Focus Treatment Centers in Chattanooga, TN

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(4.7 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

  • Individualized Treatment
    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.

  • Aftercare Support
    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.

Facility Highlights

Monthly intensive family programming and weekly family therapy

Weekly therapuetic outings

Daily 12-step meetings

Meet the Staff

Susan Kerr, RN

Executive Director

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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.

Gail Gnade, Ph.D

Clinical Director

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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.

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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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I found Focus to be an excellent rehabilitation facility in every way. The admissions personnel, the nursing staff, the yoga teachers, the kitchen crew and the therapists all did a great job in their respective areas. There were two that I especially enjoyed talking with regarding my situation. (and they know who they are). I highly recommend and have recommended Focus to those in need of treatment, for any type of addiction and will continue to do so. Thanks for the help.

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We only want the best for our loved ones that is why we choose focus for my fiancé . Now after him being in the program and myself participating in family therapy all I can do is have faith and hope for the best at this point very disappointed alot of the staff I found rude if not rude just wanted to do as little as possible to help. Also I found certain things unprofessional we were told that in order to focus fully on recovery men and women were monitored or keep separated except for group sessions. Even smoke breaks were separated. They fail to mention after hours such as after midnight smoking is allowed basically most of the night so if people are alowed to stay up half the night outside smoking unsupervised how can they focus on daytime sessions and group ? Another thing I found very unprofessional is women techs are allowed in mens rooms alone? Now I know when I go to a doctor if it is male tech a female tech always has to be in the room with the male tech the entire time. I also observed during open group women and men that were in stay patients sitting together even sitting almost on top of each other or at each others feet sitting between the opposite sex legs flirting joking and just having themselves a great time this included some women techs also . When there was a roomega full of empty chairs to sit in. Not only was that very disturbing but I was told I would get a update call on my fiance progress and well being within 3 days of his stay. I never received a call so when his counselor finally did call almost 2 weeks later to set up a family session I asked how he was doing ? I was told he would have to be there 5 days before getting a phone call. I myself had to inform his counselor he had already been there 2 weeks and he and I had already spoken several times. I was wanting to know from her how he was doing she had no knowledge of his case it seemed and very unorganized. Later my fiancé told me she didn't even know his name called him Fred in group. Later that same day the counselor called me to reschedule the family session appointment she made us because she had double booked our appointment on top of another family session. At that time I put a phone call into upper management as I was concerned that he wasn't getting proper treatment or attention he should be getting . After my complaint I was assured it would be taken care of even though it was taken care for the amount of money you are spending for treatment you would not think I would have had to put a call into upper management to make sure he was being cared for. In my opinion the staff needs to be reviewed and also standard procedures and conduct need to be reviewed with the staff .

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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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