The Ultimate Dallas IOP Resource Guide

Intensive Outpatient Program in Dallas, TX.

For the next step in a recovery journey, our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at Lighthouse Recovery in Dallas, Texas is here for you or your loved one.  Before we jump into our complete IOP guide, it’s important to know each Client may be individually consulted to ensure they’re a right fit for an IOP. We want you or your loved one to achieve long-term success against their addiction! Some individuals need an inpatient stay first, but usually an intensive outpatient program is a crucial step on their journey back to wellness. 

Now, let’s review some frequently asked questions – and get into the who, what, when, where, and why of an IOP

  • What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)? 

An IOP is often called an outpatient rehab program. It’s a lower level type of treatment for addiction, mental health, and more – often the next step after an individual completes an inpatient or residential rehab. An IOP is also a solid choice for those individuals unable to completely step away from their job or family into a 30-day residential treatment center, yet need intensive therapy to help overcome their addiction or confront their mental health disorder(s).

Lighthouse Recovery offers a unique, individualized approach to our IOP.  Most programs include 4 therapy sessions a week (3 groups, and at least 1 individual) which can be customized to the individual or family. All of our therapists are licensed Masters-level professionals who know how to treat not just addiction, but the underlying causes.  We keep our group sessions small to maximize your experience.

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.
  • Who can participate in an IOP?

All individuals looking to fight their addiction and achieve long-term success are welcome at Lighthouse Recovery. We treat men and women over age 17 (with parental consent) dealing with alcohol addiction, opioid, synthetic and other drug addictions. We’re located in a modern, discrete building near the Galleria in Dallas, but we offer telehealth services as well.

  • When does someone enroll in an IOP? How long does an IOP last?

Oftentimes, an IOP follows a 30-day inpatient or residential treatment center.  Other times, individuals who cannot commit to 30 days away from their home or careers participate in an IOP.  An IOP is always a choice when you or a loved one is ready to focus on fighting addiction or mental health disorders as well as the underlying causes.  Lighthouse Recovery follows evidence-based methods that lead to long-term success. 

Every situation is unique, but most Intensive Outpatient Programs last 8 to 12 weeks. Lighthouse Recovery therapists will work with individuals and families to ensure proper timing for long-term success through IOP recovery.  Whether you’re looking for an individualized drug rehab center, thorough Masters-levels therapists, or a full individual-family approach to alcohol or drug rehab, Lighthouse Recovery is right for you or your loved one.

  • Where is Lighthouse Recovery’s IOP located?

We have a modern, private building in downtown Dallas by the Galleria where we facilitate therapy sessions as part of the Intensive Outpatient Program. We also offer IOP telehealth services from the comfort of your home.  One step into our facilities or one meeting with our caring therapists, and you’ll realize we are unlike any other drug rehab in Dallas.

  • Why should I look into an IOP?

We know drug and alcohol addiction can have a strong grasp on you or your loved one; however, remember that by investing a few months into your full recovery journey, you’re investing in the rest of your life. It’s time to take it back, and the IOP at Lighthouse Recovery is the best place for you to do that.  Our team addresses the central issues that prevent long-term recovery, and use evidence-based methods to ensure long-term success.  

  • Does insurance cover an IOP?

Every insurance plan carries different levels of coverage, but most plans partially cover the Intensive Outpatient Program. Plus, at Lighthouse Recovery we accept most insurance plans. Some families let the cost deter them from participating in an IOP, but it’s vital to remember that you or your loved one’s freedom from addiction and the devastating effects is worth the investment. 

Give our team at Lighthouse Recovery a call if you’re curious about how we approach mental health disorders, alcohol and drug rehab. We’re not like most rehab centers in Dallas – check out our glowing Google and Facebook reviews for real-life testimonials from families and individuals who’ve seen life-changing success through our programs.  You’re worth it! A call to learn if our IOP is right for you is confidential and completely free.

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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