Research has shown the individuals whose families are involved in treatment have a better outcome and a higher success rate. Thus, many IOP programs strive to incorporate the patient’s immediate family and key friends into the process. This not only creates a support structure for the individual undergoing treatment, but also serves to educate the family members of the patient in the condition and the goals of treatment. That creates a supportive feedback loop and everyone involved benefits.
Some IOP programs incorporate family and friends during individual family sessions that are held throughout the week while group sessions are taking place. Other IOP programs will offer group family educational sessions that are less targeted to an individual patient’s particular case, and more targeted towards general education of the typical treatment methods, and ways people can offer support for their loved ones.
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