Dr. Gary Tsai is the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC). He discusses his priorities for substance abuse treatment in LA County. One of the more concerning trends is the dramatic increase of opioid use, both prescription drug and heroin use.
Dr. Tsai is promoting LA County's Al-impics, an athletic competition for those in recovery, including teams from various treatment agencies in the city. Among the guests will be Actor Danny Trejo, Interventionist Candy Finnigan, and Boxer Mia St. John.
Saturday May 30, 2015
Los Angeles Harbor City College
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
Danny Trejo, well-known actor from films such as Machete and Desperado, discusses his amazing 46 years of sobriety. After prison and substance abuse since childhood, Mr. Trejo found sobriety and became a drug counselor before becoming an actor.
He has played many "bad guys," such as Tortuga in Breaking Bad. But when playing a drug dealer or killer, he makes the poignant comment that "the bad guy dies." He encourages young people to realize this, and to "play for the right team." He says, "There are those that want to make a difference, and those that just take up space."
Among his upcoming movies is "Machete Kills Again... In Space." We look forward to seeing his badness on the big screen and his philanthropy in real life.
Danny Trejo will be speaking at Los Angeles County's Al-impics, which will take place on May 30.
Rachel Gonzales, Ph.D. is a research psychologist who joined Azusa Pacific's Department of Psychology as an associate professor in 2011. She has extensive training in public health, developmental and health psychology, and addiction medicine/psychiatry. Her teaching and research integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a focus on the application of behavioral and social-system-level theories to understand the etiology and maintenance of risky behaviors among diverse populations. Primary interests include tertiary prevention and disease management approaches, including wellness/health promotion; adolescent and young adult health.
She is researching the recovery from substance use, taking a developmental social approach, and serves as the principal investigator on a five-year, NIH-funded grant to develop and test the utility of a mobile-based continuing care recovery support program (text messaging) for youth transitioning out of substance abuse treatment. She is also an affiliated scholar in the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs within the Department of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.