Over 15,000 people sought treatment for drug or alcohol addiction last year in the state of Tennessee, up 21 percent since 2016, according to the state’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department. The increase is due in large part to the opioid crisis that plagues the U.S., said officials.
Locally, Adult & Teen Challenge is fighting the crisis by helping individuals struggling with addiction afford their 12-month recovery program by selling tuxedos and formal wear accessories. The store, named Tuxedos To Go, is in Northgate Mall on the atrium.
The nonprofit ministry received nearly 6,000 used and worn tuxedos and accessories from a donor who bought the failed Eaves Formalwear inventory. According to David McNabb, ATC president, “The sale of a single tuxedo for $50 covers a half day for one of our program residents.”
The support for the ministry comes at the right time, said Mr. McNabb, who references the increased demand for recovery services. “It’s an expense families don’t plan for and often cannot afford,” said Mr. McNabb, adding that the ministry is proud of their history of offering their 12-month, Christian recovery program to families at a fraction of the true cost of $3,000 per month. “We’re grateful for support from people throughout the region who believe in the work we do and it’s impact on our community."
In addition to tuxedos in a wide range of sizes beginning with 2T and running through standard men’s sizes, the store features shirts, shoes, ties, vests and cummerbunds. “This is a great opportunity for brides planning a wedding on a budget, or young men who want to get a great deal on a tuxedo for prom,” said Mr. McNabb.