Dallas Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Holistic and evidence-based approaches.


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.

Intensive Outpatient Program Dallas

At Lighthouse Recovery, we believe that any intensive outpatient program that doesn’t move a client towards not only sobriety, but also self-sufficiency, is incomplete. That is why we focus on returning our client’s lives to a place of normality through recovery and life-skills. This philosophy allows us to look outside the traditional programming and start to address the individual needs of each client that comes to us. Our IOP approach is tailored to assess the needs of the client and then build a program that supports them moving forward.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program in Dallas utilizes the most effective evidence based practices, as well as supplemental services which allow us to treat individuals, individually. Our tailored approach takes a deep look into the individual’s history and needs to create a program to support them in their journey to lasting recovery and happiness. We believe that addressing the underlying issues, rather than trying to treat the symptoms of addiction or alcoholism, will lead to more positive experiences and outcomes in those we serve.

• Group Sessions (3 times a week with 3 hours per session)
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Experiential Therapies
• Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT)
• Life Skills Training
• Mindfulness
• Urinalysis and Breathalyzer Testing
• Relapse Prevention
• Chemical Dependency Education

Individual Therapy

At Lighthouse’s Clinical Services building we offer individual therapy as part of the Dallas Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or on its own. All of our therapists are licensed, master-level clinicians and are compassionate and understanding to the needs of all of our clients. They are training in a wide variety of therapies and are able to address most issues that come up. Working with an individual therapist is one of the ways to start addressing and healing the underlying issues around addiction.

Individual Therapy is an integral part of one’s recovery process, no matter which personal recovery path you choose. Individual therapy is one of the quickest ways to get to core issues underlying the addiction and to start healing them. The client is the focus of an individual session, so they feel heard, understood and important. Our highly trained therapists will work intensively with our clients to address the issues that matter most. Every session is aimed at reducing negative behaviors by addressing the emotions and thoughts that are often behind them.

• Mindfulness
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Experiential Therapies
• Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy (PIT)

Family Therapy

At Lighthouse Recovery’s Intensive Outpatient Program, we offer family therapy, multi-family counseling groups, and a range of services for those with a loved one struggling with issues across the addiction spectrum. Our specialists work with you to identify family patterns that both evolve from and perpetuate substance abuse so those important relationships can be repaired and integrity restored. Our therapists have experience working with families confronting other major life stressors, including parenting issues, mental health challenges, trauma, divorce and loss. We help families identify and define current struggles as well as repair past hurts and hardships.

• Family-specific individual and group programming
• Balance of clinical work with real-world applications
• Convenient, flexible scheduling
• Variety of innovative therapeutic techniques

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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