A psychoeducational program is a form of group therapy designed to educate clients and provide information on substance abuse and its behavioral, physical, and psychological consequences. Psychoeducational groups can be found in inpatient, outpatient, aftercare, and community-oriented group settings. The goal of these groups is to improve a client’s quality of life by focusing on practical life skills, and in so doing improve their functioning on a personal and social level. The members of particular psychoeducational groups will also all have received the same psychological diagnosis, enabling them to empathize and better relate to one another through shared experiences.

How Does Psychoeducational Group Therapy Work?

A psychoeducational group works within a structured program and presents informational content in the form of a lecture, a video, or an audio presentation. A typical session will begin with the facilitator introducing the theme and then providing written materials or other media to illustrate and provide information on the topic to be discussed. Topics introduced usually have a connection to the participants’ lives and experiences and focus on subjects like self-awareness, personal growth, dealing with change, and the recovery processes. In the second half of a group session, participants are encouraged to ask questions and engage in group discussion. They are particularly encouraged to share any life experiences that relate to the area under discussion.

Effectiveness of Psychoeducational Programs

Psychoeducational groups have been proven to be especially effective in treating addictive disorders. Studies have shown that group therapy and psychoeducational programs that deal with relapse prevention specifically are effective for a variety of clients with a range of diagnoses. They produce positive outcomes and improve well-being and functioning for patients in substance abuse treatment. Participants in the group therapy settings are also able to learn coping strategies through peer interactions enabled by discussions and participation within the group structure. Group participants share similar struggles and are all working toward the same goal and in this way are enabled to be open about their addiction journey and not be inhibited by fear of being judged. This outcome is especially useful as a significant component of recovery is the ability to understand and relate to others. The sense of belonging and togetherness that a participant experiences for the first time amongst a group of fellow recovering addicts is also of invaluable benefit to their individual recovery.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.