Transitioning to Life Beyond Addiction with Sammy Rangel – 12-06-14
December 1, 2014
For people trying to move beyond any form of addiction, the transition can be incredibly challenging. Behavioral patterns, circumstances and people can all provide constant invitations to return to old habits, and inhibit recovery. What does it take to make a healthy transition beyond addiction? Our guest this week has personal experience, and now helps others in their transition through addiction.
Sammy Rangel spent most of his early years in mental institutions, foster homes, and detention homes. He embraced violence at the age of 11, joining the Maniac Latin Disciples gang and spending long periods in prison. It wasn’t until a drug abuse program helped him rehabilitate that Sammy began to further his education and start working for a Safe Streets Outreach Program in Wisconsin.Today, he writes articles for Life After Hate and consults with law enforcement on addressing and curtailing gang behavior. Sammy is the author of the autobiography FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness.
In 2004 Sammy graduated from Gateway Technical College-Racine and from Carthage College with a Bachelors of Social Work Degree with a minor in Psychology, Cum Laude. In 2009 Sammy graduated with a Master of Social Work Degree, Summa Cum Laude, with a mental health focus, from Loyola University-Chicago.
Sammy has also worked at the Racine County Jail as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor helping men and women with addictive and criminal lifestyles. Sammy contributes to the community by sitting on various committees that address race, homelessness, crime, gang activity or drug abuse issues among our youth and adults. He is also the founder of Formers Anonymous, an organization with a mission to help people move beyond their addiction to street life.
Sammy is an in-demand speaker and has spoken about his story to audiences around the world. He has just committed to speak at the TedX Conference in Hungary in 2015.