Treatment used in recovery

Following contact with, for example, a GP, a referral will be made to a specialist mental health team. The first phase of treatment involves assessment. This allows for a broad base of information to be gathered from you, your family and friends. The specialist then uses the information obtained here to work collaboratively with you and your family to decide upon the best course of action to help.


Medication is used to alleviate psychotic symptoms and is a crucial element in the treatment of psychosis. A doctor works out the type, dose and duration of medication used. They also monitor the medication to manage side effects.

Counselling and psychological therapy

Talking therapies can reduce distress and can therefore be an important part of the recovery process. The method or type of approach used may vary depending on the individual, but the aim of talking therapy is to help you to understand your experience, develop coping strategies and improve your quality of life.

Family support

Research suggests that the family of a person suffering from a psychosis play a critical role in aiding their recovery. Therefore, offering a family support and guidance is a valuable part of the treatment process. Through the process of raising awareness among family members and friends, this can also be an important tool in the prevention of relapse.

Practical support

Assistance is offered in day-to-day tasks such as returning to work, receiving financial support, accommodation and accessing activities and clubs in the community. This can also be a good time to work towards goals and consider what is important in your recovery process.


The relevant mental health professionals treat most people who experience a psychotic episode at home or in the community. This helps to reduce any distress and disruption to you, yet there are times when hospitalisation is in your best interests. This may involve admission without your consent.  However, this allows for further investigations and more detailed observations to be conducted, and can often be a ‘turning point’ in getting back on track to recovery.