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. Each person coming into the program receives a thorough assessment that determines the appropriate level of care. Following that, each person receives an individualized treatment plan designed to meet their specific needs, including those of the family if desired. Persons recommended for the iThrive recovery level of care receive highly structured treatment. This often is recommended for persons who need more than individual counseling, or for those who are stepping down from a residential or inpatient hospitalization program.

Clients attend group sessions in the iThrive Recovery program four times each week. Individual and/or conjoint sessions are provided regularly. Evidence-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention, and DBT skill-building—in addition to trauma-informed counseling—are provided to arrest the disease process and help move clients forward in their recovery and healing.

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.

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iThrive Recovery
Care and Counseling Center of Georgia
1814 Clairmont Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Phone:(404) 636-1457 ext. 417
Fax:(404) 636-7449

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?

At iThrive we support Georgia’s recovery definition recognizing that recovery is a deeply personal, unique, and self-determined journey through which an individual strives to reach his or her full potential. Persons in recovery improve their health and wellness by taking responsibility in pursuing a fulfilling and contributing life while embracing the difficulties one has faced. Recovery is not a gift from any system. Recovery is nurtured by relationships and environments that provide hope, empowerment, choices, and opportunities. Recovery belongs to the person and it is a right guided by the following principles and values:

  • Emerges from hope
  • Is person-driven
  • Is strengths-based
  • Is age-independent
  • Recognizes the wisdom of “lived experience”
  • Occurs via many pathways
  • Is holistic
  • Is supported by peers, allies, advocates, and families
  • Is nurtured through relationships and social networks
  • Is culturally-based and -influenced
  • Is anchored in wellness; addressing a person’s emotional health, environmental well-being, financial satisfaction, intellectual creativity, occupational pursuits, physical activities, social engagement, and spiritual health
  • Addresses trauma
  • Supports self-responsibility
  • Empowers communities
  • Is based on respect


Not Sure You’re Ready?

We have another path! Try Present Mind Recovery, an ASAM Level 1 program.  This program offers a 2-hour weekly group for you to explore an alternative pathway to recovery as you understand the role substances are playing in your life. If you’re afraid you can’t afford an IOP, or unsure if you have a need for it, this 6-week program is for you. Click here for more information.

Ready to Explore iThrive IOP?

This schedule is subject to change, please call to register for groups.
No registration necessary for SMART Recovery or Refuge Recovery

= iThrive clients Only
= open to the public
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
10–11 am
Refuge Recovery
Free support groupRefuge Recovery
A Buddhist-based approach to recovery—from substances, eating disorders, process addictions, and much more.
4–5 pm
Community Acupuncture
Community 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.
5–6 pm
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention
Mindfulness-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.
Distress Tolerance
Distress 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.
Process Group
Process 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.
Experiential Group
Experiential 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.
6–7 pm
Early Recovery Skills
Early 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.
Family Recovery
Family 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
Full 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.
Coping Skills
Coping 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.
7–8 pm
Spirituality in Recovery
Spirituality in Recovery
Addiction is frequently known to cause “spiritual bankruptcy.” In this group, you will be allowed to reconnect with your spiritual self in a space that is open to all aspects of spirituality and greater connection.
SMART Recovery
Free support groupSMART Recovery
At CCCG, we don’t believe that recovery is “one size fits all,” especially when it comes to support groups. SMART Recovery is an alternative support group based in cognitive skills and self-management that many find to be a refreshing addition or alternative to the 12-step model.

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.

To schedule an assessment, please contact
Fonta High at 404-636-1457 ext. 417 or

See also our list of recovery tools


Our iThrive Recovery Team

iThrive Team
L to R: Ann Marie Lehrer, CyEreka Edouard, Fonta High, Lucila Goicochea-Barbaran, Leighton Gilling

Fonta High

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

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

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

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

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.

Laura C. Bowman

Laura C. Bowman, MD

Medical Director, iThrive Recovery

Laura C. Bowman, MD, is the Medical Director of iThrive. In that role she oversees the medical readiness of iThrive clients to join the program and safely pursue recovery.

Dr. Bowman is a board-certified medical acupuncturist and offers iThrive participants the opportunity to add acupuncture to their holistic support for recovery. She has practiced acupuncture and integrative medicine and oncology since 2010 and has been at CCCG since 2015. A primary part of acupuncture practice is the non-pharmacologic management of pain, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, it is an excellent tool in the management of cravings and withdrawal. Dr. Bowman’s interest in Addiction Medicine stems both from her experience in her acupuncture practice and her own experience in recovery for more than a decade.

She is a 1981 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina Pediatric Residency (1984), and Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (1987) from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is board certified in pediatric hematology-oncology and directed the bone marrow transplant program first at St. Jude and then at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Egleston. During almost 20 years of caring for children with cancer, she became interested in Eastern Medicine, and collaborated with an acupuncturist in the treatment of patients with difficult problems. She also has experience as a patient receiving acupuncture treatment, and positive results in both arenas prompted her to further pursue her interest. She is a 2010 graduate of the Helm’s School for Medical Acupuncture, became board certified in 2012.