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE), Access to Recovery
Focus Healthcare of Tennessee Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Rehab Program
Services Offered: Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance
Johnson Mental Health Center Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center
Services Offered: Mental Health Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Parkridge Valley Hospital Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Hospital Inpatient, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment, Residential Care Long-term 30 to 90 Days Treatment
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Tennessee Community Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, American Sign Language, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient, Spanish Speaking
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance
Tennessee Community Counseling Inc Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Facility
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, American Sign Language, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment
Volunteer Treatment Center Inc Chattanooga, TN
Primary Service: Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Methadone Detoxification, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient, Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance
Private Clinic North Rossville, GA 17.1 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol Rehabilitation and Drug Treatment Facility
Services Offered: Methadone Detoxification, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Gay and Lesbian, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Methadone Maintenance, Males, Outpatient, Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum, Seniors/Older Adults, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance
Lookout Mountain Community Services Chickamauga, GA 19.7 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Program
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Residential Care Long-term 30 to 90 Days Treatment
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance
Highland Rivers Community Servs Board Dalton, GA 23.9 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Recovery Program
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Clients With Legal Issues, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Gay and Lesbian, Hospital Inpatient, Persons with HIV/AIDS, Males, Outpatient, Women That Are Pregnant or Postpartum, Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less, Seniors/Older Adults, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance
Action Counseling and Consulting Cleveland, TN 24.1 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Drug Rehabilitation and Alcohol Rehab Facility
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated Offenders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Access to Recovery
LaFayette Outpatient Clinic LaFayette, GA 25.0 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol Treatment and Drug Rehabilitation Program
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, American Sign Language, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Windwood Rome, GA 50.3 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center
Services Offered: American Sign Language, Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Hospital Inpatient, Mix of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance, Military insurance (e.g., VA,TRICARE)
Family Life Center Fort Payne, AL 53.2 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Facility
Services Offered: Teens and Adolescents, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance
Cedar Lodge Guntersville, AL 53.2 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Program
Services Offered: Outpatient, Short term Residential Care 30 Days or Less, Spanish Speaking
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, State financed insurance (other than Medicaid), Private health insurance
Epiphany Center Rome Inc Rome, GA 53.4 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol Rehabilitation and Drug Rehab Program
Services Offered: Services for Co-occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders, Methadone Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Outpatient, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment
New Horizons Treatment Center Rome, GA 53.4 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facility
Services Offered: Methadone Detoxification, Drug/Alcohol Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, Males, Outpatient, Females
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment
Centerstone Mental Health Centers Tullahoma, TN 60.3 miles from Chattanooga
Primary Service: Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Facility
Services Offered: Mental Health Services, Outpatient
Payment Forms Accepted: Self payment, Medicaid, Medicare, Private health insurance

Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:

In 2008, 6.4 percent of adults aged 18 or older (14.3 million people) had at least one MDE in the past year . Over 1 in 25 adults (4.2 percent or 9.5 million people) had past year MDE with severe impairment.

Therapy in residential drug rehab programs usually consists of a combination of group counseling, individual counseling and an introduction to the principles of a drug recovery program.

Persons dependent on or abusing a substance in the past 12 months, or who received specialty treatment for a substance use problem within the past 12 months, are classified as needing treatment. In 2004, the number of persons aged 12 or older needing treatment for an alcohol or illegal drug use problem was 23.48 million (9.8 percent). Of these, 2.33 million received treatment at a specialty facility in the past year. Thus, 21.15 million people needed but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility in 2004. The number needing but not receiving treatment did not change significantly from 2002 to 2004.

In 2008, 4.8 million people aged 12 or older used OxyContin for nonmedical use at least once during their lifetime.

Getting accurate numbers concerning methadone addiction is no possible, because there are at least a quarter million people getting the drug from clinics; this does not clarify how many of these individuals may be addicted to the drug.

Slightly more than half of Americans aged 12 or older reported being current drinkers of alcohol in the 2006 survey (50.9 percent). This translates to an estimated 125 million people, which is similar to the 2005 estimate of 126 million people (51.8 percent).


Strong support groups and sober friends are very helpful for recovering Alcoholics after rehab. Alcoholics Anonymous provides meetings that recovering alcoholics can attend to help stay focused on their sobriety. You can find AA meetings at the following locations in Chattanooga:

Pass It On
St Pauls Episcopal Church
305 West Seventh Street At Pine
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

AA Meeting Days and Times
Monday, 12:00 PM
The following survey was completed by residents of Chattanooga, Tennessee as part of the USNODRUGS monitoring program. The survey below is a representation of perceptual drug and alcohol usage rates in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We cannot guarantee complete accuracy, but our monitoring team uses the highest standards for survey compilation.
You do not have to answer all of the survey questions, you should only answer questions that are relevant to your thoughts and experiences.
Survey results as of July 1, 2014
Perception of marijuana in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Do you believe that using marijuana can be harmful?
Maybe
No
Yes
78%
18%
4%
Marijuana use in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Have you used marijuana in your lifetime?
No
Yes
78%
22%
Have you used marijuana in the past month?
No
Yes
75%
25%
Do you use marijuana regularly?
Maybe
No
Yes
0%
85%
15%
Perception of Alcohol in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Do you believe that drinking alcohol can be harmful?
Maybe
No
Yes
0%
7%
93%
Have you had a binge drinking experience in the past month?
No
Yes
83%
17%
Do you consume alcohol daily?
Maybe
No
Yes
0%
98%
2%
How old were you when you first experimented with alcohol?
0-10
11-21
22-31
32 or older
10%
13%
51%
26%
What motivated you to use drugs or alcohol for the first time in Chattanooga, Tennessee?
Boredom
Curiousity
Drugs were all around
Family problem
Hopelessness
It was easy to get
None of the above
Peer Pressure
To fit in
Unhappiness
15%
10%
1%
9%
3%
3%
32%
15%
3%
9%
Most common first drug experience in Chattanooga, Tennessee?
Alcohol
Club Drug
Crack Cocaine
Ecstasy
Heroin
Inhalants
Marijuana
Meth
Over The Counter Drug
Powder Cocaine
Prescription Drug
Psychedelic Drug
20%
5%
2%
3%
2%
2%
15%
4%
8%
8%
24%
7%
Use of drugs and alcohol in Chattanooga, Tennessee schools.
Have you ever gone to school in Chattanooga, Tennessee under the influence of marijuana?
Maybe
No
Yes
15%
81%
4%
Have you ever gone to school in Chattanooga, Tennessee under the influence of alcohol?
Maybe
No
Yes
2%
78%
20%
What is the most common drug used in your school in Chattanooga, Tennessee?
Alcohol
Club Drug
Crack Cocaine
Ecstasy
Heroin
Inhalants
Marijuana
Meth
Over The Counter Drug
Powder Cocaine
Prescription Drug
Psychedelic Drug
21%
2%
3%
4%
3%
5%
14%
5%
7%
10%
18%
8%
Your Age?
0-10
11-21
22-31
32 or older
2%
21%
55%
22%
Your Gender?
Female
Male
94%
6%
Surveys updated monthly.

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