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Seeking Safety & PTSD Therapy

Treatment at Promises Malibu is trauma-informed, which means we recognize that trauma is often at the root of addictive behaviors. Most people experience some form of trauma in their lives. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with unbearable emotional pain, and some get stuck in a cycle of relapse because they haven’t addressed the trauma that fuels their drug problem. In some cases, drug addiction leads to trauma; for example, getting into an accident as a result of driving under the influence. To support our clients’ healing, we offer a number of weekly trauma groups, including a group focused on the Seeking Safety model.

What Is Seeking Safety?

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based approach that is frequently used in PTSD therapy and the treatment of trauma and substance abuse. Harvard Medical School’s Lisa Najavits, PhD, developed this widely used model in 1992. It is well-suited for both individual and group therapy. To avoid retraumatizing the client, Seeking Safety focuses on the present time and does not require the client to describe or relive traumatic memories.

Studies support the use of Seeking Safety for PTSD and co-occurring substance abuse. This has prompted several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, to list Seeking Safety as having strong research support.

What to Expect From Seeking Safety

The primary goal of Seeking Safety is helping clients feel safe in their thoughts, feelings and behaviors as well as their relationships. The model directly addresses substance abuse and trauma at the same time with a focus on reclaiming the client’s ideals that were lost as a result of trauma and drug or alcohol abuse.

Clients participating in Seeking Safety explore up to 25 topics designed to help them develop critical coping skills, including asking for help, setting boundaries in relationships, taking back your power, self-nurturing, and coping with triggers. Depending on their needs and time in treatment, clients may explore all or some of these topics at Promises.

To learn more about Seeking Safety & PTSD Therapy, call 844-876-5568

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