How Psycho-educational Groups Can Improve Your Recovery

How Psycho-educational Groups Can Improve Your RecoveryA Psycho-educational group is a form of group therapy that focuses on educating the participants about their particular disorders, whether they be mental, drug and alcohol related or co-occurring disorders. These groups seek to provide the participants with multiple coping skills and necessary tools to live with their disorder. There are different types of psycho-educational groups but the majority of them consist of participants that all share the same diagnosis. This type of psycho-educational group is popular because it can focus solely on one particular disorder and how to cope with the struggles that arise from it. In other cases the group may consist of people with a multitude of different diagnoses and the focus may be on developing life and social skills in the context of each particular disorder. Psycho-educational groups are commonly taught by mental health experts but can also be taught by peers with a similar disorder or members of a certain community.

How Addicts Can Benefit from Psycho-Educational Groups

Many of the psycho-educational groups utilize an eclectic therapy approach to the program. Eclectic therapy gathers together many different forms of therapy and uses whichever one is deemed to work to best for any particular client. Some of the different ways that psycho-educational groups can help people in recovery can include the following:

  • Family members are involved in order to support a healthy family environment that allows loved ones to deal with the disorder.
  • Clients are given extensive information about their particular diagnosis in order to gain a better understanding of their situation.
  • An in depth overview is given of the cause and effects of the disorder so that the client will be able to see how certain episodes are caused and how they effect the world around him. This process can successfully enable the client to be better prepared for future situations and how to cope with them.
  • The strengths and coping skills of the clients are reinforced as they are made aware that relapse is a common occurrence and can be overcome.

The main goal of psycho-educational groups is often to keep the client and his or her family members well informed about the particular disorder so that they can feel more comfortable in living with it. This can also help family members to feel a better sense of control during episodes of the disorder instead of feeling helpless. Behavior modification that leads to a greater ability to be self-sufficient is a central aspect to psycho-educational groups.

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