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CADAS – Scholze Center for Adolescents

CADAS - Scholze Center for Adolescents Chattanooga Tennessee

Recovery from alcohol and drugs can be frightening- especially for adolescents. It can, however, also restore young people to a useful and productive life. At the Scholze Center, all aspects of recovery needs are addressed.


Located in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS) is a nonprofit that operates several facilities, including residential and outpatient treatment for adults. The Scholze Center for Adolescents is one of the only 47 (20.7%) treatment facilities in the state that provides adolescent-specific programming. Residential treatment is available for adolescent males and females ages 13 to 18 struggling with chemical dependency or a dual-diagnosis.


The facility’s program is primarily intended to treat addiction, though also addresses each individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, familial, and educational well-being. The center assesses whether any co-occurring disorders, such as depression or anxiety, are indicated. If so, CADAS develops a specialized plan to treat them. In Tennessee as of 2016, 1.85 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 exhibited alcohol use disorder in that year, and 3.02 percent needed but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility for illicit drug use.

Treatment is traditional. The therapeutic component is supplied by individual and group therapy, including gender-specific groups, co-occurring groups, and the use of motivational interviewing (MI). Family therapy is integral to the program, consisting of individualized therapy, education for families, and a monthly family day, which provides an opportunity for further education and quality time.

The program is rounded-out by life skills and relapse prevention sessions, meditation and relaxation classes, daily schoolwork at the on-site school, and therapeutic recreation.

All clients are invited to attend a weekly aftercare group for up to a year after completing treatment. Graduating clients are also connected to 12-step meetings in their area as well as other local resources, as necessary.


The Scholze Center offers a staff-to-client ratio of 1:8, and staff includes a clinical psychologist. In the state of Tennessee, 99.1 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities have continuing education requirements for staff.


Scholze Center for Adolescents is a 40-bed facility. According to the facility’s website, the facility offers exercise equipment, a gym, and an indoor climbing wall. The on-site school is accredited and licensed by the local board of education. However, of the three individuals to provide feedback on the center’s accommodations and amenities to to date, all three gave just one out of five stars for this category.


At the time of this writing, has received two negative responses from facility alumni. Both individuals noted the low quality of the food, and one of the reviewers described an environment that felt unsafe and unsympathetic.

Secondary sites yielded limited, mixed commentary: a one-star review and a three-star review, both left on CiteHealth.[1] “The counselors and staff are very caring. People really listen and try to understand what is going on with each kid. They want you to get better,” the three-star reviewer wrote anonymously. Contrastingly, the negative reviewer described rats, bed bugs, and mold, writing: “They are just in it for the money and you are not getting any real treatment.”


The single loved one polled by to date reported an overall negative experience. “Although there were a few employees at this facility who seemed genuinely interested in helping the clients achieve wellness, our experience was abysmal,” L.F. wrote, describing a lack of the advertised therapeutic activities, a lack of exercise and time spent outdoors, out-of-date food, and chaos. “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,” this loved one added.


The one staff member polled by to date agreed with various criticisms. “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,” they wrote.

At the time of this writing, nine staff reviews of the parent company, CADAS, yielded an average rating of 3.7 out of five stars on Indeed. Two reviews were specific of the Scholze Center.[2] Both of these former employees gave just two stars, and both also described a “negative work environment”. “This place was a zoo at time. Management had good intentions, but didn’t have a clue,” one reviewer wrote. However, each of these two reviewers did feel that working with the adolescents was rewarding.


There is currently no information provided on the facility’s website regarding its costs.



Reviews about CADAS – Scholze Center for Adolescents

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