You, as a friend or family member of someone experiencing a psychotic episode, are a critical member of the recovery team. There are many things that you can do to support the specialist or service you’ve chosen to treat your loved one.
Once the team is in place
- Find out who else is on the treating team. Ask for their names and how to contact them by phone.
- Ask each staff member what his or her role is.
- Get the name of a contact person, and keep that information handy.
- Ask for a meeting with the key people on the team and have a list of questions to take with you. Feel free to write down the answers at the meeting.
- Ask for regular meetings and schedule your next meeting during the current one.
- Get specific information. If you don’t understand what you are being told, ask for clarification.
- Get additional information. Are there information sessions you can attend? Is there reading material available?
- If marijuana or other substance misuse is a factor, ask the treating team what can be done about it.
- Talk things over with the young person. Let them know where you stand on their substance use.