Cherokee Health Systems in Knoxville, TN

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(4.7 of 5)
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2018 Western Ave
Knoxville TN 37921

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Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Cherokee Health Systems provides comprehensive health care through 24 clinics located throughout the state of Tennessee. As part of its services, the organization offers programming for adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring conditions. These programs include intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), medication-assisted therapy (MAT), and complex care team (CCT), a service that addresses both primary and behavioral health concerns.


Cherokee Health Systems’ IOP program runs for 12 weeks and utilizes a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivation enhancement therapy, and family systems theory. Group therapy focuses on relapse prevention, aftercare, and necessary life skills, including anger management, parenting, and social skills. For pregnant clients or individuals struggling with co-occurring health concerns, like diabetes, hypertension, or COPD, CCT provides medical care as well as counseling and support for addiction.

Once stabilized, clients may transition to the facility’s MAT program, which provides ongoing medication for withdrawal symptoms in combination with behavioral therapy.


According to the center’s website, the program’s treatment team includes physicians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals.


When asked how likely they were to recommend the facility to others, the one loved one polled by provided a rating of five out of five stars. This anonymous reviewer provided above-average ratings in all other evaluated categories, including the program’s treatment effectiveness, the staff’s level of training and experience, and the program’s family participation. While the reviewer found the program’s activities to be “repetitive” and the location a “long distance from home,” they were generally pleased with most aspects of the program. “Experienced staff, effective treatments, wide array of treatments, relaxing environment…it helped my family members heavily and they were treated like they were in their own home the whole time and came out a new person,” they wrote.


Cherokee Health Systems uses a sliding fee scale, and most insurance plans, including TennCare plans, are accepted.

Published on June 2017

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Experienced staff, effective treatments, wide array of treatments, relaxing environment Respetitive activities, long distance from home It is truly a wonderful option to help addiction and illness it helped my family members heavily and they were treated like they were in their own home the whole time and came out a new person

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