Open House Fun The Promises Five Palms open house was a huge success thanks to their dedicated staff, the Lucida team and the PBH Corporate marketing team. With over 70 attendees the event illustrated important program changes and attendees were invited to tour the facility grounds. The event also observed World Mental Health Day and each attendee was given a special cookie to honor everyone\u2019s personal mental health journey. The Ranch Tennessee Homecoming The Ranch Tennessee had a wonderful weekend welcoming home their alumni family. Even with the chilly weather, the weekend was packed with fellowship and spiritual replenishment. Activities such as the medicine wheel, sweat lodge, and a Rock to Recovery show made this an incredible weekend. Welcome to Hectic Holiday Season Overcoming Holiday Triggers With Halloween behind us, that can only mean one thing: holiday season is officially in full swing. But many people feel weighted down at the holidays with stress, anxiety and depression \u2014 especially those in recovery. Here are three key strategies for making it through the festivities. 1.Stay Grateful Studies have shown that acts of gratitude aid inovercoming depression and stress. One major wayto show your appreciation around the holidaysis to volunteer your time. Whether it be at ahomeless shelter, an animal shelter or even yourlocal sobriety community, often these actions helpin overcoming the winter blues. If you lack the timeto volunteer, writing a simple thank you note isanother great way to express your appreciation. 2.Make A Plan Because the holidays tend to follow certaintraditions, you can usually prepare for what orwho may be at a holiday gathering ahead oftime. Before your crazy uncle pressures you into\u201cjust one drink\u201d or your nosey cousin grills you on your current mental state, create a list of set answers. Having set answers such as \u201cNo thanks, I want to enjoy this holiday sober\u201d or \u201cI\u2019m doing really well but I\u2019d prefer not to talk about that right now\u201d are great to have on hand. Talking to your sponsor is also a good way to get some pre-holiday party advice. Another idea is to make a new tradition by hosting your own substance-free festivities. 3.Stay Present in the Moment Staying present in the moment can be hardbut practicing mindfulness can help. Bynot focusing on the past or future, you canappreciate the here and now. Pre-holidaymediation, journaling or yoga are all great toolsfor being in the moment, acknowledging yourthoughts and letting go. The holidays can be difficult but stayinggrateful, seeking support and staying presentcan all help with overcoming holiday anxieties.If you need more tips on navigating theholidays without alcohol (or other substances)check out November\u2019s \u201cArticle of the Month\u201ddown below. The Right Step Houston Relocation & Open House Houston has relocated! To celebrate this exciting change, The Right Step Houston opened their doors to the public for a special \u201cTrick-or-Treatment\u201d Open House. Executive Director DeLisa Russell gave opening remarks and delicious refreshments were served. Afterwards, TRS Houston team members led tours of the new facility grounds.This month we want to spotlight Promises Behavioral Health\u2019s Rooted Alumni Program. This program offers social reconnections for all past clients of the Promises facilities. Just last month, Rooted hosted their first alumni homecoming for. The Ranch Tennessee but this is just the first of many events and exciting transformations that are coming to Promise\u2019s alumni community. \u201cThe Rooted community is about peer to peer connections,\u201d said Patrick Custer, National Alumni Director with Promises. \u201cOur ultimate goal is to reconnect our past clients with those good feelings that come during treatment. In this way, we can reinvigorate their feelings of hope during their recovery journey.\u201d If you are looking to get involved with, The Rooted program, please reach out to any of the following Alumni Coordinators Washburn House: Lee Scudo The Ranch PA: Amanda Graham The Ranch TN: Jaime Gibbons Promises Austin and The Right Step Hill Country: Scott FieldsThe Right Step Dallas: Dee Reyes The Right Step Houston: Reanna DeGeorge Lucida: Helana Cabral FEATURED EVENTS Nov. 14th: Promises Behavioral Health Corporate Open House We are proud to open the doors to our corporate office on November 14th from 1pm-4pm to welcome our neighbors and industry colleagues. To show our gratitude to our community, we will provide a Thanksgiving buffet, office tours and a fun gratitude activity. Article of The Month This month\u2019s article covers 14 useful ways for navigating the holidays without drinking. https:\/\/www.huffpost.com\/entry\/navigating-the-holidays-when-youre-not-drinking_n_5bfc1152e4b03b230fa4e5ba Do you have interesting facility news, employee highlights or exciting events? Please email Chrissy.email@example.com for more information on being a part of the monthly newsletter.