Why Psychoeducation is Helpful in Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction treatment doesn’t stop at detox. Trying to instill healthy habits in an addiction patient does not work unless it’s aided by education about why they are turning to substance abuse in the first place. Without this knowledge, individuals routinely return to drugs and alcohol after their initial treatment and rehab.

Psychoeducation helps provide the necessary information to our clients so they can understand and manage their addiction, and stay sober in the longer term.

What is Psychoeducation?

When a person is diagnosed with a mental health disorder, they often do not know what that means and how it affects their behaviors and patterns. Psychoeducation is the process of educating an individual about their disorder, whether it is a substance use disorder or psychiatric disorder. Licensed therapists can provide the necessary background and information in understanding the various disorders and how to address them. It can be used as an effective tool when confronted with addictive cravings or behaviors.

Who Provides Psychoeducation?

At California Prime we have licensed psychotherapists and experienced counselors who provide psychoeducation to our clients in individual or group therapy sessions. Our medical staff also include case managers and support group leaders who are well educated in psychotherapy, and can assist in providing psychoeducation in therapy sessions.

We offer psychoeducation sessions, not only to our patients, but also to their partners, parents or other family members who are affected by an individual’s addiction.

Types of Psychoeducation Training

Problem-solving TrainingCommunication TrainingSocratic Questioning
Condition ManagementAssertiveness Training 

Benefits of Psychoeducation in Addiction Treatments

Psychoeducation plays a major role in addiction treatment and recovery at California Prime, where we offer it as part of individual therapy, group therapy, or family therapy sessions. Understanding addiction is the most important tool in overcoming substance abuse disorder and reducing relapses.

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.