kathy ireland® Recovery Centers

Laconia, New Hampshire – Outpatient

Our Laconia, NH outpatient drug treatment program functions as a bridge from residential treatment to independent living, or as an entry point for initiating treatment for a substance use and/or mental health disorder. You can step down from a more immersive level of care to an outpatient program, or step up to a more immersive level of care from an outpatient program.

At our Laconia, NH program, our experienced, compassionate team of drug and alcohol counselors apply an integrated, holistic approach to treatment. We treat the whole person, not just the symptoms of the disorder. We create a custom treatment plan based on your individual physical, emotional, and psychological needs, designed to maximize your strengths and start you on the road to sustainable, lifelong recovery.

Outpatient Treatment Programs in Laconia, NH

At our Laconia facility, we offer the following levels of care:

Intensive Outpatient Program

3 hours of evidence-based treatment per day, 5 days a week. This can be done at our facility or via our virtual evening IOP program.

Outpatient Treatment Program

Treatment hours & frequency determined by you & your treatment team

Mental Health Counseling

We now treat individuals with mental health disorders as their primary diagnosis. Treatment may include psychiatric assessments, medication management and psychotherapy.

At the outpatient level of care – partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, or outpatient – your personalized, integrated, treatment plan will include a combination of the following therapeutic approaches:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Experiential Therapies
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Community and Peer Support Groups

We also use medication-assisted treatment (MAT) when medically necessary for patients in recovery from opioid use disorder (OUD) and/or alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Comprehensive Support for Lifelong Recovery

Every patient in our outpatient treatment programs participates in our thorough Prescreen and Assessment process. Our clinical team gathers all the information relevant to your treatment and recovery, including:

  • Personal medical history
  • Family medical history
  • Personal substance use history
  • Mental health disorder history
  • Substance use treatment history
  • Mental health treatment history

Once we learn who you are and what you need – and you identify your personal goals for treatment – we design a plan that gives you the best chance of a successful recovery. Your plan covers you while you’re with us, and also includes critical case management and aftercare services that support you after you complete your formal treatment program.

Laconia NH Substance Abuse Recovery

Aftercare and Case Management Support Includes:

  • Referrals to physicians, therapists, and addiction counselors for your ongoing care
  • Referrals to other kathy ireland® Recovery Centers programs and levels of care
  • Vocational support
  • Family support services
  • Information and help with federal and state financial and housing resources
  • Contact information for 12-step groups, advocacy organizations, and sober living communities

The goal of case management and aftercare is to provide the support you need to maintain your recovery and sobriety for years to come. We promise to stand by your side for as long as you need us. Your time in treatment is the beginning of your journey, and it’s important to build a solid foundation and a set of recovery skills that are durable, resilient, and serve you when you need them most. That’s why we create an aftercare plan based on your specific needs – and offer a broad range of continuing care services to support you as you learn and grow.

Your Journey, Your Recovery, Your Life

We give you tools that empower you to move beyond the cycles of addiction and live free of alcohol and substances. Our clinical team initiates and provides treatment while you’re with us, our case managers ensure you receive the support you need as determined by your treatment plan, and our aftercare support system connects you to the resources you need to manage your sobriety when you transition to independent living. That’s what holistic care means: we have you covered from every direction we can think of.

Experience The Facility

kathy ireland® Recovery Centers –
Laconia, NH

745 N Main St
Laconia, NH 03246

Contact us for a tour of our facility on an appointment or walk-in basis.

Meet the Team

  • Ryan Wakim, MD
    Ryan Wakim, MD
    Medical Director
  • Jesse Schmitt, MA, LCMHC, MLADC
    Jesse Schmitt, MA, LCMHC, MLADC
    Executive Director
  • Kelly Schoonover, MS, LCMHC, MLADC
    Kelly Schoonover, MS, LCMHC, MLADC
    Clinical Supervisor
  • Wendy Hanley
    Wendy Hanley
    Outreach Coordinator
  • Sarah Mazzola
    Sarah Mazzola
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Karen McClain
    Karen McClain
    Office Manager and Medical Assistant
  • Lauren Jones
    Lauren Jones
    Community Liaison

You focus on recovery. We focus on you.

Our outpatient drug treatment programs provide a safe space where you learn the skills you need to navigate recovery and live a full, independent life based on your personal vision of health and wellbeing. The team at kathy ireland® Recovery Centers is here to offer compassionate support and evidence-based treatment. When you’re ready for change, we’re ready for you.

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Ryan Wakim, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Ryan Wakim is our Medical Director.  He is a board-certified psychiatrist driven early in his career to expand access to life-changing behavioral healthcare with a passion for and expertise in the subspecialty of interventional psychiatry. 

He obtained his medical degree from West Virginia University where he also completed his residency training, finishing as chief resident in 2014. Dr. Wakim Co-Founded and served as the CEO of an innovative, wellness-informed, multistate healthcare system, Transformations, until a successful merger with Shore Capital’s outpatient mental health platform in May of 2021.

Dr. Wakim along with his wife (Liza) enjoys exercising, golfing, traveling, and time well spent in the presence of those near and dear to their hearts, most especially their two dogs (Lulu and Rayna).

Jesse Schmitt, MA, LCMHC, MLADC
Executive Director

Jesse is the Executive Director of our Laconia location, and is  a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (MLADC) in the state of New Hampshire. Jesse receive his Bachelor of Psychology from University of Minnesota in Duluth and his Master of Arts in Counselor Education from the University of Southern Florida.  Jesse has over 10 years of professional experience working with adults with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. He has worked as a clinician in residential programs, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient settings, as well as in acute hospital environments.  Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife and four children in Laconia.  Be sure to ask him about the Brazilian flag hanging in his office to learn more about his journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Kelly Schoonover, MS, LCMHC, MLADC
Clinical Supervisor

Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and Master Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (MLADC) in the state of New Hampshire. She received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University at Albany, SUNY. Kelly has over 7 years of professional experience working with adults with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. She has worked as a clinician and clinical director in residential programs, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient settings.  She makes sure to use a person-centered approach with the clientele she works with, as no single approach works for all. Kelly loves spending as much time as possible with her family and her dog. She’s always open to doing anything outdoors that allows her to move her body. And she’ll never say no to tacos!


Wendy Hanley
Outreach Coordinator

Wendy is kathy ireland® Recovery Centers’ Outreach Coordinator. Serving in the recovery field for more than five years, her journey in helping others started with her work with the homeless whom she provided warm meals and clothing to during the cold, winter months. Wendy enjoys traveling, boating, and enjoying the ocean with her husband, Tom. Together, they have four daughters, three of whom live in NH and one who lives in Virginia. She is very passionate about helping everyone and is very active, and beloved member of our community, where she regularly volunteers.

Sarah Mazzola
Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Mazzola has Master’s of Nursing from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a Bachelor’s of Nursing from Simmons College in Boston, MA. With over 10 years of nursing experience, Sarah Mazzola has experience in-patient, outpatient and in the community. Most recently, she has worked in private practice and various in-patient psychiatric settings on the seacoast of NH and MA. She recently moved to Laconia with her husband and three children to be closer to family. Sarah has a passion for dual diagnosis and adolescent mental health. Sarah has a passion for meeting patients where they are and a strong understanding of harm reduction philosophy.  She is able to work with patients in need of medications for opioid use disorder or alcohol use disorder (MAT and MOUD) as well as work with patients of all ages for medication management.

Karen McClain
Office Manager and Medical Assistant

Karen is the office  manager of our Laconia clinical office.  She is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). She received her degree certification from West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, WV in 2017. Shortly after, she moved to New Hampshire with her husband and daughter.

Karen loves working with the patients in Laconia and supporting them through the admissions process. She also enjoys spending ample time with her husband and daughter.

Lauren Jones
Community Liaison

Lauren is the community liaison for kathy ireland® Recovery Center in Laconia, including our Sober Living Home in Laconia, NH. She is originally from southern West Virginia. Lauren is in recovery and dedicates her time to not only to her personal pursuit of excellence, but also assuring her fellow house leaders and patients do the same as well. She has completed Recovery Coach courses and is enrolled full-time at Southern New Hampshire University where she studies Psychology with a concentration in Addiction Science. Her main goal is to help be the change that she wants to see in the world and continue to help people become the best versions of themselves.

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