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Addiction & the Transgender Community

From the Show: Rewired Radio
Summary: The transgender community is at a higher risk for addiction because of feelings of isolation and misunderstanding.
Air Date: 12/18/15
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Beck Gee-Cohen
Beckpic-minBeck Gee-Cohen is originally from Los Angeles, CA. Beck completed undergraduate work in the field of Sociology with a focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Addiction from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Beck's undergraduate thesis was a study on addiction in LGBTQ rural communities. 

Beck’s master’s degree is in Addiction Studies from Hazelden. Beck received an Excellence in Writing Award from Hazelden graduate program; the paper focused on training addiction counselors to give better treatment to LGBTQ clients. 

Beck has facilitated trainings and given lectures around the country at conferences, to prisons, to schools, to treatment centers and everywhere in between focusing on LGBTQ communities and addiction. Beck is very passionate about the Transgender community and the effects of addiction, trauma and stigma within the Trans populations. 

Beck continues to train clinicians and facility staff on LGBTQ issues, help facilities establish LGBT inclusive policies, and provide program development for facilities that want to expand their services to LGBTQ populations. 

Beck is currently the Northeast Professional Outreach Representative for The Refuge, A Healing Place in Florida.
Addiction & the Transgender Community
When a person feels isolated or misunderstood, he/she will often turn to drugs or alcohol for comfort. 

The transgender community, which is a widely misunderstood and ostracized community, is at a higher risk for addiction because of these very issues. 

Often, the language and labels people use make transgender people feel lesser or like an “other” in society. 

Beck Gee-Cohen has facilitated trainings and given lectures around the country at conferences, prisons, schools, treatment centers, and everywhere in between... focusing on LGBTQ communities and addiction. 

Beck is very passionate about the transgender community and the effects of addiction, trauma, and stigma within the trans populations. 

Beck discusses how you can work to create a feeling of inclusiveness and reduce the risk of drug and alcohol addiction for the trans population.
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