Sober Living in Dallas: Resource Guide

If you’re ready to truly tackle your addiction to alcohol or drugs, the sober living homes we offer at Lighthouse Recovery are right for you. With the lowest client-to-staff ratios of any sober living homes we’ve seen, we offer truly tailored, hands-on, and effective solutions to tackle sobriety.  

In this Sober Living Guide for the DFW area, we’ll get into who, what, when, where, and why for sober living through some frequently asked questions.

  • What is a sober living house?

A sober living house is a structured, supervised community home designed to aid addicts in early sobriety, leading to independence and successful sobriety once residents return home. There are a variety of types, sizes, and programming across sober living homes.

  • Who can live in a sober living house?

Generally, most homes allow individuals from 17 (with parental consent) years old and older. Some homes allow both women and men; however, Lighthouse Recovery currently only enrolls men in our sober living program. 

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.
  • When should I look into sober living homes?

Now! If you are researching sober living homes, and looking into ways to fight your addiction, give us a call. We can help assess when the right time is to enroll in a sober living program, and if it’s right for you. Most homes are designed to aid in early sobriety. The program usually requires a 90-day commitment, and the length of stay is determined by your success and needs. On average, most residents stay 5-8 months in one of our sober living houses.

  • Where are Lighthouse Recovery’s sober living houses?

As the leading provider of sober living homes in Dallas, we operate four beautiful homes in northwest Dallas, west of Preston Hollow. This is a beautiful, safe, family-friendly neighborhood with nearby parks, restaurants, and other amenities. 

  • Why should I choose Lighthouse Recovery’s sober living program over another in Dallas?

We could go on, and on. Our homes are beautiful, modern, and comfortable. Check them out for yourself! We operate the smallest resident-to-staff ratio we’ve seen at just 3 residents for every 1 staff member. Read this article for more on why to choose Lighthouse Recovery. [LINK]

  • How do sober living homes work?

Every sober living program operates a little differently. At Lighthouse Recovery, when you enter our Dallas-based sober living program, you are signing up to live at one of our staffed sober houses for a minimum of 90 days. We keep small ratios, with just 8 residents per house, and create a welcoming environment that makes our residents want to live there. The goal of these houses is to aid you on your journey to recovery, providing a close-knit community of support and programming. Many residents continue their typical schooling or jobs while living in a sober living house. There is required programming weekly: a meeting with your specific Case Manager, a family therapy session (if needed), an individual clinical therapy session, in-house programming (covering a range of topics from relapse prevention to healthy living), and bi-monthly recreational activities. We also offer randomized drug and alcohol screening and medical supervision included with our programming.

And a few other frequently asked questions:

  • Are sober living houses licensed?

They are not licensed; however, when comparing Lighthouse Recovery with other sober living houses, you’ll see the breadth of services we offer and accreditations we carry. Our clinical office is Joint Commission accredited and we carry a state license for the clinical program.

  • How much does a sober living house cost?

The cost will vary depending on how long you stay. We would love to set up a consultation call to discuss price ranges, and help you learn more about our sober living program. For most everyone, sober living is an invaluable step to invest in yourself in early sobriety to break the chains of addiction.

  • Are sober living homes covered by insurance?

No, the sober living homes are private pay only. But, we do accept insurance for the clinical sessions. We know it is an investment to choose to live in a sober living home, but an investment that pays off exponentially for a future of sobriety. Over 78% of our residents who complete the sober living program maintain sobriety.

Thank you for checking out this Sober Living in Dallas Resource Guide. We hope we’ve answered all of your questions; if not, please give us a call, visit our website and chat with us, or send us an email. We look forward to housing you, and helping you get back on the road to recovery through 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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