Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
for Addiction Recovery
Our Program is provided in accordance with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) best practices for level 2.1, which emphasizes an integrated, person-centered approach. An individualized treatment plan is designed to meet the specific needs of each client and their family.
An assessment will determine the appropriate level of care. The IOP level of care is highly structured and is often recommended for persons who need more than individual counseling, or for those who are stepping down from a residential or inpatient hospitalization program.
Most clients attend group sessions in the IOP program four times each week with individual and/or conjoint sessions provided regularly. We use evidence-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention, and DBT skill-building.
Program lengths are tailored to each person. Research indicates that a minimum of 12 weeks of treatment is recommended to reach optimal benefit.
The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Addiction Recovery is located at the Decatur Main Office:
IOP for Addiction Recovery
Care and Counseling Center of Georgia
1814 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone:(404) 636-1457 ext. 433
What is Addiction?
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) defines Addition as a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors, despite negative life consequences.
Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, cravings, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.
What is Recovery?
While Recovery begins with abstaining from alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications, recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to achieve their full potential.
We Can Help
This schedule is subject to change, please call to register for groups.
No registration necessary for SMART Recovery
|= IOP clients Only||= open to the public, $25/hour (except SMART Recovery)|
IOP clients onlyCommunity Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been studied in early recovery and proven to help in the reduction of cravings and stress. In Community Acupuncture, only ear points are used to gain these benefits while the process is examined and discussed in a group setting.
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
open to the public
Participants must have 60+ days of sobrietyMindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
This group provides experiences for you to learn and use mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation skills to prevent relapse and improve quality of life in recovery. You will learn the principles of mindfulness, including focusing on being fully present in the moment, practicing non-judgment and self-compassion.
open to the publicDistress Tolerance
In Distress Tolerance Group you learn to identify an inability to fully experience unpleasant or uncomfortable emotions, and how they can maintain addictive behaviors. You will acquire new and healthy coping skills for addressing and managing these feelings as we work towards recovery.
IOP clients onlyProcess Group
There are few places for someone in early recovery to just sit back and talk about all the hardships, victories, and daily stressors associated with this new phase of life. Process Group offers you exactly that. With no curriculum or lesson plan, you are free to talk about what is on your mind.
IOP clients onlyExperiential Group
Since addiction affects the whole body, we want to get the entire body involved in recovery. Experiential group uses expressive media and activities for safe, creative self-expression, mindfulness, and healing. You will practice various activities like sense exploration, group interactions, art therapy, gentle yoga, chi gong, etc.
Early Recovery Skills
IOP clients onlyEarly Recovery Skills
The early weeks are some of the hardest. Learn to face the challenges and uncover the opportunities that early recovery presents. Develop confidence in recognizing triggers and build coping skills to use as you adjust to the new normal.
open to the publicFamily Recovery
We all know that recovery is a family process since addiction affects all areas of a person’s life. In Family Recovery, you will get the unique opportunity to work on communication and recovery skills with your family of choice and primary support system.
Full Body Recovery
IOP clients onlyFull Body Recovery
Substance abuse affects our minds and bodies in many ways. In this group, you will learn about caring for yourself in early recovery medically, nutritionally, and physically.
open to the publicEmotional Management
In this group, you will learn to manage emotions of everyday stress including but not limited to feeling angry, overwhelmed, anxious, sad, depressed, and more. You will learn vital coping skills and techniques to practice every day.
Spirituality in Recovery
open to the public
open to the public
Free support group
IOP includes Individualized Treatment for Individuals with Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders
- Individual sessions and family sessions to support recovery.
- Ongoing screening for substance use.
- Coordinated care for clients with medical and/or mental health needs.
Our IOP Team
Kristy Aspinwall, LPC, MAC, CCTP, NCC
Leader, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Kristy Aspinwall is the Leader for the Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia.
Kristy joined CCCG’s team in September 2016. She is a Master Addiction Counselor and Certified Trauma Professional specializing in the treatment of most co-occurring disorders. She is a state-approved DUI Clinical Evaluator. She also provides individual therapy as a Staff Counselor for CCCG.
Kristy has provided therapy in several residential and outpatient settings throughout her career including both voluntary and mandated treatment. Kristy specializes in working with women and young adults in recovery and addressing the distinct issues that face these populations. She also enjoys working with folks who struggle with athletic injury or related addiction, attachment disorder, and other mood disorders. Kristy is passionate about helping those who may be on the fence about whether or not therapy and recovery are for them.
Kristy enjoys spending time with her husband, small son, and two dogs. They can often be found escaping to the beach or hiking in the North Georgia mountains. As an avid reader, it’s also not unusual to find Kristy curled up on a park bench with her e-books.
Kristy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling from North Georgia College and State University. She is also a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, and the National Board for Certified Counselors. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Debonee Morgan, MS, LMFT, CSD
Family Education Leader, IOP Program
Debonee Morgan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Spiritual Director, and Director of Care and Counseling Center of Georgia’s Resonance training program for spiritual directors.
In addition to doing individual therapy, Debonee leads the Family Education group, educating individuals and their families about relationship dynamics that become part of the recovery process, and the Spirituality in Recovery group. Her prior experience includes leading Family Weekend leader for Black Bear Lodge, a residential treatment center for addiction recovery.
Debonee is known as a charismatic workshop leader, presenting at conferences for Spiritual Directors International, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, and the Society for the Integration for Spirituality and Psychotherapy. She speaks on topics of spiritual growth, diversity and inclusion, and creativity as a healing process.
She also enjoys keeping up with her adult children, and can be found frequenting Atlanta’s live music scene with her rockstar partner, or taking vigorous notes at Atlanta Jung Society events.
Debonee was honored to graduate with the first cohort of Richard Rohr’s “Living School” at the Center for Action and Contemplation, earning a certificate in Contemplative and Non-Dual Consciousness. She also holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University, an undergraduate degree in Communications from Vanguard University, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Stillpoint Center for Christian Studies.
Joella Walker, MA, LMSW
Associate Therapist, IOP Program
Joella Walker is an Associate Therapist with Care and Counseling Center of Georgia’s IOP for Addiction Recovery.
She joined CCCG in August 2015 as a Social Work Intern. She also is a counselor in the Low-Cost Clinic. Joella currently co-facilitates IOP groups in early recovery skills, relapse prevention, family education, and mindfulness-based relapse prevention; as well as providing clinical, client care coordination, and administrative support for the IOP program.
She is active in local community projects and plays bass in an Atlanta-based rock band. Before beginning her career in mental health, she was a Video Production Manager and Personal Chef.
Joella will complete her Masters of Social Work at the University of Southern California, August 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College in Art with a minor in Anthropology, and a Masters of Digital Arts and Sciences from University of Florida.
Gayle Benator, MS, LAPC, NCC
Associate Therapist, IOP Program
Gayle Benator is an Associate Therapist for Care and Counseling Center of Georgia’s (CCCG) Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for addiction recovery.
She joined Care and Counseling Center in June 2016 following her work with clients struggling with disordered eating. Gayle provided therapy services and facilitated groups as a therapist at the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. At CCCG, she leads the Distress Tolerance Skills group and an Early Recovery Skills group. Gayle facilitates groups by providing knowledge and skills for addressing life’s conflicts and dilemmas in a healthy fashion; using practices from dialectical behavioral (DBT) and mindfulness theories.
Gayle provides individual therapy in the IOP program through the CCCG Low-Cost Clinic. In addition, she works with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and grief. She also is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator for premarital and couples counseling.
Gayle earned her MS degree in clinical mental health counseling from Mercer University. She received her MBA at the University of South Florida.
Sania Tildon, LMSW
Associate Therapist, IOP Program
Sania is an Associate Therapist for Care and Counseling Center of Georgia’s Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery.
In CCCG’s Low-Cost Clinic, Sania works with couples in conflict and is interested in the role of addictions in family dysfunction. She also sees children and adults with anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral issues, and trauma histories.
In addition to addiction recovery, Sania is passionate about prisoner re-entry and the intersection of incarceration, addiction and mental health. She volunteered for several years as a community mediator in Baltimore, and she facilitated mediations to help people rebuild bridges before release.
Sania earned her master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the University of Maryland in 2016, and received her undergraduate degree in history from Yale University in 2014.