5 Reasons You Need a Recovery Coach With Your IOP

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As you begin to search for the right IOP program in Dallas, you’ll find not all IOPs are created equal. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), most IOP recovery programs require 9 to 20 hours of participation each week. Exceeding the minimum, at Lighthouse Recovery, our IOP includes 3 3-hour group sessions, 1 individual counseling session, and 1 meeting with a recovery coach a week. The recovery coach is one way Lighthouse Recovery goes above and beyond to provide a comprehensive approach to addiction recovery, thus leading to long-term success. So, let’s look into WHY you need a recovery coach as part of your IOP.  (Spoiler: they help dive further into behavioral health and addiction)

  • Provide logistical support 

The pro to our IOP at Lighthouse? It’s comprehensive, and thorough. The con? It’s comprehensive, which means a handful of professionals are involved! That’s why we’ve included a personal recovery coach for all our participants. The recovery coach meets with each IOP participant weekly to discuss all aspects related to the IOP behavioral health. They can link what the therapist recommends from a mental health perspective with outside recovery programs. They can help communicate short, and long-term goals with the family and other members of the recovery team like primary care doctors, school administrators, and more.

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.
  • Help prevent relapse 

At Lighthouse Recovery, we’re focused on complete long-term success through our IOP. Behavioral health requires a close look from trained therapists, and ongoing support from addiction recovery experts like our recovery coaches. They work to prevent relapse by helping set short-term and long-term goals, stemming from the therapists’ guidance. Recovery coaches are available if you need support in-between a session, or at an inconvenient time. As professionals within the field, they help connect you with the vast array of recovery support and drug rehab groups within the Dallas area. Plus, they’re one more individual meeting with you, giving our team another opportunity to notice any subtle behavior changes or signs of relapse and can help get you right back on track.

  • Available for the in-between needs

Recovery coaches are specifically trained to help Clients successfully navigate early sobriety. Each individual is different, but some come with gaps in life skills needed to participate positively in sober life. This might mean the recovery coach works on developing money management or time management skills. It might look like building resumes, and practicing job interview tactics. Teaching how to prioritize nutrition, health, and exercise is another area in which recovery coaches focus. The way your time looks with a recovery coach will vary, but it’ll be completely custom to your needs to help prevent relapse, and ensure long-term addiction recovery.

  • Individualized support 

A recovery coach is individually matched with you. Based on your alcohol or drug addiction history, rehab experiences in the past, and what we learn during the consultation process, you will be custom matched with the right recovery coach for you. You might start to view your coach as a uniquely supportive friend, someone who sees the best in you, wants the best for you, and actually helps you get there. Like the rest of your team, the recovery coach is based in Dallas so they can be physically present for you.

One of the perks of having a recovery coach through our IOP is the glimpse it gives you to the full Lighthouse Recovery Coaching program. Enrolling in our IOP gives you preferred access to the Lighthouse Recovery Coaching Program, which serves as a next step in recovery post IOP. We’ve found that for many recovering from addiction, there are gaps in the care journey, leaving families or loved ones to be the only support after someone leaves an inpatient center, IOP, or sober living house. That can put substantial pressure on the family members, who aren’t trained professionals with availability to deal with the complexity of an addict’s return home or return to sobriety. Most members of our recovery coach program continue to see their recovery coach post completion of the IOP. 

Through the IOP at Lighthouse Recovery, there’s a myriad of touchpoints each week from our staff. This allows us to become familiar with concerning behavioral health patterns within the IOP, and work through them with each individual. Our holistic approach to IOP uses science-based methods, multiple recovery professionals, small group sizes, and a personal recovery coach for each Client which helps lead to long-term success. Give us a call today to decide if the IOP is right for you:  (214) 396-0259.

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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