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The Life of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán…My Thoughts

My husband and I recently finished watching the Netflix series El Chapo, about the life of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, a Mexican drug lord who started trafficking as far back as the 1980s. 

I must admit that I’m not a huge T.V. buff; however, this series had me hook, line and sinker.  Don’t get me wrong, Guzmán is shear evil in my eyes but the psychology behind the man and the world he immersed himself, fascinates me.  Guzmán has admitted to killing somewhere between 2,000 to 3,000 people all for his own personal gain and power. 

And furthermore, he easily corrupted large portions of local police municipalities, U.S. DEA Agents, government officials and Mexico’s president with millions and millions of dollars in hush money.  It came out in the news this week that the president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto may have received up to $100 million dollars from Guzmán, which bought him his freedom and continued operations. 

Now let’s consider the destruction his products have had on the United States and our vulnerability to fall victim to the destruction of drugs like cocaine, heroine and methamphetamine.  Illicit drugs have been on a steady increase in our country since the early 2000s and having witnessed an uncle’s life on drugs, it’s a self-sabotaging, destructive life to live.  I’m betting we all know someone who has been negatively affected by the desolation of drugs.

We are losing the war on drugs because we’re focused on the wrong part of the funnel.  We need to focus more on the top of the funnel…meaning a drug lord only has a business if he has customers.  It’s impossible to continually fill the top of the funnel when you focus on wellness in a society. Why take drugs if you already feel good?   If we fail to teach social and emotional wellness, what is going to change?  Nothing! 

We turn to drugs so that we can easily change our state and, for many, numb our emotional pain.  Our youth often take drugs to gain status and power amongst their peers.  If we don’t know, as a culture, how create wellness from the inside out and if we do not teach our children from young ages the social and emotional skills associated with wellness, then how in the world do we expect our children, friends, family members and co-workers to stop jumping into the top of the funnel?

The way I see it is focus on more drugs and you get more drugs, focus on teaching wellness and self-advocacy and we have a much better chance to put people like Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán out of business.

Agree?  Please share… 

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