TREATMENT IS A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT

May 16, 2023

Treatment is not a quick fix. We need to understand that. Training for a marathon takes a ton of time, and even after the race there is still work to be done. We need to view treatment as a marathon and not a quick sprint. A quick sprint can lead to injuries, set-backs, and false hopes. Once you comprehend that treatment is a long process, then the real work can begin.

As easily translatable example is that for however old you are, you have been training your mind and body to fall asleep when you have laid on a bed at night. You might find that it’s hard to lay on a bed at night and not immediately find yourself drowsy. This is something you’ve practiced daily for years. That was something they practiced daily. If you decided you want to train your body to not immediately fall asleep at night, you would have to understand this would take a lot of time, energy, and effort to make this change. Any change in treatment needs to be reflected in the same lens.

If you are wanting to see results immediately, think again. We are talking about complicated humans, and a lot of them are not ready or motivated for change. The first step will be in helping them to want to change for themselves. Make sure you stop at the door with your agenda and timeline. Treatment is not a short-term solution or process. This is just the beginning of long- term and lasting change. As soon as you can get on board with that, the more likely your loved one with advocate for longer care for themselves.

For anyone looking for additional resources around mental health, substance abuse, college transition coaching, or parent resources you can find them on: https://www.lilley-consulting.com/ or follow @lilleyconsulting, or on facebook.

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