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English Mountain Recovery

1096 Alpine Drive, Sevierville, Tennessee, 37876
English Mountain Recovery removes individuals from the stresses and distractions of everyday life so they may fully concentrate on the process of recovery. Located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee, the residential drug and alcohol addiction rehab offers life-changing, individualized care for alcoholics, addicts, and their families. Combing innovative treatment strategies with evidence-based practices and 12-step recovery principles, EMR provides its clients with the support, education, and tools they need to lead a lasting and fulfilling life.

Facility Highlights

  • Specialty Programs


  • Holistic Therapy

    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

Meet the Staff

  • David A. Cunningham
    David A. CunninghamExecutive Director
    Since 1990, Cunningham has been nationally recognized for his involvement in the addiction treatment profession. During his career he has actively promoted the pursuit of ethical practices and a passionate Capitol Hill advocate for those suffering from this deadly disease. Over the course of this time, he has served the addiction profession in multiple capacities including East Tennessee President, Tennessee State President and Southeastern Regional Vice President for The National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors (NAADAC). Cunningham’s experience includes program development, supervision, counseling, education, interventions, consulting, and close collaboration with other addiction professionals nationally. David is dedicated to the 12-step philosophy, abstinence based recovery, leadership in the recovery field, and the promotion of sober lifestyles. David is an active participant in the recovering community for the last twenty two years. “I am grateful for working closely with therapists, interventionists and other treatment providers nationally. If we are not an appropriate referral for a caller we will help them get connected with another reputable resource. I am honored and take great pride in our relationships, friendships and collaboration with other facilities nationally and internationally”. Cunningham has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Tennessee Henry A. Ashe Professional of the Year in East Tennessee, State Professional of the Year Award in Tennessee, the Red Ribbon Award for Community Achievement and Helping Pre-Natal Chemically Exposed Children and Adults, East Tennessee Lifetime Achievement Honoree and the Tennessee State Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • David Vincent
    David VincentClinical Director
    David has worked in the addiction treatment field for the past 23 years, and has been an integral part of the treatment team at English Mountain Recovery since December, 2006. David is responsible for the clinical supervision, oversight, conducts professional trainings, direction of our treatment programs and manages the day-to-day activities of the staff and residents in our care. David has become known for his ability to effectively work with clients typically labeled ‘treatment resistant’ as well as the dually diagnosed clients. Prior to joining the staff at English Mountain Recovery, David worked at several different mental health and addiction treatment facilities, as both front line staff and in managerial positions. David is a graduate of The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He has served as President of the East Tennessee Association of Addiction Professionals. David’s diverse background includes serving as Program Director for a large inner city residential addiction treatment center for homeless men and women. David stated, “It was truly an eye opening experience coming from the urban environment of a rescue mission, to the spacious outdoors and the natural beauty of the mountains at English Mountain Recovery, in so many ways our clients are getting closer to their Higher Power.” David He is an active participant in the recovering community for the last twenty five years.

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From a sprawling, 27-acre property in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, English Mountain Recovery provides residential treatment for adult men and women struggling with substance use disorder and dual diagnosis. The center doesn't currently specify whether medical detox is available on-site.


Individualized treatment programs typically last 90 days, though shorter stays of 30 and 60 days can be arranged. Either way, English Mountain Recovery is among the 24.9 percent of rehabs in Tennessee that offer residential treatment lasting longer than 90 days.

Treatment plans are gender-specific and rooted in the 12-steps. Clients will participate in individual and group therapy. Men attend groups focused on anger management and managing emotions, while group counseling sessions for women may focus on issues such as domestic violence, for which 14.7 percent of Tennessee rehabs offer dedicated counseling, self-esteem, and trauma. Men and women alike explore professional pressures, spirituality, and family and parenting.

English Mountain Recovery employs holistic treatments such as art therapy — including painting, rock sculpture, and drawing — music therapy, and psychodrama. On the more adventurous end of the spectrum, there's equine therapy and a low ropes course.

Clients' families are invited to participate in group therapy, personal exercises, lectures, and discussions. Before discharge, clients also receive relapse prevention training and aftercare planning to help them as they transition into life after treatment.


English Mountain Recovery employs licensed addiction counselors, nurses, and an equine specialist. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff were very impressed.

Staff Experience and Training: 4.9/5


Surrounded by lakes in a secluded location, English Mountain Recovery offers outdoor recreation such as whitewater rafting and hiking through forests and along rivers. There's also an outdoor pool and a labyrinth on-site. Clients sleep in shared bedrooms in condominiums with porches. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's cleanliness and extracurriculars were impressed by both.

Cleanliness: 4.7/5
Exercise and Leisure: 4.7/5


The eight alumni polled by Rehabs.com gave mostly positive feedback, with some notes of complaint. Clients repeatedly complained that promised holistic offerings such as Tai Chi were either not offered, or were offered only "haphazardly." One reviewer also noted a lack of aftercare, while another felt co-occurring disorders were insufficiently treated.

However, the majority of reviewers were impressed by English Mountain Recovery, most often praising the center's caring staff and peaceful facility. "They do an excellent job at teaching the you the tools you need to live a sober life. There are excellent counselors there... It is an absolutely beautiful and peaceful place to go," Susan wrote in a representative comment.

The five alumni polled on the facility's performance in a variety of metrics were impressed by its family participation and holistic offerings, but less so by its counseling options:

Family Participation: 4.8/5
Holistic Offerings: 4.6/5
Counseling Options: 3.2/5

English Mountain Recovery has mostly positive feedback on secondary sites at the time of this writing, with average ratings of 4.2 out of five stars based on 19 reviews on Google, four out of five stars based on nine reviews on CiteHealth, and 4.6 out of five stars based on 54 opinions on Facebook (where the facility may manage its reviews).[1] [2] [3]

A handful of reviewers echoed alumni polled by Rehabs.com, complaining of a lack of holistic or experiential therapies and inadequate treatment for dual diagnosis. However, the majority of reviewers praised the program's efficacy, with a few reviewers noting that they'd attended multiple facilities elsewhere and found English Mountain the most effective: "The staff here are amazing. I’m not proud that I’ve been to quite a few different places like this but at least I can say that this is the best place I’ve ever been to," Tea Tree Oil wrote in a representative review on Google.


The five loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date were mostly impressed by English Mountain Recovery, noting that the program had worked for their loved one. In one representative review, father Peter wrote: "I feel that the program at EM was the one that helped her in her recovery. She relapsed, almost died, but clung to the spiritual teachings of EM. we are now 16 months clean!" Another anonymous loved one added: "I think they honestly care about the individual client and their future for sober living." The four loved ones polled on the matter also appreciated the level of family involvement and reported ample holistic offerings.

Family Participation: 4.8/5
Holistic Offerings: 3.8/5


The sole staff member polled by Rehabs.com to date would not recommend treatment at English Mountain Recovery. "There was a lack of appropriate medical support," they wrote anonymously, giving the facility one star for its willingness to put clients' interests first and the overall quality of its leadership, and indicating that they did have concerns about the quality of care offered.


English Mountain Recovery accepts insurance plans but does not specify which ones. The seven individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave mostly positive feedback.

Affordability: 4.3/5

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://citehealth.com/rehab-centers/tennessee/cities/sevierville/english-mountain-recovery#reviews
[3] https://www.facebook.com/pg/EnglishMountainRecovery/reviews/?ref=page_internal

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