Addiction treatment relies heavily on therapy. Individual or group therapy techniques are wide-ranging, and many different modalities are utilized within this practice. Many people respond extremely well when sharing their recovery journey with other group members facing similar challenges.
Psychoeducational groups have proved to be especially effective in substance abuse treatment, which is why we include them as part of our addiction treatment programs.
As applied in clinical treatment, group therapy started as a means of addressing physical illness when doctors became aware that patients in hospitals would benefit from spending time together. It grew apparent that in discussing their ailments and supporting each other, people were experiencing fewer negative psychological effects associated with their disease.
This phenomenon has since been expanded upon to develop the practice of Psychoeducational Group Therapy, which introduces informative and instructional aspects into the group dynamic.
GROUP THERAPY FOR
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
Group therapy provides the opportunity for patients to address their concerns with others dealing with the same issues. This combination of knowledge and fellowship gives many addicts the strength to tackle the process of rehabilitation.
HOW GROUP SESSIONS
There are various techniques used in implementing Psychoeducational Group Therapy. Most hinge on having an effective leader who can guide the group through the process.
During group sessions, the following will happen:
• Group leaders create a supportive environment and encourage involvement between all group members.
• Role-playing and problem-solving exercises may be involved in group treatment.
• Information may be relayed in the form of audio or visual aids and documents.
• Honest, open, and respectful communication is promoted among group participants.
BENEFITS OF PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL
Numerous therapeutic factors have been identified as existing within the Psychoeducational Group Therapy environment, namely:
THE PRINCIPLE OF UNIVERSALITY
People find tremendous reassurance in the knowledge that they are not alone. This applies in most mental health treatment circumstances, but it is particularly beneficial in dealing with addiction.
By interacting with others who have similar challenges, patients are encouraged and find hope in their own ability to recover.
Group members benefit from sharing various perspectives and enabling each other to see their situations from different points of view.
The bonds formed in a group setting create an alliance that provides patients with a system in which they can receive and give support. Patients get the assistance of other members, but in supporting others, they can learn, grow, and develop self-esteem.
By discussing topics with others, patients learn communication skills and improve their socialization skills. Through honest communication, they develop the ability to express themselves and receive criticism from those around them.
Patients can see how others have succeeded in their addiction recovery and model their behavior on their successful peers.
Group members gain a sense of safety in interacting with others who provide the freedom to voice their insecurities and feelings of self-doubt.
Members can help each other accept the difficult realities of life and develop better ways of coming to terms with perceived unfairness.
CATHARSIS & CORRECTION OF PERCEPTION
For some, the act of unburdening themselves with others in a healthy manner has therapeutic value. Group interaction can also help to correct distorted perceptions about themselves and others.
Members of the group develop self awareness by sharing their experiences and hearing the stories of others facing similar challenges. This allows them to analyze their feelings and discuss them effectively.
Psychoeducational therapy groups can be a tremendous motivator for recovery. They can be particularly beneficial for candidates such as:
• Patients who have not accepted the severity of their substance abuse disorder or who haven’t committed to recovery yet.
• New patients who are still learning about addiction
• Family of patients who are from learning about substance abuse treatment to assist their loved one
• Patients in recovery and learning about ongoing treatment therapies to assist after leaving the drug addiction treatment center.
Whether going through drug rehab or alcohol rehab, psychoeducational therapy groups have a wide range of benefits, particularly when combined with patient centric programs that include counseling and life skills development.
Psyclarity Health offers diverse psychoeducational group therapy at facilities located throughout the United States. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use disorder or mental illness, you are not alone. Contact us today to learn more about our diverse psychoeducational groups, addiction treatment programs, and mental health services.