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Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

1211 Medical Center Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, 37232
Vanderbilt Behavioral Health’s Addictions Program offers a specialized, individualized approach to the 12-step program. Patients benefit from group psychotherapy, individual/family therapy, physical conditioning, spirituality and support groups, with families encouraged to remain actively involved in the recovery process.

Facility Highlights

  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Help with Leisure Skills
  • Individual/Family Therapy


  • 12-Step

    The term “12 Step Program” describes a way to recover from addiction that is based on the model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers base their treatment on 12 steps – the first three of which are situational, the next four addressing the practical issues created by the addiction, followed by two steps focused on making amends for hurting others. Steps 10 and 11 involve a deeper examination of the previous steps and the final step is focused on helping others avoid and recover from addiction.
  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

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The Behavioral Health Addictions Program at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital in Nashville offers inpatient and partial hospitalization substance abuse treatment for adult men and women. In addition, it is one of 116 (51.1 percent) centers in the state with programming to treat co-occurring mental health disorders. Medically supervised detox services are available on-site, placing it amongst the just 16 (seven percent) hospital-based Tennessee facilities with this offering. The facility also offers behavioral health treatment programs for children and adolescents.


Admission to treatment is available 24/7, and hospital staff members recommend the least restrictive level of care appropriate based on initial assessments. If a client requires detoxification, they may be referred to the hospital's inpatient program. Once medically stable, they may transition into the the partial hospitalization program (PHP), which meets seven days a week.

Vanderbilt’s Addictions Program is based on a 12-Step model and emphasizes education. Treatment plans are tailored to meet both the physical and emotional needs of each client. In addition to an introduction to the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous and access to 12-step meetings, treatment services include individual and group psychotherapy, family counseling, physical conditioning, and recreational activity designed to support sober social choices.

Group sessions cover such topics as anger management, sex and health education, and spirituality, with an emphasis on incorporating the client's own beliefs into their recovery process. Medication management may also be available to those struggling with co-occurring mental health concerns.

Comprehensive aftercare services are provided as well, and staff members work with clients to put together a thorough relapse prevention plan to follow upon release.


The Vanderbilt Behavioral Health team is comprised of board-certified psychiatrists associated with the medical school, doctorate-level therapists, registered nurses, and licensed social workers, including one with a Master's of Divinity. To date, the four individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter appreciated the aptitude of staff.

Staff Experience and Training: 4/5


Website photographs present a clinical environment with simple furnishings. Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital is a smoke-free campus. While no further details are provided regarding the facility's living arrangements and related offerings, the four individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter contributed offered high ratings for accommodations.

Facility Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4/5

Metrics measuring policies regarding phone and internet use and exercise and leisure activity fared less favorably, with one reviewer noting a need for more exercise options.


To date, the seven former clients who submitted reviews to Rehabs.com generating mixed feedback. Two identified counseling as a program strength, while one wrote that not much counseling was available. While alumni appreciated the staff's level of training and experience and moderately approved of the amount of family participation, they expressed low levels of satisfaction in opportunities for family participation and extracurricular offerings. "A great facility, but needs better holistic offerings," one reviewer wrote.

Family Participation: 3.3/5
Leisure, Exercise, and Extracurricular Options: 3/5
Holistic Offerings: 1.8/5

Google reveals two contrasting opinions as of this writing, with a perfect five-star rating and a low one-star rating. [1] "They helped me overcome my OCD," R.A. praised, while D.S. critiqued, "Don't come here unless your rich."


The one family member polled by Rehabs.com to date offered moderate ratings for most aspect, submitting three or four stars for family participation, counseling options, and holistic offerings. This loved one agreed with a majority of alumni that treatment was too expensive. Describing staff as "great," the loved one wrote: "If costs were more affordable, more folks could get help."


On the employment website Indeed, 17 current or former staff members of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital contributed to an average rating of 4.1 stars out of five.[2] About one-third characterized the facility as having a fast-paced environment, and most noted that they enjoyed helping patients cope and working with other treatment staff.


Vanderbilt Behavioral Health accepts coverage from many commercial health insurance providers and TennCare. The facility’s website also stated that a sliding fee scale is applied for clients without health insurance. The four Rehabs.com respondents polled in this category gave lukewarm feedback for its cost..

Affordability: 2.8/5

[1] GoogleReviews

[2] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Vanderbilt-Psychiatric-Hospital/reviews

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