This week, Cumberland Heights is opening the doors to its latest Intensive Outpatient (IOP) treatment facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., thus expanding its reach to include parts of eastern Tennessee and surrounding states. The alcohol and drug treatment center anticipates that Cumberland Heights Chattanooga, which began assessing patients for its Adult Program morning sessions on August 19, will impact a 50-mile radius around the city, including parts of Alabama and Georgia.
“By opening our new outpatient addiction center, we hope to offer more quality and affordable care for the people in the growing and vibrant city of Chattanooga," said Jim Moore, Cumberland Heights CEO. "Cumberland Heights has already expanded our outreach from Middle Tennessee to West Tennessee, and Chattanooga is the next logical step.”
The 3,000-square-foot facility features three group rooms that will accommodate activities and therapy sessions for 20 patients and their families simultaneously.
"There's a clear need for expanded services throughout the state, and our approach is different than some other local institutions," said Dr. Chapman Sledge, chief medical officer at Cumberland Heights. "Our Intensive Outpatient programs provide a stronger focus on family inclusion in the rehabilitation process, and we find that to be critical to all phases of recovery."
"Over the years, we have built a large patient and alumni base in Chattanooga, and we are hopeful that having a local resource will help them maintain their commitment to rehabilitation," explained Moore.
As an added benefit, the staff at Cumberland Heights Chattanooga can assess and pre-certify local patients, which helps eliminate extended waiting periods and gets patients into treatment faster. "Shorter waiting periods can help prevent relapse or a change of heart about the need for treatment," said Sledge. "Taking care of some of the assessments and insurance paperwork in Chattanooga will make the process for patients from the area faster and more efficient."