Why Give Yourself a Second Chance at Sober Living if You’ve Relapsed Before?

If you’ve relapsed after a sober living program or an inpatient rehab before, you might ask yourself if you even deserve a second chance. Sober living didn’t work for you before, why would it be any different now? The short answer is: not every program is created equally.  And, even something as unfortunate as a relapse can be used as a powerful lesson to power your drive and commitment to sobriety to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Our tailored team at Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas is here to help you stay sober and give you a second chance (or third or fourth!) even if you have relapsed before.

Here’s a few reasons why you deserve a second chance at sober living through Lighthouse Recovery:

  • Not every sober living program is the same

It’s the truth. At Lighthouse Recovery, we are a nationally recognized sober living program with a 78% success rate in maintaining sobriety for those graduating our program. Some key features of our uniquely success program that helps prevent relapse include:

  • Progress-based program which is hyper-personalized. We set individual goals and milestones for each resident so there are always chances to build confidence and control back within a timeframe that works for the individual.
  • Small 3:1 resident-to-staff ratios (instead of 10:1 like some programs) allows us to know, see, and understand each resident.
  • Specific programming on relapse prevention
  • Licensed, experienced therapists with Master’s degrees who dig into the underlying causes of your addiction, not who only deal with the symptoms and effects of it.
  • A range of science-based modalities to combat addiction, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic interpersonal therapy (PIT), and eye movement desensitization, and reprocessing (EMDR).
  • Option to continue on with your personal case manager after graduation. Many of our graduates wisely choose to continue with case management for 6 months to one year after graduation. This continuum of care helps prevent relapse and maintain accountability.

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.
  • You are different now

You are a different person, at a different point in your sober journey, than you were before you relapsed – even if it was just weeks ago.  You deserve a second chance. Sober living in a successful, science-based program that’s completely tailored to you, and where you are in your journey, is the next step to staying sober for the long-term. Maybe your relapse (or relapses) are the fuel to motivate you to commit to this program. A relapse only has to be a negative thing if you don’t use it to push you further and commit more seriously. The only failure would be to give up on yourself and your chance of staying sober.

  • Your family and friends

Unfortunately, you are not the only person affected by your addiction. Your family and friends are too. Maybe you’ve missed or forgotten important milestones. Maybe you’ve let them down or disappointed them, even if you believe one of those disappointments was your relapse. Our sober living program includes family sessions, and working to unify and rebuild those family relationships. Your family can be your ally when you graduate from a sober living program, and with the right sober living family therapy, can work to keep you accountable and prevent relapse. You deserve a second chance at sober living so you can be there for your friends and family once you’re sober.

  • Your future

Your past might be riddled with painful, addictive memories. But, getting sober is key to unlocking a fulfilling, hopeful future. Your future deserves a second chance. Sober living through Lighthouse Recovery can give that to you if you commit to our program. Why not make a list of activities and feelings you look forward to experiencing when sober? That can help motivate you to enroll in our program.

  • Yourself

Your body and mind deserve a second chance. Both drug and alcohol substance abuse can cause negative physiological effects, and you deserve a life without jitters, nausea, heart problems, liver issues, an increased risk of cancer, and more. Mentally, extended drug use can change the way some of your brain circuits work, altering your view of pleasure, ability to control stress, and more. You deserve a life where your body and mind are treated well.

If you’re looking for a proven, science-based sober living program after relapse, Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas is here for you. Give us a call today to confidentially discuss if our program 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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