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Addiction Services

Addiction to drugs or alcohol is a serious health condition, and, in recent years, has alarmingly increased in American communities.  This is especially true for East Tennessee and other communities in Southern Appalachia.  According to the US Centers for Disease Control, deaths from opioid abuse has quadrupled since 1999, accounting for over 30,000 deaths annually.  Cherokee Health Systems offers a number of special services to help those with addiction conditions to live healthier and more productive lives.  Provided by our professional addiction staff, which is made up of physicians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, and other health staff, treatments for addiction conditions at Cherokee Health Systems include:

Complex Care Team (CCT):

This model of advanced primary and behavioral health care includes a spectrum of specialized services for substance abuse, including intensive care management, intensive outpatient programs, and support for the development and maintenance of a sober lifestyle as well as chronic care for ongoing conditions (e.g. diabetes, hypertension, COPD.)  In addition, specialized pre-natal, post-partum, and pediatric care for pregnant women addicted to opiates and their newborns are a critical component of the continuum of enriched health services provided by this initiative.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): 

IOP is a twelve-week outpatient program for adults with alcohol and drug addiction disorders.  The IOP curriculum is comprehensive and based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivation enhancement therapy, and family systems theory.  IOP patients have access to not only the IOP group, but also a Relapse Prevention/After Care group and many behavioral health treatment groups including:  Anger Management, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Parenting Skills, and various social support groups. 

Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT):

MAT is a powerful tool used by Cherokee Health Systems’ addiction medicine staff to treat patients suffering from addiction to alcohol and opioids.  The medications used at Cherokee Health Systems are safe for the vast majority of people, are FDA-approved, and, when used in conjunction with behavioral therapy, provide many patients the best opportunity to achieve a sustained and healthy recovery from addiction.