Survivor vs Overcomer A client who has been in treatment for at least 6 months continues to run into road blocks in her recovery. She has a heavy past engulfed with abuse, neglect, and severe drug abuse. For a long time she thought she was going to die on the streets. She spent several times in treatment and now it’s her 4th or 5th time and while she is doing well she is still in “survival mode”. Survival mode is when someone can’t stop living or reacting based on survival skills alone. Although they have been pulled out of their situation they tend to think that every confrontation is an attack on them personally. Teaching someone how to overcome this means to teach them how to apply other skills and take the guard down just a little. This comes with time and trust. In the end my words to her was “Baby girl you are safe now. You don’t have to survive but live! Take a deep breath and embrace LIFE. Everyone is not out to get you. ” 😉✌🏾️


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