The Prairie Substance Use Disorder IOP

Are you struggling with drugs or alcohol? You’re not alone. Over 20 million people aged 12 or older met the criteria for an alcohol or substance use disorder in 2018, and many expect this number to have increased in 2020 and beyond.

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The Prairie Substance Use Disorder IOP

Our program offers a safe, supportive space for those hoping to heal with little interruption to work, school or daily life.

Program Fast Facts

What People Love About This Program

Small-by-design group size (maximum 8 people per group)

More hours spent with clinicians than the average IOP

Caring, compassionate clinicians


Our insurance offerings include in-network, out-of-network and self pay options. At Ethos Behavioral Health Group, we’re continually expanding our coverage; please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

The Ethos Continuum Of Care

The Prairie SUD IOP is part of Ethos Behavioral Health Group, a family of clinician-owned and operated healing centers offering specialized and personalized mental health care for anything ranging from substance use disorders to mood and personality disorders via inpatient care at The Prairie Recovery Center and outpatient care through multiple Ethos Wellness locations. We’ve been helping people on their wellness and recovery journeys since 2014.

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Prairie Substance Use

Meet The Program Leaders


Ernest Patterson, MS, LCDC

Program Director, Prairie SUD IOP

An award-winning Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) with a master’s in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University, Ernest has worked in the field of substance use and mental health for 20 years. 

He is passionate about helping individuals who struggle with the disease of addiction, as well as their families, to heal and find recovery. Through the provision of education, relapse prevention, intervention and hands on treatment, and through teams of professionals, community and volunteer opportunities, Ernest has helped design proven treatment programs with successful results. He has been a part of the Ethos Behavioral Health Group team since January of 2019. 

Learn more about Ernest Patterson

Dr. Bernard Gerber,

Psychiatrist—M.D. Medical Director

A graduate of the Southwestern Medical School at Dallas, Dr. Gerber completed an internship in internal medicine followed by a residency in psychiatry. Since 1982, he has been in full-time private practice of psychiatry, currently focusing on outpatient treatment for adolescents and adults of a variety of psychiatric and mental health issues.

In addition to serving clients and collaborating with clinicians at Ethos, Dr. Gerber also serves as a consultant to other behavioral health clinics at the Lighthouse of Houston. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 

Learn more about Dr. Bernard Gerber.

Bernard Gerber
Martha Fontana, LCSW

Martha Fontana, LCSW

Vice President Of IOP Services

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work and intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, biofeedback and chemical dependency counseling, Martha has extensive clinical and managerial experience working in outpatient and hospital- based programs with children, adolescents, adults and family members. 

She has worked for over 30 years at Ethos Wellness – Prism to develop ethical, creative and effective treatment teams who deliver an exceptionally high quality of service, and it was here she founded the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program. Preserving her programming was the highest priority when PRISM joined the Ethos family in 2018. Learn more about Martha Fontana.

Robert Hilliker,

LCSW-S, LCDC Chief Clinical Officer

Robert is driven by a deep commitment to serve others and is passionate about the subject of hope and despair in clinical treatment. His 17 years in the field of addiction and mental health encompass private practice, clinical supervision, the creation and management of clinical programming and the co-founding of The Lovett Center (now known as Ethos Wellness – Lovett) and its parent company Ethos Behavioral Health Group. 

His resume includes long standing leadership positions at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, The Menninger Clinic and The Daring Way LLC, where he worked with Dr. Brené Brown and served as the Chief Clinical Officer. His career has been marked by many meaningful recognitions such as The Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and the University of Houston’s 50 for 50 Alumni. Currently, Robert serves as Ethos Behavioral Health Group’s Chief Clinical Officer and is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. He lives in Houston with his wife and four daughters. Learn more about Robert Hilliker.

Robert Hilliker, PhD, LCSW-S, LCDC

How Can We Help?

Contact our Care Team today to begin a confidential discussion about healing and recovery. We’re here to answer questions about the program, and help guide those interested in treatment toward the right level of care for them—inside our system of care, or with one of our partner organizations.

Call or text the number below or complete this form to get in touch:

(713) 324-3754