A more uncommon term when it comes to treating addiction is the concept of psychoeducational programs. The details of this type of therapy may be relatively unknown, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t thoroughly useful in combating issues of substance abuse.

What You Can Gain from Psychoeducational Programs

“When going through rehab, it is likely that your treatment plan will include a few different methods to best facilitate your healing.” Psychoeducational programs can act as a mean toward this end. This therapy format involves “informative and instructional elements” and is more or less what its name suggests: an educational program that allows people to better educations the psychological aspect(s) of addiction.

You can likely easily imagine how this might come in handy when trying to work through issues of substance abuse. After all, understanding the underlying processes (both mental and physical) can make things a little easier. It can also help people to feel less overwhelmed by their experience, since they will now have more of a grasp of the ways that addictions are formed and take hold of a person. With this, they can then have more of a grasp of the ways from which recovery can be reached.

These psychoeducational programs empower their “students” and give them the best chance possible to overcome their addictions. Following these sessions, those patients are better-equipped to work through other forms of rehabilitation. So, what can this type of therapy do for you or for your loved ones if you’re considering this among all the other options? For one thing, it is most helpful to people who are having trouble accepting the reality of their addiction. Those in denial, therefore, can benefit greatly from an experience in education. Also aided by these programs are those just starting down the road to recovery who “need to learn more about the nature of addiction to ensure a more positive treatment outcome.”

If you are the family member or friend of a patient, then you may want to enroll in one of these programs for yourself. That way, you could gain a deeper understanding of how addiction functions physiologically and psychologically to avoid future, painful misunderstandings with your loved one. This can allow you to better explore the resources that exist which may be able to benefit both you and the addicted individual moving forward as you navigate the many, complicated issues of substance abuse.

The environment that is found within psychoeducational programs is one of great support and encouragement. Those within it are directed gently to a more “active participation” so that they can reap the most rewards from this experience. Those who lead groups within this format are trained to gently push everyone into participation in order to create the most productive environment possible. They are able to attend to individual needs and to work those guidelines into the way that the program functions so that it works the best for all involved.

This form of treatment has proven to be effective in the results that it produces for participants. It can also be used in tandem with other programs so that the individual gets the best care available. Finally, it’s said to be more affordable for many, given that the time is “split” (in a way) between its group members, though all are involved throughout. Contact The Bergand Group if you are looking into recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about issues of substance abuse. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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.