Wherever and whenever we can, we like to have our IOP patients participate in groups. We feel this is a great way to promote one addiction sufferer being of service to another addiction sufferer.
In a group setting, patients get several benefits. First, they learn that they are not alone in their addiction diseases. They also get to see the progress of other people, which often serves as inspiration for them to keep fighting the good fight.
Second, patients get an opportunity to develop relationships with people whom they have something important in common with. It's normal for IOP peers to serve as support resources for each other outside of the treatment facility.
Finally, patients get a chance to learn about the importance of communicating their thoughts and feelings. We promote an accepting environment where peers are non-judgmental. That opens the door to better communication between patients and teaches them that what they think and feel matters.