ADVANTAGES

Frequently, if not always, attempts to reduce the deleterious impact of substance use disorders involve new learning on the part of both the client and the therapist. Psychoeducation combines interventions that provide new information or refine the use of information a person already possesses with careful attention to the individual’s cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to that information. Consistent with an educational foundation and a process-oriented philosophy of psychotherapy, psychoeducation in the treatment of substance use disorders is a form of technology transfer; a means of teaching important information along with means of applying it. Psychoeducation crafted to fit the client’s interests and needs is a useful and often necessary component of therapeutic treatment plans for clients who misuse substances. This section outlines the types and methods of psychoeducation that may be relevant to addictions therapists, their clients, and their supervisors and trainers.

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