Approximately one in seven Americans will struggle with a substance abuse addiction at some point in their lives. Addiction is a serious condition, and without proper help, it can tear apart a person’s life. Lately, psychoeducational programs have become a popular form of treatment for all types of drug and alcohol addiction in order to help educate and support those in need.

What is Psychoeducation?

Psychoeducation is a therapeutic intervention approach that looks to spur change by educating people on the reality of addictive habits. This practice is evidence-based and is often combined with medication management.

What to Expect From Psychoeducational Programs

Psychoeducational programs are often group-based. Individuals suffering from similar addictions come together to learn about their condition and to start a discussion. The discussion typically highlights the negative psychological, behavioral, and medical outcomes of addiction. Participants apply their learnings to their personal experiences and may choose to share with each other to open up and offer support.

How Psychoeducational Programs Help

There has been extensive research on the benefits of psychoeducational programs. The groups help in both the recovery process and relapse prevention:

Recovery

Psychoeducational programs are effective in people battling varying types of addictions. The group setting allows patients to feel supported. Individuals feel hopeful when they see others successfully moving through their recovery journeys. Lastly, receiving extensive education on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse can help individuals want a better life for themselves. Studies show that patients that participated in group psychoeducation programs showed an increased motivation for change.

Relapse

Participants of psychoeducational programs typically see an improvement in their psychological health, which allows them to withstand temptation more easily. Additionally, they learn how to shield themselves against the possibility of relapse. Psychoeducational programs teach participants how to recognize the signs of relapse, how to cope with triggers, and how to manage relapse temptations. This gives patients the tools they need to reduce the risk of relapse. Without this education, patients may put themselves in vulnerable situations. For example, they may associate with toxic relationships or visit triggering places, without understanding the possible consequences these actions can have on their recovery.

Research indicates that one of the best strategies to reduce the risk of relapse is relapse education programs.

Enroll in Psychoeducational Programs with The Bergand Group

The Bergand Group offers a variety of psychoeducational programs for patients, both outpatient and inpatient, and group or individual. All patients receive top-of-the-line medical care and treatment from qualified medical staff in a comfortable facility environment. Enroll today to begin the journey to recovery.

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.