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Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient Program

The Beacon Intensive Outpatient Program

The Beacon at Lighthouse Behavioral Health Hospital is a substance use disorder and mental health program that utilizes coping skills, mindfulness skills, cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, relapse prevention skills, stress management, emotional regulation and wellness education to serve clients 18 and older in Horry, South Carolina, and surrounding counties.


Lighthouse Behavioral Health Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program

Adult Outpatient Treatment

Our intensive outpatient program includes a mix of traditional and alternative therapies and treatments such as:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy skills
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy skills
  • Healthy life skills
  • Mindfulness skills
  • Emotional regulation
  • Stress management
  • Tolerating distress
  • Disorders education
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Relapse prevention skills

Our Staff

The Beacon is run by our well-respected addiction counselor Kathy Buhl, MS, LAC, who has over 32 years of experience working with individuals who face addiction struggles. Our staff understands that the road to recovery requires a special level of treatment due to the challenges of addiction. Clients will work together with their clinician to develop and complete a treatment plan that addresses their individual treatment goals and needs.

What is an IOP?

An intensive outpatient program is a part-time day, afternoon or evening program that provides many of the same treatments and therapies as residential treatment but with the added benefit of being more flexible.

We have extended our IOP hours to be Monday-Friday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and still have the evening hours 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This accommodation has been made to help patients that miss a scheduled group due to work or another event, this gives them the opportunity to make up their session. Participants are required to attend a minimum of 3 sessions a week. Substance Use Disorder patients will be encouraged to attend Alcoholics Anonymous® and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. 12-step meetings will be offered in the evenings.

Transportation within 20 miles of the outpatient program is also available upon request. The Beacon accepts Medicare, TRICARE®, Blue Cross Blue Shield and most other commercial insurances.

Program Features

  • The ability to maintain some of your work, school and family schedules
  • Weekly medication evaluation and management by a board-certified psychiatrist.
  • Aftercare planning services for continued support.
  • Affordable transportation options available upon request.

Help is just a call away. Admissions staff are available 24/7 at 843-347-8871 to answer any questions and schedule a no-cost assessment.

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