Actress, Producer Drew Barrymore Addresses Long-Time Recovery From Substance Abuse

From Addiction Treatment Magazine

It seems that from her early days as a child star to global celebrity status, Drew Barrymore’s life has been lived in front of the cameras, including her battle through substance abuse as a young teenager.

Drew Barrymore, who was cast by Steven Spielberg in the worldwide phenomenon movie E.T. at the age of six, quickly bore the weight of celebrity status despite her young age. At the age of only ten, she said she celebrated birthdays at clubs in New York City until the early morning hours. During this phase of her childhood, she had also begun to experiment with alcohol and marijuana, then cocaine by age 12.

Drew Barrymore’s mother sought treatment at a family-based rehabilitation center, but the stay lasted less than two weeks. Soon after leaving rehab for film work, the actress said she had used cocaine again. Her mother sought to intervene again, placing her back into a rehab center.

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Source Addiction Treatment Magazine

Mood Swings of Bipolar Patients Can Be Predicted, Study Shows

By ScienceDaily

Psychologists from the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster say their findings are important because they mean talking therapies, like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), could prove effective treatments for the condition.

People with bipolar are prone to extreme mood swings that take them from great emotional highs to the pits of depression; the cause of these mood swings is often put down to the patients’ genes and biology rather than their own thoughts and actions.

For this latest study — published in the American Psychological Association journal Psychological Assessment — the researchers followed 50 people with bipolar disorder for a month. The team found that the patients’ thinking and behaviour predicted their future mood swings even when their medical history had been accounted for.

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Source ScienceDaily

Why Alcoholic Energy Drinks Are Dangerous: It’s Not Just the Caffeine


Mixing alcohol with other substances is never really a good idea, but pairing it with energy drinks may be especially hazardous.

That might seem obvious, but the results of a new study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research provide some interesting insights into why. Cecile Marczinski, a psychologist at Northern Kentucky University, found that combining energy drinks such as Red Bull with vodka or other liquors effectively removes any built-in checks your body has for overindulging.

When you drink alcohol by itself, it initially induces a feeling of happiness — a comfortable buzz. But when you overindulge, your body knows it, and it starts to shut down; you start feeling tired, sleepy and more sedated than stimulated. “That’s your cue to go home to bed,” says Marczinski.

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Source TIME Healthland

Hand Illusion Significantly Reduces Osteoarthritis Pain

By Christopher Fisher, PhD

A serendipitous discovery by academics at The University of Nottingham has shown that a simple illusion can significantly reduce — and in some cases even temporarily eradicate — arthritic pain in the hand. By tricking the brain into believing that the painful part of the hand is being stretched or shrunk, the researchers were able to halve the pain felt by 85 per cent of sufferers they tested. Included in this report is a link to the video demonstration of this illusion.

The research could point to new technologies of the future which could assist patients in improving mobility in their hand by reducing the amount of pain they experience while undergoing physiotherapy.

The Nottingham team stumbled on its finding completely by chance during the University’s Community Open Day in April last year.

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Source The Behavioral Medicine Report

Weight Loss Improves Memory And Concentration

By Christopher Fisher, PhD

John Gunstad, an associate professor in Kent State University’s Department of Psychology, and a team of researchers have discovered a link between weight loss and improved memory and concentration. The study shows that bariatric surgery patients exhibited improved memory function 12 weeks after their operations. Included in this report is a video interview with John Gunstad.

The findings will be published in an upcoming issue of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the Official Journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

“The initial idea came from our clinical work,” Gunstad said. “I was working at Brown Medical School in Rhode Island at the time and had the chance to work with a large number of people who were looking to lose weight through either behavioral means or weight loss surgery.”

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Source The Behavioral Medicine Report