How To Get the Most Out of Your Outpatient Program

Recovery Coach in Dallas, TX.

You’ve decided to sign up for a supportive outpatient program to deal with your addiction. Congrats! By taking the step to invest in battling your addiction, you’re showing your commitment and desire to really break the chains of addiction. With many IOP recovery programs or drug rehab centers in Dallas, the programs will emphasize how much work YOU need to put in. Undoubtedly, you are key to long-term success and freedom. 

But Lighthouse Recovery uses science-based methods, small group sizes, and Masters-level licensed therapists to ensure we are doing just as much work as you to ensure your long-term success.

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.

Let’s investigate a few ways you can make the most, and feel supported, out of your outpatient program:

  •    Show up

Simple enough, right? According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), most IOP recovery programs require 9 to 20 hours of participation each week. At Lighthouse, our IOP has 3 group sessions (of 3 hours each), 1 individual therapy session, and 1 meeting with your recovery coach per week. We use comprehensive, science-backed methods in our therapy and our program requirements which should lead to long-term success. Your job is to show up. No excuses, no late arrivals, you show up. 

  •       Prioritize

Taking “show up” a step farther, to reap the benefits of a supportive outpatient program like at Lighthouse Recovery, prioritize it. Make it an immovable block of time that cannot be scheduled over or missed. Plan for traffic within that chunk of time as well. Most IOP recovery programs last 8 to 12 weeks, so prioritize being in town for the duration of the program. If you must leave town during the program, talk to your Lighthouse Recovery team about tuning in virtually so no momentum is lost.

  •       Do the work

Part of your supportive IOP will be group and individual therapy sessions. Each Client is unique, and each therapist caters their recovery suggestions to that individual. Your therapist will undoubtedly provide you with concrete ideas to aid your recovery; those may include hard conversations to be had, new hobbies to replace addictive ones, or other ideas. This “homework” is part of your recovery. Commit to doing the hard work outside of therapy, and you’ll greatly aid your long-term success.

  •       Connect with the community

If your time allows, try showing up early or staying late after IOP therapy sessions. Your peers in your small group sessions know better than your closest friends and family the struggle, the challenge, and the joy it can be to recover from a gripping addiction. Another pro to connecting with your IOP community comes through the accountability. These are men and women who want to break free of addiction as much as you, and can help provide that sound voice of reason if you struggle. They can help give personal anecdotes of how they balanced staying true to their recovery journey with their old life. Make yourself available to the people who WANT to see you succeed, like those undergoing an IOP as well. 

  •   Involve friends and family

It can be vulnerable admitting to loved ones you need a supportive outpatient program to break free of addiction. However, involving them in your recovery adds accountability, encouragement, and support. Let them know golf sounds better than a sports bar. That going on a walk is more productive to your recovery journey than staying in the house all weekend. Conversely, does your home environment hinder your recovery? Talk to your team about ways to address triggers at home with your loved ones. We can identify the underlying causes of addiction to lead to full, lasting recovery and mitigate triggers that lead to relapse.

  •   Set short-term goals and say them aloud

Setting short-term goals help propel you forward in the big goal of long-term recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Decide on a few realistic short-term goals with your lighthouse team and say them aloud to your loved ones. Let your family in on the goal process so they can encourage you and keep you accountable. Write your goals on a Post-it and tape it to your steering wheel and your bathroom mirror. Be reminded of your little goals, knowing that you CAN do the hard work of addiction recovery.

  •   Celebrate your recovery

Once you achieve those short-term goals, celebrate! Grab a cookie cake, treat yourself to a flower bouquet or go on a celebratory dinner to boast that you’re on your way to alcohol or drug recovery. Maybe whiteboard the number of days sober on your mirror to show your hard effort toward recovery.  Take special note of sobriety milestones – one week, one month, 50 days – and celebrate them! At Lighthouse Recovery, we offer a special graduation upon completion of the program.

Deciding to enroll in an IOP shows you’re committed to breaking free from your addiction. You’ll be able to live at home, maintain some normalcy, while doing an incredible amount of work addressing the underlying causes of addiction, working with a recovery coach to prevent relapse, and hopefully see long-term recovery like many of our Clients. There’s no better time to enroll than now, so please give us a call to discuss if our IOP is right for you. You’re worth it!

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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