CADAS - Scholze Center for Adolescents in Chattanooga, TN

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(1.4 of 5)
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911 Pineville Road
Chattanooga TN 37405

CADAS - Scholze Center for Adolescents Philosophy

Recovery from alcohol and drugs can be frightening- especially for adolescents. It can, however, also restore young people to a useful and productive life. At the Scholze Center, all aspects of recovery needs are addressed.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

  • Family Program
    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.

Facility Highlights

Ropes Course

Relaxation Classes

Indoor Climbing Wall 360 Guide

Review by Contributors


Located in Chattanooga, the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS) is a nonprofit that operates several facilities, offering residential and outpatient treatment to chemically dependent and dually diagnosed adults and adolescents.

The Scholze Center for Adolescents offers residential treatment for adolescent males and females aged 13 to 18.


The program is primarily intended to treat addiction, but it also addresses each resident’s physical, emotional, spiritual, family, and educational well-being. The center assesses whether any co-occurring disorders, such as depression or anxiety, are indicated, and if so develops a plan to treat them.

Treatment is traditional. The therapeutic component is supplied by individual and group therapy, including gender-specific groups, co-occurring groups, and the use of motivational interviewing (MI). Family therapy is integral to the program, consisting of individualized therapy, education for families, and a monthly family day, which provides an opportunity for further education and quality time. The program is rounded out by life skills and relapse prevention sessions, meditation and relaxation classes, daily schoolwork at the on-site school, and recreation, including walks and on-site sports.

All clients are invited to attend a weekly aftercare group for up to a year after completing treatment. Graduating clients are also connected to 12-step meetings in their area as well as other local resources, as necessary.


The Scholze Center offers a staff-to-client ratio of 1:8, and staff includes a clinical psychologist.


This is a 40-bed facility that boasts exercise equipment, a gym, and an indoor climbing wall. The on-site school is accredited and licensed by the local board of education.


At the time of this writing, had not received any reviews directly from alumni of this facility, and secondary sites yielded limited, mixed commentary: a one-star review and a three-star review, both left on CiteHealth.[1] “The counselors and staff are very caring. People really listen and try to understand what is going on with each kid. They want you to get better,” the three-star reviewer wrote anonymously, but the negative reviewer described rats, bed bugs, and mold, and added: “They are just in it for the money and you are not getting any real treatment.”


The single loved one polled by to date gave negative feedback. “Although there were a few employees at this facility who seemed genuinely interested in helping the clients achieve wellness, our experience was abysmal,” L.F. wrote, describing a lack of the advertised therapeutic activities, a lack of exercise and time spent outdoors, out-of-date food, and chaos. “From what I understand, most of the clients are there because of a court order and many of these clients do not seem to want to recover,” they added.


“Scholze center is an awful place to work. Management had no clue about anything and it is the most disorganized place I've ever been in,” wrote the only staffer polled by to date.

At the time of this writing, staff reviews of parent company CADAS yielded two reviews of the Scholze Center, both posted on Indeed and both negative, giving just two stars.[2] Both reviewers spoke very highly of their clients: “Working with the kids, amazing experience,” one wrote in a representative comment. However, both also described a “negative work environment”: “This place was a zoo at time. Management had good intentions, but didn't have a clue,” one reviewer wrote.


There is currently no information provided on the facility's website regarding its costs.

Published April 2017



Published on June 2017

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Do not go here please. When I went here they gave me bad food that most of the time made me throw up. There were not attempts to break up fights. They basically make it more like a punishment than a place to get help. There was no educational time. They aren't at all sympathetic towards your problems. The inside of the building looks very trashy and also smells awful.

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need better food needs work on the bathroom. I definitely wouldn't recommend anyone ever going to this place

Scholze center is an awful place to work. Management had no clue about anything and it is the most disorganized place I've ever been in.

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Although there were a few employees at this facility who seemed genuinely interested in helping the clients achieve wellness, our experience was abysmal. The therapies listed on the webpage seemed more like possibilities than realities—some of the listed services were not even available. The level of physical activity is far too low—the rope challenge has not been used for years and the rock climbing wall is not available during the summer. Additionally, the clients do not receive enough time outdoors. The food is far too often out of date. The printed copies of the therapeutic workbooks are riddled with unreadable passages because of poor print—either too much ink or not enough ink. When I went there at a non-scheduled time, the place was chaotic. From what I understand, most of the clients are there because of a court order and many of these clients do not seem to want to recover. Read the employee feedback from to see how the employees feel about this facility.

Official Facility Response

Dear LF, It was a pleasure to speak wit you yesterday about your concerns a the Scholze Center. We take our business very seriously and appreciate the feedback. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any other issues or concerns you have. Regards, Paul

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