Treatment Center Setting
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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.
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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.
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.”
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.
Focus Treatment Centers works with most major insurance providers, according to its website, and provides another financing option for clients who need it.
Published on June 2017
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