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A crisis is defined as, “A disruption or breakdown in a person’s or family’s normal or usual pattern of functioning.

A crisis cannot be resolved by a person’s customary problem-solving resources/ skills.” A family crisis is a situation that upsets the normal functioning of the family and requires a new set of responses to the stressor. There are a variety of resources available to a family in crisis, such as family crisis centers. Each family crisis center will provide distinct supportive services, which can make the search and selection process difficult. When looking for a family crisis center that best fits the needs of your family consider the following suggestions:

  • Speak to your PCP (primary care provider): many PCPs will be able to point you in the right direction to help you locate a reputable family crisis center. 
  • Word of mouth recommendations: if you feel comfortable delving into your network of trusted family and friends, ask if anyone can recommend a family crisis center.
  • Look online: conducting an Internet search can help you find a family crisis center near you. There are also websites available that offer in an online compilation of reputable family crisis centers (e.g., Family Centers, The Hotline, etc.).
  • Hospitals and mental health clinics: can be great resources to help a family in need identify a family crisis center.

The progression of how a family crisis works its way through a family unit will be different in each family unit. Family crisis centers typically include a network of counseling, support, and trauma response services in assisting families in crisis work towards a successful resolution. The array of services offered in family crisis centers can help a family work through and overcome the family crisis, identify areas that may be impacting the family’s ability to implement crisis-mitigation strategies, and maintain a level of stability that keeps them out of the crisis, which in turn, improves the overall health of a family unit and each individual member, respectively.

Further Information and Support

Navigating the challenges that arise from living with mental illness, struggling with substance abuse, and/ or addiction can not only be all-consuming but are often impossible to effectively handle without proper support. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding mental illness, substance abuse, and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. Bear in mind that you do not have to be on this journey alone. At {Upwell Advisors}, we offer unique, customized concierge therapeutic services to provide our clients with unparalleled support throughout every step of the recovery process. 

Feel free to reach to contact us anytime via email at sean@upwelladvisors.com. We look forward to supporting you on your journey.

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