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On Addiction


Mexico has long been a pipeline for drugs into the United States. But decades of drug trafficking has left at least 1 million Mexicans addicted to heroin, cocaine and other drugs. Addicts trying to quit are filling clinics, while cartels are fighting in northern Mexico over billion-dollar smuggling routes.

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Sometimes there is just a hint or two of addiction, that something is not quite right. It becomes far more painful if you wait till later, when you are desperate to stop and don't know how to. It is equally as painful to watch someone close sink into the degradation which accompanies full-blown addiction. On the way, everyone will have suffered increasing damage from rages, arguments, financial difficulties, social embarrassments, stress, unpredictability, accidents and injuries, and emotional and physical illnesses.

The good news is: there are solutions that work. And you do not have to reach the worst stages of addiction before you try them and reverse your situation. And best of all you can start right now, right here! »»»

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Facebook Generation Suffer Information Withdrawal Syndrome
Richard Gray

Turning off mobile phones, avoiding the internet and tuning out of the television and radio can leave people suffering from symptoms similar to those seen in drug addicts trying to go cold turkey, researchers have found.

Lohan Mess Puts Rehab Centers into Spotlight
Anthony McCartney

An early morning spat between Lindsay Lohan and a rehab worker isn’t just going to bring renewed scrutiny to the actress, but to the facility where she is being treated as well.

Teens Drinking Less; Getting Stoned More
Associated Press

America‘s teens are using more marijuana and less alcohol, according to an annual government study of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders across the country.

Scientists Try to Assess the Impact of Binge Drinking on the Brains of Teens
Laura Hambleton

Binge drinking, or consuming many drinks fairly quickly, has been a hallmark of college life. But students in high school and even middle school are also engaging in it, according to experts.

Study Has Surprising Results On Marijuana Use

A study of more than 5,000 youngsters in Switzerland has found those who smoked marijuana do as well or better in some areas as those who don't, researchers said.

Group Calls on Electeds to Stop Taking Booze Money Until Marijuana is Legalized
Craig Johnson

With Texas politicians collecting a significant percentage of their campaign contributions from the alcohol industry after the November election, the Safer Texas Campaign (a project of is renewing its call on elected representatives to stop accepting such money until Texas passes legislation allowing the regulated use and sale of marijuana as a safer alternative to alcohol.

Sobriety Under the Sun - Alcoholics Anonymous 9th Annual English Speaking Convention in Puerto Vallarta
Bob Cohen

The local Puerto Vallarta English speaking Alcoholics Anonymous Serenity Group combined with Al-Anon participation will be hosting their 9th annual "Sobriety Under the Sun" AA convention at the Krystal Resort on January 28-30, 2011. This year's theme will be "Sunlight of the Spirit".

Huge Amounts of Imported Medicine, Chemicals Fuel Mexico's Booming Meth Industry
William Booth & Anne-Marie O'Connor

Exploiting loopholes in the global economy, Mexican crime syndicates are importing mass quantities of the cold medicines and common chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine - turning Mexico into the No. 1 source for all meth sold in the United States, law enforcement agents say.

Latin America at Forefront of War on Tobacco
Marcela Valente

Latin America and the Caribbean are taking firm steps against the use of tobacco with the adoption of no smoking laws, bans on advertising, and graphic pictorial warnings on cigarette packets.

F.D.A. Unveils Proposed Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarette Packs
Gardiner Harris

US Federal drug regulators on Wednesday unveiled 36 proposed warning labels for cigarette packages, including one showing a toe tag on a corpse and another in which a mother blows smoke on her baby.

Women Drinking as Much as Men
Maricela Bastida Murrieta

The Secretary of Health of Mexico City, Armando Ahued, recognized that the problem of alcoholism in Mexico City has increased to the point that women are drinking as much as men.

New Info for Vallarta 12 Step Groups

The local Alano Club recently released new locations, schedules and contact information for Banderas Bay area Self-Help 12 Step Groups: AA, ALANON, NA, CODA, OA and NIC.ANON. Click HERE for more info.

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