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Stress levels increase during the Holidays, especially for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders. Holiday stress place all individuals in addiction recovery at higher risk for relapsing.......

Stress levels increase during the Holidays, especially for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders. Holiday stress place all individuals in addiction recovery at higher risk for relapsing. SoberHood participated in a web lecture presented by the Pride Institute that provided important coping techniques for the Holiday Season

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  • 1. Sober, Healthier Holidays a Survival Guide for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transdgenders (LGBT) in Addiction Recovery during the Holiday Season
  • 2. Introduction
    • Pride Institute
      •   leaders in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Mental Health and Chemical Dependency
      • content of these slides were primarily taken from an interactive web presentation provided by the Pride Institute. A recording of this presentation and many other valuable resources are available at at www.pride-institute.com
    •  
    • SoberHood
      • a non profit based in Austin, Texas deticated to reducing the high cost of addiction while improving the health and well being of at risk and under served populations and society as a whole
        • Sober Living Programs: housing, recovery, health/wellness, life skills...
        • Awareness Campaigns
        • Community Building
      • go to www.soberhood.org for more information
  • 3. Holiday Stress
    • stress levels increase during Holidays for MOST people
      • over spending
      • over booking
      • family tension
      • high expectations and demands
  • 4. Holiday stress levels are even higher for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT)
    •  
    • for those who are Not Out
      • "Why are you still single?"
      • "I have found the perfect person for you."
      • "When am I going to have grandchildren?" "It's a shame you don't have children."
      • De-Gaying your house and life
      • apart from partner
      • trying harder to please or protect family members or avoid conflict
  • 5. Holiday  stress levels are even higher for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT)  
    • for those who are Out
      • uncomfortable reactions: actual and perceived
      • unwelcomed
      • sleeping arrangement and other logistics
  • 6. Holiday  stress levels are even higher for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT)‏
    • for those who are Exiled ::
      • loneliness
      • abandonment
  • 7. Holiday stress levels are even higher for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT)‏
    • Evidence Based
    •  
      • What % experience Holiday Stress? (Harris Interactive)‏
        • 80% of Lesbians
        • 64% of Heterosexual Women
    •  
      • What % experience Seasonal Depression? (Harris Interactive)‏
        • 50% of Lesbians
        • 36% of Heterosexual Women
  • 8. Coping Techniques for Holiday Stress
    • For ANYONE
      • be well rested
      • exercise
      • stick to a regular schedule
      • eat healthy
      • be realistic with your planning and expectations
  • 9. Coping with Holiday Stress
    • For Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders (LGBT)‏
      • remember the spirit of the Holidays
      • Holiday stress happens regardless of sexuality or gender identity
      • allow others to have their own thoughts and emotions
      • communicate with partner
      • be yourself
      • take a break. take a walk.
      • avoid unhealthy events and interactions
      • find a buffer: a friend or supportive family member
      • create your own family
      • make your own traditions
      • create a Sober Plan or Wellness Plan
  • 10. Learn More
    • www.Pride-Instituted.com
    • www.SoberHood.org
    • Happy Holidays 
    • from SoberHood