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Focus Treatment Centers

4.7 Excellent (12 Reviews) |
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4.7
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7249 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

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  • Medicare
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Services

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  • Residential Neighborhood

Facility Highlights

Monthly intensive family programming and weekly family therapy

Weekly therapuetic outings

Daily 12-step meetings

Intensive therapuetic appraoch utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), shame reduction, mindfulness and self-compassion

Compassionate, 24-hour nursing care

The Focus Private Practice Network

Whole-person care approach and experssive therapies including art therapy and dance/ movement therapy

Weekly nutritionist on-site and professional chef

Daily movement: gym access, yoga, mindful walks, dance therapy

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.

Testimonials

  • "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."

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

Accreditation/License

  • CARF
  • JCAHO
  • ADP
  • NAATP

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Meet The Staff

Susan Kerr, RN
Executive Director

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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Gail Gnade, Ph.D
Clinical Director

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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Mark Peterson, MD
Medical Director

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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Blake DeFoor
CEO

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.

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4.7
Excellent
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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3.7
Very Good
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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5.0
Excellent
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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5.0
Excellent
Facility was great!
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4.3
Great
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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5.0
Excellent
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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4.7
Excellent
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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4.3
Great
the staff is really caring high cost for the treatment great healthy meals
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5.0
Excellent
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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4.7
Excellent
Strengths: Knowledgeable friendly. Weaknesses: Not long enough. I would definitely recommend this facility.
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5.0
Excellent
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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5.0
Excellent
Had the program I was looking for.
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