7 Signs You Might Need To Look Into an IOP

Individuals suffering the neverending power of an addiction might ignore or be unaware of the need for outside help. Seeking professional help is not a sign you’ve failed; it’s a sign you’re strong enough to confront the beast of addiction, and want to break free of it. There are various levels of care for an addiction – including inpatient stays, drug rehab centers, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs), and more.  At Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas, our IOP program is an intensive level of care for drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and more – we’ll help you determine if it’s right for you.

While not complete, here’s a list of seven reasons you or a loved one should look into an IOP program:

  • Relapse after an inpatient stay or unable to quit on your own

Breaking free from addiction is incredibly hard work. It’s complicated, it can be a rollercoaster, and there’s emotional and physical effects of stopping your addictive behaviors. One way you know an IOP program is right for you or a loved one is if they’ve tried to quit on their own, but were unable to sustain it.  Or, perhaps they enrolled in an inpatient stay, but relapsed after being back home. Oftentimes, breaking addiction requires weeks of intensive therapy to address the underlying causes. Simply participating in an inpatient detox isn’t enough to truly break free and address the inward reasons behind addiction.

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.
  • Physical manifestations of your addiction 

With drug or alcohol addiction, an individual may experience blackouts or periods of unconsciousness. If you or a loved one have foggy memories, can’t account for chunks of time, or are unable to remember events they attended, it is likely a blackout and a sign professional care is needed. Random bruises or injuries that seemingly appear out of nowhere are another indication you or a friend need professional intervention. Stay aware of your friends and loved ones, it’s not uncommon for an outsider to first notice an addict’s need to enter a drug rehab center or an IOP program.

  • Professional complications

Battling an addiction with drugs or alcohol can have devastating effects on one’s employment. Many jobs have a low tolerance for showing up late or missing work (baring a crisis) and it’s not likely they’ll liken the tardiness and truancy with an addiction that needs help. For other jobs, an addiction might interfere with deadlines or cause  poor performance in presentations. If and when you notice any of these signs, please seek help before you’re fired. Our IOP program is a great option for those needing intensive care for their addiction, but who are unable to step away from their careers. We have sessions in the evenings and after work, and can accommodate you. 

  • Interfering with home life

Along with interfering with a job, an addiction can greatly affect your home life. Times when you’re craving, but unable to fulfill your addiction can lead to emotional outbursts toward your loved ones. You might forget or miss important events in your children’s lives. People near to you might label you “unreliable” or a “rollercoaster”. What they might not know is you need help. If you recognize any of these signs, please give Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas a call. We can help discuss if our IOP program is right for you.

  • Guilt, shame, hiding your addiction from others

A sure sign something has a hold on you is if you’re hiding it from others or carrying guilt or shame about it. No addiction is too small to deal with if it’s causing these feelings, and we want to help you break free. Unlike other drug rehabs in Dallas, at Lighthouse Recovery we use evidence-based practices to help Clients address the underlying causes of addiction to lead to long-term success.

  • Worry

Is there a small feeling in the back of your mind that what you’re doing is damaging you? Does it cross your mind the harm your addiction is causing you or loved ones? Has someone – a close or distant friend – mentioned they’re worried about you? These are signs you might need professional help to confront the patterns of addiction in your life.

  • Your addiction is your main priority

How often are you thinking about your addiction? Does it drive your day? Thoughts like when can you do it, how can you get away with it, how will you pay for it can be all-consuming for an addict. An addict might miss important or scheduled events in order to privately feed their addiction. You might need to enroll in an IOP program if your addiction is your main priority.

Whether you or a loved one is experiencing one or more of these warning signs, any suspicion you have that intensive care is needed to break an addiction warrants a phone call. Our team at Lighthouse Recovery is available for a free, completely confidential assessment. We can help determine if an Intensive Outpatient Program or an inpatient stay is better for you.  Don’t delay, your wellbeing matters and the sooner you begin your journey to recovery, the better.

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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