Seeking Safety Resources
Weekly Handouts 

Week 1 - Introduction

"It's never too late to be what you might have been."
​—George Eliot (19th 
Century British Writer)

Week 2 - Safety

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
—Helen Keller (20th Century American Writer)

Week 3 - PTSD: Taking Back Your Power

“You are not responsible for being down, but you are responsible for getting up.”
—Jesse Jackson (20th Century American Politician)

Week 4: Detaching from Emotional Pain (Grounding)

"No feeling is final."
—Rainer Maria Rilke (20th Century German Poet)


Week 5 - When Substances, Food, or Other Things Control You

"Not to laugh, not to lament, not to judge, but to understand."
—Baruch Spinoza (17th Century Dutch Philosopher)

Week 6: Asking for Help

"And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more." 
—Erica Jong (20th 
Century American Writer)

Week 7 - Taking Good Care of Yourself

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
—Janis Joplin (20th Century American Singer)

Week 8 - Compassion

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
—Buddha (5th Century B.C. Indian Philosopher)

Week 9 - Red and Green Flags

Chapters of My Life

Chapter 1:
I walked down the sidewalk and fell into a deep hole. I 
couldn't get out and I couldn't figure out why. It wasn't my fault. It took a long time to get out.

Chapter 2:
I walked down the sidewalk and fell into the same hole again. I couldn't understand. It wasn't my fault. I really had to struggle to get out.

Chapter 3:

I walked down the sidewalk and fell into the same hole again. This time I understood why and it was my fault. This time it was easier to get out.

Chapter 4: 
I walked down the sidewalk and saw the same big hole. I walked around it. I didn't fall into the hole.

Chapter 5:
I chose another sidewalk.

—Portia Nelson (20th Century American Writer)

Week 10 - Honesty

"What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? ... There are so many silences to be broken."
—Audre Lorde (20th 
Century American Writer)

Week 11 - Recovery Thinking

"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."
​—Watty Piper (20th C
entury Author of the Children's Book The Little Engine That Could) 

Week 12 - Integrating the Split Self

"... be attentive to what is arising within you, and place that above everything else...What is happening in your innermost self is worthy of your entire love; somehow you must find a way to work at it."
—Rainer Maria Rilke (20th Century German Poet)

Week 13 - Commitment

"Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up."
—Adapted from a speech by Winston Churchill (20th 
Century British Prime Minister)

Week 14 - Creating Meaning

"Watch your thoughts; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."
—Frank Outlaw (20th Century America Writer)

Week 15 - Community Resources

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
​—Theodore Roosevelt (20th 
Century President)

Week 16 - Setting Boundaries

"Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely."
—Molly Goode (20th Century American Writer)

Week 17 - Discovery

"Life is never what one dreams. It is seldom what one desires, but, for the vital spirit and the eager mind, the future will always hold the search fro buried treasure and the possibility for high adventure."
​​—Ellen Glasgow (20th Century American Writer)

Week 18 - Getting Others to Support Your Recovery

"It takes two to speak the truth—one to speak, the other to hear."
​—Henry David Thoreau (19th 
Century American Writer)

Week 19 - Coping with Triggers

"When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole sole into it. Stamp it with your personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (19the Century American Writer)

Week 20 - Respecting Your Time

"The future depends on what we do in the present."
​—Mohandas K. Gandhi (20th 
Century Indian Leader)

Week 21 - Healthy Relationships

"If we change within, our outer life will change also."
—Jean Shinoda Bolen (20th Century American Writer)

Week 22 - Self-Nurturing

"Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake."
—Wallace Stevens (20th 
Century American Poet)

Week 23 - Healing from Anger

"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."
—Charles Dickens (19th Century British Author)