The 12 Family Guidelines in the evidenced-based practice of Family Psychoeducation (FPE) are:
1. Go Slow
Recovery takes time. Rest is Important. Things will get better in their own time.
2. Create Barriers To Over Stimulation
Enthusiasm is normal. Tone it down. Disagreements are normal. Tone it down too.
3. Give Each Other Space
Time out is important for everyone. It’s okay to reach out. It’s okay to say “no”.
4. Set Limits
Everyone needs to know what the rules are. A few good rules keep things clear.
5. Ignore What You Can’t Change
Let some things slide. Don’t ignore violence.
6. Keep It Simple
Say what you have to say clearly in the fewest words, calmly and in positive terms.
7. Follow Doctor’s Orders
Take Medications as they are prescribed. Take only medications that are prescribed.
8. Carry-On With Business As Usual
Reestablish family routines as quickly as possible. Stay in touch with family and friends.
9. No Street Drugs or Alcohol, moderate caffeine use and smoking
They make symptoms worse, can cause relapse and prevent recovery.
10. Pick Up On Early Signs
Note changes. Consult with your family and treatment team.
11. Solve Problems Step- By- Step
Make changes gradually. Work on one thing at a time.
12. Lower Expectations Temporarily
Use a personal yardstick. Compare this month to last month rather than this year to last year.