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Binge Drinking at Home — It’s Pandemic!

More and more companies willing to deliver alcohol to the more and more Americans who are still stuck at home is sparking a rapid rise in binge drinking. In fact, some say it’s a veritable pandemic! Binge Drinking in the Age of COVID-19 What do you do when there’s nothing to do? Drink. Not one drink or two drinks. But four or five or six. One after another. As fast as your head can take it. That seems to be…
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John Hood
John Hood, on August 13, 2020

Dopamine Fasting: Fad or Science?

Can dopamine fasting actually help cure you of unhealthy addictions? Or is it simply a fancy-named way to kid ourselves? Is it worthy? Can it be harmful? Is this thing really a thing? Healing Properties asks the experts. What is Dopamine? Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter, says WebMD. Our bodies makes it. And our nervous systems use it to send messages between nerve cells. That’s why it’s sometimes called a chemical messenger. As everyone knows, dopamine plays a large…
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John Hood
John Hood, on August 10, 2020

Fentanyl and COVID-19: A Lethal Mix

Fentanyl and COVID-19 go together like, well, Mass Murder and Black Death. That’s obvious. But did you also know both killing machines spring from the same place? Yep. It’s true. The 21st century’s most lethal synthetic opioid and and its equivalent coronavirus both come from Wuhan, China. And we can just imagine how proud Wuhanians are of giving birth to two of the most viral events in modern history. Fentanyl and COVID-19: The Wuhan Connection Wuhan is a city of…
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John Hood
John Hood, on August 2, 2020

Opioid Overdoses Are Up All Across the U.S.

The numbers are anything but good. Opioid overdoses are up all across the U.S. This after a steady two-year decline. Much of the rise is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left people isolated and without their usual lifelines. Healing Properties tapped into Postindustrial‘s podcast interview with Pultizer Prize-winning investigative reporter Eric Eyre to find out more. Opioid Overdoses: A Look at West Virginia What’s the situation in West Virginia with COVID-19 and overdoses? We’ve escaped the massive numbers…
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John Hood
John Hood, on July 31, 2020

Fighting to End Substance Abuse in America

There is no consensus about how to end substance abuse in America. In fact, a quick look at Google News shows the country keeps finding more and more ways to address the issue. And while the increased attention is as welcome as it is necessary, we won’t fully solve the problem until a cohesive plan is put into place. Nevertheless, people are taking notice. Serious notice. And action is being taken. In every part of the country. Some of that…
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John Hood
John Hood, on July 28, 2020

The Covid Alcoholic

A steep rise in pandemic drinking has created a new breed of problem drinker — the Covid Alcoholic. And as you might suspect, it isn’t at all pretty. Creating the Covid Alcoholic It’s nearly impossible to quantify the recent rise in pandemic drinking. With bars shut down most people do their excessive drinking at home. We do know though that nothing good comes from home alone drinking. And even in the few places where bars are open, people are suffering…
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John Hood
John Hood, on July 25, 2020

Heroin Almost Killed the PetTube Star

No, hedgehogs and heroin don’t mix. Never have. Never will. Just ask PetTube Star Taylor Nicole Dean. She built a career from her hedgehog. Then nearly killed it with heroin. She also almost killed herself in the process. The Making of a PetTube Star Like many a PetTube star, Taylor Nicole Dean didn’t begin by thinking her clips would make her famous. In fact, back then she didn’t even know PetTube was a thing. For her it was enough to…
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John Hood
John Hood, on July 17, 2020

From Crack Addict to Pillow King: The Crazy Tale of MyPillow

If you’ve even been near a TV in the past seven years or so then you’ve seen the face of the man behind MyPillow. What you probably don’t know is that the man in that ubiquitous infomercial used to be a crack addict. That’s right. Michael J. Lindell. The founder and face of MyPillow. Used to be a bona fide crack addict. Now he’s one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs! Pre Crack Addict Years MyPillow wasn’t Lindell’s first get-rich-quick…
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John Hood
John Hood, on July 15, 2020

Heroin Busts Rising Across the Country

Covid 19 may dominate the headlines, but the recent number of heroin busts shows that America is still also battling the opioid pandemic. We’re not talkin’ about mom and pop heroin busts either. We’re talkin’ about large scale, expertly organized crime rings involving some of the most notorious players in the drug world. As you probably suspect, we’re also talkin’ about drug rings that stretch all across the country. So who’s to blame? Is it Big Pharma and their prescription…
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John Hood
John Hood, on July 11, 2020

Is There Such Thing as a Sober Vanderpump Star?

Someone was bound to have too much wining with their dining on Vanderpump Rules. That’s just the nature of the Reality TV beast, especially when that beast feeds at a West Hollywood hotspot such as Sur. But can a show built on wining and dining survive a sober Vanderpump? No, that’s not a typo. It’s an actual honest-to- Vanderpump Rules does now include a sober Vanderpump. It’s James Kennedy. Who took to Instagram on July 5th to tell the world…
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John Hood
John Hood, on July 11, 2020

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