Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based treatment therapy that teaches coping skills primarily for PTSD and substance addiction. It can be used in either individual or group settings and is available in an inpatient or outpatient environment.

The goal of Seeking Safety is to reduce the symptoms of trauma or substance abuse while promoting safe coping mechanisms in thinking, emotions, behaviors, and relationships.

Seeking Safety Topics

The program consists of 25 topics that can be conducted in any order, and can include any or all options. Some of the Seeking Safety topics include:

  • Asking for Help
  • Healing from Anger
  • Setting Boundaries in Relationships
  • Honesty
  • Getting Others to Support Your Recovery
  • Detaching from Emotional Pain – Grounding
  • Coping with Triggers
  • Self-Nurturing
  • Recovery Thinking
  • Creating Meaning
  • When Substances Control You
  • Taking Good Care of Yourself

Key Principles of Seeking Safety

The program consists of five key principles as follows:

  • Safety as the overarching goal (helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions)
  • Integrated treatment (working on both trauma and substance abuse at the same time)
  • A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both trauma and substance abuse
  • Four content areas – cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management
  • Attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on their emotional responses, self-care, and other issues)

Seeking Safety first began in 1992 from a grant funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and was designed for flexible use.

Find out more about other Alo House Treatment Modalities for substance addiction and mental health.