Managing Expectations

Don’t be discouraged if progress seems slow. Remember that the total length of treatment is likely to be measured in months, not weeks or days. And, there may be some bumps along the way.

It might take one or more tries to find a treatment provider that “fits.” Therapists each have their own personal style, and treatment programs each have a different environment. It’s okay if the first one doesn’t “click.” Just use that experience—along with the resources in the Navigator—to search for another option.

If you’re the helper, there are some things you can do during treatment to provide support:

  • Ask your loved one how you can be most helpful. It’s important for there to be a solid support network they can count on.
  • Get involved if you’re comfortable and if it’s appropriate, such as when the treatment provider offers family therapy or a family program.