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This Manual Presents The First Empirically Studied, Integrative Treatment Approach Developed Specifically For Co Occurring PTSD And Substance Abuse For Persons With This Prevalent And Difficult To Treat Dual Diagnosis, The Most Urgent Clinical Need Is To Establish Safety To Work Toward Discontinuing Substance Use, Letting Go Of Dangerous Relationships, And Gaining Control Over Such Extreme Symptoms As Dissociation And Self Harm The Manual Is Divided IntoSpecific Units Or Topics, Addressing A Range Of Different Cognitive, Behavioral, And Interpersonal Domains Each Topic Provides Highly Practical Tools And Techniques To Engage Patients In Treatment Teach Safe Coping Skills That Apply To Both Disorders And Restore Ideals That Have Been Lost, Including Respect, Care, Protection, And Healing Structured Yet Flexible, Topics Can Be Conducted In Any Order And In A Range Of Different Formats And Settings The Volume Is Designed For Maximum Ease Of Use With A Large Format, Lay Flat Binding, And Helpful Reproducible Therapist Sheets And HandoutsSee Also The Author S Self Help Guide Recovery From Trauma, Addiction, Or Both Strategies For Finding Your Best Self, An Ideal Client RecommendationLisa M Najavits, PhD, Is Currently Adjunct Professor At The University Of Massachusetts Medical School And Previously Was On Faculty At Harvard Medical School ForYears And Boston University School Of Medicine And The Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System ForYears She Is Author Of OverPublications, Including The Books Seeking Safety A Treatment Manual For PTSD And Substance Abuse For Mental Health Professionals And Finding Your Best Self, Revised Edition Recovery From Addiction, Trauma, Or Both For General Readers She Is Director Of Treatment Innovations, Which Conducts Research And Training Related To Mental Health And Addiction Dr Najavits Serves On The Boards Of Numerous Journals, Including The Journal Of Traumatic Stress, Journal Of Gambling Studies,Journal Of Dual Diagnosis, And Psychological Trauma, And Has Received Awards Including The Betty Ford Award From The Association For Medical Education And Research In Substance Abuse, The Emerging Leadership Award From The Committee On Women In Psychology Of The American Psychological Association, The Early Career Contribution Award From The Society For Psychotherapy Research, And The Young Professional Award From The International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies She Also Served As President Of The Society Of Addiction Psychology Of The American Psychological Association Her Major Clinical And Research Interests Include Addiction, Trauma, Co Occurring Disorders, Community Based Care, Veterans Mental Health, Development Of New Counseling Models, And Clinical Trials Research She Has A Private Psychotherapy Practice In Massachusetts Add Website For Targeted Professional Promos Only Her Website Is Treatment Innovations

5 thoughts on “Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

  1. says:

    A must have manual for anyone working in the field of addiction and recovery Many individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse have experienced some form of trauma in their lives, and even those who don t meet criteria for PTSD or haven t experienced a really significant trauma can still benefit from the lessons and activities in this workbook.I am a counselor and used this book with clients both in groups and in an individual setting I find this book particularly effective in groups because the topic of trauma can be difficult in groups, people are sometimes reluctant to share their most painful memories in front of others But this workbook helps turn the focus onto healing and growth, as well as healthy ways to protect yourself and prevent retraumatization thus the seeking safety title.I really cannot recommend this book enough, it is worth every penny and I have gotten a LOT of good use out of it and plan to continue to do so.

  2. says:

    Dr Najavits treatment manual Seeking Safety is an amazingly practical,psycho educational approach to clinical intervention It appropriately relieson a plethora of research that shows the comorbidity of PTSD with SubstanceAbuse Addiction The simple logic Najavits applies seems appropriate thoseafflicted with both what she calls simple PTSD and complex PTSD also haveproblems associated with substance abuse or dependency Recovery for bothdoes seem the require the same modes of intervention and presents like challengesin recovery Najavits makes the idea of seeking safety the priority in any therapeuticcontext Continued substance abuse is, of course, not a likely source of seeking to beor keeping safe as she points out, and in fact, as the literature indicates, the abuse ofsubstances becomes a type of repetition compulsion, the tendency to engage a patternof behavior after traumatic experiences, whereby patients essentially re traumatizes themselves.The strengths of the Seeking Safety model doubtlessly comes in its basic, pragmaticappropriately sensitive approach This is perhaps due to its clearly written and structuredsessions The weakness of the Najavits approach is that it seems overly structured at times,leaving little time or realistic recognition of the reality of group dynamics and patients ingroup interaction and cohesiveness For that reason, readers should know that the SeekingSafety model is definitive as a psycho educational approach and my not lead itself to penetrating, deeper group psychotherapy.

  3. says:

    We are implementing Seeking Safety as the backbone of our inpatient Adolescent Acute Unit Even with only partial implementation, patients are complimentary of the materials and actively use skills on on the unit We are excited to complete the process.

  4. says:

    Excellent treatment manual for treating substance abuse and post traumatic stress disorder It is true that in my own practice I very frequently see comorbid trauma and substance use The manual does an excellent job of disseminating information and providing effective treatment methods in a very clear and precise manner This manual can be easily utilized in practice as a supplement to non directive therapy The manual offers 18 if I remember correctly group or individually oriented treatment programs as well as comprehensive information regarding the nature of comorbid PTSD and substance use disorders I would strongly recommend this manual as an entry point into treating individual of all backgrounds, particularly for substance abuse treatment centers.

  5. says:

    This workbook is so beautifully organized and easy to use It offers 25 topics for group or individual therapy, along with worksheets and an outline on how to conduct the group.The first 60 pages are background and the rest of the book are the actual sessions and handouts One person I know had her book spiral bound for ease of copying the worksheets With the purchase of the book, the author give copyrights to the owner to use the material in group.