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Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (Guilford Substance Abuse) 1st Edition

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"This landmark volume presents a cutting-edge approach to the treatment of patients who depend on drugs to soothe the pain of PTSD. In stunning detail, Najavits shows how the same therapist can treat both conditions concurrently. Her kinder and gentler approach is a welcome change from traditional confrontational interventions. The volume is enriched by her empathy and wisdom. All therapists attempting to help these patients should have this book to guide them."--Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

"Fabulous! This treatment manual provides practical, clearly described procedures for treating an extremely difficult group of clients. The organization of the treatment is superb. From my perspective, the most important parts of a comprehensive treatment are here--attention to the client's safety, targeting substance use simultaneously with targeting PTSD, integrating ideals and values (I love the quotations!), a core of cognitive-behavioral interventions, a focus on interpersonal relationships, and attention to the needs of the therapist. Very impressive. Obviously written by an experienced clinician."--Marsha M. Linehan, PhD., University Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

"Born of experience and energized by passion, this carefully crafted and thoughtful treatment manual will guide clinicians through the tricky waters of substance abuse and PTSD treatment. Seeking Safety will help clinicians decide what to do and how to do it well. As empirically guided treatment manuals begin to emerge in greater numbers and varying quality, Najavits maintains an essential and elegant balance between a lucid map of treatment directions, on the one hand, and the complex dynamics of the clinical territory on the other. This is a very important work that I highly recommend for clinicians of every stripe."--Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS, Director, Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School


"Fills a tremendous gap in treatment resources....Provides clinicians with an empirically based and well-developed treatment program that enables them to intervene in comorbid SUD and PTSD in an integrated way....Provides a breath of fresh air by rising above the often contentious debate on whether cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic interventions, or 12-step-oriented approaches are the best treatment model....The manual is well organized, easy to use, and relevant to the treatment needs of individuals with comorbid PTSD and SUD. It is an innovative, flexible, and practical program that is adaptable to a variety of treatment settings. Although this manual is particularly useful for clinicians, I highly recommend it as a resource for students and researchers who seek to gain a better understanding of the treatment needs of individuals who have concomitant SUD and PTSD as well."--Criminal Justice Review
(Criminal Justice Review 2001-12-16)

About the Author

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; clinical psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System; and clinical associate, McLean Hospital. Her primary focus is the development and outcome testing of new therapy models for vulnerable populations, especially in the areas of co-occurring disorders, trauma, and addictions. The author of over 140 professional publications, Dr. Najavits is a recipient of the Chaim and Bela Danieli Young Professional Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Early Career Contribution Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, the Emerging Leadership Award of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Women, and the Betty Ford Award of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse.

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Product Details

  • Series: Guilford Substance Abuse
  • Paperback: 401 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (December 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572306394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572306394
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; clinical psychologist at VA Boston; and clinical associate, McLean Hospital. She is author of the books Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (2002) and A Woman's Addiction Workbook (New Harbinger Press; 2002), as well as over 160 professional publications. She has received various awards, including the 1997 Young Professional Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the 1998 Early Career Contribution Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research; the 2004 Emerging Leadership Award of the American Psychological Association Committee on Women; and the 2009 Betty Ford Award of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. She has served as president of the Society of Addiction Psychology of the American Psychological Association; and on various advisory boards including the Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies, Addiction Research and Theory, and the Journal of Gambling Studies. Dr. Najavits has received a variety of federal and other research grants. Her major clinical and research interests address vulnerable populations, including homeless, women, veterans, and community-based care; she specializes on trauma/substance abuse, development of new psychotherapies, and evaluation and outcome research. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts; a psychotherapy supervisor; and conducts a psychotherapy practice. For more information, visit www.seekingsafety.org

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By S. Luftig on April 8, 2005
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This book, intended for therapists, is a comprehensive, compassionate, and accessible guide to what Najavits establishes is the first crucial step for someone struggling with PTSD and substance abuse: learning to feel safe. It is also an excellent resource for patients who want to help themselves. What I like best is that the book is filled with checklists, stories, exercises, and quotations such that I can open to nearly any page and find ideas that are both practical and inspirational. In short, this is a great book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sue Katz on March 8, 2005
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I can see why this book got such rave reviews and is such a best-seller. It's a superb book, offering both real insight into trauma and addiction, as well as hands-on clinical tools. As someone in the field, I have found both the philosophical and practical aspects of Najavits' work incomparable. On top of the impeccable professionalism, is her impressive writing. This is a must buy for anyone interested in this area.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lucesociator on June 24, 2008
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This manual is in use and recommended for use by the VA's National Center for PTSD at Palo Alto California.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jack (substance abuse counselor) on March 8, 2005
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This is the best treatment manual I have ever read. It is inspiring, hopeful, carefully constructed, and has exceptional clinical sensitivity for clients. So many books in psychology are written in a dry, academic style, and lack real awareness of clients. This book is a rare and notable exception.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Betsy S. on March 14, 2005
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Thank you for writing such a great book. I have suffered from addictions for years, tried many books and many methods. Working with a group or individual is one thing, but for me, nothing helps more than a book. It's on call twenty four hours a day and I can easily reference it. As far as books go...this one is by far the best. The most comprehensive and in-depth book I've read so far. It provided tremendous support and guidance on issues that often result in isolation. Most of all, it didn't talk down to me as a reader. That's something I don't need! Thank you for making this book available and writing it in such a helpful way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Clements on September 20, 2008
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I am finding this manual very useful in working with clients who suffer with PTSD and Substance Abuse. The handouts are helpful and appropriate, and my client's are responding positively to this treatment approach. The activities quickly help them recognize how the two disorders are inter-related and that they need to address both issues simultaneously in order to find their road to recovery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin H on February 15, 2013
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My husband is a soldier. A soldier that was getting punished for having PTSD and it's symptoms. I knew something was wrong about that and as I researched I realized he was not alone. The Army does not treat them together. My research led me to Seeking Safety. I was worried that I would not be able to understand it's language but for the most part I could. I have also been able to use it for my husband who is now recovering better than from any treatment the Army has tried to provide. The only thing I don't care for is the use of AA/NA being stressed. There are other recovery options available that are also successful and not based in religion or having a higher power. So obviously in those areas we just substitute the recovery program of our choice. I have now carried this book to meetings with Officers that can affect change in the system hoping that it will catch on and they will start to use it's model.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Evey on May 20, 2008
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This manual clearly maps out a program for trauma victims struggling with Substance Abuse. Most programs are designed for one or the other. This manual clearly describes a program that integrates approaches to both issues. There is very little fluff (stories and experiences) with only important valuable information included. It is easy to read and not written as a term paper with lots of footnotes and references.
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