Seeking Safety: A Present-Focused Integrated Treatment for PTSD and Substance Use Disorders

Lisa Litt, Lisa R. Cohen, Denise Hien

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This chapter discusses Seeking Safety and its clinical usefulness for working with clients with both posttraumatic stress disorder and addiction, as a first stage of treatment and as a model that can effectively be integrated into a treatment program at any time during the recovery process. It offers some additional reflections about the application of Seeking Safety based on extensive behavioral intervention research, clinical experience with the model, and collaboration with the developer, Dr. Lisa Najavits. The chapter argues that giving clients an understanding of how automatic patterns in thinking evolve and how distortions in thinking sometimes take hold was a useful prelude or accompaniment to some of the Seeking Safety topics. Seeking Safety is grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy principles. Seeking Safety is appropriate for a wide range of clients who struggle with the consequences of a traumatic past and/or addiction. Seeking Safety may be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a component in a larger treatment program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPosttraumatic Stress and Substance Use Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationA Comprehensive Clinical Handbook
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781315442631
ISBN (Print)9781138208971
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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