Willowbrooke at Tanner

20 Herrell Road
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Willowbrooke at Tanner is the behavioral health service of Tanner Health System, providing a continuum of mental health care and access to clinically proven treatments for a wide range of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for children, adolescents, teens and adults. Willowbrooke at Tanner offers treatment for depression, drug addiction or substance abuse, anger management, marriage counseling and more.


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Please, please, please stay away from this facility!!! This place is a money grab and nothing more. Willowbrooke at Tanner will do anything and everything to keep you there as long as they can. It must be nice to have Tanner Hospital sending you a steady stream of Cash Flow, also known as patients. They need your insurance money badly and will do whatever it takes to squeeze every dollar they can out of it. Any investigative reporter would have a field day with this place.
Warning!!!! Stay Away for this facility!!! Took my teenager there for the free mental health assessment and recommendation on therapist. They tried to lock my child up for 3-5 day on a 1013 involuntary hold. Thank GOD we were sent to Tanner Hospital for a medical clearance before being admitted. Tanner Hospital staff, nurses, doctors and psychologist actually LISTEN to us. The Tanner doctor and psychologist resend the 1013 hold because it was deemed unnecessary. Willowbrooke is only interested in making the most money by demanding inpatient care at the detriment of the patient. Most horrific and traumatizing experience we have ever been through. If you need help call the mental health hotline 1-888-993-3112 – PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM WILLOWBROOKE!!
My time at Willowbrooke was the thing that most helped me to be able to recover, they marked my life in such a positive way and I don't have enough words to thank them for that. I am sure that as they helped me they can help everyone else in need.
Willowbrooke is a place full of liars and impostors, the staff only want their paycheck so they will do everything they are told to as long as they receive it. They lied about my condition so that I kept receiving treatment, they are disgusting and I hope eventually this place closes.



Joint Commission:

The Joint Commission, formerly known as JCAHO, is a nonprofit organization that accredits rehab organizations and programs. Founded in 1951, the Joint Commision's mission is to improve the quality of patient care and demonstrating the quality of patient care.

Joint Commission Accreditation: Yes



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Detox Services:


Buprenorphine Detox:

Buprenorphine (brand name Subutex, among others) is an opioid medication used to treat opioid addiction. Buprenorphine can prevent or significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to get and stay off opioids. Sometimes used alongside naloxone, dosage depends on the severity of each case. Many people stay on buprenorphine long-term, although some gradually reduce the dosage to come off it.

Level of Care:



Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare. Willowbrooke at Tanner offers a complete range of outpatient services. Their professional staff of dedicated clinicians has a wide variety of expertise and experience working with people who need behavioral health assistance.

Medically Assisted Detox:

Drug and alcohol addiction often takes a heavy toll on one's body. Over time, a physical dependence can develop, meaning the body physiologically needs the substance to function. Detox is the process of removing drugs and/or alcohol from the body, a process that can be lethal if mismanaged. Medical detox is done by licensed medical professionals who monitor vital signs and keep you safe, healthy, and as comfortable as possible as you go through detox and withdrawal.

Intensive Outpatient:

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) are for those who want or need a very structured treatment program but who also wish to live at home and continue with certain responsibilities (such as work or school). IOP substance abuse treatment programs vary in duration and intensity, and certain outpatient rehab centers will offer individualized treatment programs.


If an assessment or screening finds severe problems, a brief stay in the hospital may be advised. Willowbrooke at Tanner’s inpatient facility offers a safe, comfortable place for healing to begin. A hospital stay helps patients change their behavior and acquire skills to cope with everyday stresses, enabling them to move to a less-intensive setting to continue treatment.

Individualized Treatment:

Certain drug and alcohol rehabs have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person's specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Aftercare Support:

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn't spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Treatment Focus:



The goal of treatment for alcoholism is abstinence. Those with poor social support, poor motivation, or psychiatric disorders tend to relapse within a few years of treatment. For these people, success is measured by longer periods of abstinence, reduced use of alcohol, better health, and improved social functioning. Recovery and Maintenance are usually based on 12 step programs and AA meetings.

Opioid Addiction:

Opioid rehabs specialize in supporting those recovering from opioid addiction. They treat those suffering from addiction to illegal opioids like heroin, as well as prescription drugs like oxycodone. These centers typically combine both physical as well as mental and emotional support to help stop addiction. Physical support often includes medical detox and subsequent medical support (including medication), and mental support includes in-depth therapy to address the underlying causes of addiction.

Dual Diagnosis:

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person's mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse:

A combined mental health and substance abuse rehab has the staff and resources available to handle individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. It can be challenging to determine where a specific symptom stems from (a mental health issue or an issue related to substance abuse), so mental health and substance abuse professionals are helpful in detangling symptoms and keeping treatment on track.

Therapy Programs:


Group Therapy:

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Trauma Therapy:

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

Family Therapy:

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Individual Therapy:

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Nutrition Therapy:

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Animal Therapy:

For people facing behavioral health problems like depression or life after a traumatic event, animal-assisted therapy can be a significant treatment option in helping them return to a healthy life. Animal-assisted therapy provides patients with social contact, entertainment and allows them to experience acceptance. Willowbrooke at Tanner employs animal-assisted therapy options for children, adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

Equine Therapy:

Studies have shown that horses are very social animals, often mirroring the actions of the person with whom they are interacting. Equine therapy creates a horse-human connection that is rich with opportunities and provides a focused, interactive learning activity in which the reward is often immediate for participants. Willowbrooke at Tanner operates an equine therapy program weekly during the summer to participants in various programs. Equine therapy is offered in partnership with Rachel’s Wish Foundation and the Possum Snout Horse Arena in Tallapoosa, Ga. Transportation, picnic lunches and snacks are provided.

Experiential Therapy:

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional talk therapy by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Creative Arts Therapy:

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.


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Willowbrooke at Tanner
Last Updated: 12/14/2018

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