Pros and Cons to Your Sober Living House Being Near Your Home

The backyard of Lighthouse Recovery's sober living home in Dallas.

Location, location, location. While a sober living house is just a temporary living situation, it’s still wise to consider location. We have potential residents ask us all the time “should I enroll in sober living near me or is it better to completely remove myself from my environment?” Well, that depends. Each individual’s addiction is different, and their recovery will be just as unique. When deciding between a sober living house near you in Dallas or out of town, consider this list of pros and cons:

Pros to sober living near you

  • Easier to keep up with school or work

Many residents want a sober living house near them (or relatively nearby within the Dallas metroplex) to keep up with their schooling or work schedules. A huge perk to choosing to battle your addiction at a sober living house is the ability to continue on with “regular” life while getting sober. Most likely school and work took a hit during the worst days of your addiction, so being able to attend school or work while sober helps repair those burnt bridges.

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.
  • Closer to your case manager for post-program followup

Most residents of the Lighthouse Recovery sober living program choose to continue with their case manager for 6 months to a year post program completion. This helps aid their recovery and reentry back home, and adds accountability. If you choose a sober living house far from Dallas, it will be trickier to meet up with your case manager; however, you could always catch up on telehealth visits.

  • Able to live “in the real world” 

A huge benefit to sober living in your city is that you can frequent your normal places, and ideally remove some of the stigma and triggers associated with them. Instead of a grocery store being associated with frequent binges for alcohol, you now visit it for groceries, and dethrone the power of the alcohol section. Certainly by living close to where you used to participate in your substance abuse addiction, you will experience painful memories and maybe even tempting triggers. But you can take those home to your sober living house, and share with your community. They can give you tips and solutions to overcoming those temptations and staying true to your recovery journey.

  • A built-in nearby sober community

Most residents stay in our sober living houses for 5-8 months. That’s a long time of close community, and you’ll forge bonds unlike any others. Not only do you have the intimacy of living together, but you’re also being open and vulnerable in group therapy sessions and recreational activities together so deep bonds develop. By selecting a nearby sober living home, your fellow housemates are always a phone call or visit away; even when, and especially when, you graduate from the program.

Cons to sober living facilities near you

  • Triggering places or people

Depending on where you are in your addiction journey, being too close to people and places where you used to engage in your addiction can derail your progress. Talk with our Lighthouse Recovery team about where you’re at in your journey, and if one of our sober living houses in Dallas is right for you. All the homes are in safe, family-friendly neighborhoods and staffed with the lowest resident-to-staff ratios we’ve seen. We keep a close eye on our residents, ensuring no one falls through the cracks, and we are there to catch a potential relapse before it occurs. 

  • Questions about why you’re not living at home

Living in town but in a different house might raise questions and eyebrows about why you’re not staying at home that you’re not yet ready to answer. Some residents decide to tell their children or close knit community ahead of time to control the narrative. Whether you share the information with others or not is entirely up to you, it’s a personal decision to enter into a sober living home and a personal decision to share.

  • Easier access to your drug of choice

Having your sober house nearby your usual home means easier access to your drug of choice. You already know where, who, and how to get it. While this is a very real temptation to consider, it’s important to keep in mind that regardless of where you decide to live to get sober, you’re usually coming home to the same house. That same dealer is still in that same area. It might be beneficial to break that relationship and fight those temptations while actively in a 24/7 sober community.

There can be benefits and challenges wherever you choose to tackle your substance abuse problem. What’s important is that the moment you want help, you seek it. Feed that momentum and call a sober living home in Dallas today to get started on your journey to recovery. Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas has a nationally recognized sober living program with a 78% success rate. We offer a structured, tailored, and progress-based approach to sobriety to help you break the chains of addiction and achieve long-term success. Give us a call today to assess if Lighthouse Recovery is right for you.

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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