Good grief, we didn’t have any idea the “soberest city in the U.S.” according to data compiled by the Daily Beast, is Nashville, TN. But if the data is correct, that’s exactly what Nashville can claim.

Huffington Post also cites Nashville as a top ten sober city (Nashville is slide 6 of 12). And Discovery Place has always known that Music City is home to a world-class recovery community. Nashville also holds a reputation as a “big city with a small city climate” because we’re so darn friendly in the South. But with 280+ meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in Nashville, it’s no wonder we stay sober in the Guitar Town. Big 12 step meetings around town like Back Room Group and Primetime, where Discovery Place guests attend on a weekly basis, are electric. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a famous musician or movie star in attendance.

Even my mom, a very spiritually-oriented lady but not in recovery, loves to attend. The men and women in these groups, many in long-term recovery, are beacons of hope for newcomers. Additionally, Discovery Place has found a healthy, thriving sober community vital to sustained sobriety. It is also critical to enjoying “high quality recovery,” where an alcoholic or addict can honestly profess being “happy, joyous and free.” To stay sober, you must have fun (it’s hard, I know). This often neglected ingredient to healthy recovery certainly applies to Discovery Place residential recovery program guests and staff. Just look at our Facebook page; at Discovery Place, we know how to have fun sober! Music City USA definitely affords our guests and alumni the opportunity to engage a wide range of fun, fulfilling activities. Yes, we have music (and not just country). But there’s so much more to this town than its twang.

Nashville is also home to the Tennnessee Titans (NFL football team), the Nashville Predators (NHL team), incredible concerts, a thriving economic climate (we are ranked #2 for jobs in Forbes magazine), top-notch universities (Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Aquinas, Trevecca, Middle Tennessee State University), top-rated hospitals and food so good (Fleming’s, Kayne Prime, Samurai Sushi, Pharmacy Burgers, Prince’s Hot Chicken),you might pack on a pound or two. Who wouldn’t love getting sober in Nashville? Now before you go thinking I’m gushing a little too much about Nashville, consider this article from Forbes magazine appropriately entitled Nashville is Nowville…And Has Been for Awhile.

Paul Jankowski writes, “The nation’s eye has turned to this Heartland city as one of the most promising places to live and work.” So you don’t even have to be interested in sobriety to move here.

As someone raised in this town, I enjoy a certain sense of pride knowing our beloved Nashvegas is finally gaining the recognition it deserves. The South’s best-kept geographic secret isn’t so secret anymore. Whether you want to get sober or find a new career, Nashville is definitely a city to consider. Come visit and find out why!


  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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