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How does psychosocial rehabilitation help people with schizophrenia?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Psychosocial rehabilitation can help people with schizophrenia integrate back into society while recovering from their illness. Some benefits offered by psychosocial rehabilitation include:

- job training
- finding meaning and value in life after mental illness
- opportunities to socialize with others
- a feeling of independence
- education and skill training

Psychosocial rehabilitation can also help people with schizophrenia learn how to manage their illness while living on their own. One psychosocial program for people who have been diagnosed with substance abuse problems and mental illness is Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). A coach approach helps people with schizophrenia learn to manage their medications, finances, and other responsibilities. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, PACT is so effective that its participants have fewer hospitalizations than others in similar situations.

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