At Ironwood Maine, we implement our addictions recovery groups using Trauma-Focused therapeutic techniques. Seeking Safety groups are formed on the evidence-based, present-focused, treatment model – Seeking Safety – that is designed to increase safety in individuals who have experienced trauma and/or substance misuse. The primary goal of this model of treatment is to assist individuals in attaining safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions while increasing safe coping skills relevant to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
Our Seeking Safety-trained, licensed therapists, facilitate these groups by introducing coping skills, including grounding techniques; self-help groups and the importance of a safe community, utilizing safe supportive individuals; understanding the recovery process; understanding self-care; identifying triggers; creating healing meanings; setting boundaries; getting unstuck; and creating a relapse prevention plan. Seeking Safety has been endorsed by SAMSHA and other numerous professional organizations as having strong empirical support for PTSD/substance misuse and continues to be studied as applications for this model grow.