CADAS – Scholze Center for Adolescents

CADAS - Scholze Center for Adolescents Chattanooga Tennessee

Recovery from alcohol and drugs can be intimidating, particularly for adolescents. However, it also has the potential to restore young people to a productive and meaningful life. At the Scholze Center, we prioritize addressing all aspects of recovery needs.


Located in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS) is a nonprofit organization that operates various facilities, including residential and outpatient treatment options for adults. The Scholze Center for Adolescents is among the few treatment facilities in the state that offers specialized programming for adolescents. Our residential treatment program caters to adolescent males and females between the ages of 13 and 18 who are struggling with chemical dependency or a dual-diagnosis.


The program at the Scholze Center primarily focuses on addiction treatment while also considering each individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, familial, and educational well-being. Our center conducts assessments to identify any co-occurring disorders, such as depression or anxiety, and if necessary, we develop a specialized plan to address them. It is worth noting that in Tennessee, 1.85 percent of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 exhibited alcohol use disorder in 2016, with 3.02 percent requiring treatment for illicit drug use but not receiving it at a specialty facility.

Our treatment approach incorporates individual and group therapy, including gender-specific and co-occurring groups, as well as motivational interviewing (MI). Family therapy plays an integral role in our program, involving individualized therapy, family education, and a monthly family day to promote education and quality time. Additionally, we offer life skills and relapse prevention sessions, meditation and relaxation classes, daily schoolwork at our on-site school, and therapeutic recreation.

Following treatment, all clients are encouraged to attend aftercare groups for up to a year. We also assist graduating clients by connecting them to 12-step meetings and local resources as needed.


The Scholze Center maintains a staff-to-client ratio of 1:8, and our team includes a clinical psychologist. In Tennessee, 99.1 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities require continuing education for their staff.


The Scholze Center for Adolescents offers accommodations for up to 40 individuals. Our facility provides exercise equipment, a gym, and an indoor climbing wall. The on-site school is accredited and licensed by the local board of education. However, feedback from three individuals on the center’s accommodations and amenities category to date indicates a lack of satisfaction, with all three rating it poorly.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY has received two negative responses from alumni regarding the center. Both individuals mentioned subpar food quality, and one expressed feelings of unsafety and a lack of empathy in the environment.

Secondary sites yielded limited, mixed commentary: a one-star review and a three-star review both left on CiteHealth. The three-star reviewer wrote anonymously, praising the caring attitude of counselors and staff. Conversely, the negative reviewer described issues such as rats, bed bugs, and mold, suggesting a lack of genuine treatment.


The sole feedback from a family member polled by reports a negative experience overall. The individual expressed disappointment with the lack of advertised therapeutic activities, exercise opportunities, fresh food, and chaotic conditions. They also observed that many clients seemed resistant to recovery.


The only staff member polled by shared similar criticisms. They described the Scholze Center as disorganized and characterized management as uninformed.

On Indeed, CADAS has received an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars from nine staff reviews. Two of these specifically mention the Scholze Center and both cite a negative work environment. However, both reviewers still found working with the adolescents rewarding.


Details regarding the costs of our services are not available on our facility’s website.

Services provided by CADAS – Scholze Center for Adolescents

Service Setting

  • Outpatient
  • Residential
  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Type of Care

  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Treatment Approaches

  • Brief Intervention
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • 12-step Facilitation
  • License/Certification/Accreditation

  • State Mental Health Department
  • The Joint Commission
  • Payment/Insurance/Funding Accepted

  • Medicaid
  • Payment Assistance
  • Genders Accepted

  • Male
  • Female
  • CADAS – Scholze Center for Adolescents Reviews

    Psht you gotta make friends here its all about watching your back like a prison kinda i first stepped in and got a thousand stares then to come i learn the staff is uninterested in our recovery sat us in groups and made us talk about stuff we didnt wanna speak of made us eat gross food and at the time it was a choice for me rehab or juvinile so of course i chose rehab not knowin it was a boot camp instead this place needs shut down if your kids there now GET THEM OUT!!
    I truly feel sorry for any kid who is forced into this joke of a program. I was the only girl for the first two weeks of my "treatment" compared to 15 boys, so I was isolated in a hallway due to a "no interaction" rule between boys and girls, and when I left they still only had 4 girls to 25 boys which was just unsafe considering the lack of staff they had. I was harassed before breakfast for almost 2 months. The tech staff was the only thing that got me through the 53 days I spent there. My counselor was a very unprofessional, cruel woman who threatened me with being "lucky" to be 18 or else she would have to call DCS on me because I told her my mom was a recovering alcoholic who moderately drank. Just feel like this facility was a big group home, and hurt my mental state much more than it helped. If you're seriously wanting to get your child help, invest and send them somewhere that can actually address their issues and show them the care they need, because my mom owes 6 grand for a place that I caught head lice at and spent most of my "recovery" in a hallway.
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  • Do not go here please. When I went here they gave me bad food that most of the time made me throw up. There were not attempts to break up fights. They basically make it more like a punishment than a place to get help. There was no educational time. They aren't at all sympathetic towards your problems. The inside of the building looks very trashy and also smells awful.
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  • need better food needs work on the bathroom. I definitely wouldn't recommend anyone ever going to this place
    Scholze center is an awful place to work. Management had no clue about anything and it is the most disorganized place I've ever been in.
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  • Although there were a few employees at this facility who seemed genuinely interested in helping the clients achieve wellness, our experience was abysmal. The therapies listed on the webpage seemed more like possibilities than realities—some of the listed services were not even available. The level of physical activity is far too low—the rope challenge has not been used for years and the rock climbing wall is not available during the summer. Additionally, the clients do not receive enough time outdoors. The food is far too often out of date. The printed copies of the therapeutic workbooks are riddled with unreadable passages because of poor print—either too much ink or not enough ink. When I went there at a non-scheduled time, the place was chaotic. From what I understand, most of the clients are there because of a court order and many of these clients do not seem to want to recover. Read the employee feedback from to see how the employees feel about this facility.
    Dear LF, It was a pleasure to speak wit you yesterday about your concerns a the Scholze Center. We take our business very seriously and appreciate the feedback. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any other issues or concerns you have. Regards, Paul