5. Staying Safe and Managing Crises

Managing crises


Although you cannot prevent all crises, you can prevent yourself from living in “crisis mode.” To decrease the likelihood of living in crisis mode, follow these guidelines:

    deal with small problems as they arise
    plan ahead for how you will handle crises.

It can be very difficult to cope effectively with a sudden crisis such as a family member with a substance use problem acting out verbally or physically. Preparing in advance and having a crisis intervention plan in place can prevent a full-blown crisis situation from developing. Create a safety plan together with your relative when they are well. Decide and agree upon what to do in a crisis and emergency situation. This allows everyone to be involved and prepared if anything does happen.