Treatment Center Setting
- Residential Neighborhood
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Focus Treatment Centers Philosophy
Focus Treatment Centers offer compassionate, comprehensive and affordable treatment and advocacy for adults struggling with substance use and eating disorders. Our therapeutic and philosophical framework utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to support our patients in achieving long-lasting behavior changes based on acceptance and mindfulness practices. We also engage our patients in intensive shame reduction and self-compassion work as well as trauma therapy grounded in attachment theory and movement therapy.
Areas of Specialization
Eating Disorder Treatment
Many mental health professionals view eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, along with other dysfunctional eating patterns) as a food addiction – in that food is used in ways other than as fuel or a source of pleasure. Some, but not all, addiction treatment programs include eating disorder treatment as part of the service menu. Also, an eating disorder may be a dual-diagnosis or a co-occurring disorder with drug or alcohol addiction.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a highly specific, research-validated form of therapy that can help people overcome traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. With EMDR, a trained practitioner uses bilateral stimulation, eye movement and touch to stimulate parts of the brain as a patient recounts certain experiences and memories as a way to more thoroughly process uncomfortable, painful feelings.
Addiction recovery does not end with discharge after completing a rehab program. Facilities that offer aftercare planning and/or support work with patients to ensure sustainable recovery by helping to plan and make arrangements for transitional or sober living, help with housing, vocational counseling, etc.
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.
Focus helped me to see myself in a positive light. Today I can actually reject the long-held belief that I am unlovable. I will always feel gratitude and love for the staff and the program at Focus. They gave me hope when nothing else could.
Today I have 90 days of real life. Today I am winning. My wife, my family, are winning thanks to you and your amazing crew of people. You guys not only save lives, you create new ones. It truly is the gift of life that keeps on giving.
I like to say thanks to all the staff! Each person in my recovery process was so important to me. For now, I can accept who I am as a person, that I deserve to be happy, and that it is okay to be comfortable being uncomfortable- that everything doesn't have to be perfect and that I'm okay with that. I'm just so amazed at how everything just seems to fall into place since I've been doing the right things and how my Higher Power will guide me if I'll just let him. For the first time in so long I have a purpose. I have the peace I never had. I couldn't say that before entering treatment, so thank y'all from the bottom of my heart.
I absolutely feel helped! Focus gave me the safety and support that I needed when I couldn't proved it for myself without judgement. I feel that I was heard and my struggle was taken seriously. Even though the urge to bold came up at times, I felt very supported by staff and really encouraged throughout my process. I want to express my gratitude fo the interest, love, and support staff have shown me (even when I wasn't alway on by best behavior!!) Because of Focus, I have been able to delve into my past and address my core belief system that is faulty. Thank you Focus!!! I will recommend this facility to whoever I come in contact with who struggles with substance abuse or an eating disorder.
Today I am free. I was told that the goal was freedom. I thought that was nuts. I did not understand how much I was in bondage.
Meet the Staff
Blake is a native of Chattanooga and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has always had a heart for helping people in need. Blake has been working in various roles at Focus since 2006.
Mark Peterson, MD
Dr. Peterson is a 1974 graduate of Northwestern University Medical School. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has over 30 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry/Addiction and Eating Disorders.
Gail Gnade, Ph.D
Dr. Gail Gnade has been a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Tennessee since 1993. She is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Theology. Dr. Gnade specialities include Depression, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating disorders of all types, Addictions including Sexual/Pornography and Personality Disorders.
Susan Kerr, RN
She earned her Nursing Degrees at Erlanger Nursing School in 1985 and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1989. She is a seasoned behavioral health professional who brings a broad range of management, program development and clinical expertise to her current position of Executive Director.
Rehabs.com Editorial Review
ABOUT FOCUS TREATMENT CENTERS in CHATTANOOGA, TN
The Focus Treatment Centers Chattanoga location offers comprehensive residential and outpatient treatment programs for eating and substance abuse disorders. A typical stay for the residential eating treatment is 45 to 90 days while substance abuse treatment lasts an average of 28 days. The center has two locations in Tennessee, one in Chattanooga and one in Knoxville.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The center’s eating disorder and substance abuse disorder treatments offer individual care and therapeutic activities. Yoga, art, dance, nutritional education, and other holistic activities are available, along with 12-step meetings and life skills training.
Both programs accept a limited number of clients. Their substance abuse treatment program is limited to 28 clients at a time, while their eating disorder treatment accepts 12 women.
Individual therapy to treat other mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder is available to those who need it. A two-and-a-half-day long educational family weekend is available.
Focus Treatment Center’s website indicates that staff is available 24/7 to answer questions. The center staffs several registered nurses, therapists, and intake specialists.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Focus Treatment Centers offers weekly social outings and regular YMCA visits.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Of the five alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com, compliments were given for the food, holistic offerings, and family participation. Overall, alumni gave 3.75 stars out of a possible five for staff experience and 3.25 for counseling options. Aside from complaints of “not enough free time,” reviews were fairly positive.
Alum Gerald wrote, “I went there a broken man who could no longer function in life as a responsible adult and they completely gave me the tools to get back to my core values.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Rehabs.com has not yet recieved any reviews from family and friends of clients at this facility. However, reviews from other sites reveal mixed opinions. Danielle gave Focus Treatment Center five stars two months ago on Google Reviews. “My husband is celebrating 1 year if sobriety this weekend. I credit his time at Focus for the success he has had. The staff was great to work with and pushed him to deal with his issues. ”
Four years ago, an anonymous Google reviewer rated gave one star out of a possible five to the center. “This program is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY. My husband and I participated in the Families in Focus weekend at a cost of $150 each for participation plus travel, lodging, etc. We thought the weekend, particularly the ‘Group Process: Family Impact Sharing,’ session was extremely disappointing and even detrimental to our family.”
WHAT STAFF SAY
The sole reviewer who responded to a Rehabs.com review at this time of writing gave five out of five stars for accomodations, meals and nutrition, and family participation. They would also recommend treatment there. This staff member gave four stars out of five for the facility’s affordability but wrote “Not affordable for someone w/ no insurance or state-funded insurance.” The same staff member gave low ratings for counseling options, exercise options, and holistic approach.
Focus Treatment Centers works with most major insurance providers, according to its website, and provides another financing option for clients who need it. Although its rates aren’t published online, the five alumni polled by Rehabs.com gave the center’s affordability an average rating of 3.5 out of five stars.
Updated November 2016
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