The connection between gangs and addiction

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The connection between gangs and addiction

The fact that your child is involved in a gang, does not necessarily mean that he is also involved in drugs; although drugs are correlated with gang violence. Gangs are an industry. They have to produce something in order to make a living. What they typically produce is drug addiction, prostitution, and illegal crime. By your son being exposed to gangs, he is in a much higher likelihood of becoming involved in addiction. If you suspect that your son is addicted to drugs, it is very important to obtain treatment as soon as possible. Often times, what is recommended in these situations, is residential treatment; where you remove your son from his community, so that he is involved in a 24 hour facility where he can be supervised. It is important to break the pattern of addiction. We often need a minimum of 35 days to be able to break that addiction. If your son is addicted, make sure that he has the space and ability to create the type of change in his life, to be able to break that addiction.

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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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