Seeking Safety Program

North Central Behavioral Health Systems is now offering a new program developed for individuals struggling with co-occurring trauma/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Substance Use Disorder.    

The program, known as The Seeking Safety Program, is evidence based* and differs from other PTSD/Substance Use programs, in that it does not ask individuals to delve into their emotionally distressing trauma narratives.  It encourages individuals to remain in the “present,” teaching a broad array of safe coping skills.  In other words, the individual will not need to “re-live” their traumatic experiences through telling their story, but instead will have a safe environment to learn and build the new skills needed to cope with their past on a day to day basis. 

The program features 25 topic areas, each a safe coping skill the individual can implement within their own lives.  Each topic is independent of the others, so they can be used in any order and for as long or short time period as the individual is in treatment. 

Examples of some of the Seeking Safety topic areas include:

  • Honesty
  • Creating Meaning
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Taking Back Your Power
  • Setting Boundaries in Relationships
  • When Substances Control You
  • Taking Good Care of Yourself
  • Compassion
  • Setting Boundaries in Relationships
  • Coping with Triggers
  • Healing from Anger
  • Recovery Thinking

Other Seeking Safety Information:

  • Currently classified as the only model for co-occurring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) “strongly supported by research” and the only one that has evidenced significant improvements on both disorders by the end of treatment
  • Seeking Safety allows individuals to focus how trauma and addiction often go hand in hand instead of addressing both as separate issues.

*Evidence Based Practice: “a conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual patient. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett D, 1996)