Thank you for reminding me that even though a client may not want their client actively involved, they are still able to provide vital information to us as clinicians without a breach of confidentiality. Family are so helpful when involved. They know the client better than we do and are able to provide tips for speaking with them, or their likes/dislikes so that we can find some common ground that helps with rapport building.

They are also an important part of relapse prevention because they are our eyes when we aren’t with the clients. If a relapse prevention plan is shared with them, they can help the client move through the steps and communicate with the care team so that the client received assistance sooner.