More Ways to Support your child during the IOP program

In our previous article, How can I support my child during the IOP program?, we discussed ways that parents can be an essential part of the support system for their children. In this article, we offer additional ways you can provide that support to your child.

Implement Supportive Strategies at Home

Work with your loved one to implement supportive strategies at home that complement their IOP treatment. For example, create a structured daily routine, practice relaxation techniques together, and set realistic goals for progress. Use the worksheets and exposure plans in the parent binder. Collaborate with their therapists to reinforce skills learned in therapy and provide consistent support outside of the treatment setting. IOP is most successful when supported at home.

Encourage Self-Care

IOP programs ARE intense! It can be easy to lose track of self care between all of the other aspects of treatment that you are balancing. Self care is important for you as a caregiver AND for your loved one. Encourage your loved one to prioritize self-care activities that promote relaxation, stress reduction, and overall well-being. This may include engaging in hobbies they enjoy, spending time with supportive friends and family members, and practicing mindfulness or meditation. Care giving and being a support person can be draining. Model healthy self-care habits yourself and emphasize the importance of maintaining balance in all areas of life.

Be Patient and Supportive

Recovery from OCD, anxiety, or trauma is a journey, and progress may not always be linear. Be patient with your loved one and celebrate even the smallest victories along the way. Offer encouragement, support, and reassurance, while also respecting their autonomy and individual pace of progress. Reassure them of your confidence in them and in the program, that they can and will find healing.

Take Advantage of Continued Support

Even after completing an IOP program, ongoing treatment and support are often necessary for long-term recovery. Continue to monitor therapies, medications, and behavioral changes. Participate in our graduate programs for continued support. Stay involved in their treatment journey and be proactive in addressing any challenges or concerns that arise.

Final Thoughts

As parents and caregivers, your support and involvement are invaluable assets in your teen or young adult’s journey toward recovery from OCD, anxiety, or trauma. By educating yourself, fostering open communication, actively participating in treatment, implementing supportive strategies, encouraging self-care, being patient and supportive, and advocating for continued support, you can play a vital role in their success.

Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. We are here to support you and your loved one every step of the way. Together, we can work towards a brighter, healthier future.