Focus Treatment Centers in Chattanooga, TN

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(4.8 of 5)
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7249 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga TN 37421

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.

Facility Highlights

Monthly intensive family programming and weekly family therapy

Weekly therapuetic outings

Daily 12-step meetings

Meet the Staff

Blake DeFoor

CEO

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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

Medical Director

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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.

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ABOUT FOCUS TREATMENT CENTERS

Located among the Blue Ridge Mountains of Chattanooga, the Focus Treatment Centers offer comprehensive residential and outpatient treatment programs for adults struggling with substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and eating disorders.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

The facility offers a continuum of care for substance abuse recovery. Patients in the residential treatment program generally stay for 28 days. During this time, they are exposed to 12-Step principles in a therapeutic framework that includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), life skills training based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and intensive relapse prevention counseling. The program also includes expressive therapies such as art and gentle yoga. The facility offers on-site medically-monitored detox. Directed by a physician and monitored round-the-clock by nurses, detox treatment generally takes four to 10 days.

Focus Treatment Centers offers lower levels of care too. The partial hospitalization program (PHP) is available to those who need medical support and intensive counseling without a residential component. The intensive outpatient program (IOP) helps participants develop skills in a supportive, therapeutic process-group environment. Patients attend three three-hour group modules three times per week for a duration of 20 sessions and can choose between morning and evening hours.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

The professional treatment staff comprises doctors, psychotherapists, nurses, and a dietitian. According to its website, Focus Treatment Centers "has earned and maintained the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval."

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Patients in the residential treatment program stay in semi-private rooms. They visit the local YMCA three times a week and go on weekly social outings to the movies, plays and the park.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

The six alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date provided positive reviews of Focus Treatment Centers. They rated the major categories of the survey -- overall effectiveness, accommodations, and meals and nutrition -- perfect five stars and high four stars. They did the same for: holistic offerings, family participation, the staff's experience and training, 12-Step treatment, exercise/leisure, and family participation. All six would recommend the facility, giving it five stars. Isolated criticism included "not enough free time,” "expensive," and "not long enough."

Alum Gerald, in a representative review, 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.” Another alum told Rehabs.com: "I am forever grateful to the caring, loving staff at Focus Healthcare for teaching me what I needed to know to begin to navigate this journey in recovery."

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Rehabs.com has not yet received feedback from loved ones; however, reviews from loved ones on Google are mixed. Danielle, a five-star reviewer, wrote: “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.”

Yet, an anonymous Google reviewer, who rated the rehab one star, commented: “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.”[1]

WHAT STAFF SAY

The sole staff member who responded to Rehabs.com at this time of writing gave five stars for accommodations, meals and nutrition, and family participation. They would also recommend treatment there. This staff member provided four stars 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.

FINANCING

Focus Treatment Centers works with most major insurance providers, according to its website, and provides another financing option for clients who need it.

[1] goo.gl/BZLpF5

Published on June 2017

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Good counselors, clean, comfortable amenities, good food, and friendly staff. Very knowledgeable staff in treating chemical dependency and eating disorders. I went through the program at Focus several years ago and have maintained sobriety from all chemical use since then. My journey in recovery began there and my life is amazing today. I have a career, a family, and most important a relationship with God today. The program introduced me to 12 step recovery which in turn changed my life. I am forever grateful to the caring, loving staff at Focus Healthcare for teaching me what I needed to know to begin to navigate this journey in recovery.

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Facility was great!

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The connection with families in treatment, follow-up counseling, alumni activities, and strong emphasis on 12 step. Could use more outside activities and facilities. What they teach you definitely works. I think even more testimony from successful people who have been through treatment would help those in doubt in treatment and those considering treatment.

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Experienced staff, classy building. Great food! One weakness was that it was expensive! I had tried other treatment centers, churches and going cold turkey. None of these worked for me

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Therapist, counslers and the Chef were great. Poor techs, facility was hardly clean. Furniture and tv where outdated. Hardly any outdoor time. The counslers are top notch. Most of the classes where useless. Facilities are outdated. The techs are very rude. Nurses where very nice. The food is wonderful.

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the staff is really caring high cost for the treatment great healthy meals

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Strengths: Whole-person care; a lot of staff are in recovery; food is excellent; someone always answers the phone; counselors are awesome; staff all get along; monthly family program. Weaknesses: Not affordable for someone w/ no insurance or state-funded insurance; a lot of micromanaging. Focus offers comprehensive treatment for dual diagnosis patients.

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Strengths: Knowledgeable friendly. Weaknesses: Not long enough. I would definitely recommend this facility.

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Real experience from counsel was a strength of the facility. However, there was there was not enough free times. 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.

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Had the program I was looking for.

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