Addiction as an indicator of pain

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Addiction as an indicator of pain

There are different ways to look at addiction. We can look at addiction from a traditional paradigm or we can also take lessons from our ancestors and see how our ancestors viewed addiction. In traditional paradigm of addiction, addiction is created because we are in discomfort with ourselves. We become isolated and we become scared of what's going on in our life. We experience trauma, we experience difficulties and we use addiction as a means of medicating ourselves, of being able to deal with the pain that is unbearable. In native cultures, addiction was not as common because the substances that we used were used in ritual and practice and a way to connect everybody to the culture and the group. A way to be able to help your son or daughter who is addicted is to begin to reintegrate them back into family life; find a way of creating a loving environment where your son or daughter can express some of that pain that is going on that they're not able to express. If your family is problematic and there's a great deal of stress, find a loving environment where your son can express the need for them to be addicted. And you will find that by expressing what's going on inside, by being able to give voice to the illness and the pain, the addiction will diminish.
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Dr. Jorge Partida is a Psychologist, Green Advocate and Indigenous Healer. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to Chicago at nine years of age. Dr. Jorge has been a consultant on many national and international projects in the areas of education, health, diversity and spirituality.  Dr. Jorge has worked with local and national governments to coordinate services for those most impacted by poverty, war and displacement.  He has worked in Liberia Africa in the repatriation of boy soldiers and has worked to form “intentional communities” in poverty impacted countries of Latin-America.

Dr. Jorge is the author of The Promise of The Fifth Sun and A Week of Awakening.  His writing integrates psychology with native healing traditions to form an easy to use self-help approach.  Dr. Jorge has designed and facilitated healing workshops that incorporate ritual and practice. 

Dr. Jorge has served as Director of the PsyD program at John F. Kennedy University and as Deputy Director of Behavioral Health with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.  Today, Dr. Jorge is the Executive Director of the United States Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBC-LA).  He believes that the discussion of sustainability provides a platform to address today’s most complex issues. 

For more than twenty years, Dr. Jorge has presented mental health segments on television and radio. He has worked with many networks, including Univision, Telemundo, HITN-TV in Spanish and CBS, UPN, NBC and PBS in English. 

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