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. 417
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
Fonta High, LPC, NCC, MAC
Director, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
Fonta High is the Director for the Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia.
Fonta joined CCCG’s team in March 2018. She is a Master Addiction Counselor and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist specializing in the treatment of most co-occurring disorders and trauma. She provides individual therapy as a Staff Therapist for CCCG.
Fonta has been responsible for the clinical and administrative supervision of residential and outpatient programs during the last 6 years of her career in addition to providing therapy in these settings throughout her career to include both voluntary and mandated treatment. Fonta specializes in the treatment of the underlying trauma of addictive issues and in working with men who wish to enter recovery and repair the relationships in their lives affected by addiction. She also enjoys working with veterans, as she is the daughter of a Marine and possesses an understanding of military culture, as well as people of color who feel disenfranchised by systems empowering them to understand that they too can gain the tools to transform their life.
Fonta enjoys spending time with her twin daughters as well as community activism, which evolved through her role as a radio show host for a program she created called “Transformation” prior to moving to Atlanta. The program advocates for individuals with mental health challenges and addiction, and indulging in various cuisines as an admitted foodie! She also loves the outdoors and physical activity as a former marathon runner and obstacle course fanatic.
Fonta graduated from Argosy University with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
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.
Kathleen Murray, BA
Intern, IOP Program
Kathleen began her internship at the Care and Counseling Center in August 2017. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University in Atlanta.
Kathleen works with individuals who deal with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, addictive disorders, and grief. She enjoys working with individuals in the IOP program, learning all she can about treatment of substance use disorders.
Kathleen has experience working with those struggling with addiction recovery through her years of working as a Mental Health Assistant at Peachford Hospital and her time interning with the Midtown Assistance Center in Atlanta.