Stephen J. Background and Purpose: Seeking Safety SS is a cognitive-behavioral intervention that addresses trauma and substance abuse.
The goal of the intervention is to promote trauma recovery, increase coping strategies, reduce drug and alcohol use, and address mental health issues. A large portion of women in prison have a history of substance use and severe victimization histories, but their needs often go untreated.
Preliminary evidence indicates that SS has positive impacts for incarcerated women, but investigations womwns limited by their use of quasi- or pre-experimental des. This study pilot tested the feasibility of implementing an RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of SS among incarcerated women to reduce PTSD, depression, and substance cravings.
Methods: Participants were recruited from a medium-maximum security prison in North Carolina. Forty women who had a history of trauma and past substance use were randomly selected to participate and randomly ased to treatment or control groups.
The intervention was delivered by a certified SS facilitator and occurred in 25 minute sessions over 12 weeks. Control group members received treatment as usual. Developers: Najavits, Lisa M.
Summary: Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from co-occurring PTSD and substance abuse. The treatment is available as a book, providing both client handouts and guidance for clinicians. The treatment was deed for flexible use.
It has been conducted in group and hoobly personals format; for women, men, and mixed-gender; using all topics or fewer topics; in a variety of settings e. It has also been used with people who have a trauma history, but do seejing meet criteria for PTSD.
Life Choices, and Termination.