Having a stable place to live and a sense of security is important to developing resilience. Home is the foundation from which individuals build their lives (SAMSHA.gov/homelessness-housing). Therefore, creating a space that fosters stability is essential to help clients begin their recovery.
Creating Safety and Security at Home:
Nurture stability by encouraging clients to develop a daily routine (e.g. sleeping, eating, school, errands, household chores and hobbies).
Encourage clients to create a soothing space to help calm intense feelings. Consider ways the lighting, decorations and activities (e.g. journaling) can have a comforting effect.
For clients that are minors, build predictability in the home by setting clear house rules and expectations for behavior.