12-step meetings are another crucial tool to gaining and maintaining sobriety. Daily or regular meeting attendance is highly recommended for anyone new to the program or going through a difficult time.
IOP provides individualized attention and guidance to group members, whereas in a 12-step meeting the individual is less of a focus to the group. It is much more difficult to get lost or disappear into a crowd in IOP than it is in a meeting.
An individual can get the attention and help necessary in a meeting, however in IOP groups the leaders and counselors are typically highly educated in the field of addiction and mental health. If someone wants to go unnoticed, the task is more easily managed with meetings.
In IOP however, there is a higher level of accountability. Learn more about the differences between IOP and fellowship meetings in your first year of sobriety.