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Augusta GeorgiaThe Basics

Steppingstones to Recovery is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) based in Augusta, Georgia. Opened in May of 1997, STR has been serving Richmond County for almost 20 years. Treating primarily in a group therapy setting, STR provides holistic treatment to heal the mind, body and spirit of the effects of alcoholism and addiction.

STR works directly with two residential facilities, transporting clients to and from STR for treatment—the Awakening Center is a men’s residential facility and Parkway Place offers accommodations for women. With gender-specific housing and a comprehensive outpatient treatment program providing individualized care, STR treats addiction as a progressive disease and employs an abstinence model of recovery.

Treatment and Staff

STR’s IOP is available for both men and women seeking help and is available on a sliding scale fee system making treatment accessible to all. No detox services are offered, but the intake coordination counselors offer referral services as needed. All clients are first assessed and if dual diagnosis support is required, they meet with the staff Psychiatrist for an additional assessment ($195). Clients are paired with a case manager and an individualized treatment plan with unique goals and treatment objectives is created.

The IOP typically lasts for six weeks with a total of 30 group therapy sessions. STR treatment is primarily group-focused but allows for individual therapy at an additional cost of $60 per hour. Clients typically attend sessions at the facility Monday through Friday with morning treatment hours from 9 am to 12 pm and evening hours 6 to 9 pm. Sessions last three-hours and are conducted by a clinical staff member. Clients enrolled in a residential program must attend treatment sessions daily. However, a basic outpatient program is available requiring clients to attend treatment three days a week for 10 weeks to accommodate schedule restrictions due to work or family obligations.

STR utilizes a combination of therapeutic techniques including CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and psychoeducation. All groups are co-ed and have a staff-to-client ratio of one-to-15. Counselors cover a range of topics that include relapse prevention techniques, codependency and general life skills. The clinical staff include Certified Addiction Counselors (CACs), LCSWs, LPCs and CADACs. A psychiatrist is also available for sessions at an additional cost. The Psychiatrist may only prescribe medication for clients who are enrolled in the residential treatment programs. Follow up appointments for medication management services are $50 per session.

Attendance of 12-step meetings is encouraged during IOP but not required. Working the steps with a sponsor is also recommended ensuring that clients have a strong support system outside of the treatment process to sustain their long-term recovery.


Steppingstones offers a family program every Wednesday evening from 7 to 8:15 pm. The Family Workshop is open to family, employers, significant others and friends at no additional cost. Counselors use an educational approach to help loved ones come to an understanding of the intricacies of addiction, how to better facilitate a living environment that is conducive to recovery and how to assist the addict in lasting recovery after treatment is complete.

An aftercare program is available for clients to attend up to one year after treatment has concluded. Weekly follow-up appointments may be scheduled with a counselor so that clients may stay connected to their sobriety goals. Additionally, STR aims to provide long-lasting recovery and guarantees treatment: if a client relapses within a year after properly completing all recommended programming, a free “One-Week Booster” program is provided.

In Summary

Steppingstones to Recovery offers an IOP that primarily uses group therapy to facilitate recovery. With gender-specific residential accommodations available in tandem with treatment, the comprehensive recovery program ensures clients have a strong support network in which to recover. The basic outpatient treatment track allows men and women who have already been through a primary program to establish a recovery community. With a holistic approach to healing the whole person, aftercare and a family program, men and women are given every opportunity for lasting recovery.

Steppingstones to Recovery
2610 Commons Blvd
Augusta, GA 30909

Steppingstones to Recovery Cost: Sliding scale (6 to 10 weeks). Reach Steppingstones to Recovery by phone at (706) 733-1935 or by email at [email protected]. Find Steppingstones to Recovery on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

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