Proactive Planning

The Proactive Planning site is intended to be a resource to those seeking information and resources on learning how to safely reduce or withdraw from psychotropic drugs and restore their life while healing the issues that often cause one to seek help to begin with.

This website features PowerPoint slides, a brochure, and an information sheet with strategies on becoming more empowered and having more of a voice in one’s own recovery process. Learn how to increase your self-determination and advocate for yourself and your needs when meeting with your psychiatrist.

The website also includes a manual with worksheets that offer guidance in creating a Proactive Plan of Action. The worksheets provide space to map out your recovery goals, resources, spiritual practices or personal philosophy, provider relationships, crisis supports such as warmlines and hotlines, and any holistic treatments that might be helpful.

Proactive Planning’s Trauma-Informed Care section includes information and resources about identifying and understanding the effects of trauma. From the website: “Part of making the shift from dependence on psychotropic drugs to maintain or manage emotional overwhelm or distress involves having a supportive solution focused team that is familiar with or willing to learn about the current paradigm shift that is taking place around the world toward TIC or Trauma Informed Care.”


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