Chattanooga is a major city in Tennessee. The city is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. state, with a population rolling in at 167,674 as of the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 171,279 in 2012.
Geographically located in southeastern Tennessee in East Tennessee, on Chickamauga Lake and Nickajack Lake, Chattanooga lies approximately only 120 miles to the northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, only 120 miles to the southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, about 135 miles to the southeast of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is a major relay point for the transportation of good across the Southeastern U.S. because of its central location.
The city itself lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portions of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau both. Because of this the city is quite surrounded by various mountains and ridges. The official nickname for Chattanooga is the Scenic City, and rightly so because of the city's growing national reputation as a haven for numerous outdoor activities and tourist attractions.
Chattanooga is also internationally known for the 1941 song, the world's first gold record, "Chattanooga Choo Choo," by Glenn Miller and his orchestra. Chattanooga has actually received numerous awards over the decades, including the prestigious All-America City Award in 1962 and being recognized as a Tree City USA community since 1990.
Statistics on Addiction in Tennessee and the U.S.
To better understand the drug and alcohol addiction crisis in Tennessee and all across the nation, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), along with the help of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), and the Office of the President's Drug Abuse Report, have all worked together to examine, study, research, survey, and analyze the drug and alcohol abuse trends in Tennessee and all other states. Just a couple of their findings have been included below:
• As a direct consequence of drug use, 1,035 persons died in Tennessee in the year 2007 alone. This number is compared to the number of persons in Tennessee who died from motor vehicle accidents (roughly the same at 1,303) and firearms (a mere 924) in the same year. In truth, drug use kills almost as many Tennessee residents as traffic accidents do, and drugs kill more Tennessee residents than firearms do.
• The Tennessee drug-induced death rate, (ranking in at 16.8 per 100,000 population) is quite a bit higher than the national rate, (only 12.7 per 100,000).
• To take a look at who exactly abuses drugs in the United States, it has been found that men have a much higher likelihood of abusing drugs than women. More men die from drugs than women do, but far more men abuse drugs than women. In fact, women have a higher statistical likelihood of dying from drug abuse than men do.
• Alcohol abuse across the planet claims millions of lives every year. For example, the year 2012 saw a saddening and alarming three and a half million deaths, (almost six percent of all accounted deaths in the world), that occurred as a result of alcohol abuse.
Fighting Addiction in Chattanooga
Once one becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is very, very difficult to beat the habit. In fact, it is next to impossible. However, addiction can be faced and eradicated successfully. The best way to try and gain mastery over a drug or alcohol addiction is through an inpatient, residential drug and alcohol rehab program. Inpatient rehabs exist in and around Chattanooga, and these types of centers are absolutely ideal for fighting addiction successfully. With inpatient rehab, an individual actually stands a fighting chance at making a permanent and realistic change in his or her life.