Does My OCD Need Professional Help?

For those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), hearing others talk about how “obsessed” or “OCD” they are seems like it’s minimizing this true mental health disorder.  OCD is a diagnosable, mental health disorder; it’s not a preference toward orderliness you can turn on or off. While certainly many non-OCD people experience a strong feeling of anxiety around a topic, or might participate in a compulsion (thinking of you, sports fan who wears the same jersey every game without washing it), the defining aspect of OCD is excessiveness, feelings that take over and interfere with everyday life.

Here are a few ways to know if you or a loved one’s OCD needs the professional help of an OCD intensive outpatient program, like at Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas.

  • All consuming 

For some with OCD, the obsessions (uncontrolled, recurring thoughts interfering with your day) and compulsions (thoughts or behaviors someone with OCD uses to make the negative feelings of the obsession go away or be minimized) can be all-consuming. They may be unable to escape their obsessive thoughts, and play out or replay scenarios where something bad could happen. The compulsions may be extremely time-consuming, as a myriad of steps might need to be taken in an exact order, otherwise the process needs to begin again. Some with OCD feel an intense need to control outcomes, like ensuring they give their partner a vitamin at the exact same time each day, with the exact number of fruits and vegetables needed, otherwise the partner will die. It can be incredibly crippling and daunting living with OCD, and our team at Lighthouse Recovery wants to help.

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.
  • Interferes with daily work

As with many mental health disorders, OCD presents differently with each individual. Some suffering from OCD may have a washing and cleaning compulsion; this may look like a meticulous disinfection of a work area every hour or it may be something like extreme measures taken in the bathroom to avoid any contamination. If a person is undiagnosed, a boss may look at the extra bathroom time as lazy or the methodical work station cleaning as procrastinating. Once you have a diagnosis, your employer can better understand what you need to perform your job well and accommodate your disorder.

  • Interferes with typical outings

Some with OCD may have mental obsessions relating to avoiding harm or “bad things”; their fears may be extremely exaggerated. This can impact their daily life in a few ways – maybe they just decide to avoid a niece’s birthday party because the mental review of all the contamination points at a party, with all the unknowns, is too much. Or maybe they keep replaying all the potential conversations they’ll have, wanting to make sure each response is exactly 14 words. Or, will they be able to walk out in the exact order as they walked in? These obsessions ultimately seem too taxing, and the individual with OCD decides to avoid the trigger all together. When you notice your thoughts and feelings are stopping you (or a loved one) from participating in activities or events you normally enjoy, it’s time to call Lighthouse Recovery and ask about our Dallas-based IOP.

  • You want to better control it

How do you know if your OCD needs professional help? If YOU want to better control it. If you are tired of the obsessive voices shouting in your head, if you’re ready to confront the repetitive behaviors you have to do before walking out the door, we are here for you. All of the therapists at Lighthouse Recovery are licensed, with a Master’s degree. They implement a range of science-backed cognitive behavioral therapies to truly help you work through OCD.

Again, some individuals might have moments when they participate in a regulated series of organized steps in a high-stress situation, but the differentiating factor is for someone with OCD, these moments happen often – not just before a big work deadline, or a championship game. If you’re experiencing unwanted compulsions and want to put in the work to control your OCD, please give us a call. Our OCD intensive outpatient program focuses on cognitive behavior therapy, which the International OCD Foundation states is the most effective treatment (along with medication).

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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