Psychoeducation group is designed to educate our patients about substance abuse, and related behaviors and consequences. This group presents structured, group‐specific content, often taught using lectures and video tape. Our group leaders will facilitate discussions of various material.

Our Psychoeducational groups provide information designed to have a direct application to our patients’ lives—to instill self‐awareness, suggest options for growth and change, identify community resources that can assist patients in recovery, develop an understanding of the process of recovery, and prompt our patients using substances to take action on their own behalf. While our psychoeducational groups may inform our patients about psychological issues, they do not aim at intrapsychic change, though such individual changes in thinking and feeling often do occur.

People smiling during group therapy

Purpose. The major purpose of psychoeducational groups is expansion of awareness about the behavioral, medical, and psychological consequences of substance abuse. Another prime goal is to motivate the patient to enter the recovery‐ready stage. Our Psychoeducational groups are provided to help our patients incorporate information that will help them establish and maintain abstinence and guide them to more productive choices in their lives.

These groups also can be used to counteract our patients’ denial about their substance abuse, increase their sense of commitment to continued treatment, effect changes in maladaptive behaviors (such as associating with people who actively use drugs), and supporting behaviors conducive to recovery. Additionally, they are useful in helping our patient’s families understand substance abuse, its treatment, and resources available for the recovery process of their family members.