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Adult Intensive Outpatient Programs

Phone: 865-970-9800

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The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program at Peninsula Lighthouse is a four-to-five-day per-week program for adults age 18 and older that provides a more concentrated level of care than traditional outpatient sessions.

The length of treatment is usually six to eight weeks. However, each person’s treatment is based on individual progress toward treatment goals. Each treatment day is three to four hours in duration and provides group therapy and educational sessions. Physician sessions are scheduled upon admission and as deemed necessary by the treatment team. Alcohol and drug treatment is available through the Adult Intensive Outpatient and the Women in Treatment Programs.

Adult Intensive Outpatient serves individuals who need help with psychiatric or substance abuse issues that impair their daily functioning. These may include: depression or mood disorders, anxiety disorders, anger management, oppositional/defiant behaviors, ADHD, relationship problems, grief and loss, substance abuse and/or dependence and/or self-endangering or self-injurious behavior.

At Intensive Outpatient, we strive to treat the whole person, and our staff is specifically trained to recognize and treat co-occurring illnesses. Our unique dual-diagnosis approach integrates best practices from research and clinical work in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral interventions, psychodynamic principles, 12-step recovery programs and relapse prevention.

Individuals who need intense treatment in a structured environment but who do not require continuous care are perfect candidates for outpatient treatment. Those who have not responded to standard outpatient therapy, or who are transitioning from an inpatient setting, frequently do well in outpatient programs.

Throughout treatment in Intensive Outpatient, patients participate in an age-specific therapeutic group that fosters accountability to work on key issues. Patients are responsible to the group. In turn, the group is responsible for facilitating a positive and supportive environment for change. Outpatients partner with an interdisciplinary team which provides concurrent reassessment to ensure the patient receives maximum benefit from treatment.

The Adult Intensive Outpatient Program’s treatment groups are for adults age 18 and older. Individual therapy is provided on a limited and as-needed basis.


Family participation is essential to the success of treatment. Families are encouraged to maintain contact with a member of the treatment team throughout treatment for the purposes of supporting goals and making decisions.


Peninsula accepts most commercial insurance plans, Medicare, TennCare and private pay. Staff work with each patient prior to beginning treatment to determine whether treatment will be covered.


Peninsula Outpatient Programs accept referrals from all sources. To ensure a patient receives the best and most appropriate care, we also complete our own specific, face-to-face psychosocial assessment prior to admission. Referring physicians are encouraged to provide any clinical documentation that may assist us with this initial evaluation session.

For more information or directions, please call 865-970-9800

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