Persuasion Groups are are supportive, educational groups for people in the beginning of substance abuse treatment. Participants are encouraged to explore how their substance use affects their lives, with the treatment goal of helping them to see how substance use interferes with reaching their own personal goals. It is designed to confront denial during the early Stages of Change (Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation) which also corresponds to the Early Persuasion or Late Persuasion stages of treatment on the Substance Abuse Treatment Scale (SATS).

This type of group became popular with the rise of Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) and used the treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

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SUD Substance Use Disorder treatment Mental Health Disorder psychotherapy co-occurring disorders IDDT COD Dual Diagnosis Resistance lowering techniques SATS Substance Abuse Treatment Scale Stages of Change