How Psychoeducational Groups Can Improve Your Recovery

How Psychoeducational Groups Can Improve Your RecoveryAddicts endure much of their suffering alone. The recovery process, by contrast, brings many people together as they work to put substance abuse behind them. Group therapy is a fixture of many recovery plans. The psychoeducational type of group therapy helps addicts better understand, from a general psychological perspective, how addiction operates and how treatment works.

Many different kinds of goals can be pursued in groups. Individuals can support and encourage one another’s efforts. Under the leadership of a counselor, groups may develop and practice new life skills or share sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy. In psychoeducational groups, however, the goal is simply to learn more about addiction – the problem each member of the group shares.

Learning About Addiction

The methods of a psychoeducational group resemble those of a classroom. While other kinds of groups orient themselves in a circle or horseshoe shape, the participants in this kind of group often arrange themselves in rows facing the front of the room. The group leader presents material, just as a classroom teacher does, or hosts guest lectures from experts. Videos and slideshows may be used to present material. Participants often take notes to refer to later. The leader may use group discussion to help the participants better understand the concepts presented.

Goals of Psychoeducation

This academically styled exposure to specific concepts can be used to achieve a variety of goals for different people. Addicts who are ambivalent about treatment and have not yet fully committed to recovery may be swayed when they examine the devastating consequences typical of untreated addiction. Groups of family members of addicts can gain insight into the challenges their loved ones are facing. Addicts committed to recovery can look ahead to the directions their treatment may take and model the stories of other addicts’ successful recoveries.

There are limits to what can be accomplished in psychoeducational groups. While knowledge about addiction is valuable, other kinds of group or individual therapy are needed to enable addicts to actually put concepts into practice. Psychoeducational groups should be used in conjunction with other therapies and treatment.

Psychoeducation with Other Modes

In practice, many groups function as psychoeducational groups part of the time while also fulfilling other functions for the participants in the group. A group may be brought together to help the participants become better at resolving conflicts. Part of the group time may be spent learning about resolution techniques or the physiology of anger. The same group may then shift away from the psychoeducational model as the concepts are applied and practiced as skills through role-playing.

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