Psychoeducation is a general term for educating people with addiction, mental illness or other disorders on their condition, ways to manage it and practices for living a healthy life in recovery. Our clinicians provide psychoeducation to clients and their families that targets their specific treatment issues.
What Does Psychoeducation Include?
Psychoeducation is tailored to the needs of each client and their issues, whether that is substance abuse, trauma, eating disorders or other mental health conditions. It can take place in both individual and group therapy. Psychoeducational therapy varies by treatment program, but may include:
Education about a client’s condition – Clients learn about the science behind their illness. This may include how addiction and other destructive behaviors affect the brain and body. Education about mental illness and addiction may include the ways neurotransmitters and other biological components impact the condition. Understanding the physiological, genetic and environmental contributors to their disease can help clients have greater compassion for themselves and others.
Information on support resources – Psychoeducation may also explore available groups that help prevent relapse and provide critical support in recovery. These may include mutual aid groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step groups as well as alternatives to the 12 Steps like Refuge Recovery and SMART Recovery. Support resources may also include groups led by mental health professionals that address specific issues like trauma.
Medication information – Clients who are prescribed medication for mental health or substance abuse will be educated on their medication so they can properly adhere to it when they leave treatment (with the oversight of a medical professional). Medication topics in psychoeducational therapy may include dosage, potential side effects, and appropriate times and ways to take medication.
Healthy self-care practices – Psychoeducation may also include education on ways clients can improve their condition and overall well-being through healthy self-care activities like exercise and good nutrition.
To learn more about Psychoeducational Therapy, call 844-876-5568