If you have insurance then call your insurance plan first.

The terminology for addiction has changed over the years. Under ICD-10 and DSM V, it is currently called Substance Use Disorder. Most people still understand what is meant by addiction, so when you are searching for treatment help and information do include the term “addiction” in your searches.

Ask if opioid addiction/substance use disorder treatment is covered under your plan, if yes, … then ask for a list of contracted providers, or specifically a list of contracted Suboxone providers. Not all addiction treatment providers are Suboxone prescribers.

State of Tennessee calls it Substance Abuse Services. You can find the services provided by the state from their website https://tn.gov/behavioral-health/section/substance-abuse-services or by calling their help line at 800-560-5767.

You can find a physician in your area by following these links.

NAABT has an interesting feature. You can enter your information and prescribers in your area will reply to your posting.

All other sites obtain their information from the SAMHSA site where every registered provider is listed but the information is not updated.


Substance abuse treatment facility locator: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
This site will help you locate facilities nearby based on state, city, or zip code.  These facilities are more likely to accept insurance.

I do not accept any insurance for Suboxone/Subutex therapy.
There is no point in calling doctor’s offices and asking them if they accept insurance.  Instead … call your insurance plan and get the names and phone numbers of doctors who are in your network that provide office based Suboxone/Subutex therapy.

Most physicians do not accept insurance. 
Most insurance plans do not cover substance use disorder in their regular policies; this is usually covered if you have a behavioral health coverage.
Some insurance plans contract out this coverage to companies like Magellan and ValueOptions.  These companies generally do not cover for services provided by physicians who are not psychiatrists, or addiction specialists, and, or, restrict coverage to approved Addiction Specialists/Addiction treatment facilities.

Information about court ordered drug treatments in Rutherford county are available by calling (615) 217-7124, and additional information is available through http://recoverysupportfoundation.org/

If you are pregnant then disclose it to your Primary Care Provider or your OBGyn doctor for additional information and referral or contact high risk pregnancy units at:

Vanderbilt Health : (615) 322-5000

Meharry Medical College : (615) 340-1388

Tenncare : (855) 259-2701 or the Tennessee crisis hot line 855-CRISIS-1 or 855-274-7471

TN Statewide Crisis Information

The following are known to accept insurance :

BHG Nashville Treatment Center
(Also State contracted Methadone Clinic)
2410 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615 321 2575

Mental Health Center at Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN
For appointments call 615-327-6961 or 615-327-6459

Unity Medical Clinic (Several locations in Tennessee accepts Amerigroup, some locations have a suboxone provider)
Phone: 888-859-9835

Darrell G. Arnett, M.D.
1010 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville  TN 37129
(615) 724-0865 (As of 10/25/2012, Does not accept any Tenncare related insurance, please call to find if it has changed.)

Sadia M. Dar, M.D.
515 Stonecrest Parkway, Suite # 100, Smyrna, TN 37167-6826
(615) 223-7227

Jane R. Weinberg, M.D.
602 West Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 383-1995

James W. Ladson, M.D.
724 Cool Springs Boulevard, Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 794-5009
(OB/Pregnant patients only)

Nii Saban Quao, M.D.
1420 Baddour Parkway, Suite 103, Lebanon, TN 37087
(615) 444-0404

Verna Bain, MD
Family and Children’s Clinic
105 East Market Street, Portland, TN 37148
(615) 325-5000

Other Suboxone prescribers in this area:

Shyam A. Jha, M.D.
528 North University Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 968-7727
Enrollment available. No waiting list. Does not accept Insurance, Medicare, or Tenncare.

N. R. Chunduru, M.D.
528 North University Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 867-3780

Buford P. Turpin, Jr., M.D. (waiting list)
517 Highland Terrace, Suite B, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 898-1669
Known to accept some insurances.

Zion Medical Clinic
Lebanon: Phone: (615) ­547-­6200,
Murfreesboro: Phone: (615) ­962-­9011

Cumberland Recovery Center
1550 Sparta St Ste 6, McMinnville, TN 37110
(931) 304-2844

Rosa L. Stone, D.O.
3708 Nolensville Road, Suite D, Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 315-0037

Schwartz Gary, MD
Address: 115 Enon Springs Rd E, Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 459-9191

John Mitchell Byrnes, M.D. (waiting list)
115 Enon Springs Road East, Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 459-0005

Venkat Reddy, MD
1804 State Street, Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 329-9321

AMC Clinic
446 Metroplex Dr #200a, Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 970-6260

Focus Medical Clinic
213 W Maplewood Lane Suite 400, Nashville, TN 37207    map
615 262-6888

Jason Donald Stroud, M.D.
7841 Heaton Way, Nashville, TN 37211
(866) 755-4258

Richard G. Soper, MD
Center For Behavioral Wellness
2830 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-5747

Charles Roger Freed, Jr., M.D.
5515 Edmundson Pike, Suite 119-E, Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 832-6489

Agustin Vitualla, M.D.
4989 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, TN 37138
(615) 915-1917

Jianping Sun, M.D.
8115 Isabella Lane, Suite 8, Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 661-7888

David Keydai Chang, M.D.
1616 Westgate Circle, Suite 210, Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 844-6234

Edward Matthew Karl, M.D.
2014 Quail Hollow Circle, Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 807-4025
(Inpatient only at Rolling Hills)

Abdelmadjid Guerrah, M.D.
3413 Nolensville Pike, Suite A, Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 333-8383

Kay Son, M.D.
3413 Nolensville Pike, Suite A, Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 333-8383

Charles Roger Freed, Jr., M.D.
8 Cadillac Drive, Suite 410, Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 832-6489

Tennessee Addiction Rehab facilities that accept Tenncare and receive govt funding

Samaritan Recovery Community
319 South 4th Street, Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 244-4802
Website: samctr.org

Buffalo Valley Inc.
501 Park Avenue South, Hohenwald, TN 38462
Local: (931) 796-5427, Toll-free: (800) 447-2766
Website: buffalovalley.org

Tony Rice center
1300 Railroad Avenue, Shelbyville, TN 37160
Phone: 931-685-0957
Website: www.tonyricecenter.org

Tenncare provides prescription coverage for Suboxone for a limited period. The prescription plan is managed by Magellan Health Services.

Tenncare Preauthorization Form

Some of its policies are:

  • Preauthorization is required.  (The preauthorization form does not spell out the criteria for coverage, or the conditions attached for continued coverage. This trick is primarily used to deny coverage).
  • Suboxone is only approved for three months, maximum of three tablets a day, to be used once daily.  After three months preauthorization has to be filed again.
  • Patient has to be enrolled with an addiction counselor, and that information has to be provided on the pre-authorization form.
  • If you were getting Suboxone through Tenncare plan and you changed provider then this preauthorization has to be filed again, and your previous provider has to transfer the care.
  • Preauthorization requires certification by provider, and asks for information that the provider does not have, e.g, about your prior Suboxone therapy, counselor etc.
  • It is best to go through a treatment facility if you have Tenncare as they are more familiar with the rules. (Once you have gone through a facility you do not get Suboxone again)

Take your prescription plan and plan ID number with you. Have your counselor fax a note to your physician which includes the following information (you may be required to sign a special release of information form):

Patient name and current address, date of birth, insurance carrier, and insurance ID number.

Counselors name and address

Expected frequency of counseling/psychosocial therapy visits: ________________________________
Start Date: ______________
Name of Practitioner that will be providing counseling: _______________________________________

This page was last modified on: April 22, 2020