Psychoeducation (also referred to as psychoeducational instruction) is a process of imparting knowledge about diseases, therapies, medications, communication styles, and related issues through participative lecture.
Simply put, the psychoeducational component of residential treatment at Sierra Tucson involves teaching patients (and family members) about the nature of the issues and disorders with which they or their loved one is struggling with.
At Sierra Tucson, we have a deep appreciation for the power of education. In the broader sense, a commitment to lifelong learning is key to continued growth and development — and in the specific case of residential treatment, education is a means of gaining a greater understanding of oneself and one’s challenges (and regaining control over one’s life).
Psychoeducation is consistent with the disease model of addiction and addiction treatment. For example, a patient with diabetes may need insulin to stay alive — but that patient also needs to understand the nature of his/her disease in order to effectively manage the disease and live a healthy life.
The same is true of patients at Sierra Tucson who may be struggling with addiction, a mood disorder, an eating disorder, or a behavior compulsion.
The following are examples of common psychoeducational experiences during residential treatment:
At Sierra Tucson, psychoeducation exists in conjunction with all treatment programs. Educated patients are empowered patients — and empowered patients are best prepared for a successful pursuit of long-term recovery.
To learn more about Sierra Tucson, or to get help for yourself or someone you love, call us at 800-842-4487 or fill out our confidential online contact form.