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Comorbid Diagnosis: Addiction and Other Mental Health Issues and What it Means for Treatment

When it comes to addiction, it's not often a problem on its own. In many cases, there can be other mental health issues present (sometimes referred to as a dual diagnosis) which need to be identified and treated accordingly for the best outcome, says Chambless Johnston, CEO of East Tennessee Recovery Centre.

Chambless Johnston Speaks Out on How Passion Leads to Success

Chambless Johnston recently shared insights on how passion leads to success in an exclusive interview with Thrive Global. Dr. Chambless Johnston is the CEO and founder of East Tennessee Recovery. With 15 years of experience as an internal medicine physician, he is a leader in the outpatient addiction industry.

Chambless Johnston Featured in Exclusive Interview

Chambless Johnston, an experienced internal medicine physician and entrepreneur, was recently featured in an interview with Ideamensch. He shared insights he has learned throughout his career. Dr. Chambless Johnston is the founder and CEO of East Tennessee Recovery, a community- based treatment center and one of the largest Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) facilities in Tennessee.

Myths and Facts About Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a complex disease that requires individualized and holistic treatment. As with any complicated disease, information on the topic can be easily misunderstood. As a result, many myths surrounding addiction are circulated. However, it’s important to understand the truth about addiction in order to minimize stigma and to effectively help and support those in our community who suffer with it.

Chambless Johnston Identifies Principles of Effective Treatment

The effective treatment of substance abuse requires attention to many different aspects. Addiction can arise from biological, social, physical, and mental foundations, all of which may play a role simultaneously. Therefore, professional treatment is necessary to overcome these compounding factors. When a treatment plan incorporates certain principles, the likelihood of recovery is much higher.

How an Integrative Approach Aims to Hit All Factors Related to Substance Abuse

Substance abuse can be influenced by various factors. For example, mental, physical, spiritual, and social factors often play a role in addiction. These aspects can also interact with one another, resulting in a disease that is complex and unique for each patient. As a result, treatment options that inspire overall wellness can be very beneficial.

Medication-Assisted Treatment: What it is and Why it Works so Well When Paired with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Medicated-assisted treatment is becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States. This form of therapy is extremely effective in treating substance abuse, especially when addiction is paired with a co-occurring mental health condition.

An interview with Dr. Chambless Johnston

Dr. Chambless Johnston is the CEO and Founder of East Tennessee Recovery, one of the largest Office-Based Opioid Treatment centres in Tennessee. He prides his practice on the fact that they provide their clients with an integrated approach to addiction treatment.

The Integrated Model of Addiction Treatment and How He Started His Addiction Facility

"I thought my calling was to become a doctor, but now that my work has become helping people with lifestyle changes, I am the happiest that I have ever been. Doing this kind of work inspires me."

How to Center Yourself During the Day

Everyone has days where they feel lost or out of touch with their emotions. That is a normal experience, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways that you can clear your mind. Sometimes all you need to do is realign yourself with your surroundings and self, so that you can move through you day peacefully.

The Morning Routine

I believe that everyone should have a morning routine. The earlier you start it the better. A healthy morning routine starts the night before. Getting quality sleep is essential to starting your mornings off right. Keep it simple. Find one or two things that you feel will work for you to get you on a roll. Cold shower.... Mediation....Read your bible. Integrative power in the first 30 minutes of your day. It will completely transform your life.

Why Individual and Group Therapy Combined Provide Added Effectiveness to Addiction Treatments

When it comes to managing addiction, it’s not a journey that needs to be taken alone. In fact, it shouldn’t be. But while individual therapy on its own can be very helpful, group therapy adds another dimension that you may not have considered, says Dr. Chambless Johnston, founder and CEO of East Tennessee Recovery Center, located in Johnson City, Tennessee.

IdeaMensch Interview with 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

"I was working in the hospital at the time and my wife ,Emmalea Johnston, was pregnant with our twins. I knew we needed to create a new system for treating people with addiction. I felt the system was broken. I kept seeing the same patients over and over again in the hospital and I wanted to give the patients more."

Lasting Legacy: Tree at Towne Acres dedicated to Sandy Bayne Griffith

​Sandra Bayne Griffith was an educator, a wife, a mother, and a pillar of the community. She was a champion of children and, as a founding member of the Washington County Humane Society, a champion of animals as well. Her daughter Emmalea Johnston fondly remembers her mother taking in any animal she saw abandoned on the side of the road.


Our daily news is full of reports about the epidemic of addiction across the country and our area is high on the list in many cases. I have recently met Dr. Chambless Johnston III and he is working to do something about it through his clinic in Johnson City. If you or your family have been affected by addiction or you just want to be more informed, this gentleman is a “Mountain Mover” you need to know.

Town Acres PTA: Fall Carnival


Spring 2017 League Life

Time is precious. For league members, that statement definitely holds true. Each year our members become more and more pressed for time. While members still want to give back to the community and serve the league, some of the scheduled DIADs just don't fit into everyone's busy schedule.


Dr. Josh Wandell was diagnosed with ALS in June 2013. The original diagnosis comes with a life expectancy of two to five years.

Town Acres Times: Sept 2020

Needless to say, the start of the 2020-21 school year (as well as the end of the 2019-20 school year) has been unlike anything we have experienced in the field of education.

City Junior League announces board of directors

The Junior League of Johnson City is proud to announce its Board of Directors for the 2015-16 year. The league is a volunteer, nonprofit women’s organization that has been serving the Johnson City area since 1947.

Chambless Johnston Launches Official Website

Chambless Johnston is excited to announce the launch of his new personal and professional website. The new website details his experience as a doctor and entrepreneur and highlights various publications he has been featured in as well as blogs he has written on a variety of topics.

Chambless Johnston Explains How Medication-Assisted Treatment is Used to Reduce Relapse Rates

When it comes to treating addictions, there are some effective individual and group therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy that can help address a person’s triggers when it comes to substance abuse.

Treatment Programs and Medications for Addiction

Addiction is an increasingly severe problem in the United States. During the pandemic, more people have turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with the effects of stress and isolation. As a result, there is a greater demand for addiction treatment services than ever before.

Chambless Johnston Featured in Exclusive Interviews with Kivo Daily and Newswire

Renowned CEO and Founder of East Tennessee Recovery, Chambless Johnston, was featured in exclusive interviews with Kivo Daily and Newswire. In the interviews, he highlights what separates his organization from others and what makes the healthcare sector such an exciting industry to be in.