What is Psychoeducation?
With many addiction and mental health professionals now focused on reducing the stigma surrounding the conditions they treat, more and more treatment centers are offering something called “psychoeducation.” If you’re currently pursuing treatment for yourself for someone you love, you might be unfamiliar with this term.
Psychoeducation refers to the process of educating both the affected individuals and their family members or loved ones about the conditions they’re experiencing, whether that is addiction or a mental health concern.
For some, receiving a mental health diagnosis or recognizing an addiction can be a relief. It allows the person to begin treatment and move toward recovery. However, this experience can also be extremely overwhelming, especially since the individual receiving treatment may not know very much about their condition or what they can expect in terms of therapy, medication and the long-term effects of their diagnosis.
What Does Psychoeducation Aim to Address?
Psychoeducation aims to address these concerns by educating the individual on many facets of their diagnosis. This knowledge can empower an individual and make them more engaged in their recovery; they are less likely to simply go through the motions of treatment if they understand the reasoning behind the things their therapist asks them to do.
Psychoeducation can also help a person and their loved ones come to terms with the fact that they truly are suffering from a clinical disease and that their diagnosis is nothing to be ashamed of. When friends and family members have more in-depth knowledge of their loved one’s struggle with addiction or mental health, they are better equipped to provide support and recognize any negative signs or symptoms.
Participating in psychoeducation can improve quality of life by educating an individual on their diagnosis and helping them recognize and manage its lifelong impact in a positive, informed way.
At Silvermist, we take a holistic, evidence-based approach to everyone we treat. To learn more about Silvermist or to begin the treatment process today, please call (724) 481-1284 or fill out the form here.