In this session, you will learn to identify early warning symptoms and triggers that cause them in order to formulate an action plan to prevent setbacks in the recovery process. Every concept covered throughout the program is utilized in a brief checklist that serves as a daily preparation to facilitate effective care.

What are the objectives of session 9?

  • To understand that temporary setbacks are an important part of a recovery process
  • To learn to identify early warning signs and triggers
  • To reiterate the need of self-care in a supportive relationship
  • To complete an early warning signs, triggers, and action plan worksheet
  • To use a brief daily checklist to remind you of useful steps in the support process

Temporary setbacks are normal and expected!

Recovery from any mental illness, especially when symptoms are complex and integrated, is a process of which the progress is very rarely linear. There will be ups and downs as part of the journey. Although setbacks are often difficult for the patient and caregiver to accept and move on from, their occurrence is not all bad. They serve as a reminder for us to remain vigilant and to sustain our efforts going forward. Setbacks motivate us to reassess our situation so that new information is absorbed. It will have a temporary despairing effect that may want us to cave in and abandon our efforts. But, it is exactly the time to take an honest and open stock of where we are and what can be approved.

A lapse is not the end of the world. It is certainly not the end of the recovery process. A person who had a setback may be ashamed, frustrated, or feel helpless and depressed. However, the best step to take is to support the person to revivify an attitude of willingness and motivation. The great thing about a lapse is that no one starts back at square one. Instead, it provides a useful opportunity to highlight the elements that must be changed or added to the recovery plan. Thereby, the plan is improved to incorporate a more robust way of avoiding triggers, and connections and elements that are counter-supportive so that a more firmly rooted sense of hope can be developed.