Your Life Plan goals may require planned and committed assistance from a friend or family member, such as: participating with you in exercise or sports, assisting you with school or work goals, removing cues or finding a place to live, assistance with relapse prevention, family crisis planning, managing a mental illness or dealing with anxiety and stress. Using a formal approach with family or friends for critical assistance can lessen disappointments and confusion.
Make a detailed, written plan when requesting help from a specific friend or family member. And when you request help, expect that the person helping you will want some specific behaviors on your part as well. Get your commitment in writing and signed so both you and your family member or friend will be very clear about mutual expectations. Taking the time to clarify with family and friends is just as important as taking the time to clarify what you expect from professional advisors.