Outpatient Services

The INTER-CARE model focuses on long-term recovery and personal growth. Our therapeutic approach provides the motivation, support, experience and tools that give our patients the ability to take on life’s daily challenges.  INTER-CARE takes pride in providing a safe, caring environment that ensures dignity and confidentiality.

Treatment at INTER-CARE is highly individualized. During admission, each patient receives a comprehensive assessment interview where a psychosocial evaluation is completed. A plan is then designed from a menu of clinical services appropriate to the respective level of care, as established by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Diagnostic and screening tools, including urine testing, may be used to determine the most appropriate intensity of treatment and the most effective services to be offered.  Additionally, INTER-CARE offers family education, support groups and counseling to facilitate the family’s participation in the recovery process.

INTER-CARE is guided by Nicholas R. Lessa, MA, LCSW, CASAC, the facility’s Chief Executive Officer, with a staff comprised of a psychiatrist, mental health counselors, social workers, credentialed addiction specialists, and medical personnel.

Our multidisciplinary team has been trained in a variety of innovative treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR, twelve-step philosophy and addiction medicine.


Our specially trained clinicians provide comprehensive and confidential evaluations and assessments utilizing the latest diagnostic tools including the SASSI, the RIASI, the AUDIT, and DAST screening instruments. Our expert team responds quickly to DWI assessment and court-ordered requests, employee assistance professionals, DOT-related issues, and private practitioners.


These services are coordinated around an eight-week program developed for those who do not meet criteria for a substance use disorder, but who have exhibited signs of at-risk substance use. Participants include: first-time positives on employer drug tests; employees in safety-sensitive positions; DWI referrals; and individuals who are resistant to treatment. Motivational strategies and standardized drug and alcohol assessment tools are used in therapeutic workshops to educate and increase the awareness of the personal consequences of continued usage.


This is an intensive two-step program of rehabilitation offeringoffering group counseling, psychoeducation, periodic individual counseling and drug testing, with a focus on recovery and relapse prevention.

Phase I is the most intensive, with three to five visits weekly for a period of four to eight weeks. In Phase II, patients still maintain a high level of treatment intensity meeting two times per week for 12 weeks. Upon IOP program completion, the patient continues in an individualized advanced recovery program and is encouraged to join the Alumni Association.


These programs have been developed for those patients whose presenting treatment needs indicate a less intensive program of rehabilitation including group counseling, random drug testing and individual and family counseling as indicated. These programs meet one to three times weekly and include individual, couples or family counseling, and group therapy.


This program provides an integrated treatment approach for those seeking treatment for both substance use and psychiatric disorders. The program and its specialized team are managed by a board-certified psychiatrist, who is involved in all assessments and treatment planning. Groups meet twice weekly and are overseen by INTER-CARE’s program psychiatrist for medication management. Participants are expected to have additional weekly individual psychotherapy sessions as an adjunct to this program.


INTER-CARE strongly encourages the family to participate in the treatment process. While a patient is proceeding with treatment, we involve other family members in a parallel process that enriches and promotes recovery for all. Through individual and couples counseling, family therapy, significant-other groups and an Family Education workshop, the family begins to:

• Understand substance use disorders and its impact on the family
• Closely examine relationships, attitudes and patterns of behavior
• Develop new and better ways to communicate
• Enjoy personal growth and changes in lifestyle


INTER-CARE believes that substance use disorders often can be a symptom of underlying trauma. Our patients are evaluated for underlying trauma while in treatment and provided resources for treating that trauma through services such as Rapid Resolution Therapy, EMDR, Neurofeedback, & Somatic Experiencing.


INTER-CARE provides online treatment services either exclusively or in conjunction with face-to-face sessions. For the individual unable to maintain regular face-to-face sessions, INTER-CARE provides access to secure and encrypted video-conferenced groups and individual sessions, chat, and e-mail sessions from the convenience of your own home or office. You will have access to a certified cyber facilitator trained in online therapy. 

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