Founder and CEO of East Tennessee Recovery

Board Certified in Addiction Medicine.


Dr. Chambless Johnston

Dr. Chambless Johnston was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a graduate of East Tennessee State University. He obtained his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten and performed his medical rotations in New York and Los Angeles. Dr. Johnston completed his Internal Medicine residency at East Tennessee State University and its affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Cham Johnston has 15 years’ experience as an Internal Medicine physician.  He was the medical director of the Clinch Valley hospitalist program. He saw the need for addiction treatment while working as a hospitalist in the local hospitals. Dr. Johnston desired to provide outpatient therapy and continued treatment for these patients. He opened his first OBOT in 2012 and has spent the past 8 years treating addiction medicine patients.

Dr. Johnston is the CEO and Founder of East Tennessee Recovery, a leader in the outpatient addiction industry. He has a passion for restoring his community from the constraints of addiction. East Tennessee Recovery is one of the largest OBOT’s in the state of Tennessee. He believes in an integrative model which also provides the patients with counseling and primary care.

He is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).  

Dr. Johnston lives in Johnson City, Tennessee, with his wife Emmalea Johnston and 4 children. He loves fishing, hunting, and coaching his children’s sports teams.  

Recent News Features


Ideamensch interviews the CEO of East Tennessee Recovery

“The idea of East Tennessee Recovery came from my days as the Medical Director of a Hospitalist program. I saw the lack of outpatient clinics in addiction medicine treating the whole patient and the brokenness of the continuum of care. I was waking up every morning around 3-4am thinking about it. I wanted to make a difference in this field and in our Appalachian community.”


How Medication Can Help with Substance Abuse Disorders

There are various forms of treatment available to those suffering from substance abuse disorders. The most effective therapy options offer an integrative approach. An integrative approach typically includes medication-assisted therapy, a strategy that uses medication and psychological therapy to address the complex issues related to addiction. But how, and to what extent, does medication help with recovering from substance abuse?


Chambless Johnston Discusses How Passion Leads to Success

Chambless Johnston is a doctor specializing in addiction treatment and is the CEO and Founder of the very successful East Tennessee Recovery center in Johnson City, Tennessee. His treatment centre focuses on a holistic and integrated approach to addiction treatment, which includes medication and counselling services.

East Tennessee Recovery

East Tennessee Recovery is a family of doctors, nurse practitioners, counselors, and professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to those in our community struggling with chemical dependency and addiction. We offer a holistic approach to recovery that is individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient.