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What is Psychoeducational Therapy?

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Psychoeducational therapy has become a very effective form of psychotherapy to treat mental health disorders. While it has gone by several names in the past, it combines elements of education, group therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy so that clients and their families understand mental health disorders and work together to improve treatment.

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How Psychoeducational Therapy Works

Psychoeducational therapy for addiction has proven more effective than other traditional therapy forms because of the educational element. It gets its name because education is heavily linked to all aspects of treatment.

Psychoeducational therapy provides clients with accurate information about their conditions, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and addiction. It also puts clients in a position to make informed decisions about their care. This goes beyond the decisions applicable to a treatment plan with an inpatient program and extends to making active decisions about aftercare and medication management long after therapy is over.

Understanding Addiction or Mental Health Disorders

Many people seeking treatment for addiction or co-occurring mental health disorders know little about how their conditions work. People who don’t understand how therapy works or what symptoms are associated with a mental health disorder are more likely to relapse. Plenty of people are afraid of getting help because they don’t know what to expect, and the unknown is more terrifying than anything else. 

It is common for clients to hesitate when it comes to detox treatment, especially because they are worried about managing symptoms and what they might expect during the process. Clients might hesitate to take medication, especially during the rest of their treatment, because they don’t know what positive or negative side effects they might face.

With psychoeducational therapy for addiction, everyone is given insight into:

  • How a condition like addiction or depression works
  • What to expect during detox based on personal history of addiction
  • What positive or negative effects might come from medication
  • What to expect in therapy sessions

Adherence to Therapy

This education not only improves symptom management but has been proven effective in encouraging client adherence to their treatment. When clients understand why their therapist made a specific recommendation and why that recommendation is likely to help them manage symptoms, they are more likely to follow through with it.

Clients work heavily in an open communication style with their therapists so they feel comfortable asking questions, learning, and alleviating their fears about treatment.

Psychoeducational Therapy Goals

Goals will, to some degree, be personalized. When you reach out to our team at Laguna View Detox, your therapist will work with you to find personalized goals in recovery. However, overarching goals include:

  • Learning about your mental health disorder
  • Learning how to prevent a relapse
  • Learning about crisis management and trigger identification

Psychoeducational Therapy for Addiction

While originally designed to treat mental health conditions, psychoeducational therapy has now extended its reach into treatment for addiction. With psychoeducational therapy for addiction, clients can learn coping skills that help them better manage symptoms and prevent relapse. 

These coping skills are more effective with this type of therapy because they are grounded in the knowledge of how addiction works, what personal triggers exist, and why those coping skills are so important.

Getting Psychoeducational Therapy for Addiction with Laguna View Detox

At Laguna View Detox, we understand the importance of an ongoing psychoeducational therapeutic relationship. Not only is education essential for understanding addiction or any co-occurring mental health disorders, but clients need the opportunity to receive ongoing answers and support.

Clients who participate in psychoeducational therapy have the opportunity to continually ask questions as their situation changes or as new triggers or symptoms emerge. With our treatment center, clients can trust that the therapist with whom they work will provide them with accurate information from reputable sources. 

With Laguna View Detox, we work with each client to offer psychoeducational therapy for addiction alongside:

Family therapy is an essential part of the programs we provide. Psychoeducational therapy can be successfully combined with family therapy to improve motivation, adherence to a program, and help thwart relapse. 

Our ultra-luxury facility overlooks the Pacific Ocean. With ocean views and semi-private rooms, every client has a chance to reflect on what they have learned in their therapy sessions with private walking paths to the beach and group therapy activities. 

Contact us at (205) 859-2525 to see if psychoeducational therapy is a good fit.

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