Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Addiction Recovery
The iThrive Recovery 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 iThrive Recovery 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 iThrive Recovery 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.
iThrive Recovery is located at the Decatur Main Office:
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 Addiction 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 or Refuge Recovery
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open to the public
Free support groupRefuge Recovery
A Buddhist-based approach to recovery—from substances, eating disorders, process addictions, and much more.
iThrive 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.
iThrive 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.
iThrive 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
iThrive 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
iThrive 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 publicCoping Skills
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
iThrive Recovery 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 iThrive Recovery Team
Fonta High, LPC, NCC, MAC
Program Director, iThrive Recovery
Fonta High is the Program Director for iThrive 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. Fonta also indulges in various cuisines as an admitted foodie. She 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.
Leighton Gilling, LPC
Staff Counselor, iThrive Recovery
Leighton Gilling is a Staff Counselor for iThrive Recovery.
Leighton joined CCCG’s team in 2017 after spending several years working with various populations in the community as well as in an outpatient clinical setting. His work with addiction recovery began in his internship when he facilitated groups to help court-mandated adults charged with DUIs and other drug and alcohol offenses get treatment. He then expanded his focus to work with people at various stages, from those early in the recovery process to those who have been maintaining sobriety for decades. Among other things, Leighton uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to help people identify, process and better manage thoughts and beliefs that contributed to addiction and to reframe these thoughts in a way that allows for healing and recovery. At CCCG, he leads the Early Recovery Skills, Full Body Recovery and Process groups. The groups provide psychoeducation so participants can better understand how addiction and recovery are all-encompassing experiences. He also helps participants develop healthy and effective skills to alleviate and work through blocks and difficulties often encountered in the recovery journey.
Leighton also provides individual and family therapy to adolescents and adults working through issues ranging from depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma, identity, grief, and conflict resolution. Through the use of person-centered and CBT approaches, he focuses on building trusting and open relationships with the belief that a collaborative path encourages a deep understanding of what is needed and what is most helpful.
Leighton earned his master’s degree in Community Counseling at Georgia State University, and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida.
CyEreka Edoaurd, MEd, LPC, NCC
Staff Counselor, iThrive Recovery
CyEreka Edouard is a Staff Counselor for iThrive Recovery.
She recently joined CCCG after spending several years working in Alabama with youth and adolescents impacted by the juvenile justice system. It was in her work within a residential treatment facility that her addiction recovery work began. Using a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach, persons in recovery became able to identify thoughts and beliefs that led to addiction and to reframe thoughts in a way that allowed them a space for recovery. At CCCG, CyEreka leads the Spirituality in Recovery and Experiential groups. She provides a mindfulness-based approach with an integration of expressive arts and creative approaches to addiction recovery. The groups will allow participants the space to align mind, body, and spiritual needs so that recovery can be successful.
In addition to addiction recovery, CyEreka provides individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, domestic violence, sexual abuse, divorce, and other life transitions. She is passionate in her work with trauma, and she actively seeks to foster paths for healing through counseling.
CyEreka earned her Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling (MEd) from Auburn University and she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Georgia State University.
Lucila Goicochea-Barbaran, MA, MPH, LAPC
Associate Therapist, iThrive Recovery
Lucila Goicochea is an Associate Therapist with iThrive Recovery.
She joined CCCG in November 2017 following her work in Eagles Landing Christian Counseling Center and Road to Recovery. She provided individual and couples therapy and substance abuse recovery treatment for groups and individuals. At CCCG, she leads the Coping Skills group and the Family Recovery group. Lucila facilitates groups by empowering clients learning about how their minds work and helping to build skills for addressing life’s challenges.
As a counselor, she loves to help people overcome emotional pain and struggles and achieve the goals they want. Her approach is integrative and multicultural, drawing upon cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotional focused therapy, brief therapy, mindfulness techniques, crisis intervention, play therapy, systemic therapy, and interpersonal approaches. She can work with individuals and couples from many cultures, backgrounds, and sexual and gender identity and/or preference. She has experience working with substance abuse, co-dependency, trauma, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, grief, and other emotional or behavioral health problems. She conducts therapy in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Lucila earned her bachelor’s degree in Peru, her master’s degree in psychology in Guatemala and her master’s degree in public health in Brazil.
Ann Marie Lehrer, MS, NCC, APC
Associate Therapist, iThrive Recovery
Ann Marie Lehrer is an Associate Therapist with the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia’s iThrive Recovery program. She recently joined CCCG and iThrive after working at a residential behavioral facility for high-risk youth in Atlanta.
As a counselor, she has seen first-hand the benefits of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for distress tolerance and emotion regulation while working with clients and their families. She witnessed their progress as they applied DBT coping skills to remain mindful and nonjudgmental in the present moment. Ann Marie incorporates these same skills to help clients build self-awareness and to communicate effectively in order to address the underlying issues of addiction.
Ann Marie naturally empowers others to reach their potential, and she brings this same approach to her personal life. Ann Marie believes in physical, mental and spiritual health and remains an active participant in events throughout the community. Ann Marie is a Nationally Certified Counselor and has earned her MS degree in clinical mental health counseling from Mercer University and her bachelor’s degree in behavioral development and communication from Marist College in NY.