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Focus Treatment Centers

7249 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37421
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.

Facility Highlights

  • Daily movement: gym access, yoga, mindful walks, dance therapy
  • Weekly nutritionist on-site and professional chef
  • Whole-person care approach and experssive therapies including art therapy and dance/ movement therapy


  • 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 Settings

  • Residential Neighborhood

Meet the Staff

  • Mark Peterson, MD
    Mark Peterson, MDMedical 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.
  • Blake DeFoor
    Blake DeFoorCEO
    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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Focus Treatment Centers, also known as Focus Integrative Centers, offer comprehensive residential and outpatient-based treatment programs for adults struggling with substance misuse, a dual diagnosis, and eating disorders. The organization operates two Tennessee locations in Chattanooga and Knoxville. Medical detoxification is available on-site.


The facility offers a continuum of care for substance abuse recovery. Clients in the residential treatment program generally stay for 28 days. If necessary, the medical detoxification process generally lasts between four and 10 days, and the facility utilizes medications to minimize the discomfort of withdrawal. The facility is also one of only 27 (11.9 percent) treatment facilities in Tennessee to offer on-site medically-monitored detox,

During residential care, clients are exposed to the 12-step model of recovery. In addition, Focus Treatment Centers offers a therapeutic framework that includes acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), life skills training based on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and intensive relapse prevention counseling. Clients struggling with an eating disorder also receive nutritional counseling, shame-resilience training, and trauma-focused counseling.

Additionally, treatment programming includes expressive therapies such as art therapy and gentle yoga. Focus Treatment Centers also offers partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). These outpatient-based programs may be utilized as stand-alone programs or as "step-down" aftercare measures after residential care.


The professional treatment staff of Focus Treatment Centers is comprised of doctors, psychotherapists, nurses, and a dietitian. Focus Treatment Centers is one of only 66 (29.1 percent) of treatment facilities in Tennessee to be accredited by the Joint Commission. The facility also maintains the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.


Located among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, patients in the residential treatment program stay in semi-private rooms. They also have the opportunity to visit the local YMCA three times a week and go on weekly social outings to the movies, theaters, and parks. Overall, the nine individuals polled on the matter by Rehabs.com to date approved of the upkeep of the facility.

Facility's Cleanliness and Upkeep: 4.4/5


The 13 alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date provided generally positive reviews of Focus Treatment Centers. In particular, alumni praised the its holistic offerings, family participation, and the staff's experience and training, among many other aspects.

Holistic Offerings: 4.6/5
Family Participation: 4.5/5
Staff's Level of Experience and Training: 4.1/5

“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,” alum Gerald wrote. Isolated criticism included "not enough free time,” "expensive," and that the program was "not long enough."

Feedback from alumni on secondary review sites was also generally positive. On Google, three individuals all gave the facility perfect five-star ratings.[1] "This facility and staff are exceptional!" Margo, a representative reviewer, wrote. On Facebook, the facility received an average rating of 4.9 out of five stars based on 29 reviews.[2] Focus Treatment Centers' staff may manage reviews on the facility’s official Facebook page.


The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com as of this date gave Focus Treatment Centers a mixed review that skewed negative. In particular, she "found certain things unprofessional" such as the staff, which she felt "just wanted to do as little as possible to help." The facility received a single one-star review from a loved one on Yelp.[3]


The sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing gave an overall positive review, highlighting the facility's meals and nutrition, as well as the amount of family participation, in particular. Though they gave four out of five stars for the facility’s affordability, the anonymous staff member wrote “Not affordable for someone w/ no insurance or state-funded insurance.” They also gave low ratings for counseling options, exercise options, and its holistic offerings. On Google, the sole staff member gave the facility five out of five stars.


Focus Treatment Centers works with most major insurance providers, according to its website, and provides another financing option for clients who need it. Individuals polled by Rehabs.com on the matter felt the facility was overall affordable.

Affordability: 3.7/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/FocusTreatment/reviews/?ref=page_internal
[3] https://www.yelp.com/biz/focus-treatment-centers-chattanooga-2

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