5 Keys to Staying Clean and Sober

You’re committed to leading a sober lifestyle, but how? While there are a range of programs to help you get sober – from inpatient hospital stays and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) to sober living homes and group therapy – there are some key factors to consider regardless of the route you take. 

Here are 5 keys to getting or staying clean and sober:

  • Detox

Whether you suffer a severe addiction and need a medically-assisted detox or can detox with partial hospital supervision, the first step for many in breaking addiction is to detox. A detox simply means stopping the unhealthy, addictive behaviors (for example, no longer using drugs or alcohol). In the process, a detox fixes the outward symptoms of addiction (the drug use or alcohol abuse), but it does not dive into the underlying causes of WHY you were addicted. That’s why detox alone is not a way to stay clean and sober. Living it out after the detox is one of the more challenging parts. If you’d like to discuss your addiction, give us a call and we can help assess if our IOP or sober living programs are right for you or if it would be better to go into an inpatient facility to safely detox. 

IOP Program Benefits


We employ staff specializing in a wide range of modalities, allowing us to provide a more comprehensive approach. These modalities include, but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT), and Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Our highly trained staff work intensively with clients to address core issues. Every IOP session is aimed at reducing negative behaviors by addressing the emotions and thoughts that are often behind them. We work diligently and compassionately to make clients feel safe and understood.


Our flexible programming allows clients to continue to live at home, go to work or attend school, and still get the therapeutic support they need. The average intensive outpatient program lasts eight to twelve weeks and combines three group therapy sessions and one individual therapy session per week. We offer night groups and telehealth options for those with busier schedules.


Depending on the severity of the client’s case, programmatic therapy can be dramatically more cost-effective than a standard Inpatient Treatment program. We work with most private insurance providers to offset the majority of programming costs.

Insurances We Accept

Lighthouse accepts 100+ private insurance policies and offers cost-effective private-pay plans.
  • Comprehensive therapy using a range of modalities

Once you’ve committed to getting clean, find a sober program as soon as possible! (You might even find this article helpful on deciding between a sober living apartment, house, or halfway house) Use the momentum of breaking your addictive behaviors to dive into the deep behavioral therapy that’ll lead to long-term success. Every addict is different, but usually some sort of sober living program is crucial in the journey to sobriety. It acts as a stepping stone from detox but before living back in the real world. A clean and sober housing program provides consistent individual, group, and family therapy to help deal with the underlying causes of addiction. At Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas, all of our therapists are experienced in substance abuse, licensed, with a Master’s degree, and utilize a range of science-based behavioral therapies. We employ cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic interpersonal therapy (PIT), and eye movement desensitization, and reprocessing (EMDR). No single type of therapy works on every addict, so our therapists are trained to work through a variety of modalities and work with you closely to help you understand the why behind your addiction and how you can actually live free from it. 

  • Progress-based and tailored programming

Whether through a group program or a sober living facility, look for a program that is progress-based and personalized. Having and meeting milestones is key to building your confidence that you can and will continue to live a sober life. But, those milestones need to work on your schedule of sobriety progress; so the program you choose cannot have a one-size-fits-all-approach. It simply leaves too many addicts to fall through the cracks. 

  • Continued care and community

Once you’ve gathered the skills through a clean and sober housing program (like at Lighthouse Recovery) to lead a healthy, substance-free lifestyle you’ll likely return back to your “normal” home. Once you graduate from a sober living program, staying involved in the sober community and seeking continued care is crucial. Most of our graduates continue with their case manager for 6 months to a year. That extra level of support provides the encouragement and accountability needed to stay sober back at home. If you don’t choose to keep up with case management, please find another type of group therapy you can attend weekly, like Alcoholics Anonymous. Stay in touch with your fellow sober housing residents who are still clean, and remember the tips your therapist went through in family therapy to involve your family and friends in your sobriety. You must actively seek care and community even once you graduate. 

  • New habits, environment, and goals

As part of a solid sober living program, your therapists and house managers will incorporate programming around life back at home. You might have sessions on job training, avoiding triggers, navigating toxic relationships, goal setting, and/or healthy living. Remember these sessions once you’ve returned home. Part of staying clean and sober when housing alone (or in your old environment) comes through your new, healthy habits. Maintain your sober momentum of days sober and set new goals for a new amount of time sober! Set goals unrelated to sobriety but that focus on a healthy lifestyle change, like a new sport, art hobby, or work. Remember to make your environment work for you. All the therapy cannot combat a truly negative, unsupportive, and toxic roommate who wants you to fail. Ensure your environment when you return home supports you, even if that means finding a new clean and sober housing situation. Check out our article on how to prevent relapse for more on this.

Regardless of which sober living program you choose, staying sober is a lifelong commitment. At Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas, graduates of our sober living program achieve a 78% success in maintaining sobriety because of our highly qualified therapists and proven progress-based programming. Give us a confidential call to discuss if enrolling at Lighthouse Recovery is right for you, and we can give you a tour of our sober living homes.

Why Choose our Dallas IOP?


Lighthouse IOP

Standard IOP

Program Philosophy
and Structure

  • Individualized, custom-built, and holistic curriculum

  • Maximum of 8 persons per group

  • Each client is matched with a Recovery Coach who can provide support outside of clinical programming by setting goals, building engagement in outside recovery groups, and creating accountability

  • All Lighthouse Therapists are Masters-level clinicans with a wide range of experiences so we can best match client to Therapist

  • Both in-person and Teleheath attendance options available

  • Both day and night groups available

  • 24/7 access to support plus 12 months of extended support

  • Standardized programming (usually an "off-the-shelf" curriculum)

  • Up to 30 persons per group

  • No Recovery Coaching i.e. program is limited to only hours spent in group and individual therapy leaving significant "gaps" in coverage

  • Experience of Therapist varies from company to company as does the ability to "match" a client with the most applicable Theraupetic experience

  • Attendance options vary from company to company

  • Group options vary from company to company

  • Extended support varies from company to company

Additional Program Features

  • Lighthouse is in-network with the most common insurance policies and accepts 100+ policies on an Out of Network basis

  • Preferred Access to our Recovery Coaching Program

  • Robust Network i.e. psychiatrists, neurofeeback specialists, etc.

  • Beautifully designed, private office building centrally located in Dallas, TX

  • In Network benefits vary from company to company

  • No access to in-house Recovery Coaching offered

  • Referral Network for Auxiliary Services varies from company to company

  • Condition and privacy of office varies from company to company

IOP Frequently Asked Questions

What is IOP?

Intensive outpatient program (IOP) is a lower level of care on the spectrum of treatment.  It usually consists of three 3-hour group sessions a week with a licensed therapist and at least one 1-hour individual therapy session. IOP is perfect for those stepping down from a Residential or Inpatient Treatment Center, or those that are unable to commit to going away for a minimum of 30 days. IOP is often a good alternative for those with families or careers that they are unable to take too much time away from.

Is IOP right for me?

An intensive outpatient program is suitable for most people at some point in their recovery journey. Although we like to be able to help as many individuals as possible at Lighthouse, some clients require a higher level of care initially due to the severity of their addiction and are later suitable for the IOP level of care. We offer a free assessment for everyone who calls needing help with no obligation to enroll in our programs. Let one of our trained professionals help you make the determination.

How long does IOP last?

Typically, an IOP lasts 8 to 12 weeks. There are a number of factors that help determine the intensive outpatient program length, such as insurance benefits, medical necessity, and engagement.

How much does IOP cost?

Treatment can be expensive, but IOP is often on the lower end cost-wise when comparing it to Residential or Inpatient care. We’re able to work with most private insurances to help offset the cost of your treatment with us.  If for some reason your insurance doesn’t cover our program or you don’t have insurance, we can always discuss our Scholarship Self-Pay rates. Our finance team may be able to help you set up a payment plan, if you are unable to come up with the full cost upfront.

What happens if I relapse in an IOP?

As unfortunate as it may appear to be at the time, every experience can be turned into a positive lesson, if you are honest and seek immediate help. For some people, relapse is part of the process and it only has to be a negative if you don’t work to get back on track. It’s hard for some people to come to terms with being addicted to alcohol or drugs, so a relapse could be the motivation to focus harder on their recovery. If one does occur, call your support system and your program contact immediately. One mistake does not have to derail your journey to lasting recovery and happiness.

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